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Sophelia

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    North East England
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    writing fantasy novels
    walking
    visiting historical sites and castles
    geeky computer stuff
    cognitive psychology and counselling skills
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    Sophie

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  1. Sophelia

    Laptop Advice

    I love my Microsoft Surface Pro laptop (like you I decided against the 2-in-1 and have not regretted that), which I've had nearly 2 years now. I haven't got such a high spec as what you are looking for but despite that I have had no problem doing complex data analysis or processing photographs on it. It's delightfully light and portable, and feels and looks good, a pleasure to use. The face-recognition log-in makes it very fast to get going. Oddly I really haven't found myself using the touch-screen capabilities much.
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    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I think I'm more likely to garrotte myself! I'm a total convert to wireless headphones because I was always crossing the room to find something then getting my head yanked back kind of like having a dog on a lead (if you had the lead attached to your head...umph!) - or else having them fly off and crash to the floor. Nowadays the worst that happens is I lose a few moments of music. Also good in the gym as I can just put my phone in my bag and move around freely, removing the risk of getting the wires caught around projecting bits of weight machines etc. (believe me, I can manage that!).
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    More information only makes it worse - cuts to the heart. I'm not linking the most tragic things I have read, but this for general background to what these people might have been heading to is bad enough: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/oct/25/trafficked-vietnamese-and-the-lure-of-uk-nail-bars-and-cannabis-farms
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    Small unworthy things - as you were

