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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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  • Name Sophie

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  1. Curious: is there any evidence that spoiling votes can have an effect? I've always voted even when not really happy with any of the choices - my view being that I am never indifferent to the outcome and therefore voting for the lesser of several evils is better than refusing to vote any evils (because otherwise the choice of evils is left entirely to people whose judgement I don't trust as well as my own!). Generally though I think there is a chance of getting decent people in and I have to try. The Northumbria LibDem PCC promised to campaign against his own existence - yours the same Hereward?
  2. Stupid Questions: The Triumphant Return

    Really this thread should be called the 'interesting questions' thread! Curious, I looked more into the effect of cannabis on dreaming and found actually it suppresses dreaming (though if people have been smokers for some time and then stop smoking, they get a rebound effect of vivid dreams). So it seems more likely that your dreams have an unrelated explanation, maybe you are experiencing disturbed sleep due to light/noise/heat/anxiety/hormones or something? This article suggests that your dreams may be more vivid because you are sleeping longer.
  3. Stupid Questions: The Triumphant Return

    I'm not knowledgeable but I did a google search and found some scientific research on this which suggests that there can be an effect, though the conditions have to be extreme (the experiment had people sitting in an unventilated room with other people smoking for an hour). I don't know enough to know if the after-effects you are experiencing could be due to cannabis, but I'm sure getting out of the house more would be a good thing regardless!
  4. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Goodness, I'd forgetten that used to happen on here all the time. Nicely done...
  5. New Zealand is obviously the best country, because it recognises the Pastafarian faith, allowing weddings like this.
  6. 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.
  7. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Like the hijab?
  8. 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:
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. *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.
  14. 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:
  15. 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