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General Discussion / Plumbing Apprentiships
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:17:20 PM »
Anyone know of any firms/plumbers who take an apprentice?

Can't the same be said for 'Cheapest Booze' shops though  :(

Can't they just change what they put into the L/H's and put any old substance in even if it may be poisonous  - just because it can be 'legally bought'   

I don't know what the borough is thinking of for allowing these kinds of shops into our town.
Shame on them!

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: 40 Steps
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:59:19 PM »
Some great photo's being posted on here Pete.  (y)

Strange things do indeed happen.  Years ago (sometime in the 1980's) I suddenly had an awareness of a nasty pong in our bedroom.  It was the kind of fishy smell you associate with wiring melting or overheating in plugs or sockets.  Husband couldn't smell it, and neither could the kids.  Just me.  However, just to appease me, husband checked all the plugs and sockets and they were all fine.  Friends made the usual witty suggestions of smelly socks under the bed etc. and I did actually check but there were none.

The smell was there for months and even used to wake me in the middle of the night.  I'd shake husband awake and he could never smell it because the moment I made him aware the bloody pong disappeared.  It was worse in the middle of the day when I was in the house on my own. 

One morning, after husband and kids had left for work and school, I was in the bedroom getting ready for work and the smell came, but this time so strong it made my eyes water.  It was all around me too as if I was in some kind of cloud.  It scared me no end, and I got a bit hysterical.  Stern words were issued from me along with tears of anger and frustration, then I felt it shift.  It seemed to hang in a gap between the bedroom door and the wardrobe (a space of about 9 inches).  I sat on the bed feeling very upset and wondering what (and who) it was.  After that episode, I never smelled it again.

I discussed it with several people who I know are sensitive to this stuff and was told by each of them independently that I'd been having visitations.  It didn't mean me any harm and couldn't help the accompanying pong.  I often wondered if it had been my mum but knowing her she'd have brought the fragrance of Miss Dior with her, not the smell of rotting cod!

It's something I'll never forget and just in case it WAS my mum, I've apologised to her times many for getting hysterical.

That sounds very familiar Gerty. It sounds as if you had the type of experience I get.
I think you did right in speaking out loud to acknowledge the smell as I have found doing this seems to 'settle' things down.

The smells have never really bothered me TBH apart from the one time when I was sh@@ scared as like you it happened in the night.

I'll go into that another time

The day my Mum died (I was on holiday - 2 weeks off work), I was at home pottering about.
A knock at the door. I answered it, it was my Mum's partners relation to tell me my Mum had passed away on holiday in Turkey.
I was alone at home. I looked at a baby photo of me on top of a bookcase & it was dusty and I got the message clean it. I moved 2 or 3 small empty beer bottles off the table and it was like someone blew accross the top of the bottle. This was inside the house.
I opened the back kitchen door to put the bottles in the bin, and 3 empty containers (detergent bottles destined for the bin)  on the outside window sill (no wind at all) threw themselves on the floor.
Any atheist can challenge this - but I believe the soul lives on after death - for a short while, probably until the service of burial or cremation which releases the soul to where it needs to go.

It sounds as if your mum was telling you to put the bottles in the bin scimitar and get some dusting done!

My brother ( a non believer ) recounted to me that shortly after our youngest brother died last year he was lying on the sofa at home when a breeze wafted across his face. My brother got up and checked the windows.
They were closed so no explanation about that.

When I said it would be our youngest brother he said Nah - no such thing!

I reminded him that he had obviously thought it 'may have been' as he had told me!

No one should be so great that they are allowed to get away with unacceptable behaviour no matter how popular they are.
Justice has been served and rightly so.

It's ruled that letters sent to Politicians are to be made public, I know the Royals are not supposed to get involved with our Politics but I don't agree with this decision.
Had it been made clear to Prince Charles that any letters sent by him to Politicians could be made public I would have agreed, as it stands though I don't think this is right.

General Discussion / Re: Digital TV Signal dodgy
« on: March 26, 2015, 09:52:49 AM »
How does that work gerty???

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Hypocrisy or irrelevant?
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:39:15 PM »
If the council chief is supposedly 'selling Chesterfield as a great place to live' then maybe he/she should be promoting that by living in Chesterfield.

That's what's wrong with British politics now. It's started to be personality politics where we are voting for the man not the party.

Not sure how Cameroon got in then - he's an arse!

Old Chesterfield Photos / Re: Holywell Street
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:49:12 PM »
Never seen that one before Pete - is that a lollipop lady/man or just someone waving?

General Discussion / Re: Smart Meters
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:47:47 PM »
I know a chap who had one installed and he writes down the figures every single day.For the first few months he was obsessed and used to sit and watch the meters figures changing.
He reliably informed me that the figures scoot round quickly when the toaster and kettle are on.I don't think he has had tea and toast for breakfast since.

 :)) and that's what I meant about my hubby getting obsessed with it, would drive me bonkers
First one to say I am bonkers will suffer when I see them!  :))

Never seen anything like niche or scimitar and the strangest thing ever was engine drivers wife  :-?  ;)

Anyway what changed my belief was a year after my grandfather had spent New year with us.
It was the week in between Christmas and new year.

Our house was a large family sized semi and the front room which had previously been a shop until we bought the property was used for family parties.

We had a large stone bar built ( they were 'in' at the time ' and a large highly polished table in the centre which when we lifted the top off was a snooker table ( bought from Cantors I think down near the pomegranite)?

Anyway at the far end of the room was a display cabinate and the first particular day I walked across to the cabinate and could faintly 'smell' perfume - thought nothing of it at the time.
Following day I could smell it again - thought nothing of it.
day after it was stronger, so I asked my hubby if he had spilled and after shave ( he shaved in there for some reason)
He said no.
I asked my daughter if she had been spraying perfume - she said no.
Neither of them could smell anything, only me?

