IT fails to say that by attending they are also at serious risk of losing all or part of their disability benefits on the arbitrary assessment of an employee of a Company, paid by the Government, whose remit is to “force” the sick and disabled into work regardless of the consequences. These “assessors” know little or nothing of the history of the “client” and rely mainly on the answers given, by the “client”, on the day, to questions they have already answered in a form sent to them by the DWP some weeks or months previously.
THE GARDEN was impeccably kept. Mr D’s daughter opened the door and led me to her bed-ridden father. The house was perfectly tidy and there were no offensive smells. Mrs D, in her 90’s, was well turned out. I attended to my patient and walked downstairs with Mrs D and her daughter. The daughter was covering for her mother for 2-3 hours every day, so that Mrs D could have some time of her own, just to keep sane. As I was leaving, my eyes caught sight of a black and white picture on the mantel piece showing Mrs D carrying her toddler daughter. The D’s also get some support from carers.
MORE people in Thurrock die of smoking related diseases than the national average.
We have more obese children and adults, worse rates of diabetes and fewer mums breast-feeding their children. The life expectancy of a man living in Tilbury is more than eight years less than a man living in Orsett. This isn’t just unfair, it’s also uneconomic. The burden on the NHS including GPs’ surgeries is increased by this ill-health.
I am firmly of the opinion that Local Government elections should be contested on LOCAL issues, leaving NATIONAL issues to MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates at General Elections. Local Government elections have been “hijacked” by the main political parties simply to enhance the prospects of their parliamentary candidate, you only have to read the Councillors election leaflets, to see how Party orientated they are, that is assuming your candidate, unlike mine in 2012,, can be bothered to deliver them or knock on your door for a “friendly” chat.
Residents and shopkeepers alike will be only too aware that I disagree with the current proposals to build a new supermarket; more flats (with no parking spaces) and a multi-storey car park on the existing Sand Pits car park site. Our ambitions in Stanford must mean more than more flats and another supermarket like what we already have. We need something which will enhance the village, not be of detriment to it. This will damage parking provision, potentially affect the trade of local shopkeepers and will be a bad legacy for our local village centre.
“To correct this and avoid further recovery action we must recieve £122.48 by close of business 21-4-13. If we do not receive this amount, that is inclusive of any additional instalments that may fail to be paid by the 21-4-13 , recovery action will proceed and you will be required to pay all the council tax as a lump sum” Now if I had been elderly what would this have done to me? It’s written in such a threatening way. I went to the council with proof of payment dated 28-3-13 with a copy of the cheque and told them the bank has put a trace on the payment.
There are those who further justify Mrs Thatcher’s entitlement to a “military” funeral on the grounds that she won the Falklands war and liberated the Falkland islanders. I do not recall Mrs Thatcher being on the “Sir Galahad” or “yomping” across the island fighting her way to Port Stanley nor do I recall her being directly involved in any of the hostilities and attendant dangers. I do recall her riding triumphantly in a tank like Queen Boadicea in her chariot.
WHENEVER I saw Margaret Thatcher in full flow at the “dispatch box” during “Questions to the Prime Minister” I was always reminded of a painting by John Opie titled “Boadicia Haranguing the Britons” which portrays a redoubtable woman in a man’s world. The imperious image of Queen Boadicia looking down upon her all male audience conjures up, for me, an impression of what it must have been like for members of her all male cabinet. The comparison to Boadicia is reinforced by the sobriquet “The Iron Lady” and the belligerency portrayed in the statue of Mrs Thatcher in the House of Commons i.e. the stabbing pointing finger.
Paris Brown fell victim to her own misfortunes when the Daily Mail reported that Britain’s first youth commissioner had previously posted shocking comments on Twitter, when she was 15. Latching on to Tweets that contained materials of a sexual, violent and homophobic nature, the Daily Mail posted an article online asking whether the “foul mouthed twitter teen” should be placed in role such as hers. The now 17-year-old, publicly apologised stating that she was “naive and stupid” and was “just showing off”. Paris Brown has since stepped down, meaning that she has lost a great opportunity for her digital actions in the past.
WE hear in the news that Greater Manchester Police will now recognise attacks on Goths, Emo, Metallers and people of sub or alternative cultures as a hate crime. This news is much welcomed across both the alternative and hopefully much wider community. Any violence aimed at any person or particular group is terrible but to target individuals because of religion, race, sexual orientation or because the way they look is abhorrent and to have this recognised officially as a hate crime is a positive step forward.
