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To which pigeon hole do i fit? I am a carer, and a very loving one, i look after my husband, who is spinal injury, BUT i am also a qualified credit controller, and ran my own business for 11 years. I had to give up my career to look after my hubby as the two were not compatible. Although my hubby is entitled to full time care, i did not want a stranger in my home looking after the hubby i promised to love and cherish forever, therefore i am paid, by the government a paltry sum of £42.45p per week, i am only entitled to this if i care for my husband for over 35 hours per week, what a joke. This is full time work, and i have lost all private pension rights as i can not afford to pay for them privately, apart from state pension if it still exists when i get to retirement age! My argument is and always will be, that we, as an army of carers are not recognised by the government or the general public, and are in effect saving the government a fortune in private care. If i was a qualified nurse i could charge a fortune, but instead i am paid the minimum wage of a 21 year old, is anyone else in full time employment for just over £40 per week, except the young ones just out of school. We had a pay rise last year of just 70p, everyone was up in arms over pensioners, quite rightly so, but not a word in our favour. I have no idea what unemployment benefit is these days, but i do know that if i signed on the dole (where i may be better off) i would be expected to find a job, but how can i. All carers should be recognised for the very necessary and vital role they play in society, and everyone in the country should also realize that, we are more often than not, fulfilling the role of a nurse in our homes, and we should be able to have the financial rewards that other people are free to persue. I may be in the wrong place to sound off about such matters, but everyone should be aware, so the next time you see someone in a wheel
chair, say hello, they do have brains and are just unfortunate, and also their carers who look after them every day.
I am really new to mp3 and music sites, so when i enquired after this new phonomenon i was directed to napster, which is the most well known. Unfortunately, for me, this came too late, as the site was almost closed due to court cases, so i went in search of different ones, although there were plenty i found downloading time excessive and difficult, so abandoned the idea until i had more information. I duly did my homework and tackled the sites with much more confidence, then along came audiogalaxy!! I registered with this site as instructed, downloaded the music i wanted (if it was available) and happily switched off my computer content that i had done something at last. The following day i switched on my computer as normal, but it did not behave as normal, there were major delays in accessing my desktop, unusual adverts and a general slowing down of the whole system, time to fetch the expert (hubby), he examined recently downloaded programs and enquired as to how many files i had downloaded the previous evening, as i had only downloaded audiogalaxy and a few music files, this was easy to answer, but the computer told a very different story. This site had managed to download no less than six programs onto my hard drive which proceeded to dominate the whole thing, they were all duly deleted and everything returned to normal, now you would think that was the end of the matter! but no I have today received an e-mail from my daughter, who downloaded the napster website last night, she now reports that it has completely wiped out her usual e-mails, she can receive them, but can not send any e-mails out, without error notices giving her the information, as this was the only site she has downloaded for a while she investigated, and discovered that not only has she downloaded the music but umpteen other files as well!! Having checked out the chat rooms to gain information, i have learnt that many others have experience
d these problems too, and so downloading music from the internet is not free or easy, unless you know how to put these things right, or know someone who does, it could result in a very expensive visit from your local pc retailer. If anyone can give me help on how to avoid the pitfalls (or mistakes if i am at fault) then i would advise everyone to be cautious and look very carefully at what is being downloaded and when, do not leave the computer to download files by itself or you could easily end up with the problems i have encoutered.
