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    • Shropshirelass
    • By Shropshirelass 14th Jul 17, 10:25 AM
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    Shropshirelass
    We have a Community (social media) page for this small market town. People post about traffic problems, accidents, road flooding in winter. They ask for and give advice on local gardeners and home helps. Local businesses advertise (limited number of adverts allowed, but specials or gluts are mentioned).
    School holiday courses, wildlife clubs, WI, Flicks in the Sticks. Unusual happenings e.g. What were those loud noises, sounded like gunshot?-they were the beginning of the Season.

    Last year I got rid of a collection of jam jars to a lady with a lot of blackberries who asked for empties.
    Electricity supply problems - on Sunday local Tesco were not doing any business because a local line was down for a few hours. Co op were still open, so don't waste your time...
    Very useful page, everyone who takes the trouble to use it benefits.
    Last edited by Shropshirelass; 14-07-2017 at 10:27 AM. Reason: Mistake
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 14th Jul 17, 11:21 AM
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    At a micro-community level local Facebook pages are indeed useful - for all the sort of roads are shut here/this incident happening there type stuff. I read several nearby ones to be kept informed.

    Though I was shocked to see there can be a downside recently to them - ie an incident in a Pembrokeshire village that made the national newspapers of "The Middle Ages are calling - they want their mob justice back". Total shocker of a mob gathering to administer "mob justice" outside the home of someone that may or may not be innocent (but even if they aren't innocent - those methods of dealing with things should remain in the history books). In the middle of the night there had to be a heavy police contingent to deal with the mob. The "Middle Ages mob justice" had been summoned by a Facebook post. That was horrifying .....
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 14-07-2017 at 11:25 AM.
    ploughing my own furrow...

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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 14th Jul 17, 4:19 PM
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    Part of community participation is in receiving as well as giving and being sensible enough to take the help offered when you need to. He Who Knows got that horrible virus earlier in the year that led to a deep, deep horrible cough and torn muscles for him, and others of us who post here, it also led to a hernia poor old lad. This morning he was contacted by the hospital with the date for his repair operation and because he's always done things as and when needed for people who live here his mobile phone has been ringing non stop today as word got around with people offering to come to the hospital after the op and collect us and bring us home, so many it's touching. That's the up side of being a functioning and participating member of any community and is a thing of joy and we're extremely grateful for peoples kindness.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

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    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 14th Jul 17, 6:28 PM
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    Oh Lyn, how lovely. Wishing him well
    • GreyQueen
    • By GreyQueen 14th Jul 17, 7:07 PM
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    Oh Lyn, you and He Who Knows have well-earned your neighbours' kindnesses. Do be sure to accept them, too. Good wishes for his recovery.

    I've been bustling around my life and was amused to reflect on how established I have become in my little niches in this city. I didn't grow up here, although I was born and raised only about 30 minutes' up the road, so didn't have the experience of being schooled here. The people I know are all people I've acquired as adult pals and acquaintances over the past quarter-century.

    One passer-by on the cycle path remarked last week because I was walking (my bike is off the road atm, gets a wheel re-build next week) and he wasn't even someone I knew by sight, but I'd obviously become a part of the mobile scenery during all the years I've been pedalling up and down that path.

    My city is relatively small beer as cities go, and there are parts of it which I've never once set shoe leather or bike tyre into, but there are other parts where I am a known quantity, especially in one quaint neighbourhood where several pals and acquaintances keep shops and stalls, which can make any trip down that particular road delightfully long-winded, as we touch base with each other.

    I reckon I'm a very small fish in a very small pond, but I'm happy like that.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin
    Veni, vidi, eradici
    (I came, I saw, I kondo'd)

    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jul 17, 10:04 AM
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    I really do think this world is getting stranger and odder as time goes by! We have the MSN newsfeed as the first page when I log in and increasingly there are articles from various sources advising what you should be or should not be eating or drinking to get various results. Today they are talking about probiotic water ..... where on earth did that come from as a thought? what on earth has happened to the thought that you eat and drink to stay alive??? I shudder to think of what might happen to a fair proportion of the western world who live on 'clean food' and have spirulina and grass juice shakes as meal replacements should we actually find ourselves in a situation that altered the world as we know it.....where HAS common sense gone to???
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • jk0
    • By jk0 15th Jul 17, 10:39 AM
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    Someone on Zerohedge suggested bottling Tritium infused seawater at Fukushima and selling it to 'Progressives' at $8 a bottle.
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 15th Jul 17, 10:52 AM
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    I dunno Lyn, but I've started eating Greek yogurt with naturally-occurring probiotics in it and am amazed at how much better my digestive system is feeling and behaving as a result!
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jul 17, 10:52 AM
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    Eeeeeekkkk, glow in the dark people??? would save on the electricity bills at night but sadly only for a very short time I fear!

    Posted at exactly the same time as you IVY! in food and if it helps and makes you feel better and improves your digestion all and well but water? that's a very strange thought and I bet they're charging stupid money for the product. Merchandising is an amazing field and always there will be plausible and convincing ways to part people from their hard earned cash won't there?
    Last edited by MrsLurcherwalker; 15-07-2017 at 10:57 AM.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 15th Jul 17, 12:22 PM
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    Eeeeeekkkk, glow in the dark people??? would save on the electricity bills at night but sadly only for a very short time I fear!