In the recent cold weather it might be a case that the refuse collectors do not wish to come into the area due to the pooly gritted roads. A few weeks ago the roads in the area were gritted at 5pm but by 9pm the roads were sheet ice and this seems to have lead to cars sliding down Church Hill and Abbots Drive in Stanford.
As a resident of Corringham I feel totally let down and appalled in the handling of the granting permission to OMG. No one listened to the residents.
Lets hope that Thurrock Council do not rue the day they allowed a Market to ruin an already successful safe clean part of the Corringham and Stanford Community.
Clitoridectomy, is the removal of the clitoris, scientifically known to be the most sensitive part of the female body. It is also responsible for the pleasure sensation felt during intercourse – something they will never experience. Excision, involved the cutting of the clitoris and all or part of the labia minora.
As has been ably shown by the comments above, Cameron shows complete disdain for the people unfortunate enough to have to live in social housing and who have to claim Housing Benefit. Saying that the changes are “not a tax unless you’ve earned the money first” are completely uncalled for considering that many people on Housing Benefit are low-paid workers – low-paid, I may add, because the UK may have a Minimum Wage but it is not, especially in the current climate where the cost of living outstrips the increase in wages, a Living Wage.
“Not for nothing is asbestos called the hidden killer – large amounts of it were once used in new and refurbished buildings and often in places where you can’t easily see it. A lot of premises still contain some form of asbestos and the danger is still there if you are unprepared – especially if you are in construction, maintenance, refurbishment and similar work. When asbestos materials are damaged or disturbed they can release dangerous fibres which can cause serious illness if breathed in.”
Since it is a progressive disease, Alzheimer’s does get more serious over time. At its start, the condition may cause some mild memory loss which gradually leads to total confusion for the person affected. The person may actually not remember what they did just a few moments or days ago, yet may be able to remember a certain incident from years gone by in detail. Although they may know their name and age as well as past friends and family, a person with Alzheimer’s may not be aware of the current year. Learn more about Alzheimer’s warning signs.
I also hope to write some film reviews as I go to the cinema around three times a week to catch the latest film. I would love to someday be a professional film reviewer; I also hope to write about the Thurrock Film Festival which is now on its second year due to the overwhelming success of its first which I am incredibly happy about as film is my main interest and there may be some way I can get involved in the film festival be it reporting on it for this blog or maybe filming some interviews with nominated film makers.
WE DON’T often do birthday messages at YT. Well there are 160,000 residents in the borough and we would end up being a bit pushed doing them all.
But we are happy to make an exception for one of our favourite residents, Mr Peter Perrin.
Anxiety is the physical culmination of self-doubt and the inability to trust others; for whatever reason. Too often, cases of social anxiety are treated with medication and a dispassionate, unsympathetic response from the people who’s very occupation is to help. Although we might all present ourselves as tough when faced with others, people are sensitive to changes in their environment. Sometimes, our emotions can become overstimulated by our surroundings, especially with us living in the age of LCD screens and easily shared opinions through Social Media.
Many people here have a basic understanding of English, and I find I am careful in what I say and how I say it. Mainly for fear that my off the hand comments or mutterings could cause offense or be misconstrued. This is so much so that I find myself muttering in Spanish to myself, because I know what it means and no one else does. It is mine, my own secret ‘¡dios mio!’ exclamations when I am exasperated, which mean nothing to the locals – much like their rapid speak means nothing to me.
We might have logged on to social media sites in the past to find out what old friends are doing now, or to check out their photos to see just how much they’ve changed, or whether they have a family. We might still do that, but we also share real time information far more, and the conversations taking place are current, ie relating to what is going on RIGHT NOW. This could be people talking about the latest plot in Eastenders as they are watching, or perhaps commenting on the latest person to be kicked off the most current reality show, but we also refer to social media sites for real time information that impacts on our daily lives.
Just to be on the safe side, to ensure that he survives while I am away, I have been busy making home cooked meals and freezing them – something I consider to be a bit of a comfort at least. As I know he has a terrible memory, I have also organised things for all the birthdays and events that I will miss while I am away. So, when something slips by him he won’t feel guilty as at least I prepared everything! My friends and family have strict instructions to keep him amused for the next few months, if anything he will be busier than ever while I am away!
“I had been eagerly looking forward to this weekend ever since my brother confirmed that he would be coming back to visit a few weeks ago. He lives in Liverpool and we were unable to get up there for our pre Christmas visit as usual so having him come to stay was long overdue and I couldn’t wait!
In his book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School,” Mark McCormack made an interesting discovery about the 1979 graduating MBA class. Within the group, 3% had written goals, 13% had thought of some goals and the balance were just thrilled to be out of school (I am sure you remember those feelings)