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Ms Macbeth

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  1. I remember him too. One of the good guys. Time is flying, I can't believe its 10 years either.
  2. Having both left school at 15, my husband and I realised by the 80s when our children were in their teens, that qualifications were becoming much more necessary to achieve any sort of career. Both our children have risen much higher than us in both qualifications and careers. A couple of posters have mentioned social mobility. This article points out that one in five people work at a lower level than their parents. Might the other four have done better? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/18/one-in-five-people-in-uk-in-lower-status-jobs-than-parents-study
  3. Wickersley and Bramley are ok, lived there for a few years before I came here. Handy for the motorway too.
  4. It was, and as a housing worker at the time of Tony Blair being PM, I remember there was some expectation that Right to Buy (RTB) would be withdrawn. Big discounts were too much of a vote catcher even from most staunch Labour supporters, so it wasn't. Scotland and Wales have both withdrawn it in recent years, but it is still available in England. Basset one mentions bungalows, the preferred dwellings of many older people who want to downsize. I worked for Rotherham housing dept, and they didn't sell off their bungalows, under a rule that said any housing meant for people with specific needs, such as people with disabilities, or even old age, did not have to be included in the RTB. Sheffield appeared to ignore that option, hence a lot of the bungalows here, especially in desirable areas, are lost to older people who want/need to rent at an affordable cost. That of course means fewer family houses become vacant.
  5. The Green Book. set in 60s America, a black jazz pianist hires an ex bouncer as his driver to concerts, around some of the southern states. A really good film, made me laugh, made me think. 9/10 for me.
  6. I was a repairs clerk for a local authority years ago, and the majority of complaints about mould turned out to be caused by the resident. If no other flat in a block nor the house next door has a mould problem, then it's probably condensation. It rarely occurs in summer, only takes open windows and warm air circulating to stop it. If people must dry clothes indoor, then they should be near a source of heat, and the room must be ventilated. Cooking veg on top of the stove with no ventilation - condensation. Leaving a bathroom unventilated after showers/baths - condensation. Of course landlords should look after the fabric of their buildings, but tenants have a duty of care too.
  7. Steep, narrow streets in my part of Hillsborough, cars parked both sides, but the idiots still hurtle down them. Dykes Hall Road, and around Wynyard, Garry, Dorothy etcp. When I learnt to drive I was taught to drive according to conditions, even 30mph isn't mandatory, its maximum. 🙄
  8. That sounds like 'buck passing' to me too. I hope the bank take responsibility and sort it out for you chocki.
  9. Horrific for those who died, were injured, or witnessed it. I don't know what fuels terrorism towards our country that appears to at least have offered sanctuary from war. If this isn't the right place for someone's mindset, then they should either not come here, or come and accept British society, but don't stay and kill innocent people.
  10. Poor lady. I'm pleased she's getting lots of support, and I hope the police find the people who did this. Then I hope an example is made of them by the courts.
  11. That's good to know Mort. I pop in occasionally, glad I spotted this.
  12. Sorry, thats too simplistic. Families often survive because they are not enclosed together 24/7. Statistics around divorce and domestic violence over Christmas holidays bear that out.
  13. True, but now doctors and nurses pay for their degrees. Changing times.
  14. Why would that happen? We all pay for the great system that is the NHS. If some people buy services privately, and therefore don't use the NHS, that strikes me as beneficial to the rest of us.
  15. He doesn't have a sign saying he's homeless, he may have somewhere to sleep, but no money. Not all beggars are technically homeless, there are so many reasons why he may be sitting outside, in the cold, every day.
  16. Excellent. Shelter can support you if you need them. You can get an idea of your rights on their website. https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/local_services/sheffield
  17. Have you approached the council re the threat of homelessness? I'm assuming you are registered with them. It could also be worth checking if there are any housing associations who take direct applications. You might also want to contact Shelter if you don't find something soon.
  18. I agree. I'm well over state pension age, and I count myself lucky in comparison to previous generations in retirement. If he is of state pension age, which he well may be, he shouldn't need to beg if he's getting his entitlements. The Archer project offers so much help. However, if as Catmiss says, he's resistant to help, then its his choice to brave the elements.
  19. Not sure its the same man. The chap who has been outside BHF recently looks over retirement age.
  20. That's what I assumed. He's very well prepared. He's moved to the side of the BHF shop now. I was also told he's not homeless. As catmiss says, he'd be classed as vulnerable if he is genuinely homeless, because of his age. Just round the corner is the advice centre in Proctor Place. I'm sure they could give him advice about claiming benefits he's entitled to, so he wouldn't have to sit out in the cold all day.
  21. If pass holders of any type got priority when getting on buses, it might speed up the process. Always being last to get on might encourage more passengers to get passes, smart card or otherwise. 😉 It would also give passengers who like to wait til the bus comes before soeting out their money time to have it ready when they get on instead of holding up the queue. 🙄
  22. True. I was on the SL to Middlewood yesterday, then had to walk to Hillsborough as there were no trams.
  23. Disadvantaging the residents of Hillsborough yet again. 🤥
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