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  1. Aberfan . Seeing the reconstruction recently on "The Crown" on Netflix brought back the memories. I remember my mum sobbing and hugging me as a youngster.
  2. I just clicked the link and read it. surprised the page even opened. The star website used to just refuse to open properly. Maybe the star have finally got their act together regarding on line reading. Re. Page Hall...it seems nothing has changed since I abandoned the city for a better life.
  3. Slipping on ice can happen anywhere. Your main problem will be the buses not running after you got down the hill.
  4. I did the same thing on my test. Immediately thought I'd failed.....but passed.
  5. I'm no expert but that is my belief also. Family is always asked for permission. I can only assume that if family can't be traced then transplantation wouldn't be an option.
  6. This week is national organ transplant awareness week. The aim being to encourage discussion about organ transplantation.The law in England is due to change next year to "Assumed Consent". Wales already has this in law.To clarify, this means you are deemed to have given consent unless you opt out.However it does NOT give automatic permission for your organs to be taken for transplant after your death. It simply means the carrying of a donor card is redundant.Your family will ALWAYS have the final say. Hence the need for promotion weeks like this.Please, if you wish to donate your organs after death, have the discussion with your family. Make them aware of your wishes.I was lucky enough to receive a much needed kidney last year because a complete stranger had the discussion with family.Many others are still waiting.
  7. Janus, As I understand things the family always have the last say in any decision both now and in the future. Being on the donation register is not comparable to a will. A will is a legal document, whereas being on the donation register is purely a statement of your wishes. That is why it is so important to have a discussion with family so as they are aware of your wishes.
  8. Let's be clear about this.. The new law does NOT transfer ownership of your body parts to the state. The intention is to alleviate the need for people to register and carry a donar card. The family of the deceased always has the final say. In your scenario (family can't be contacted) then transplant would not happen.
  9. Not exactly true.... Under the new law you are presumed to have consented to organ donation. However, your family are the ones who will make the decision. It is vitally important to have the conversation and let your family know your wishes.
  10. I have regular hospital appointments here in Wales and parking is free. If you can find a vacant space that is.. Today I went for my regular blood test and managed to find a space. Whilst waiting for the results I returned to my car for an hour, had a coffee, took my medication, read a book. A family arrived and parked next to me. Half an hour later they returned with arms full of presents they had received, obviously from visiting friends nearby. During that half hour there were numerous cars driving around the carpark looking for a space. Some I presume were late for appointments due to the abuse of others like the family I mention. Imagine if parking was free at the Hallamshire in Sheffield. It would be full by office workers, shop workers, etc.
  11. Little did I know when I posted the above that 12 months later I would find myself in need of a transplant. I became reliant on dialysis for the next 14 months, until I was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant. I truly believe the new system in Wales saved my life. It can only be a good thing for those waiting in England.
  12. And your problem is? .. If you paid the full 35 years into the state pension you are entitled to full state pension. If not, you are entitled to a pension for the number of years paid in. You then claim a private pension for the years "contracted out".
  13. I'm not surprised. It's seven years since I left Sheffield and it was a bottleneck then. A supermarket there would be chaos for commuting.
  14. I don't see the problem. If it fails it fails and you get it fixed.
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