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  1. Of course, we know in basic factual terms what causes an allergy, and what causes anaphylaxis. Why so many people have intolerances, allergies and anaphylaxis issues is the real question here. I have intolerances, but I'm lucky enough that none of them have developed further. My OH has ended up in hospital with his allergies, and so have my father, my brother in law and loads of other people I know, and this sort of allergy is really no joke. It's really not about whether you've got a gripey belly after eating dairy products or gluten, it's about whether or not your baby has a wide enough airway to actually breathe after being in the same room as someone who has eaten something containing peanuts. My intolerances make me puke, but that's all. The response is unpleasant, undignified, but it's not deadly. As far as I'm concerned this is fundamentally different to those who have the genuinely life threatening allergies and anaphylaxis. We just can't put the two in the same thought.
  2. Do you have any unbiased, scientific, peer reviewed research that shows that this is the case? I know that you are desperate to push this as your agenda, but as I said on the other thread, I'm not prepared for you to peddle this with no proof on this forum. Please do show which journals you have used in forming your opinion. If you can't show decent research as evidence to back up your opinion, it will be removed. If you persist in posting this with no proof then I'll suspend your account until you recognise that we have the right to refuse to host any topic as we see fit.
  3. Yes, the parking for mobility impaired visitors is literally right in front of the house on the grass. I take a little trip past there to see how the renovation is doing every few months. At the moment most of the house is wrapped and covered in scaffolding because they're still in the process of getting the roof sorted out, before starting on the dreadful condition of much of the rest of the building. The sculptures on the roof were all still poking out last time I was there though. Take your binoculars- it's the kind of place where you can do an awful lot of pointing and discussing stuff, even from the outside.
  4. There are loads of people around on the Wentworth estate now it's open to visitors. You can drive right up to the front of the big house now, for instance, so I would imagine that there's a bit less peace and quiet in which to go exploring.
  5. It's hard to pack a lot of plot into anything if you're working from the diaries of a real person. Anne Lister was the first recognised lesbian and there is a blue plaque recognising this on the church in York where she and Ann Walker committed their lives to each other. Real life doesn't mirror fictional drama for the level of intrigue and speed of plot turnover I'm afraid, but when you consider how amazingly feminist and outstanding Anne Lister was for her generation, it's really rather stunning. Shibden Hall is just off the A58 if you drive from Halifax towards Leeds. The grounds are now a lovely park with a boating lake and a great cafe. Family live near by, and it was my niece and nephew's favourite place to play in when they were younger. They also attended Shibden school.
  6. I'm not forbidding discussion of both sides of the debate on vaccines. I clearly stated that if you're going to make an assertion, back it up with proper research and I'll let it stand. No, a documentary with just a few people inputting their opinion doesn't count as peer reviewed research. It represents a small piece of personal opinion, and that simply cannot be extrapolated upwards to apply to a whole population without a HUGE amount more research and mathematical analysis. I also clearly stated that I'm not going to expect everybody to believe that all vaccines are safe for everybody. They are, however, among the safest of the medications/treatments offered in the world and even placebo pills have data sheets that state that they have been associated with deaths while patients were taking them during tests. The fact that the deaths have to be recorded does not imply that the placebo pills were actually the cause of the death. A certain number of deaths are coincidental and this has to be viewed in the context of the millions of people who live, die and have other life happen during the taking of the medication. Research, people. It exists to help the world learn some objective data. Read some, learn things and share them as your reasoned argument
