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  • Gender Female
  • Location North East England
  • Interests writing fantasy novels
    visiting historical sites and castles
    geeky computer stuff
    cognitive psychology and counselling skills
    learning Spanish (just started)

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  1. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Goodness, I'd forgetten that used to happen on here all the time. Nicely done...
  2. New Zealand is obviously the best country, because it recognises the Pastafarian faith, allowing weddings like this.
  3. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    This Guardian article has Jeremy Corbyn speaking against TTIP (paragraph 7) in a reaction to Cameron's EU deal.
  4. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Like the hijab?
  5. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    @Mormont, Helena, Sean. So true! The idea is horrendous. But also mockable. This woman would be banned? These occasions would be illegal:
  6. European politics: Into the "right" futur

    Spanish election results look fascinating (about 70% of votes counted of now) - and definitely looks like the right is losing out to the left, contradicting the thread title. Nobody knows what will happen next with no party set to get a majority...
  7. Board Issues 4

    I am having the same problem as Pebs - much of the time but not all the time the forums are displaying in the left-hand side not in the main window (which is blank). I too use Firefox. It is intermittent so it's hard to know what's causing it, but it's really difficult to read anything that way. Sophie
  8. Paris attacks 13-11-15

    to Dunhallym and everyone else in Paris just now. Really horrible news and difficult to know whether there is anything to be done except pull together to support those affected, and carry on. It is shocking that so many people (while a very small minority of the world) are eager to hurt and shock and kill others and think that is a good thing. This is so much harder to accept thana natural disaster. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this, Sophie
  9. Austria Bound!

    Interesting move - Vienna is a very majestic place, keep us posted as it will be interesting to hear your impressions.  I don't know Austria well at all but I couldn't resist looking on tripadvisor to see if there was a Mexican restaurant there and there is something approximating one:   Always on the search for Mexican restaurants in unexpected places.  But yes, in Europe you definitely have to keep an open mind on exactly what 'Mexican' is (but have fun trying the variations - me and Mentat still reminisce longingly about the Czech-Mex we found in Prague).  This one in Vienna from one of  the comments at least seems to be run by a Mexican (but with only two reviews it's hard to assess its quality).   Good luck! Sophie
  10. *hugs* to Min.  It was horrific to hear about this and see the photos: to have been so close by almost to have witnessed it must be very disturbing.   Like most people here I don't think airshows should be banned although I wouldn't miss them myself.  I think people have a right to engage in risky sports and other people have a right to watch them.  However I do think that given that there are occasional accidents, I'm very surprised that they would hold an airshow above a road, as in this case.  I would hope and expect that they would hold it over barren land or close the roads in future.     Where I live in Sunderland there is an annual airshow which is not for profit.  Everyone can watch for free.  For health and safety reasons all the stunts take place over the sea (the planes fly in across the city but planes flying across towns is a normal low-risk activity so not a problem).  This means everyone can sit all along the beaches and watch.  It's a massive local event.  Since the UK has so much coastline it seems to me that plenty of airshows could be done on the coast like this without endangering spectators and non-participants.
  11. Just an aside but next time someone comes in and tries to say that sex is defined by chromosomes here is a nice article (IMO) to throw at them:
  12. Mental and Physical Health

    :grouphug: You deserve a break! Hope those blood test results come through quickly. It sounds like you have recognised so much what you need and that determination is really good to have, as it can sometimes take some persistence until you get the drug/dose which works for you (though most people I know who have taken anti-depressants have had positive results quite quickly, so I hope this is your experience too - I'm rooting for you!). Sophie
  13. Mental and Physical Health

    I just read this blog post by a woman who realised that 'it doesn't have to be this way' and started taking anti-depressants, after which she realised that she had taken for granted that it was normal to feel how she had felt. She has bravely posted in case somebody recognises that this might be true of them too.
  14. Mental and Physical Health

    Hi Dracarya, the 'zoning out' is also a classic anxiety symptom, also known as 'depersonalisation'. Nomorepanic has a good list of the symptoms here, with layperson's explanations of what causes them (in terms of stress and the fight/flight response), and if you scroll down you will eventually get to depersonalisation, just after headaches. Lummel - thanks, I am encouraged that you are finding mindfulness useful. Maybe I will start a thread on it when I get started, because I am a bit nervous about whether I will be able to work it out on my own from books.
  15. Mental and Physical Health

    OK, maybe the explanation is more a physiological one, in that stress causes release of adrenalin, which leads to psychosomatic changes and bodily reactions such as hyperventilation, dizziness, digestive problems, muscle twitches, insomnia, palpitations etc., and also can lead to hypervigilance, with is a kind of acute attention/oversensitivity to any small thing which is a possible threat. So (guessing here) it may feel like your brain is reacting very quickly with emotional responses to situations which resemble those in which you have felt threatened in the past. However this is not because your thoughts have changed or the day to day situations are different, it's because the increased levels of adrenalin and making you more generally hypersensitive to those normal situations. Relaxation techniques such as mindfulness might help. (I am planning to try mindfulness as it's had a lot of research supporting its effectiveness - the idea is to stop living in the future quite so much and take the focus off those anxious thoughts, by focusing on the simple sensory 'here-and-now')