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My husband and I recently visited this hotel on a holiday booked through Virgin Holidays in the UK. Virgin were well aware of the fact that I am a wheelchair user, and said that the property was suitable for us. All was going well, check in was reasonably swift, lifts were working, get to the room, open the room door, great, so far so good. Into the room; and whilst basic, was what I would call a typical 3* hotel room. However, this is were the problem started. The wheelchair would not fit through the bathroom door; and the toilet and bath was quite some distance from the door. When we went to reception to see why we hadn't been put in an adapted room, we were told that Virgin Holidays hadn't made them aware that my wife was a wheelchair user, and they didn't realise this (you would have thought that a person sitting in a wheelchair in front of you when checking in might have been a clue!). Anyway, they only have 1 disabled adapted room. It has been adapted by removing the door from the bathroom. However, even if the door had been removed, the entry would still have been too narrow to fit a wheelchair through. Other issues to steer clear if you're a wheelchair user: 1) The hotel shops, which are quite varied, are up about 15 steps; there is no ramp or lift. 2) The way to get down to the pool is to take the lift to the basement, exit to a raised level, then down a VERY steep ramp. The ramp is far too steep to be taken forwards, and can not be negotiated backwards without some stopping the wheelchair from tipping over. 3) The indoor bar (The Cricket Club), which is where most of the evening entertainment is held, is accessible only by going up a couple of stairs, this takes you to the bar level, to get to the main seating area, you then have to go down about 5 stairs. The Water Park was great. It had a lazy river to float around on your rubber ring, and a nice whirlpool area. <
br>But come 6.00pm without any notice they turn off the lazy river and whirlpool. Not nice if you are only halfway round the lazy river at the time. The one saving grace of the hotel was the Italian restaurant, which is included within the All-Inclusive package. Our waiter (John Lewis) had us in stitches with his "Yeah Mon" and not forgetting the "Moo Juice" to go with our cup of tea!
I'm not sure why, but i can't wait for every Tuesday to come round so i can buy TV Quick. TV Quick is cheaper than most womans magazines, which makes it good value for money. Not only is it a TV Listings guide, but it contains many true life stories some happy others sad and some that are funny. Theres also a competition puzzle where you can win a cash prize. It has a medical page, a section where you can write to an agony guy about money problems and advice. There is also a angony aunt page dedicated to all your problems. On top of this it has loads of information about tv programes that are starting soon, but my dfavorite bit is reading all the soap infomation. Catching up on whats happening and what is going to happen. It's well worth a read.
i am with cellnet but quite often can get no signal in my area. I was worried about what would happen in an emmergancy if i needed to use my mobile and couldn't get a signal. I noticed that Virgin are selling sim cards at £12.50, this price includes £10.00 worth of calls. So i bought one and carry the spare sim around with me. This is a good cheap option as the sim only really costs £2.50, and £2.50 for peace of mind is great value for money. The good thing is if you want to top up more credit, there is no service charge to pay and your top up voucher does not expire. So if you have problems with coveridge in your area try virgin, if they have coverage in your area it would be invaluable in an emergancy.
www.personalmd.com is a site that you can fill in all your medical records like allegies and medication, and anything else medical. There is a facility for you to fax in doctors or hospital peports so that they appear on your record. When you first register you get sent through a free card with your name, medical condition, and next of kin details on it. Even though the site is american based it can still be used by other countries. There is also an emergency facility, where a doctor can call a number or go to the web site, enter in your special emergancy number and can access certain areas that you have agreed to so that they know as much infomation about your medical history, as possible which helps if you have been rushed into hospital in an emergancy. There are other facilitys on the site like an medical dictonary, and drug list. You can also pay for things like medication reminders etc. But most of the site is completely free. Well worth a visit, have a look and i'm sure you won't be disapointed. --------------.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.----------- --------- 25th June 2004 Update... This site now charges for it's services. Even though it is still a good site, I do not think it's worth paying $7.00 a month for.
www.thehungersite.com is well worth a visit. For every day you visit this site they will donate up to 1 1/2 cups of staple food to a hungry person. The site has a few sponsors adverts on the site, but it is upto you wether you visit the sponsors site or not. If you do than they are more likely to advertise again, which will increase the amount of food given to the hugrey people. So just a few minutes once a day will cost you nothing but will help keep people alive in the poorer countries. Please just have a look and see for your self.
