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  1. I have tinnitus so I don't do silence. Wherever I go there is some form of music or a podcast or radio happening, and all unpleasant jobs are a little bit easier with happy music playing. My house has a network of connected speakers which can all play properly synchronised from the same CD, listen to DAB radio or stream from my phone, a memory stick or the internet- or they can all do different things if you want them to. Mostly I control what they are doing from my phone as I'm doing my stuff. Sometimes I just have background disturbance so the house isn't silent, but most of the time I'm singing along as I do stuff. I'd much rather have music than the TV, and my OH has got quite used to me turning the TV off every time the option is left to me.
  2. I think that's quite enough slinging insults for tonight. I don't suggest continuing the concept onto other threads if you fancy having an account to come back to in the morning.
  3. And until very recently if you were operating a Canadian fishing boat it was law that you had to have a Newfoundland dog on board to leap in to save any of the staff that may fall overboard. However, neither of these scenarios apply to driving in the UK in 2019, do they?
  4. If you're coming down Manor Lane towards the back of the Parkway you're a bit screwed because if you turn left onto Cricket Inn Road there's a flood (passable with care on the pavement only), and if you turn right that's completely closed because of flooding. The only answer is to go back up the hill and find another way round!
  5. Back in the days before I had animals who are terrified of the fireworks so I grew to detest the things, I used to park on Lyons Street to overlook the display from After Dark.
  6. You really need to see a suitable behaviourist to work out why he's acting in this way. Nobody can tell you without having in depth knowledge of your situation and methods I'm afraid. What I can tell you at this point is that he's at just the right age to be boundary testing, but it's also a sign that you need to take action to prevent it from continuing.
  7. Yep, you really need to be talking to Friends of Ferals or the lovely people at the Cats Protection, who can help with trapping and neutering of the colony. It's a short, hungry and cold life for feral cats, so you're helping in all sorts of ways by limiting their numbers and potentially getting some of them moved to managed placements where they can live out their lives.
  8. We thought that it would be an idea to try having a place where forum users can offer skills to trade for other users' skills. This is not a place to advertise businesses or items for sale, we have the classifieds for that. If you've got a skill that you'd like to trade, please post the skill you're looking for, the sort of skill you'd be able to offer in return, and the area of the city that you're in. This could be anything from business services to home renovation or gardening skills, or probably things that I've not even considered. Please make everything legal, safe, family friendly, and totally free. If you're responding to a post please do so by PM so that the offers and requests aren't confused by lots of other discussion. If/when you no longer wish to have the post in the thread, or you've received the help that you need, please either edit out the text of your post, leaving behind the text 'no longer needed', or report your own post to the moderating team asking for it to be removed. I hope that this makes sense
  9. It wasn't just the fans fighting at the rugby match. The violence happened in synchrony with a mass brawl and punch up on the pitch too, for which half a dozen players have already received bans between 1 and 4 matches, with another one awaiting a tribunal which could result in a ban in the region of 4-6 matches. The incident resulted in 2 red cards and (I think) 4 yellows. It has no place in our sport, or in sport in general, but in rugby it's rare. I'm more worried about the growth in knife crime though.
  10. When these went off on Sunday I was in an allotment just up the valley, and although I lived very close to Owlerton for nearly 30 years, the ones for this weekend's stock car racing were particularly loud, it's a strange time to have fireworks, in bright sunshine on a Sunday lunchtime, like the loud engines just aren't enough of an intrusion.
  11. A 'quiet carriage' for the waiting room would go down a bundle with a whole load of patients, I suspect, but who would police it? Tutting loudly at people doesn't seem to have any effect at the idiots on trains.
  12. This is not necessarily to do with testosterone. Lots of things cause ED. Testosterone could be an issue, but so could a blocked blood vessel, prostate issues and a whole load of other things. Viagra has no testosterone in it, and it doesn't work like a hormone would. It works by varying the pressure in your blood vessels, and was originally tested as a cardiac drug, but it turned out to have some very interesting side effects for some of the people who took it in trials. What dosage of sildenafil did you take? The initial recommended dose is 50mg, but it's likely that the dosage available over the counter is the 25mg strength. The tablets are available by prescription up to 100mg, so if your dosage didn't do much then there's always the possibility of using more (dependent on the actual cause of your ED and your doctor verifying that a higher dose is actually safe for you with your individual risk factors, of course). Don't despair, there's every likelihood that there's something that will help out there.
  13. You've already got health problems that you don't know about- have your babies before the ability gets taken away in your early twenties. And don't be at the far end of the Parkway at 0800 on 5 October 1995.
  14. This is the difference between a negative opinion (but just in factual terms) and the 'naming and shaming'. People are, of course, at liberty to not like anything at all, and for any or all reasons. What they are NOT allowed to do on this forum is to make wild claims that they can't substantiate. We remove posts which are potentially defamatory about the council, Amey and politicians too. If you have seen a post which you believe to be defamatory or libellous please report it and the moderating team will remove it. This is my final word on this BTW. It's a forum rule and it's not likely to be changed.
  15. Except there are recorded instances of cases being dropped for these reasons.
  16. MMmm, no. No, they're not. This is a privately owned forum and we are free to set rules which are significantly more stringent than the law of the land. Whilst we may permit a factual report of a judgement against someone as long as there are unbiased media reports to use in support of the information available, 'naming and shaming' is not and will never be permitted on SF. If pejorative language or 'naming and shaming' is posted, how is the moderating team supposed to know the difference between truth and libel or defamation? If a post is defamatory, that potentially puts the forum owner in the impossible position having having to try to defend the claims made without having any of the necessary facts. This is not something that we are prepared to allow. This is a situation in which we'd just choose to not be in the middle of that conversation thank you, and it's our prerogative to make that choice.
  17. And even less the business of the defence, who could also ask for all sorts of things from it. There are examples given of investigations being dropped for historical cases of abuse and rape from times before the victim actually HAD a mobile phone, yet they are still expected to allow access to the last 7 years of all of their mobile data. How, exactly, is that meant to be relevant to the investigation?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. [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]
  25. 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.
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