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  1. The death penalty will not bring the victim back to life, under the assumption that the victim of the crime had died as a result of being murdered or had indirectly died as a result of the suspect's actions. I have always said that you can't put a fire out with a flammable liquid, and so therefore you can't bring the victim back by killing the perpetrator. The way I look at is that only living people can serve life sentences - when they die, it is the equivalent of that person being released from that sentence, and so justice cannot be done in that respect. If suffering is part of a
  2. Well, when I send my Christmas cards in the post at the start of December I often choose a charity at random and send a cheque for £5 to that charity inside a Christmas card. In recent years, my Christmas donations has been to Stonewall, Parkinson's UK, and Caring at Christmas. Last year's donation was to the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, and this year, I have decided to make my donation to the ManKind Initiative - they seem to be an organisation that would benefit me more personally than the others that I have donated to so far. I am very impartial when it comes to dona
  3. I have always thought that the names of storms seem slightly daft. I know that I believe its an American thing, probably because they have them a lot more often than in Britain - I mean, the 1987 storm didn't even have a name, did it? I don't remember one being used, although I would have named it Michael after Michael Fish. The names always seem to be dated names such as Gladys or Doris, probably due to the fact that the tradition of giving storms and hurricanes names go back to when those names were fashionable.
  4. Very strange that we have storms on 16th October on the 30th anniversary of the hurricane we had in 1987. We don't even have these coincidences regarding the probability of snow on 25th December. I remember Michael Fish misleading the nation about it, and I also remember going to school on the Friday morning, and I felt as if I was being lifted off the pavement as I walked to school, and despite most of the kids living more local to school then I did, very few of them turned up that morning. I suppose that we felt the very mild side of it as I was in the East Midlands, although I know
  5. I wanted to move to the suburbs, and I spent a few years advertising in the classifieds of local newspapers, as well as HomeSwapper, Gumtree, and the local council offices. Eventually got a move, mostly because a family member works for a Housing Association. Searching for a precise match on a Mutual Exchange is like trying find your doppelganger - it can be almost impossible at times! My own situation was the fact that my parents passed away nearly 20 years ago, and so was left on my own in a two bedroom property - at least I wasn't told to get out when they passed on despi
  6. It will be my birthday on Wednesday (30th). I won't go into too many details, but I have never really had many friends in order to have birthday cards from - in some years, the postman doesn't even deliver to my address on my birthday. A couple of days ago, I wrote a tweet on Twitter to say that it is my birthday on the 30th. It would be nice if members could click on it and then click "Like" and "Retweet", just to see that people know and care. You don't need to do anything else such as comment. I would love it to get to at least double figures! I did the same thing last year, and onl
  7. Very sad to hear the news - he will be missed. Just couldn't imagined it happening for some reason, but I knew it would eventually. Fond memories of 1980s Friday nights (i.e. no school tomorrow) watching Play Your Cards Right, and Brucie doing his opening gambits of his lower catchphrase list of "what a lovely audience - you're so much better than last week" and "you really have cheered me up", and "she's full of gin" etc. Watched a few PYCRs on YT as a tribute this evening. I only remember his 1990s Gen Game, but I enjoyed it - miles better than Jim Davidson. I think that
  8. I just cannot imagine David Cameron being a smoker. Come to think of it, how many former Prime Ministers since the War have smoked? Harold Wilson was Pipe Smoker of the Year in around 1976 (and also for that decade as well), and perhaps Callaghan enjoyed a good puff as well. I am certain that Churchill was a cigar man, etc.
  9. Two months down the line, and I have only just seen this. Yes, there is a lot of truth in the article. My late mother smoked so much throughout her life, and it claimed her life when she was in her mid 50s - (she gradually became very ill, went to the hospital, doctors diagnosed terminal lung cancer and a week later she was gone). I believe that my mother's smoking caused the fact that I was starved of oxygen at birth and I had a below average Apgar score - (according to my birth notes, my skin was closer to blue than pink at birth), it has made me have the problems that I hav
  10. I remember when I was at school, (and we are going back 25 to 30 years here), holidays were permitted during term time but it needed the approval by the Headteacher or senior member if teaching staff for a special form to be filled in. I think I remember that being mentioned in the parent's handbook that the school gave out when I was in Year 7. Mind you, I suppose that the current rules prevent the envy and resentment of one pupil enjoying himself on the beach on the other side of the world while his peers have to attend normal lessons at school and so on. I am someone who has an Aug
  11. This story reminds me of when I was around 13 years of age. I always enjoyed riding on the buses in my local area (still do in fact). We are going back 25 years or so here. At the start of Year 9 I had this bus pass and I remember going on a few buses after school before going home - getting some shopping after school and all that. My mother used to know that I liked doing this. Not sure how much stuff was in the bag, probably one or two exercise books and a calculator for Maths. One evening I arrived home after walking through the alleyway from the main road to the
  12. It almost felt like a coin tossing situation - Corbyn v Brexit, but Brexit isn't Corbyn in this case. Better the devil you know.
  13. I get excited about elections and referendums just as much as an adult, as I got excited about Christmas and birthdays as a child. I have got my Poll Card blu-tacked on my living room noticeboard, until Thursday morning that is, and I shall hopefully be one of the first to vote at my local Polling Station (aka a church community centre place) when it opens on Thursday morning at 7.00 am, just after I get a daily paper from the local newsagent and posted a few letters in the postbox on route. Basically, I do not want Jeremy Corbyn to set foot into Downing Street; and I voted to
  14. There is a lot of truth in that report - I personally feel "left behind" in society myself due to Asperger Syndrome, dyspraxia, anxiety, depression and other things. I am talking about both now as an adult, and also 30 odd years ago when I was a child - 300 odd pages of medical notes were the proof of the pudding back then. The fact that I am now in my late 30s and I am celibate because of my condition - I have had no chance of getting anywhere near a proper relationship and getting married - something that nearly all adults take for granted. Shouting is just as bad as whispering whe
  15. All this talk about obtaining medical records on this forum reminded me of obtaining my own a few years ago. Back in 2007 and 2008, I obtained some medical records of my own health under the Data Protection Act 1998. These consist of hospital records (such as a routine operation that I had back in 1988), GP records, child development records and so on. I also obtained my birth records (it tells me when I was born, when the delivery of placenta was, my Apgar score etc). This is the crux of the matter, and this is what I am asking - as they are pregnancy records, they a
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