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Old Jun 19th 2017, 7:40 am   #1
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I'm now a district councillor. That and other voluntary work, plus keeping an eye on my 91 year old mum, is keeping me busy. The area I'm living in is one of the poorest and most deprived in the UK, and certain to get poorer as a result of Brexit, so I feel I should do what I can.

My health is not good. I'm having problems with movement; the cause is unclear. So far I've been told I probably don't have Parkinson's, and I'll be having a brain scan in a couple of weeks to rule out a stroke, tumour, or hydrocephalus. I wish I could say warm things about the NHS, but I'm still waiting for an appointment for specialist physiotherapy which I started trying to access five months ago. The long waiting lists are very frustrating.

The OH is still teaching at Exeter uni, but he is having a year off to finish his next book.

My increasing disability meant I had to give up learning to drive. We exchanged the Fiat 500 for a Skoda Yeti which is much more practical but more expensive to run.

I don't find much time to post here now, but best wishes to you all.
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Old Jun 21st 2017, 8:09 pm   #2
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Thank you so much for stepping up and giving of your time and energy to try and make a difference. I am seeing the same thing happening over here as people (women in particular) realize that when we aren't actively involved we end up with Trump here and Brexit over there.

I'm sorry to hear about your health and hope it will turn out to be something that can be improved or at least not get worse. Very scary and frustrating I'm sure.

Sad to hear about the long wait times with the NHS. I liked the LibDems idea of a 1% tax to give it an immediate injection of cash. It such an amazing service and needs to be given the financial investment needed. It offers such value for money compared to something like the system over here in the US. I don't think the British really have any idea how awful the alternative is and how precious the NHS is.

I'm currently dithering about whether to come back. Brexit broke my heart but it has been encouraging to finally see some real push back after May's terrible performance in the election. Of course we have Trump over here doing untold damage but at least there is a limit to how long he can be President.

Thanks for the update, I love to hear how those who have moved back are getting on.
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Old Jun 24th 2017, 9:05 am   #3
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At the moment I'd hesitate to advise anybody to move back, though obviously it depends from where. There is already damage to the economy from brexit and it can only get worse. Fortunately the election result makes it likely we will avoid the most destructive hard brexit. We are also a deeply divided country and God only knows where that will lead. The social and cultural damage from brexit may be as bad as the economic, or worse.
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We were pretty much set to move back last September and then Brexit happened. The damage it will cause to the UK economy combined with the general division in the country and rise in hate crimes were too much for us so we stayed put and hoped Hillary Clinton would be President only to be devastated by the election of Trump.

We are struggling to decide now whether to stay in the US or return to the UK so many factors to be considered. In recent months I have started to feel that not to return because of May and the Leave voters would be letting them win so in making our decision I'm trying to focus more on our own personal situation and not so much the bigger political climate in either country - which let's face it sucks in both places!

I do think that what you are doing is key to making a change, for too long we've left it to the white middle aged men to shape our laws etc. time for women to get in there and sort out the mess! I have always paid attention to politics, donated and voted but it's time to step up my game - just don't know whether it will be in the UK or the US.
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I think the above are talking crap.

There are 149 countries in the world. Twenty eight including the UK are current members of the EU. The rest are not. The other 121 are not all living in caves and eating grass. But of the 28 in the EU most are economic basket cases.

As for post brexit, look at it like this. Of the ten countries which have increased exports most to the EU, the U.K. is not one of them. In fact, exports to the EU have fallen year on year. At the same time, of those ten countries, six have no trade agreement.
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Wow, 3 years already. It's nice to see you taking an active part in your local area. This is something I think I would also do if/when we move to my home.

So sorry about your increasing health problems and the long wait. you get things resolved soon.
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I think the above are talking crap.

There are 149 countries in the world. Twenty eight including the UK are current members of the EU. The rest are not. The other 121 are not all living in caves and eating grass. But of the 28 in the EU most are economic basket cases.

As for post brexit, look at it like this. Of the ten countries which have increased exports most to the EU, the U.K. is not one of them. In fact, exports to the EU have fallen year on year. At the same time, of those ten countries, six have no trade agreement.
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We were pretty much set to move back last September and then Brexit happened. The damage it will cause to the UK economy combined with the general division in the country and rise in hate crimes were too much for us so we stayed put and hoped Hillary Clinton would be President only to be devastated by the election of Trump.

We are struggling to decide now whether to stay in the US or return to the UK so many factors to be considered. In recent months I have started to feel that not to return because of May and the Leave voters would be letting them win so in making our decision I'm trying to focus more on our own personal situation and not so much the bigger political climate in either country - which let's face it sucks in both places!

I do think that what you are doing is key to making a change, for too long we've left it to the white middle aged men to shape our laws etc. time for women to get in there and sort out the mess! I have always paid attention to politics, donated and voted but it's time to step up my game - just don't know whether it will be in the UK or the US.
May is a woman or so I believe!
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She is indeed, but as one of only 208 women MPs I think my point holds up.

There are 650 MPs of which only 32% are female and even that low amount is actually a record high.

Here in the US only 19.1% of Representatives are female and only 21% of Senators are female.
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Editha, Firstly let me wish you all the best with your health problems and thank everyone for their posts as it relates to returning to the old sod. I left Devon in my mid 20's and have based my family here in the US (Alaska) for most of my working life but we have started to think of retirement and where that might be.
Aside from the political climate I am interested in hearing how you have found the general cost,conditions,housing and contentment after the move(not sure where in Canada you lived) As I said earlier I grew up in the west country so we are leaning toward that area albeit further south than Exeter towards Cornwall.
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She is indeed, but as one of only 208 women MPs I think my point holds up.

There are 650 MPs of which only 32% are female and even that low amount is actually a record high.

Here in the US only 19.1% of Representatives are female and only 21% of Senators are female.
Quantity rather than quality then!

And now, May, Foster, Davidson, Sturgeon...
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So sorry to hear of your worsening health, Editha. Wishing you a speedy resolution to your situation xx
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Editha, Firstly let me wish you all the best with your health problems and thank everyone for their posts as it relates to returning to the old sod. I left Devon in my mid 20's and have based my family here in the US (Alaska) for most of my working life but we have started to think of retirement and where that might be.
Aside from the political climate I am interested in hearing how you have found the general cost,conditions,housing and contentment after the move(not sure where in Canada you lived) As I said earlier I grew up in the west country so we are leaning toward that area albeit further south than Exeter towards Cornwall.
Cost: Cost of living was higher than we expected, but not a lot. More on petrol because we are using the car more, due to being in a relatively remote area.

More on healthcare too, which was a surprise. Dentist bills (not NHS), physiotherapy because I couldn't get any on NHS, chiropody which was partially covered by my insurance in Canada.

Housing. Well, we could afford a house mortgage free. But I do miss the space we had in Edmonton. I didn't think I would, but I do.

Contentment. That depends on so many factors doesn't it?
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So sorry to hear of your worsening health, Editha. Wishing you a speedy resolution to your situation xx
Me too .
Also, good on you for positively contributing something into your local community.
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