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  1. Hi Folks another wondering moment :D I use a combination of the above. This depends on what I'm going to do. For example, I have started to landscape my garden and am constructing a path. To cut this out, I sat in my wheelchair and used a wide head pickaxe. A bit like a manual, mechanical digger (JCB). I use my wheelchair downstairs and crutches upstairs. When I go out dependant upon where I go and how long I'll be out, I may wear my prosthesis and take crutches. Other times I use my wheelchair. So please vote in the poll. Thanks Steve
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    Have We Met Before?

    Or in Lands End! Come to think of it, why not start in Lands End, then travel up to John o Groats. Sampling the regional brews as we go! As...... Steve (who is not sure how long that will take)
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    The World Cup

    Hi one and all, I personaly don't like football and I have found it strange that the patriotic St Georges flag is nowwhere to be seen on St Georges day. I feel sorry for the flag seller, only selling those flags every four years! As, regards, Scotland/Wales/Ireland/Cornwall(part of the 7 Celtic states) these celebrate their National day as follows: Scotland=Robbie Burns night.........go get drunk. Wales=St Davids day.......go get drunk. Ireland=St Patricks day.....go get drunk. Cornwall=St Pirrans day....go get drunk. In England they celebrated, by Morris dancing, guys in shorts, braces, socks and sandals and funny hats dancing opposite each other and hitting the opposite guys stick with their own. Then when the Scots were drunk on R/Burns night the English would cross the border and ravish the women. The English would do the same in the other countries celebrating night's. Until the Scots/Welsh/Irish and Cornish got wise to this and made the English Morris dancers wear bells attached to their socks and braces, so that they could be heard coming; so the women would hide. So, IMO football has evolved from this, footballers wear shorts, long socks and... Hmmm could be wrong but won't be long before they have bells attached to their socks. As....... Steve
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    Thankyou Jim you are correct. It seem's that a number of members have disregarded Forum Rules etc, yet they agree to them when they join this site. Now I begin to wonder if they have forgotten that they have agreed to the Forum Rules or are they deliberately trying to cause disharmony on this site? This Forum is for Families, friends amputee's etc, and I am sure for the majority they visit this Forum for help/support/advice etc. However there is a minority who do not like the harmony and success that the majority of members have created and the Mod/Admin team take a lot of time and effort to maintain. Steve
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    Don't you just hate it when ....

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    Building in stone

    Hi Paul, that is looking great.....'The Great Wall' of Paul! As...... Steve (who has just taken another look at the wall........and, well, hmmmm hope you don't mind me mentioning but the 4th block down, eight rows across is 7degree's out of true, or is it that block is true and the rest of the........... :lol:
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    Finding the CP you want

    Hi Ally, we seem to be having the same sort of weather! Cold, wet and very windy. So I have some spare time and have read your post. You make a very good point, but I have a feeling that the same situation occurs in other countries. Plastic surgery here in the UK has got to such a point that they give free holidays if you have certain procedures done. However, as regards CP's, we have a system (National Health Service, paid by weekly contributions and run by the Government) so in theory we don't have to pay anything for a prosthesis. The downside is that initially you have to go to your area Limb clinic. And there is a very wide difference between the Limb fitting clinics. The standards, type of limb provided. This is dependant upon the prosthesitist, Health service budget. I would have thought there was a 'National' standard, so the same service provision was 'uniform' through out the country. When I was fitted with an 'Ultimate' knee and Flexi-foot, I was very lucky that this 'rig' worked for me. It was a learning curve for the prosthesitist and myself, because the only knowledge he had; was with the manual he received with the 'rig'. I spent 6 hours with him when it was first fitted, testing, adjustments, more testing etc! This was followed by intensive physio-therapy, and it worked out fine. As said I was lucky, but I fear I am in the minority on this. I have met many Amputee's in the UK who have had lot's of problems with the fitting, choice etc of prosthesis, even to the point where some have given up and just use a wheelchair. As said, a very good point! As....... Steve
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    Jones soda

    I voted as well :D
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    Shoes for MEN

    Er..I have a pair of shoes as well. But I also have one flipflop, which is green. I take it with me when I travel. As...... Steve
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    Building in stone

    Hi Guy's, I used to live near the 'Oysterfleet'. If memory serves me, Peter Green of Thin Lizzie, used to live on the Island as well. As......... Steve
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    what'ya doin' this weekend

    Er...not to Muz!
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    what'ya doin' this weekend

    I take it you don't like her much then :lol: :lol: :lol: Er.....naw...she's a lovely girl, but someone told me it was dangerous to check for gas leaks with a match! So I thought, hmmm be better if she did it. I was even gonna give her a guided tour round my new shed! Ah! well, there'll be another time. As.... Steve
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    what'ya doin' this weekend

    You need one of those piezo electric gas igniters ... much better than matches for a gas BBQ. ... and I find the bit about you staying sober hard to believe as well :lol: Hi Muz, I did actually stay sober, dunno why though. The gas BBQ I bought had to be assembled! So to make sure the gas connections were safe, I got 'er from No 20 to check the gas joint's with match's. The bbq does have electronic ignition, so it should be easy to light. We like to eat 'al fresco' during the summer months, which is why we choose the gas bbq, rather than charcoal ones. It only takes a few minutes for the gas one to be hot, so virtually instant cooking. Hopefully we will have a bbq later this week. One mute point, the reason we will have many bbq's during the summer months is because all the restraunts and pubs put their prices up and skimp on the quality and amount of food because of the tourists. Who actually expect to be ripped off! As... Steve
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    what'ya doin' this weekend

