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Old Aug 12th 2017, 3:40 pm
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Old Aug 15th 2017, 9:31 pm
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Hi everyone! It's August 9th and I'll have to do a Rodney and get you back talking to each other. I tuned in tonight as I was feeling very depressed and thought of you all on here and the fun stuff that you write, and the arguments too. I still live in Devon, in Dawlish, on the south coast. It does rain a lot here as we are on the English Channel and get a lot of storms coming over the Atlantic - I always 'blame the US', just to get at my friends there as a lot of the time we get the storms 3 days after the East coast of the US has them. It's just part of living here - I wear rain gear when needed. I live about 1.5 miles inland, in a very quiet part of town, but I miss out on a lot of activities as a result. I have tried to sell and move closer in, but having sold twice and lost out twice, I gave up - only the solicitor made any money out of the deal. I do miss the States a lot, and my friends and family there - scattered throughout many states, and into Canada. At times I feel like quitting it all and moving back with one suitcase (!) but then I think of the cost of healthcare and see sense. I am not a frequent user of the healthare system, thankfully, but I appreciate the fact that it exists and no one is asked for an Insurance and credit card. You really have to expereince the two systems to understand the feeling of relief at not being turned away because of your ability to pay. It is this reason, plus the fact that I have a lovely companion cat, that keeps me here in England, because I do get very depressed and extremely lonely on my tod. I am still very Americanised in my thoughts and manners which does not help - at times I really don't understand how people can live life in such a solitary manner. Being of West Indian heritage is at the root of the problem, as we are a friendly, open people. I would probably have been happier in Notting Hill!! Anyway, I am glad to be back on here, and look forward to many postings. Aries - I am so saddened to read of your many tribulations in Torquay - if you feel up to a visit, it is not far for me to come on the train or bus - just let me know privately if you want a visit at any time.
Lovely to read your update. So many people disappear and I often wonder how they are. Sorry to hear that things get rough for you sometimes. You may or may not remember me (was perthhomeschool at one time) or the fact that despite being born in the UK I actually grew up in Jamaica. Also spent some 30 years in the US. There right now, as a matter of fact, for a visit, but have finally moved permanently back to the UK some 4 months now. Living in Norwich and will be back on the 18th. Sounds like we may have quite a bit in common, so feel free to PM me

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Old Aug 15th 2017, 11:22 pm
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Rodney - if you are still about, I sent you a PM
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Old Aug 23rd 2017, 11:29 pm
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Hi all. I seem to have shut up this group instead of starting it talking again. Maybe it has finally run it's course. Anyway, as I am sure there are many lurkers on here as there seem to be on every thread, by writing my truths I have gotten a number of messages from people all over the country, so the returners have awoken and hopefully some of us will be able to meet up in person soon. It's not all roses around the door for sure, but it beats the alternatives, so to quote my favourite politician 'Yes, we can'. Onwards and upwards. Rosie
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 7:17 am
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Thank you Islandwoman for giving us an update. Also wondering about Rodney. I am pretty well settled in our house in South Buckinghamshire. It took about a year and there are issues like parking and loud noisy neighbourhood kids but at moment it suits us here where we will stay until I get my ILR then we will perhaps look for somewhere to permanently put down some roots in a nice bungalow closer to the sea. In the meantime I still lurke on this forum and others occasionally giving advice where I can. PM me if anyone plans a meet up.
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 7:45 am
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Thank you Islandwoman for kick starting this thread. I've been meaning to reply since you posted. I am another one who would be interested in meeting up, so let me know if there are plans for such an event. Sorry to hear about your house sale falling through. I think the system is bonkers and it is one of the reasons we ended up north of the border.
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 8:54 pm
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It is sometime since I've checked in here. What a nice surprise! Thank you all for your recent postings .
Well I got over to the UK in May. I was in transit to Southampton for a cruise. We went to Norway. Loved, loved it.
We are going on an Atlantic cruise out of Florida in April '18, to the Azores and Spain,
We loved the few days we spent in the Gatwick area.
I will be 80 in January so I have to cover a lot of area in the next 20 years.
May I comment on my recent experience with the local hospital. I went into ER recently and found most of the people taking care of me were "technicians". These were the people doing the hands on procedures. I wont go into detail but when I went home I had blood all over the place. I returned and I was rechecked by the tech, nurse and doctor and they found I had a defective device. I had to follow up with a specialist and instead of seeing the doctor I was seem by a NP(nurse practitioner)???
I dont want to broadcast too loudly because they can put complainers down if you know what I mean?
Another specialist i see makes a lot of money by having us return every 2 to 4 four months to do the usual, cat scan and EKG's. I can see why the medicare is going broke? The cardiologist has all these trainees medical students taking care of us and he himself takes us and checks our heart which takes 5 minutes then he is gone. We like him though.
Sorry for the ramble.
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"Yes we can"

I had to google that !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_We_Can
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Also interested in a meet up. Had already PMed Islandwoman. Looks like we have enough interest to get it started. Now to find a mid-point between us all!
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Also interested in a meet up. Had already PMed Islandwoman. Looks like we have enough interest to get it started. Now to find a mid-point between us all!
I've been thinking about this. It needs to be on the road and rail links and middle of the country(ish). How about Milton Keynes? I used to live there when it was being built, and got a tour of the City Centre before it opened to the public. I worked at the Open University as a clerk. Now it's all fancy, and on the direct rail line from London. We need some place with hotels for overnight or longer, and large enough places to gather. I'lll do some research if people are interested. Anyone care to comment, make suggestions (sensible ones!)?
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I've been thinking about this. It needs to be on the road and rail links and middle of the country(ish). How about Milton Keynes? I used to live there when it was being built, and got a tour of the City Centre before it opened to the public. I worked at the Open University as a clerk. Now it's all fancy, and on the direct rail line from London. We need some place with hotels for overnight or longer, and large enough places to gather. I'lll do some research if people are interested. Anyone care to comment, make suggestions (sensible ones!)?
Unfortunately I'm in Canada therefore I can't attend meet-ups in the UK. I've been to several meet-ups in Toronto and it's wonderful to put faces to usernames and meet the real life cyber people you have had online conversations with for years. Perhaps instead of a UK meet up...it could be done in regions (i.e. London area, NE, SW etc)...or maybe by counties.
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I am ok with either Milton Keynes or London. As long as it is a day meetup. I can drive to Milton Keynes and train to London. September is quite busy but October for me has nothing much on the calendar. I leave UK for Cape Town towards end November and would love to do this before then.
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I am ok with either Milton Keynes or London. As long as it is a day meetup. I can drive to Milton Keynes and train to London. September is quite busy but October for me has nothing much on the calendar. I leave UK for Cape Town towards end November and would love to do this before then.
We're pretty busy both months but I agree it's a good idea to do it before the cold really sets in. I avoid London whenever possible, but up for pretty much anywhere else.
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I am still lurking in the background- had my dad over from the UK for a visit this summer- I miss him so much- he is 85 and I hope to get back next year for a visit with him. There are some days when I really wish I wasn't in Canada and with winter looming in the next few months, today is one of them! HUbby is now retired and I hope to in 3 years. I am the main breadwinner so for us to up sticks and just go now is not an option.

Watched the Diana 7 days program last night and that brought back so many memories.

Anyone ever hear from EasterDawn I think her name was?
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Somewhat off topic but important to us on BE: I have been reading the USA 'Trailer Park', specifically the thread about Harvey. It's sad to read and scary as well - important to get personal viewpoints not just official news. If you want to have a read you may find people on there who you know. Just a thought.
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