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  1. just to inform folks who might have mobility difficulties, or have friends and relatives who have mobility difficulties, that Shopmobility Sheffield are opening a new Scoota and wheelchair loan point. The loan point opens tomorrow, Thurs 20th Sept 2007 The new loan point will be at Crystal peaks shopping centre. Opening hours 0900 to 1700. Monday to Saturday Location:- on the outside of the centre, between the "Jonathan James shoe shop" entrance, and the "next" entrance, (used to be the old sainsburys) cost:- £2.50 for the half-day (3-hour loan period) and £4.00 for the full day. There will be Mobility Scootas and manual wheelchairs for hire, for use around the shopping complex. To register, you need to bring along two forms of ID, and, just like at Shopmobility's other two loan points, when you registerwith the charity, you will be taken through a short health- and -safety familiarisation course. Shopmobility also has its own dedicated blue-badge parking spots outside the loan point. Happy Shopping! When I know the telephone number for bookings, I wil post it on here. (I havent got it at the moment, but you can book via our city centre point, on (0114) 2812278 as a stop-gap.
  2. Hi everyone. Just to update you on how I'm doing. Things have been more than tough going, the last few months. As you'll have read from Mort a few months ago, my dad was battling cancer. Sadly he passed away at the end of November at the age of 78. His funeral is due to ve held on Friday. On top of this, I have also been diagnosed with Heart Failure, (on top of having the pacemaker which, to quote Shaniah Twain, really "Don't Impress Me Much". Just another round of appointments back and forth to see the cardiologists... *rollleyes* what fun! I know there's a saying that "God doesnt give us more than we can handle" bu,t quite honestly, I wonder, sometimes, if He must think that I am some kind of superwoman! Thanks everyone for keeping me in your thoughts. I will hopefully be back when things are on a more even keel. Love PT xxx
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    Feet and inches

    There's a simple answer to solve that one... Put one hayf-crown in one pocket, and the other one in the other side. You'd balance out then, surely? lol
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    It's Plain Talker - an update

    Thank you all, for your condolences and kind words. I really appreciate them. It's been a struggle for the last while. As strong as (I think that) I am, I've honestly felt like I've been "buckling" more than a little under the strain.
  5. A new image of what missing boy Ben Needham may look like has been released today. He went missing in greece at the age of 21 months. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/7036519.stm
  6. As I was going through Barkers Pool this morning, I was astounded to see a group of low-lives, who were fishing, out of the fountains, the change that people had thrown in for charity. I just could not believe how low some folks will stoop. Theivery at its lowest. (and no, it wasn't the authorised collectors, in case anyone was wondering!)
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    Hyde Park Flats Question?

    Park hill had some four bedroomed properties, Hyde park had a few four-bedroomed on the very top row(s) ST Johns Gardens, (and Bernard Gardens, and Cricket inn Gardens. The interiors of all three flat developments of that style (Park Hill Hyde Park and Kelvin) were identical in layout. the only difference was the very top floor of Hyde park which had a single storey. There were one-bed, two bed three bed and four bed flats on the top storey(s) there were bedsit flats in the corners of all three flats (remember they all had the Zig-Zag landing layout) and you could work out which flats were which by looking at the living room windows. then on Hyde Park, (But not on Park hill or Kelvin) there were two internal staircases on the biggest block with bedsit-flats opening off the stairs, three per storey, except on the landing level where there were none. There were two styles of flat whcih you went downstairs to on the main landigs, one was a two bedroomed flat with a separate living room and dining-kitchen. the other was a one- bedroomed flat which had a living-kitchen and a seperate bedroom. The two-storey maisonettes had two or three bedrooms, the living room of the two-bedroomed maisonette was directly above the living room of the three bedroomed maisonette next door, and on both maisonettes, the kitchen and back bedroom (above the kitchen) were side by side (IE the two kitchen balconies were adjacent to each other, each pair separated by a living room).
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    Hillsbrough park mess

    I went on Saturday, and there was practically nothing to see, about a dozen tents/stalls (Including the food vans) and a few funfair rides. i thought it was a poor showing considering it was supposed to be a celebration of sheffield. the ground was sodden so my chair got stuck in the mud. All in all fairly disapointing. I went to firth park festival on the sunday, and that had much more to see. and in a much smaller area.
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    Are there any prefabs left in sheffield?

    the Vic Hallam and the Finnegan houses that have recently been demolished were classed as Prefabricated in design. the Finnegans on Arbourthorne (Im not sure about the Vic Hallam) were built on a concrete raft, as the land was supposedly too wet to build on, so I am very suprised to see the new build that have just gone up as being standard construction. I asked for adaprations to my previous Finnegan property and the council refused on the grounds that it was a prefab. I argued the toss with them, and said "But you did exactly the same adaptations I need for Mrs bs next door but one on the terrace" "Ah but YOURS is a prefab so we can't do the adaptions!" But my hous is identical to Mrs B's... I am on the same terrace of houses as she is, my house is identical!" But we cant do the adaptations for yours... It's a prefab!" *rinse and repeat...* So I ended up being moved to where I am now, which is adapted for my needs.
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    Happy Valley - brill or what?