What a magazine, when we first ventured into growing some three years ago, we were complete novices and had plenty of disasters along the way, after trawling through the usual display of glossy magazines i happened upon the kitchen garden and what a complete change. This monthly magazine first inspired me on to wind breaks, (living where we do this is necessary) and found that the information given covered was very informative, so much so that we are now planting willow, as explained in the article, this suits our climate and can be used not only for a windbreak but as a living stucture, which can be moulded into whatever you like, also it can be used as a fuel and for selling onto crafts, which makes it both economical and efficient, as our willow is in very early stages i can not comment on survival in our extreme wind!! but it is still in the ground which says something. Secondly the range of fruit and vegetables covered is extensive and covers every growing medium available, from tradition use of innes compounds to the more modern hydroponics and coir, which inspires the reader to try other methods of growing from the norm. I found that coir can work out cheaper for small uses such as seedling and potting on, but for planters or larger areas this can pose an expense problem compared with the more conventional grow bags and compounds available at your local garden centre, it also drains much more quickly leaving watering a major problem when you are not in attendence on your plants! having said that peat based compost can get waterlogged. Contrary to most gardening magazines, this is neither pretencous or repetetive, and there are light hearted articles from dad and lad and the weather man, it does not cover water features and fancy gardens, but takes you out into the real world with feature length articles from all over the british isles and sometimes beyond, from the country estate to someone's retrieved allottment. I h
ave personally tried their recommendations for module growing with major success (until put outside when they are blown to bits windbreaks again!!) and have been influenced by the greenhouse/polytunnel debate which is a major consideration when thinking of the expense of purchasing such items, also covered are gardening products such as wormeries, lawn mowers, strimmers etc, the last issue was devoted to composting in every which way you can think of. I eagerly await this magazine dropping on my doormat and my only complaint is it is not frequent enough, there is also a very informative web site if you wish to visit.
i live in a very remote area, which makes life difficult for deliveries (most companies don't bother or charge you a fortune) but i have found littlewoods to be an exception, this may not apply to everyone i know but their service has been exceptional, delivery prompt and intact and if anything is out of stock they usually let me know on the web site or by e-mail, unusual for other companies i must admit. excellent service. living where we do it can make life very difficult with deliveries but i have had no problems with littlewoods.
personally music has always been a huge part of my life in some ways, without realizing it, i have been brought up in a very musical family, my father and all his immediate family (which is quite large) are all musicians and writers in one form or another, i was sent for piano lessons when i was small and did'nt learn a thing although i could sing, i took music at school and loved every minute of it, school choir was wonderful, then when i was 14 and taking options as you do, i opted for music, what a disaster, the first lessons homework was writing a piece of music, ohh dear i did'nt know one note from another and i panicked, i had'nt realized the implication of taking music as a qualification!! singing was one thing writing music another, i must say it destroyed both my faith in myself and my ability to get involved with music for quite some time, i left the school choir and just enjoyed listening to music from that day on, until i met my second husband and what a revelation, he quickly latched on to my love of music and my misunderstanding of musical notes, he has always been involved with the musical world, from gigs to recording studio's (he is a sound engineer). he encouraged the side of me which i was aware of but never explored and now i am writing lyrics like no tomorrow, hopefully with some results when i have the courage to submit them, i have discovered there is more to music than musicians! music to me is the essence of life, can lift you when down, make housework bearable, relaxing at times anything you wish it to be. i do not profess to be a wonderful lyricist but to put words to music is awesome when you have something to say, i would and have encouraged children to participate in music as it is such a release of emotions without arguments or fighting between them but also to have the courage to go forward and not put yourself against your peers, there are many aspects to music especially now with video's and anyone with
basic talent or otherwise can use their talents in many ways. music is a huge part of our lives and i hope it will always continue, even in todays age of electronic music (which i enjoy playing on a sequencer as i can't play a note) has it's place in society there to enjoy by everyone. happy listening
i have been using fsmail for the last seven months and at first i was relatively happy with it apart from not being able to customise my e-mails or access them through outlook express everything else was fairly acceptable until recently. i access my e-mails every single day and have had endless problems with log in, there have been full days when i have not been able to access the account at all!! invalid username and password being the usual but also error pages, now i can accept that a particular site has it's problems but this is ridiculous,i even began to beleive i had developed a virus. having sent an e-mail to fsmail (through my hubby's email adress as i couldn't access mine) i asked fsmail for reasons why i could'nt access my account and they sent a auto reply to my e-mail address, the question is if i can't access my e-mail address how can i read their instructions?? the following day i could access the account without any problems only to find the day after that the site went down again! as i don't like yahoo and have not had any good responses about hotmail what do i do next, i do not wish to have numerous e-mail addresses as i don't have the time or inclination to visit numerous sites everytime i log on just to read my mail so i suggest that fsmail get their act together and come up with a good efficient site which you can access without any problems! but i don't suppose this is going to happen overnight, i have non existent fingernails and i am now starting on my toes with this site,if it was'nt for the many friends and companies who have my e-mail address i would have changed it some time ago.any suggestions?? other than beachy head!!!