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  1. I agree with the broad concensus - it's great that we can now recycle plastics and bottles on our doorsteps, but who the hell thought a tiny little box without a lid or wheels was a good idea?! In addition, reading my information leaflet that came with the new box, I see that the council would like us to put our boxes and bins out by 7am on the morning of collection (okay, easy peasy, you can do it the night before), but then bring the emptied bins back in by 9am. So does the council expect us all to take a morning off work every bin day?!
  2. Ahhhh, I found a lovely big grasshopper chirping in a bush yesterday and managed to persuade him to sit on my hand for a while. He was beautiful. Insects don't bother me at all, although I wouldn't offer my hand for a wasp or bee to sit on, just because of the obvious sting risk. I'm not frightened - I just don't wanna get stung. But I can quite happily hold daddy long legs, cockroaches, slugs, ect... Spiders are a different matter though, I am so phobic, they literally reduce me to a jibbering, sobbing, trembling wreak!
  3. I know exactly what an analogy is thank you. I didn't miss your point. But the fact that you made it shows that you definitely missed mine; it was a very poor comparison, unless you are just trying to be pedantic. In which case there's little point in arguing with you anyway. Go back and re-read.
  4. I knew it would go over your head. Never mind. But surely common sense shows the obvious difference between getting wet, and wetting yourself? I realise that's quite a far fetched example, but I worry you won't be able to understand anything more subtle. I'm not going to reply again unless you come up with something sensible, that is worth replying to. At the moment you're clearly not reading my posts properly, and you're doing quite a good job of showing yourself up without any further help from me.
  5. No you're right I haven't got kids, but I'm just trying to show a bit of kindness towards parents who have and are struggling with them while out in public. If you need to take 10 minutes instead of two then that would be fine by me. Shame you and your friend wouldn't extend similar consideration to me if I got caught short and the disabled loo was the only option. Your friend would get an earful back if that was the case, and deservedly so IMO, as I would only use the disabled loo if I had a genuine need.
  6. Not quite. Judging by the post above I'm not sure that you'll be able to understand what I'm trying to say, but I'll try again: I am suggesting that we all try to consider the needs of others a little more before jumping on our high horses. Half of the posts on this thread have screamed 'me me me'. I just don't see what is wrong with a mum and baby using a disabled toilet if they need it and nobody else is using it. It's called empathy. And for the record, I'm not a mother. Nor am I a "kiddie person" - quite the opposite in fact. But I can see how difficult it would be to juggle a baby or toddler, pram and bags full of shopping when you are busting for a wee. Perhaps it's the planners that are at fault for not providing enough appropriate facilities for all, but in that case why can't we all just be sensible about it and accomodating towards the needs of others? And I didn't say I'd use a disabled toilet because it was convenient. I said I'd use it if I was desperate, the other loos were full, and there was no disabled person around. There's a difference. It's about been sensible about your needs, balancing them with the needs of others, and trying to show a little flexibilty and empathy all round. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I won't be surprised if this goes completely over your head, but at least I've tried.
  7. Now then, I fully understand that going about your business as a disabled person poses challenges. My mum has a very close friend who is in a wheelchair so I know from outings with her how useful disabled parking spaces ect can be. But I also think that if disabled people expect to be shown consideration then they should extend similar consideration to others. We live in an age of equality, so disabled people can't have it all ways. We all have to wait in a toilet queue occasionally, and yes it's annoying when you're desperate, but that's life. I'm really shocked that the OP could be so narrow-minded as to begrudge the use of the disabled loo to a mum struggling with small children and a push chair, just so her mother can enjoy the luxury of an immediate wee! Surely they could wait at the door for two minutes like the rest of us often have to do in public toilets. If we really want to stamp out disability discrimination then I think it needs to come from both sides. I'm often slowed down as I go about my business by ending up stuck behind a wheel chair or a person walking slowly with sticks. Do I shove them out of the way? No. Do I begrudge them for taking their time? Of course not. So I would hope that they would show similar consideration towards me. And for the record, yes I would use the disabled toilet if I was desperate, the other's were engaged and there was no disabled person in sight. I would do so quickly, and I would expect to be shown consideration by any disabled person who happened to arrive outside the cubicle within the two minutes I was using it.
  8. This has really made my blood boil. Drowning would be too good for the heartless b*stard who did this, but I'd happily hold his head under water anyway.
  9. Ahhhh, I think it's lovely. If you can't be bothered to find the owner then I'm sure if you call the RSPCA an inspector will come and take it away and trace the owner themselves.
  10. White vans - As a general rule the more men there are piled onto the front seats, the more aggressive the driving will be. Florescent tabards are a sure sign that they will holler out of the window at women as well. 4x4s - A top tip is to look for the tow bar. If there isn't one, then you have found a Chelsea Tractor, and should proceed with caution. Anticipate moronic driving and give it a wide berth, especially around junctions. BMWs - When driven by males these cars seem to be magnetically attracted to the car in front. You will be able to see the pores on the nose of the driver through your rear view mirror. Bicycles - Expect erratic behavior at all times and a complete disregard for any part of the Highway Code, coupled by a staunch belief that all car drivers are out to get them. People on foot should also beware, especially at pedestrian crossings.
  11. I've done that a couple of times, not for a long time though, I got into the habit of tightening it after I did it during a family dinner. Twas quite funny... ***Spits out a load of food, roots around in it, triumphantly plucks out remaining bar and ball, goes to find a mirror*** Grandma wasn't happy!
  12. I am always a little ray of sunshine!
  13. Why? Define 'better' or 'worse'. When Man U lost the FA cup final a few weeks ago many of their supporters started to leave the grounds before the final whistle. At least at the Champions League final the majority of Liverpool fans were sporting and stayed to applaud the winners. What some people seem to be forgetting is that these statistics don't take into account the fact that generally a higher number of Liverpool fans make the effort to travel to matches abroad than supporters of many other clubs, and also that Liverpool has played more games in Europe recently that many other British clubs. More fans + more matches = more incidents. But if they broke it down so the incidents were proportional to the number of supporters traveling from each club, and the number of games played by each club, plus taking into account the level of trouble caused (ie, forged tickets being lower on the scale than the deaths or injuries cause by some of the other recent incidents not involving Liverpool fans), then Liverpool would come out much more favorably. It's just finger pointing.
  14. I think it very much depends on the circumstances, how mature the child is, the location where they will be alone, ect. but I voted 8-12. I think it would be fine to leave a mature 10-year-old alone in the house while you popped to the shops. I was pretty shocked when I first heard the news that Maddy's parents had left her and her two younger siblings alone, as I really think that three-years-old and below is too young to be left without someone at least in the next room. Not with a view to the child being abducted, as you never expect a thing like that, but more in terms of accidents if one of them woke up and started wandering around the apartment. Having said all that, I think the level of condemnation they have received so soon after the event, when their child is still missing, is a bit inappropriate. I think what they have been going through for the last few weeks, and what they will have to live with for the rest of their lives, is enough without people and organisations like the NSPCC laying the blame on.
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