    Hi Everyone, just thought I would let you know how the BBQ went. I bought a gas BBQ for the occasion constructed it. Then I got 'er from No 20 to test it for gas leaks, but after a while she came and told me the wind kept blowing the match's out. Anyway, the rains came so we had to cook it all indoors on the cooker. Everyone had a great time anyway, and I actually stayed sober. As........ Steve
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    what'ya doin' this weekend

    Hi Hazel, if I may interupt; my grey hairs took 57 years to grow :D As for the weekend, I shall be hiding at home away from the dreaded tourists Finishing off fitting shelves etc to my new shed/workshop. On Sunday, a family and friends BBQ and a few pints. Monday will be for getting over the hanger over I will have got from the BBQ. As...... Steve
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    Building in stone

    Hi Paul, just wondering, did Southend United move from Roots Hall? When I lived on Canvey( about 9 years ago) they were talking about selling the ground off and building a new stadium, somewhere else; Eastwood I think? Enjoy the trip, have fun. As....... Steve
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    Guess what I did today?

    Hiya, that IS an achievment. It's good that you tried and succeded. Thanks for sharing. As....... Steve
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    Happy Birthday Doggie

    Thanks Everyone for your kind wish's. And yes, I did have a few, in fact more than a few. Best hangover I've had for years :( As........ Steve Btw, Muz, we did try to get 57 candles on a pastie; but I thought it would be cold by the time we completed doing it. So I er...ate it. Nothing to do with me getting the munchies, whilst drinking ;)
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    Building in stone

    Hi Paul, just thought I would mention, there is a down side to building a wall :( Once you have built it, what are you going to do next? I am at present building the foundations for a 8ft x 6ft workshop/shed. Although it is in kit form, I still have to erect it and fit it out with the bench's/shelves etc. Now always one with a plan 'B', when it is finished and after the summer (playtime) I will start on my next project! Which is building an 8ft x 4ft to scale, early 1950's train set layout :) Before anyone says anything, it will be portable, 2ft x 4ft sections. So, Paul whilst you are toiling away, you will have plenty of time for a plan 'B' :lol: As........ Steve
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    Building in stone

    Hi Paul, I'm in the middle of a three year landscaping my back garden, project. Last year I built a decking patio, 3m sq. After finishing it, I was sitting in a garden chair watching the sun go down, with a 'blond in a black dress'. All very nice, but my mind was wandering as usual! So I decided to build a raised flower bed in 'line of sight' from where I was sitting.This half way down the garden and to the left. I wanted it in a half cicle, but didn't think using bricks was the best way to do it. Where I live in Cornwall, there are a lot of dry stone walls, so I thought I'd have a go at trying that. Slate or cobble stones are the best, but very expensive. So I went round different builders merchants, DIY places etc. I settled on using crazy paving, multi colored. When I asked in one builders merchant about buying crazy paving, the guy said they don't sell it. He then took me round the yard to a skip that was full of broken colored paving slabs. He said take as much as you like, for free, there were going to be thrown away. So my wife and I did, took enough for the wall, 8ft x18" x 12". We built the wall, and inserted 'rockery' plants in the gaps on the sides. Capped of with halfpenny and farthing round stepping stones. That was a year ago, and the wall is still up and the plants still growing. I really did enjoy building that. Even more so looking at it and all the flowers of a summers evening, with of course a few '' blondes :) As......... Steve
  21. Hi JK welcome and pleased to meet you. I havn't come across any specific car rental companies that rent cars with hand controls. However, if you have a hotel/accomodation booked in Amsterdam it maybe that they can refer you to 'local' providers. Or do a internet search for 'Disabled tourism in Amsterdam'. If you are just staying in Amsterdam, then IMO a car is a hinderance, there are very limited car parking spaces. The public transport system is generally very disabled/wheelchair friendly, as are the Amsterdammers. I have been a many times and never had mobility problems, except climbing the stairs in the Anne Franks museum! I hope you enjoy your stay. Best regards Steve
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    Info Request

    Hi and welcome BigJAK 'learning to walk before you can run' (sorry for that) is the key to getting the maximum benefit from the Limb centre. 'Demanding', hmmmm but what to demand? IMO, consider the lifestyle you had and the lifestyle you want to achieve! Then ask questions about the type of prosthesis you will need to achieve the lifestyle. Oh! so simple, I wish it were. It really is trial and error, but the NHS are not very good with error as this costs money! In my experience, you will get a 'basic' leg and foot. Then after about 6 months of using it you will be in a position to be better informed as to your requirments. Then you will be able to ask for a prosthesis that will accomodate such requirments. This is what I did and was given, what I consider is great, an Ultimate knee with a flexi foot. That was 3 years ago, and I've only had to go to the limb clinic twice, for minor adjustments. Finally, when you go to the limb clinic ask as many questions as you can, talk to the other Amp's. And of course ask as many questions as you like on this Forum. Let us know how you get on. Best regards Steve
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    Hot Seat part 4

    No worries Mike, I'm not wearing chocolate perfume :P As.... Steve
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    Hot Seat part 4

    Hi Ally, if I can sqeeze in between Marcus and Muz; I have 3 questions to ask you: 1. What cd would you like to have if you were stranded on a desert island? 2. What would be the most important thing you would want to have with you on a desert island? 3. What is your favorite joke, please share! As....... Steve (who has now turned to thinking about chocolate perfume? Could be messy if one follows the advice of Chanel!)
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    Are you living in the right country?

    Oh! boy! did I screw up Of all the places in the world, of all the low down joints. I ended up with.............. the UK :o According to the 'latest' statistics, 78% of residents in the UK would move abroad tomorrow; if they could. I would be the first in line to go :D Ah! well, must be my turn to win the lottery soon As........... Steve