    You are correct, Sheffield was indeed in the West Riding Of Yorkshire. There's no South riding. The term comes from the Norse "Thirding", from being divided into three.
  11. Ive just had a letter from social services telling me my care payment is going up by another £22-odd a week. Which means I will be paying over £140 a week for my 11.5 hours care. I'm disgusted.
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    How do you know??

    Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.This is the only thing I can give…The love I left behind. – Author Unknown
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    Old Sheffield dialect

    Aye, 'tis. Thar't reight. Sum as laiks mundies, sum laiks tuesdies sum even laiks wensdies!
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    Sharrow Lane School

    sadly, yes it is now a Tesco. The congregation dwindled so badly, up to the closure in approx 2006 (its centenary year for the building of the extension, making it all the more poignant) that by the end, there was often less members of the congregation in attendance than the staff (vicar and organist). The congregation was merged with Highfield Trinity (formerly Brunswick Trinity) down the road, opposite St Barnabas' Church.
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    Assistance dogs

    fantastic. all the best, hope it ges smoothly, Peaches!
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    Making a complaint to iD mobile

    I went to ID last may when they were new. I had had enough of them by the time I had been with them two weeks. signal - I'm lucky if I can get one bar.. They wont turn the voicemail off, and none of the codes they gave me work. The customer service , both their knowledge and their attitude is abysmal. I'm locked into a 2-year contract, till May next year, and I am only marking time until the contract is up. I would not recommend anyone to touch Id with a bargepole.
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    Accidents on Kelvin Flats

    That's just vile, Daven! I remember the black sacks of rubbish that were collected on, I think, Thursday mornings. tenants weren't meant to put them out till the actual morning of 'bin day', but they often put them out last thing at night, the night before. The drunkards would make their way along the landings, at god-all knows what times of the night, and throw the bags over. it was annoying. I remember the landlady of the Target pub, she used to walk her three little dogs (Yorkies I STR) last thing, after the pub closed. She and the dogs would have to dodge the bags as they landed. Stupid, stupid actions.
  18. betterman and Fadi both need to learn about what the definition of jihad is. (and the major, major differences between the Greater Jihad and the Lesser Jihad.) ---------- Post added 18-01-2016 at 15:49 ---------- If you can, look up the words "Exegesis" and "Hermeneutics" in the dictionary. ---------- Post added 18-01-2016 at 15:52 ---------- I prefer to sell on Ebay, myself. ---------- Post added 18-01-2016 at 15:54 ---------- Was that because a wind farm would use up all the renewable energy, just like erm... solar power, erm.... would? ---------- Post added 18-01-2016 at 15:56 ---------- the best Desmond Dekker record ever!
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    What makes you angry?

    I went away with my best friend to Torquay about 20, months ago. The hotel had been instructed that as we are both wheelchair users we needed to be in a ground floor accessible room. We discovered that another person, from another coach party had been assigned to the accessible room. We were given a awful room, on the top floor. The room was filthy and damp, (the flat roof above was leaking like a sieve) and we could not get into the lift with a wheelchair, so had to use rollator-walking frame 'deelies', which also barely fitted in the lift. the lift door was manually opened and was too heavy. The room door itself was not wide enough to get the walking frames through and there was a floorboard missing which caused me to fall. We nicknamed the place Fawlty Towers. We were on the look out for Basil and Sybil. We complained and we were moved to a slightly more accessible and better accommodated place, across the road.
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    Assistance dogs

    My dog was my own dog, which they initially assessed for his temperament, intelligence and behaviour etc, before being accepted for training. He passed their assessment and was then trained over about a year to 18 months,to the assistance dog standards that all assistance dogs are trained to, such as hygiene in food shops and restaurants etc. As he was my own dog we already had a rapport and a connection, which I'm sure you will quickly build with your assigned dog. ---------- Post added 18-01-2016 at 13:16 ---------- Kane passed away at the grand age of 15 , seven years ago, now, and I still miss him dreadfully.
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    Assistance dogs

    Congratulations on being accepted for a Canine Partner for Independance, Peaches. My old dog, Kane, was a support dog, and he made such a difference to my life.
  22. I tell the driver as I present the pass (Or my companion travelling with me presents it, as that's often easier as its difficult to reach the scanner thing) that it's a "Plus 1 pass".
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    Arabic learning in Sheffield

    You don't have to be a Muslim to go to the Muslim Welfare House classes, as far as I understand.
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    The Sheffield monorail that never happened

    If it worked for North Haverbrook.... lol
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    Another soft judge

    The bleeding heart judge a few,weeks ago that sentenced the so and so that sexually assaulted three of my nephews, and tried to kill two of them when he was caught was pathetic. He was found guilty on all five counts. She ordered that he pay.... wait for it.... FIFTEEN POUNDS per child, given a 2 year supervision order, and has not even been ordered to sign the sex offenders register. It's an absolute insult. I am appalled and extremely angry. I feel like my nephews have been betrayed by the justice system. I have seen harsher punishments meted out for talking in class. Mods please note no identifiers of either the convicted nor the victims have been given. If necessary I will provide details of the date of trial and date of sentencing, in this case to verify what I am saying. I do not want to see the convicted person lynched. However I strongly feel he should have been put in a,secure unit where he can cause no harm to other children like my nephews, going on this conviction and his known previous propensity for sexual and physical violence.
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