    Posted at exactly the same time as you IVY! in food and if it helps and makes you feel better and improves your digestion all and well but water? that's a very strange thought and I bet they're charging stupid money for the product. Merchandising is an amazing field and always there will be plausible and convincing ways to part people from their hard earned cash won't there?
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    Sadly that's very true
    • maryb
    • By maryb 15th Jul 17, 4:48 PM
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    I try hard not to get taken in by faddy eating but actually, as regards water, I do look for bottled water with higher than average levels of calcium and magnesium as it is one of the most useful sources. I started doing it for my girls when they were small, mixing it with squash to try and limit fizzy drinks - coke etc is full of phosphoric acid which leaches calcium from bones. Now I do it for me. Making sure I get enough magnesium makes a big difference to my digestive comfort as well as making sure as much calcium as possible gets absorbed
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 15th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    Oh, that is a good idea maryb. I've started taking Osteocare (other calcium supplements are available ) and have full fat milk on my cereal, and of course the Greek yogurt is a good source of it as well. I did ask if I could have a bone scan as my mother and aunt both had osteoporosis, but the GP sort of steered me away from that and said they recommend everyone over 55 takes a supplement (pity they didn't tell me when I was 55 then.)
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jul 17, 7:39 PM
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    My DD who is a GP warned me that taking too much calcium by way of supplements has been linked to heart problems in ladies as we get older, just to flag it up!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 15th Jul 17, 8:35 PM
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    My DD who is a GP warned me that taking too much calcium by way of supplements has been linked to heart problems in ladies as we get older, just to flag it up!
    Originally posted by MrsLurcherwalker
    Oh, great! Seems we can't win. Mind you, I expect someone else has done a study that shows it's really good for the heart. I wonder how much is deemed to be too much?
    • Saipan
    • By Saipan 15th Jul 17, 9:05 PM
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    Oh, great! Seems we can't win. Mind you, I expect someone else has done a study that shows it's really good for the heart. I wonder how much is deemed to be too much?
    Originally posted by ivyleaf
    Just a plea really that it's probably best to check with your doctor before making any decisions about supplements.

    I have a quite serious heart condition and the medication I take to reduce my risk of cardiac arrest and stroke is calcium based (and I can really taste it if I don't swallow the pills properly first time round). I had no symptoms before I had a routine test for something else and it showed up, so I wouldn't have known about my condition otherwise.

    We are all so individual and so many factors are involved, I feel very strongly that checking is by far the safest way to go.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jul 17, 9:07 PM
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    Sound and sensible advice Saipan, thank you!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • ivyleaf
    • By ivyleaf 15th Jul 17, 9:12 PM
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    Thank you Saipan

    My GP simply said they recommended that everyone over 55 take a calcium supplement, but she didn't actually ask me how much dairy etc I already have in my diet.

    I know one of the foods recommended for calcium is canned oily fish with bones; I don't eat the bones when I have sardines or canned salmon though, can't stand the feel of them. I actually only buy the "skinless and boneless" versions.
    • maryb
    • By maryb 15th Jul 17, 10:03 PM
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    I found my calcium supplement was the unsuspected cause of most of my IBS. The one my GP prescribed was calcium carbonate with Vit D3 and it caused bloating and constipation. It took a long time for me to work it out because you tend to suspect wheat etc. I'm not coeliac but it was very similar.

    Now I buy my own supplements based on calcium citrate which is much more digestible plus it contains magnesium and Vitamin K2. Vit K2 is different from the Vitamin K that deals with blood clotting. It helps with calcium metabolism so it stops the calcium taking the easy route and depositing itself in soft tissue i.e. your arteries, and instead directs it into your bones. They are doing a full scale clinical trial at Kings to see if K2 has as good results as bisphosphonates and I am really looking forward to seeing the results.
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 16th Jul 17, 7:50 AM
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    Modern lifestyle is bad for your health and mental attitude isn't it? I find too much information, conflicting messages and newly 'discovered' information that is then turned around in the media the next day very confusing, for want of a better word. It undermines the knowledge and common sense that you aquire as an individual throughout your life and invalidates your ideas and ideals so you feel you need guidance from outside yourself to get things right! I don't do social media but I do play on these forums and watch TV and read the newspaper and read online and life gets more complex by the day with being advised what you should and shouldn't be doing from many different sources!!! The prebiotic water I found yesterday is an extreme example of oddness but so many articles about what you should be and should not be eating for various reasons are prolific.

    Where has the common sense in life gone? a time when food was to keep you alive and give you the energy to live through the day seems to be gone, it is a great concern to me that should we EVER find ourselves in a position where the supply chain is disrupted or dries up the population in general will have no stores of food, no knowledge of how to forage, no idea (generalisation) of how to prepare and cook food, no idea of how to grow and produce food.....it's frankly scary as a concept and only the tiniest tip of the iceberg of things modern man and woman have lost as skills. How can we turn this around???
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 16th Jul 17, 11:17 AM
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    All hail a healthy balanced plate!

    When I was having one of my A&E episodes I was asked as I was having a full blood count did I take any suppliments. Thankfully I had stopped because I was getting used to asthma meds and a high resting heart rate. The junior doctor was relieved saying thank goodness because it means they can get an accurate picture as to what was going on for me. She said that taking one supplement can reduce other vitamin and/or mineral levels into he body so without a clear medical history of prescribed supplements and why there's no regulating how it effects the body.

    I surmised that what she was getting at was the layman doesn't really understand what they're taking so there's no way of knowing how accurate the blood test results are in terms of our bodies going out of sync.

    I've supplemented 'naturally' for a good few years now but no more. I get it from my plate and educate myself about food. I'm scared to mess about now.
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