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  • in reply to: Reheating curry and rice #1222

    kat
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    I always bin the leftover rice and have the reheated curry on toast later in the week. Delicious.

  • in reply to: My dentist has given me toothache :( #1153

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    Ibuprofen is your friend.

  • in reply to: Automatic Opt-in for Organ Donation. #1041

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    I opted in decades ago and also made sure my relatives all know my feelings on the matter. It led to a fruitful family discussion, and within a few months the whole family had opted in.

    I think the “opt out” concept is excellent (those who are really against it for some reason can remove themselves – I also believe that opting out of giving should automatically opt someone out of receiving as well, but that’s probably a bit too biblical of me), BUT it doesn’t remove the necessity for continued discussion on the topic, publicly but also within families.

  • in reply to: Sheffield mayor bans Trump #1019

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    Leaving aside the minor point that a Mayor cannot ban anyone from their town…..the trouble with this kind of stunt and pic is that it’s a 20 seconds giggle but for ever afterwards if he has a serious point to make the response will be ‘Oh , he’s the bloke in the sombrero and T-shirt. You can’t take anything he says seriously’

  • in reply to: Remote accommodation for a weekday break #947

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    We recently stayed here https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/7751966?s=51

    OK, there are a couple of cottages nearby, including the owner’s, but we didn’t hear a peep from them and they were very hands-off in their approach to us. They were there if we had a problem, but otherwise they left us well alone.
    There is a farm down the track so you do get the tractor/quads going past, with sheep and dogs. That doesn’t bother me though, in fact I rather liked it.
    The views are superb – nothing but sheep for as far as the eye can see. On a clear day you can see Scafell Pike and other mountains. It’s just beautiful.
    There is some lovely walking directly off the cottage site, across the fell, past Devoke Water and up the nearby Devoke Seat.
    Facilities were lovely, brand new kitchen which was really nice to cook in, and you can get eggs and pork from the owners and feed the chickens (and pigs, if they have any at the time you’re staying).
    25 mins drive to nearest village with pub, though there’s a very small post office/village shop a bit closer.
    Great base from which to explore the Lakes.

    Might not be remote enough for you, we certainly found it quiet enough though

  • in reply to: NHS pay #924

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    @prashobh There’s pressure and then there’s pressure though isn’t there. Trying to resuscitate an infant in cardiac arrest, surrounded by hysterical family members, you’re first on scene and on your own because you’re driving the RRV that night, it’s 4:00AM so your body clock means that you’re not quite firing on all cylinders and back up is still 10 minutes away.

    Bit more pressure than trying to unjam an uncooperative photocopier.

  • in reply to: Exercising a dog on a lead – how hard is it? #879

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    Often the reason some dogs cannot be trusted off the lead is simply because they are never allowed off the lead. The key is during puppy hood to try to trust the dog. The more time off the lead (in responsible places) the better. The dog learns that being off lead is the norm and on lead the exception. This combined with recall whistle training done in the correct way and utilised only when necessary (not the classic… FIDO FIDO FIDO COME HERE every five seconds that the dog soon learns to ignore) will make the dog a trustworthy and more enjoyable animal to walk.

    I have a whippet. Typically one of the least naturally trustworthy dogs off lead. They are bred to chase. I spent months on her as a puppy. She is fully whistle trained and is fully trained to heel, wait and leave.

    It is not easy, and it takes hours of patience. Some dogs require treats every single time the perform a ‘wait’, a recall or any command (Great Dane, Whippet (I have to carry a tin with me)), some are happy to please and easy to train (Labs, Spaniels). The choice of dog you own should be at least in part influenced by how confident you are you can train it.

    But when anyone claims a ‘dog cant be trusted off the lead’ I’m afraid my brain flicks to the high probability that that is because the owner has not spent the considerable time and effort to make sure it can. And this is why I think people should be required to go to dog training classes with their dog as well as dog behavioural theory classes before owning a dog.

  • in reply to: Exercising a dog on a lead – how hard is it? #878

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    What Jenny said – they do get more exercise off-lead, but only a selfish arse doesn’t get their dog under control when required. My dog’s quite reactive to other dogs when she’s on her lead, so I keep her out of the way of other dogs and focus on distracting her, not helped when other dog owners let their dogs bound up to her – at which point she goes bananas and they look really offended. It’s not very helpful. Just because I love my dog, doesn’t mean everyone else has to.

    Sadly @nomad, with my dog training hat on, you’re likely reinforcing the behaviour of your dog. Your dog would benefit from socialisation training and positive reinforcement to ignore other dogs while on the lead. Your distraction and concern gives your dog reason to feel something is wrong.

    I’m one of the minority that believes it is up to the owner to make sure their dog is well socialised and not up to other owners whose dogs are socialised to assume everyone else’s are not. Sorry. Dogs naturally are social beings. If they can’t handle other dogs… there’s only one reason.

  • in reply to: EasyJet Cancellation and BMC insurance #1180

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    No. Rightly as it turned out, I suspected that the EasyJet solution would be a multiday journey home. I figured my only chance of getting home the next day (and so to work on Monday) was to make my own arrangements. With 200 people all looking to get from Geneva to Edinburgh at a busy holiday time, on a route which only EasyJet flight direct, options were very limited. Initially, I’d rebooked on a cheaper Swiss Air flight to London but that to was cancelled. My policy said I was covered for flight cancellations up to £1,000. My costs (and claim) is for much less than that.

    Though I can’t quite get my head around the policy wording, “We will pay up to £1,000″, then exclusion no.15 says,”You are NOT covered for any claim where in Our opinion the estimated amount of compensation payment IS LESS THAN £1,000”

    From the policy (I’ve deleted the irrelevant bits)…

    Section 10 – Missed Departure/Missed Connection

    What You are covered for

    We will pay up to £1,000 in respect of reasonable additional Accommodation (room only) and travel expenses necessarily incurred to reach the overseas destination or to reach Home due
    to:

    1. scheduled Public Transport services failing to get You to Your destination in time due to strike, industrial action, adverse weather conditions or mechanical breakdown; or

    4. the outward or inward flight being delayed, to include Your missing a connecting flight.

    Note: You may claim only under or Section 8 – Journey Disruption including Airspace Closure, Section 9 – Delayed Departure or Section 10 – Missed Departure/Missed Connection, not under each section.

    What You are not covered for

    4. Claims not supported by a written report from the appropriate authorities.

    5. Withdrawal from service (temporary or otherwise) of an aircraft or sea vessel on the recommendation of the Civil Aviation Authority or a Port Authority or any such regulatory body in a country to/from which You are travelling.

    15. any claim where in Our opinion the estimated amount of compensation payment is less than £1,000 for each Insured Person.

  • in reply to: EasyJet Cancellation and BMC insurance #1176

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    I’d already given them a shed load of paperwork (email printouts) showing I was booked on the flight, the flight was cancelled and I rebooked with BA.

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