  7. [Forum manager who also happens to be a trained medical scientist hat on] In this case, whether this is a forum or not really isn't relevant. What is relevant is that every bit of air time that the 'antivacc agenda' gets is dangerous to the babies and children (and in this case everybody's daughter) who don't receive the vaccination because there is a proportionally minuscule chance that there could be a complication as a result. It's dangerous because for every person who reads this sort of argument, doesn't think to verify for themselves whether it's actually a risk they should be taking and consequently leaves their child at more risk, that's our fault for leaving it up. Nobody has ever claimed that vaccines are entirely safe, but the risk has been shown to be vanishingly small, and ridiculously small compared to the risk of having the diseases. My sister and I didn't have most of the childhood vaccinations because of my dad's allergies, and as a result I was dangerously ill with measles and rubella at the same time as a small child. In our case it was genuinely necessary at the time, but yes, we suffered for it and there is unequivocal data to show that vaccination has changed the world for the better by eradicating some truly deadly diseases. When was the last time you saw a young person unable to breathe through polio (at least in a developed country)? In this case, the HPV vaccination has been shown to be safe, have very few side effects and to prevent a whole selection of cancers later in life. Why on earth would anybody who understood the risks expose their children to them, if there was a chance to prevent it? If you can find genuine, peer reviewed and verified data online to use to support your position then you can post it. By this I don't mean an opinion piece or something posted on YouTube, I mean genuine verified and statistically analysed scientific research in a journal, showing the information they are looking at in the context of the worldwide uptake of these vaccinations. We don't allow people to post political discussion from the murkiest corners of the internet as support for an argument- why should we allow similar discussion promoting something as genuinely potentially harmful as this? You can make your own choices for your own family, but I'm not prepared to take the risk that anybody takes that choice because of something they happened to read here. We have never claimed to offer freedom of speech on Sheffield Forum BTW. We operate within the laws of the land, and also within a family friendly ethos, and we simply couldn't allow free speech and still fit with both of those. If you want freedom of speech then there are plenty of bits of the internet where that is permitted, so I suggest you use one of them if that's really your aim. Be prepared to try to get your opinion in edgeways with the spam, porn and scams. [/forum manager and scientist hat off]
  8. I haven't lived on Blake Street, but several friends have over the years, and the only issue that they had was getting up and down the hill! I lived around the area for the last 27 years, only moving away 5 months ago, and I only moved because my disabilities needed a different house layout that my terraced house just couldn't do, and I simply didn't have the money to buy the house that my disabilities needed in the area.
  9. I think it all depends on the relative angles. If the washer outflow pipe enters in a downstream way at a place where there is little chance of backflow then that's not too much of an issue. I think that they should have separate waste pipes, if only to reduce the chances of filthy water leaking under the sink with how many holes are in the waste outflow pipe, but I don't think that there's any code or law that says that it needs to. EDIT- and if dirty water from the sink is backflowing into the washer your son will have a need for some really good disinfectant, for starters.
  10. This is the kind of thing for which it's really helpful to take advantage of the free 30 minute sessions given by solicitors, or potentially free legal advice line from your home or car insurers. The phrase 'possession is nine tenths of the law' probably applies to a certain extent, i.e. if you can show that it has been in your possession for some time, as in, if you've insured the car for the last 5 years (for instance) then the car was clearly not in his possession during that time and he had no problem with that at the time. That doesn't imply that you can prove that the car was given as a gift, rather than loaned to you for you to use though, so for that part you really do need a good legal advice.
  11. A minor reminder seems to be in order at this point that abortion is legal in this country and is very likely to ever be made illegal again, no matter what your opinion. We are discussing how late an abortion you consider to be morally acceptable, not whether voluntary termination of a pregnancy is right or wrong. Please refrain from the sort of emotive language which is posted to imply blame.
  12. I have no idea, but I'm going to send the guys who may have the knowledge a link to this thread to see if they have an answer. Watch this space
  13. Well, nobody's got back to me with any information so there's nothing to pass on at the moment. It's entirely possible that the bird was nothing to do with any of the webcam sites.
  14. I've passed on the details to the chair of the Sheffield bird group, who will be able to both circulate them to whoever and contact the building caretaking team to gain access to the roof, where the bird was found today, to see if they can work out how it died. The scaffold is on top of a tall block in town, so there will have been nobody else up there today. From our conversation I already know that this wasn't one of the chicks from the last few years of the university birds as they were ringed in orange and this bird was ringed in green.
  15. One of my friends has just found a dead peregrine on top of a scaffold and I've asked for details in case this explains the disappearance of the female.
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