Freemoney is a site based at www.freemoney.fm Once you have registered you just have to visit daily or less often if you want and answer a few questions. Each day someones name is drawn and they win £1000 UKP. A few people i know off a newsgroup have won. The down side is sometimes the questions are very personal and other times you get the same questions over and over again. Also you are allowed to have more than one person from a household enter but becareful as Mr Free has disqualified several winners recently because the winners had entered several times a day every day under different email addresses but each address leads back to the same person. So as long as you don't mind answering a few questions and you only enter once per day per person than good luck and maybe you will be one of the winners coming away a £1000 pounds richer. Also at the moment after you have submitted your answers there is a chance to win more money by playing crack the safe where you have to guess an 8 digit number to win again this is only one atempt per person per day.
I have been visiting the Tombola site since it started quite a few months ago. The games load in quickly, thou some people have complained that the site is slow. I have never encountered any problems with the site. The games are a bit on the dull side but their well worth playing as there is money to be won. I have won twice now. £157 a few months ago and £20 a week ago. The webmaster is very quick to send out a conformation email and the cheques have arrived at mine in under a week each time. I would really recomend this site and for those who haven't won yet hang in there and good luck.
The dome was created by our goverment who promised that it would be acessable to all, especially the disabled. The dome has disabled parking spaces which have the extra space for a wheelchair to get in and out of the car. Unfortunatly the car park staff do not knew where these spaces are, even when you find them they have a barrier stopping you from reaching them. After an arguement with the staff my partner had to get out and move the barrier to get to these spaces. A few cars where already parked there. None of them had the disabled orange badge displayed but all of them had a sticker up the window saying staff. Lots of attractions where unsuitable for wheelchairs like the learning zone. All the tables with learning games on them where to high so i could not take part. The display of the night view of london was behind glass, this would have been ok except the glass started halfway up with the bottom being a blacked out wall. The glass started above my head so i couldn't see the display. In the zone where the robots are, there is an area where you can control some robots. Unfortunatly this has a wall around it so i could not see let alone have a go. When i complained i was told well we have put a tv screen above the area so you can watch what is going on, but unfortunatly it is out of order at the moment and will take a few weeks before it will be working. I went to watch the big show in the middle of the dome and was directed to the wheelchair area. Unfortunatly any carers or partners had to sit two or three metres behind the wheelchair area. I came to the dome with my partner and wanted to be able to see the show with him, the disability advisor who we complained too, said that we were being awkward and it wouldn't harm to be appart for a while. Would you be happy if you took your girl/boy friend to the cinema and had to sit 7 rows appart no well we tried to explain it to the guy but he would not listen. The government should be taken to court for br
eaking the Disability Discrimination Law, which they set up. I don't think we could win against them. There are many other zones that were not suitable and i will not be returning or recomending the dome to anyone.
There is a site called BrainBench. there web site is www.brainbench.com You login and can do several tests free of charge and recieve a certificate through the post. At the moment there is a special offer on where you can sit even more exams free of charge as they are not charging for them at the moment. Some of the free exams i have taken are: Computer Technician, Internet Explorer 4 User, Keyboard Typist, MS Excell Power User, MS Outlook Express, Windows 95 & 98 Power User, Windows 95 & 98 Administrator and many more. The good thing is you are told immediatly weather you passed or failed and you can resit the exams as well. The certificates are really good quality.
Fitness First in Telford recently started advertising for new members. The thing that got me interested was that they kept claiming that even people who were un-employed could afford there rates. I am unable to work due to a disability but was interested in joining to try to strenthen my arms to help me move my wheelchair. They made it sound affordable. I went in and asked about prices and was made to fill in a form, speak to an advisor and have a grand tour before they even started to give me prices. it turned out they wanted £100 joining fee, a £15 administration fee and the minimum monthly fee would be £21 I told them that i would want to visit them in the evenings when my partner would be there to support me if i did to much and couldn't propell my wheelchair i was told that it would cost us both £31 a month. So for the first month it would cost us £292 pounds. I get benefit and my partner works but even still this is rather a steep amount of money to pay out. I asked them if they had special rates for the unemployed as they said it would be affordable for the unemployed, they responded with "We think our rates are affordable for everyone and the unemployed should easily be able to afford this. I am really upset that even now they still claim to be affordable for everyone when clearly they are not.