    I can't really think what you could have done differently in the circumstances. I have been in a similar situation and also felt totally unprepared yet it likewise worked out fine. It was in a class of around 15 students, and one of the students fainted in her chair which partially held her up. I felt I had to act as if I was in control, even though (like you) my heart was beating nineteen to the dozen and I was in panic mode, but I didn't want to freak out the other students. I got her onto the floor and tried to put her in the recovery position, but have had no first aid training so I don't know if I was doing it right. None of the students had first aid experience either. I sent a couple of them to get the first aider. It was right at the end of the class so I just reassured the rest of the class that she was OK and would be looked after and let them go. She came around, wasn't sure why she had fainted. First aider got an ambulance as a precaution, she was carted off, reported back next day they couldn't find any explanation but probably fatigue as she hadn't been sleeping well. After that I asked the university if I could attend first aid training, but they said not unless I was appointed as an official first aider, which made no sense as I worked part-time (apparently the training lasts 3 days and costs the university a lot). I still think the university should do a basic first aid training for its staff. Am still keeping an eye out for an opportunity if I can find a training course which I can afford.
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    This has been getting to me all day, really unbearable to think about.
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    OK, I see I was being very naive in assuming it had not been written yet - it seems this must have been written previously [I guess it had to be for the EU to agree to it??], but is only now being revealed, because the government were forced to put it to Parliament before getting the deal agreed, by the Letwin amendment. According to the BBC, the government is going to try and insist that this is discussed in the next three days and keep the MPs at work until midnight, the price of trying to get the deal through by 31st October, somewhat inhumane for the MPs and also a danger something might be overlooked by tired eyes. (How they can both have time to take it in *and* to argue about it I don't know!) But just looking at it, surely this needs people to have several days to read it and ask questions of lawyers, before then debating it. There are things I would not trust, for example the list of workers rights to be retained included things like the maximum 48 hours/week and right for 4 weeks holidays etc., but it also says "References in this Schedule to rights being of the same kind as new EU workers’ rights are to be read as references to rights being of the same kind so far as that is consistent with the United Kingdom’s domestic legal order following its withdrawal from the EU" which to me makes it sound like the Tories could just wipe out those rights subsequently (which is what many fear, though others say that is the whole point of Brexit - probably depends if you are a worker or a business-owner...).
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    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I understand what you're saying but if my fellow citizens have weighed up both sides and think 'charisma' (whatever that may be) is the deciding factor which tips them to vote Tory over Labour, that's the problem in a nutshell!
  8. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Obviously I don't want Boris Johnson's deal to get through, but if it gets to the point where No confidence/resignation ends in an election before any deal has been agreed (assuming the EU permits another extension), the outcome could be even worse. Despite the horrendous things the Tories have done (to the country generally as well as their lack of integrity - in all senses of the word), opinion polls are still showing high popularity for the Tories suggesting they would probably win a general election with a larger majority than they have now (correct me if I'm wrong!). This means that votes which recently have been very close are likely in future to be more easily won by the Tories, and could even result in a No Deal if Brexit party or Hard Brexit Tories are voted in. So I feel in the long term pessimistic, despite some glimmers of hope over the last few months. If most of my fellow-citizens think the country they want is one run by the Tories, the problem (as I see it) runs far deeper than just Brexit. (I am biased here, as a socialist) To add that, if the Brexit deal is agreed and then there is a general election afterwards, if the Lib Dems run on a promise to rejoin the EU, I can see that being quite popular as a one-issue manifesto (but I'm not sure it would gain enough votes because there are a proportion of remainers who feel that would betray the leave vote in the referendum, and because due to the transition period people wouldn't have noticed much of a change).
  9. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I'm trying to understand the range of possibilities at the moment. As Chaircat Meow reports here, most people are suggesting that Boris Johnson's deal would get through: So lots of reports that the Brexit deal could be sealed tomorrow or Tuesday. But this confuses me because I thought the Letwin amendment said that it could not be considered until all legal stuff had been agreed, partly so there was sufficient time for scrutiny (not the 48-hour rush) but also mainly to protect against the possibility that the legal stuff wouldn't be agreed in Parliament in time to prevent a No Deal. But I can't believe that all those legal bits would be ready so quickly, unless they had them written already and just didn't reveal them. But even if so, this wouldn't be enough time for everyone to read them properly. It is also likely that the legal bits might end up quite contentious and take some time to discuss, so surely no agreement to the whole shebang so quickly? The other thing, as Chaircat Meow points out, is that other people have the chance to suggest amendments to the deal. I hadn't heard of this one: I have heard that labour are going to propose a referendum, but my sources agree with Chaircat Meow that this is unlikely to get enough votes (I don't understand why it is so unpopular myself, but I think one big problem is that apparently it takes at least 5 months to organise a referendum, much longer than it takes to organise a General Election). If Boris Johnson's deal does not get agreed, then I would have thought one way to break that stalemate would be to put it to a confirmatory referendum (Boris deal vs. Remain), might get sufficient votes (not ideal from my personal viewpoint but seems fair). Yes it is this final thing that I have heard could be the only real chance for Johnson's deal to fail. My assumption was that Johnson would bring his deal back in a few weeks once the legal bits have been filled out, after which there would be discussions and negotiations in Parliament with the likelihood that the whole thing would then get agreed, and an outside chance that once they'd seen the small print, some of the people who seemed to be going to vote for the deal, would not, so that it might not get through after all. (I had thought that people who voted against Theresa May's deal would also vote against this one, since it seems similar, though worse from most perspectives apart from those of the far right, but oddly it seems more popular) So I'm very puzzled why on the one hand people are saying Brexit deal is pretty certain to be agreed in the next two days, and on the other hand (different) people are saying the government blew it yesterday and the Brexit deal is pretty certain to fall apart. Social media is giving me massive mood swings!
  10. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    I must have been in the same part of the march as you because this was my experience too - also saw tail end of speeches on screen (last time by the time we got to the screen it just had a message saying something like 'thank you go home and march is over'). It was raining quite heavily by then so lots of people headed off and eventually that's what I did too. Compared with the previous one a bit less merriment and a soberer mood (though this could have been due to fewer bands/dance troupes and fewer people leading chanting, so lots of quiet walking). I was there for some of the speeches at the start and there was a general sense that we would be losing the battle (for Brexit) but would continue to to and persuade people in the future - Owen Jones gave a particularly stirring speech referring to suffragettes and civil rights protestors often having to go through a long period of being reviled and attacked before achieving long term changes. However hearing the news about the Letwin amendment gave an unexpected reprieve and lightened the mood a lot where we had thought we might hear that Boris Johnson's deal had got through while we were still marching.
  11. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    This march is massive, slow going I'm less than half way to Trafalgar Square so far.
  12. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    The police have asked us to squish up a bit because we are blocking the roads -duh.
  13. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Actually I just realised it's not due to set off for another hour so I arrived earlier than last time so that could explain it!
  14. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Loads of people trying to get on tube to get to the march but either it's being organised differently or not as many people as last time - more police though
  15. Sophelia

    UK Politics: A Partly Political Broadcast

    Yes I'll be marching - hope it gets some news coverage.
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