Over the week the smell got stronger and on the last day as soon as I opened the door to enter the room I could smell this beautiful perfume and recognised it as Freesia.
Walking to the back of the bar to put back clean glasses I just stood thinking and taking in the smell.

For some reason a light switched on in my thick head and I spoke out loud.
Just saying 'It's you isn't it grandad'

I left the room and next time I went in the smell had gone.

Confused isn't the word to use but I can't describe my mixed emotions and so many questions.

After this incident I did occasionally smell fag smoke ( we didn't smoke - grandfather did ) around the house and used to acknowledge the smell by speaking out loud.

I've actually lived in a very old cottage with 'a presence' and although I never saw the lady my late partner did - and he was a non believer ( until then).

Strange things do happen!

Latest News - taken from the benefit and Works.

Working age claimants are likely to face an average cut in income of over £19 a week if the Conservatives form the next government . The drastic drop, likely to be taken from housing benefit (HB), employment and support allowance (ESA), disability living allowance (DLA) and personal independence payment (PIP), will be needed to allow the Tories to cut £12 billion from benefits spending.

Cuts timetable
The cuts will come in the years 2016-17 and 2017-18, after the current agreed spending round ends.

The chancellor’s plan is to have huge cuts in these two years, followed by much more modest cuts in 2018-19 and then a big surplus to pay for giveaways in the year leading up to the 2020 election.

bar chart showing planned cuts

Target benefits
The Tories are still refusing to say which benefits will be cut until after the election.

But the reality is that pensioner benefits, which make up well over half the benefits bill, are entirely protected.

And the proposed limiting of child benefit to the first three children would save just £300 million.

While cuts to housing benefit for some under 25s could save as little as £50 million.

So, the only place cuts can realistically come from is working age benefits. And Jobseeker’s allowance makes up only a tiny proportion of these, so rising employment will make little difference.

Jobseeker’s allowance is expected to cost just £2.39 billion in 2016-17, compared to:

Employment and support allowance: £14.47 billion
Disability living allowance: £10.11 billion
Housing benefit: £24.8 billion
Personal independence payment: 4.78 billion
The benefit that was supposed to transform the system and save billions, universal credit, doesn’t even make up one hundredth of a percent of the benefits bill and the DWP refuse to make predictions about future totals.

£2,000 per claimant
According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the cuts the chancellor has outlined so far, primarily a freeze on the uprating of most working age benefits, including the ESA personal allowance but not the two additional components, would save just £2 billion.

So that still leaves around £10 billion in cuts to be absorbed by the 5 million working age claimants in the UK. That’s a terrifying £2,000 per claimant over two years, averaging out at over £19 a week.

We have no way of knowing how the chancellor plans to make these cuts.

But it could be a combination of measures such as abolishing the work-related activity component of ESA; removing the lower rate of DLA care and/or mobility for working age claimants; making the points system for PIP much harsher; reducing the percentage of rent that housing benefit covers . . . and much more.

Tax credits
One possible way out of devastating cuts for sick and disabled claimants would be for the chancellor to pile a large part of the cuts on to tax credits. But there are major problems with this.

Firstly, ‘welfare’ has a precise meaning for a chancellor – particularly one delivering a budget – and tax credits are not part of the welfare budget at all, so Osborne would have clearly been misleading voters and the commons.

More importantly, the Tories have resolutely divided people into ‘strivers’ and ‘skivers’ over the past five years. ‘Skivers’ get ‘welfare’, ‘strivers’ go out to work and get tax credits if they are on a low income. The reality, of course, is very different, but this is the tale politicians and the press tell.

If it turns out that Osborne was pretending he was going to hit the ‘skivers’ with another round of cuts , but in reality planned to slash the incomes of millions of ‘strivers’ instead, his reputation will suffer enormous harm. So too will the idea that work always pays more than benefits.

The Tory party will quite possibly recover from the damage by the time of the next election, but George’s chances of becoming the next leader of the Conservatives in 2018 or 2019 will probably have been irreparably damaged.

It’s very unlikely to be a risk he wants to take.

“Radical changes” will be needed, says IFS
It’s not just Benefits and Work that is arguing that the chancellor will have to make radical cuts to disability benefits and housing benefit.

Paul Johnston of the IFS told the BBC, following the budget:

“He has told us he wants to freeze working age benefits. That will save up to about £2 billion. That’s something he has told us. It’s the other £10 billion we know nothing about.

“It’s of course possible to cut benefits by £10 billion or £12 billion, if that’s what you really want to do.

“But you need to recognise especially if you’re protecting pensioners which the conservatives have said they want to do, this will involve radical changes to, for example, the housing benefit system, big cuts to child benefit, big cuts to disability benefits.

“These are the big benefits. If you want to save £10 billion you have to find radical things to do to those big parts of the benefits system.”

Labour and Tories no different?
Our ‘Benefits sanctions and deaths survey’ found that 59.5% of respondents thought that the Conservatives would be harshest with claimants, but 40% believed Labour and the Conservatives are as bad as each other.

In truth, all the indications so far are that the Conservatives will be vastly worse for claimants.

Labour are only aiming to make a total of £7 billion in cuts over the course of the next parliament, compared with the Conservatives £30billion.

We are no fans of Labour here at Benefits and Work. We despise the way they have privatised chunks of the benefits system and helped to demonise claimants.

But, for the coming five years, we have absolutely no doubt which party will plunge millions of claimants into unbearable poverty and, like Tory minister Hugo Swire, find it all mildly amusing.


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