Van Lady

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Van Lady last won the day on January 11

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  1. Van Lady

    The pain of EBay

    Over 24000 listings on a tupperware search. I’m not sure if it’ll all be genuine 1970’s. I remember being hauled round the Tupperware party circuit with mother back in the day. The buffets were usually good ,
  2. IMO any policy makers who think that raising state pension age above 65 will solve social or economic problems is totally divorced from and unaware of the reality of life for the masses. Laughable. We’re all healthier, living longer, better medical care, work is good for you sound bites.......just a load of shite spouted by those with power. People of all generations will have to fight enmasse to secure a decent social contract otherwise the future for the majority is work until you die or be plunged into hell with little or no income. All those baying for benefit cuts should be careful what they wish for. Anyone’s life can turn on a sixpence at any moment from a variety of a reasons. The majority of workers in the uk simply can’t put enough by to retire at a decent age, say 65, because they aren’t paid enough. If disaster strikes then people who have contributed for many years find out that the benefit system isn’t an easy to access gravy train.
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    The pain of EBay

    As mentioned above clearing deceased parents home was an eyeopener. There was decent stuff that was given to interested people and some stuff was given to local charity shop but to be honest quite a lot was taken to the dump. It was a sad task to take some of their stuff to the dump but it prompted me to be ruthless and get rid of a lot of stuff from my own home.
  4. It’s often posted on here that it’s easy to get awarded benefits. Perhaps it is for the generational type of person who knows the system and how to work it I could post many anecdotes about people who’ve worked since leaving school/uni until illness strikes then they are refused benefits. Recent tale was from an NHS worker who struggled for around three years with an illness that severely curtailed all activities. Eventually the NHS retired her through ill health because they deemed their was no prospect of any type of other employment in the NHS. She was denied ESA and PIP. Her husband is a manual worker and struggling on in a job. Both 58, not obese, don’t smoke and social drinkers. Lucky for them they have her nhs pension which is around a state pension annual sum plus for now husbands wages for as long as he can stock it. Also lucky that they had a paid for home that allowed downsizing to a one bed place. This is a situation that, IMO, the government needs to address. Regarding evidence it would seem to me that if the nhs can’t find any job whatsoever to employ an ailing person that should ensure a claim for benefits is awarded. There are many less fortunate people than that couple who get dealt a bad hand by life and they also are being denied benefits. I’ve heard some real horror stories from people who have worked life long and found out when disaster strikes that there is no safety net. It’s all very well saying that people should work and make a secure life for themselves with no thought of claiming a benefit....that definition includes state pension now it’s regarded as a benefit......but the simple fact is that the majority of jobs in the uk these days barely pay enough to get by and no chance of buying a home or being self sufficient. Clown world!
  5. Today I was at a lovely dog club home made curry lunch hosted at the home of one of our group. Apart from the delicious food there was another highlight at the gathering. One of our members is a Church of Scotland minister. Nice down to earth chap who I didn’t guess was a minister until I saw an article with picture in the local rag. Anyway he told us a story today about asking his wife at the time (now divorced) if she’d like to do something special for their 10th wedding anniversary. Oh yes she said surprise me................ .he’d noticed that there was an open day at a local crematorium so he took here there to have a look around! He realised it wasn’t her idea of a nice surprise! He was belly laughing along with the rest of us for minutes. I’m still laughing now and no doubt it’ll raise a laugh in future chats. 😂😂😂
  6. Even people claiming benefits pay tax. Everything is taxed.
  7. If you can afford it retire while you have your health and money to do things you enjoy. None of us know when we’ll die or become incapacitated by illness. I’m attending a funeral on Tuesday of a really nice family man who died last week aged 54. Dad of a good friend of my son. In May this year he had a seizure out of the blue. NHS “checked” his health and said he was ok and sent him away. A few weeks later he had another and more investigation was carried out. Devastating diagnosis that he had three brain tumours and not much time left because nothing could be done. Dead within 3 months! Someone upthread posted that a future government might put pension age down.......IMO a government will do nothing unless people run a successful campaign to force an issue.
  8. Oh well, 1950’s women are often denigrated and mocked for fighting the government about pension age rises. I think the whole country should be campaigning to stop state pension age rises. IMO it’s a ridiculous idea to raise anyone’s state pension age above 65. People may live longer but the majority in their sixties seem to have some kind of nagging health problem plus natural ageing takes it toll and most folk simply don’t have as much energy in comparison to earlier life. What jobs will there be for a population from age 18 to 75 to keep a majority in employment. Not enough is my guess.
  9. Just the usual sound bites. No comment whatsoever on a strategy to deal with criminals who commit appalling acts of violence in the uk.
  10. Van Lady


    The long beards that the usually under 40 males sport around here would cover their tie ......if they wore one! I can’t help staring at them because they look like someone who would look at home in an Amish type community. Like this but no hat and wearing tops emblazoned with brand advertising.
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    Indeed! Call me judgemental but anyone with standout visible tattoos makes me wonder why do that to yourself? Sleeve tattoos, torso and leg ones are visible in warm weather around my neck of the woods. All under 40 folk both male and female. It makes me feel horrified looking at them. Just a current fad though and IMO many of the people who have them will regret their stupidity as they age. Lots of the under 40 males around here have grown huge hipster type beards but at least that fad can be removed easily!
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    To be fair she’s 11? so IMO there is an extremely high chance that she has no idea about life in general plus she hasn’t endured years of personal reflection trying to figure out the state of the current world. Unfortunately poor wee Greta is being manipulated by others IMO who have power, in a position to attempt to influence folk and money. She doesn’t know it yet but she’s basically a puppet. Poor girl. I’ve dismissed her as an “activist” on “climate” issues. If she was advocating discussing the issue through video conferences rather than travelling I’d listen!
  13. Feel free. It made me laugh a lot. I stole it from a 1950’s female pension age site.
  14. Sums up politics! While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. 'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.' 'No problem, just let me in,' says the man. 'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.' 'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP. 'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.' replies St Peter And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it's time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises.... The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. 'Now it's time to visit heaven.' . 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. 'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.' The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.' So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down down to hell. When the doors open he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ' I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? ' The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ' Yesterday we were campaigning.. Today you voted.
  15. I found a crispy new £5 note at the side of a road today. That old saying.....good luck comes in threes......I’ll put a euromillions lucky dip on tomorrow 🌴