Van Lady

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Van Lady last won the day on April 20

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  1. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    We’ll just have to agree to differ on our life view for the majority of young people. I agree that any young person can try and many succeed to be a plumber, electrician, hairdresser, accountant or whatever but they can’t all be their own boss with their own business!
  2. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Where you live must be different from my area if you have the view that the majority of young people can have a good idea and make a living from it it! Sure, I see a few news reports in a local paper of a small number of young people who have managed to start a business and succeed. I never see any stories about the majority though who would like to have a good idea or at least the chance of a job with prospects.
  3. Van Lady

    Username change poll/feedback

    I did change my user name a while back but did add formerly known as...... My idiosyncratic reason for changing my user name is because my previous one was shortened to EE. I’ve got nothing against anyone from anywhere in the world who comes to uk, integrates and contributes. EE is often used when slagging off those who come to uk to milk the system. I know that happens because I see it my own rural area where they access social housing, tax credits and mum who doesn’t work lives here too. I changed to Van Lady because VL doesn’t annoy me and overall it sums me up better IMO. For the foreseeable and longer term future I can’t envisage changing my user name. I would be against frequent user name changes. Perhaps a limit? Each time though I strongly think that any user name change should require a formerly known as caption for a set time of.... I don’t know?...1, 3, 6 months?
  4. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    So you think there are opportunities in life for the majority of young people to start their own business? What businesses do you suggest the majority of young people should start up?
  5. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    I know my daughter is not happy about her student debt but she seems to be more accepting than me about it because the majorof her peers are in the same boat. She’s also despondent about buying her own home and even meeting a long term boyfriend. Aged 24! On the other hand I’m extremely angry about my daughter’s student debt incurred in her attempts to pursue her path in life. She did get lucky though and has a possible very good future. As for buying a home and meeting a long term friend who knows these days?
  6. I’m fairly regularly on a train to and from Edinburgh and rarely haven’t had a seat. Saturday is when that might happen plus people standing but usually it’s a nice relaxing hour journey. TBH I’m appalled when I read about daily commuting in over populated areas where people never get a seat and are packed in like sardines standing. Disgraceful really.
  7. Van Lady

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    You'll be very unlucky if you end up trapped in a mental health hospital these days! I mean research a “mental illness”. One that’s not bad enough for hospital admission but bad enough to debilitate your life. One that accesses an appointment with a psychiatrist. Something for the medical notes . It would help with getting your pension early. Pension boards take note of what a “professional” like a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist say. Outsmart them!
  8. Yes, how awful sitting in a windowless railway carriage unable to look out at the countryside. The way things are going that’s on the cards because of a few stupid people who stick their heads out the window of a train. Regarding health and safety the stupidity of the few seems to curtail the enjoyment of life for the many!
  9. Van Lady

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    No, the opposite. Fake it and fool them!
  10. Van Lady

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    If I were you I’d be swotting up on this type of stuff https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment It’s an old study but psychiatry hasn’t changed much. They like new and interesting cases! Better to have something more than “mere” anxiety and stress if you want pensioned off early
  11. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Give her a break......she needs more skills and on hands knowledge first. I do believe she’s capable though in the future.
  12. Van Lady

    Christmas Tree Thread

    Indeed! There probably is a thread somewhere on Dosbods about council “art” money wasting. I’m sure it will continue to annoy a lot of people and hopefully create more who are annoyed about it.
  13. Van Lady

    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    The job market is a disgrace. IMO @Frank Hoviscan detail better than I can of the problems it causes when people have no motivation to aspire in life. My daughter has completed a degree and masters in biology/ecology and has a full time job with prospects she is enjoying plus a contract and agreement about her spilling up in a small company. She’s been at Bath (from Edinburgh) on the works do last weekend all expenses paid and had a great time. Lots I could say about how she enjoys her job. The downside is she has around £30k student debt and her salary is only 6k more than what I was paid in an ordinaryish local bank job in 1993! If she didn’t have the debt though her reality and future would be much worse IMO. Daughter is a very hard worker and trier but I do believe she simply got a bit of luck in life. Many of her peers who she met at uni, the majority, are doing short term contract stuff and vying for minimum wage jobs. There just isn’t enough meaningful work or opportunities for most to better oneself in life!
  14. Van Lady

    Christmas Tree Thread

    We look forward to a picture after you’ve decorated your tree! I’m not criticising because I have no tree at all so you’re doing better than me!
  15. Van Lady

    Christmas Tree Thread

    I wonder how much the “artist”and the council team got paid for that thing. I don’t want taxpayers money spent on this stuff. Ok I’m not a Christmas lover but I’m happy with councils putting up lighted Xmas trees and assisting local fund raisers to have local lights on high street type stuff. That thing in the picture reeks of one person, the “artist”, and a few well paid council bigwigs benefiting. It’s nothing that local schoolchildren couldn’t create. Maybe they did? I doubt it but if it had been made by local kids I would have appreciation for it.