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Laura Corin

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  1. FWIW, this wasn't the case with my father. His treatment didn't cost him anything beyond the taxes he had paid previously.
  2. My father decided to stop treatment after the third (experimental) cancer treatment line stopped working. He decided to spend his last months doing what he wanted to do - reading, walking a bit, eating what good food he could, enjoying a glass of wine. He didn't want to spend his last months in and out of hospital, grasping at straws. He hadn't given up, he had made a choice about how he wanted to spend his life. I second reading Being Mortal as soon as you can.
  3. I do pretty much everything in the class, but if your knee is already hurting, I would go to a class and tell the teacher about your particular issue. If they are a decent teacher, they will offer you alternatives. If you have significant mobility issues, I would start with a class called something like 'restorative yoga' or 'gentle yoga', or one billed as being for over-fifties.
  4. FWIW I started to ache at 50 then took up yoga. So long as I practise for two hours each week, I don't ache. Even my arthritic knee is not a problem.
  5. I had a podiatrist and a physio tell me that I probably had arthritis, caused by wear and tear due to my lower leg not being set quite straight into my knee. I'd never noticed that in the previous fifty years but I can see it now. The doctor x-rayed and said yes, arthritis, but to carry on as I was, paying attention to getting lots of exercise and maintaining weight, so that when the inevitable knee replacement comes, I'll probably do fine. That sounds good to me.
  6. I'm enjoying growing older, in general. There's a scene in the recent hit UK TV show Fleabag in which a post menopausal woman talks about how free she feels. That's me, most days. I'm 56. My mum lived independently until age 90. Fingers crossed. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/kristin-scott-thomass-monologue-female-pain-fleabag-needs-watched-8939353/
  7. @moonflower I have a cube pessary for cystocele. For me it has been an easy fix.
  8. I've been watching the hair all over my body come and go, get thicker and wirier or thinner and greyer. But I just realised that my eyelashes aren't as full and long as they were. Apparently that's also part of healthy ageing. And it seems that I'm pretty vain about them. I've never worn eye makeup because I've had such defined eye shape. I just ordered some eye make up. What have you been surprised by as you age (whatever decade you are in)?
  9. In Scotland, women are usually buried: Sue maiden name, wife of a, b and c
  10. I exercise and meditate. Mindfulness in general takes me out of myself and reconnects me with simple joy.
  11. Things I miss from my time overseas: amazing, diverse, fresh, regional Chinese food. Particularly the restaurant opposite our flat in south west China that would send two waitresses across the road with our order on crockery, then would pick the plates up later for washing. Oh, and the farmers' markets in Northern California.
  12. What's an umbrella policy? In the UK we have separate policies for cars, house, life but nothing called an umbrella. Is it public liability? Here that's written into each policy.
  13. The only thing that I always pack when going to live overseas is Marmite. What I missed the first year that I lived in China (1985-6) was cheese and bacon. There were pork products, but not the bacon of home - I hadn't thought that I cared about bacon, but apparently I did. My step-aunt visited Beijing that year and treated me to lunch at one of the international hotels. She ordered cheese for me and they popped it out of imported cans onto the plate. I had taken a year's supply of tampons with me, as I knew they weren't available. The thing that I miss when someone else is cooking for me is copious amounts of veg, well above five a day.
  14. Jamie Oliver had a hard time trying to do the same in the UK. At least here his not-very-posh background (his parents ran a pub, but that probably doesn't mean they owned it) made it a bit easier for people not to feel preached at. It's a whole different thing when someone comes from overseas to tell you what to do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie's_School_Dinners
  15. The lunches when I taught at a (public) high school in France were amazing. Starter, main, fruit, wine for the staff... I remember dishes like lamb cutlets on a bed of lentils with a green veg.
  16. It explains a lot about office behaviour if that's not natural to some people.
  17. I've seen that too, and that's fine. But there are also abandoned bags, and bags stuffed into bushes.
  18. Why do people pick up after their dog, then leave the plastic bag by the road? Either stick-and-flick without a bag, or bag it and take it to the nearest bin.
  19. I agree. Among the things that make it much easier for me to cook from scratch than many people: - transport and not worrying about the cost of going to the shop - adequate space to store food, a work surface, decent utensils, a good hob, and an oven that I can afford to heat just to roast some veg - enough space in my head to think about these things rather than poverty, eviction, bankruptcy due to medical bills, dire mental or physical family illness, abuse, more children than I can manage, three jobs, etc. - a mother who cooked frugally from scratch every night If someone asks me about improving their diet, I usually just focus on veg. After all, if half the plate is veg, then the junk will be displaced. And I stress that frozen veg is just fine. If I'm not asked, I don't say a word.
  20. Lane discipline is very much the social norm in the UK, and passing on the wrong side almost never happens. I have to look out the side window when Texan Husband is driving on the motorway here, because he does sometimes sit in one of the overtaking lanes when there is space in the driving lane. Eeek.
  21. Yes, I imagined embattled Buicks surrounded by a phalanx of sinister Priuses.
  22. Wow. Okay. Doing things in an efficient order is so normal to me I had never really thought about it.
  23. It depends on the driveway. Attached is my driveway - it's physically impossible to turn between those walls without swinging into the far lane. Driveway.docx
  24. Does the 9yo fall asleep in the car? Hobbes was in a high-back booster until he was 11 - he was a late developer, so he didn't have the height to do without a booster, and he used to fall asleep. The high back stopped him from sliding out from the seat belt.
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