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Forum: General Discussion 26-09-2014, 00:03
Replies: 381
Views: 8,594
Posted By MarellaK
I rarely carry more than a few pounds in cash so...

I rarely carry more than a few pounds in cash so I find the contactless feature really useful for small purchases.

I'm lucky to live near London so benefit from the more extensive range of places...
Forum: Politics 25-09-2014, 16:42
Replies: 95
Views: 2,481
Posted By MarellaK
The front line services are staff - who haven't...

The front line services are staff - who haven't had a pay rise for 4 years. Many of the best ones are leaving their clinical positions to do better paid or better working hours non clinical posts, or...
Forum: Politics 23-09-2014, 22:57
Replies: 95
Views: 2,481
Posted By MarellaK
There really aren't that many tiers, not in my...

There really aren't that many tiers, not in my trust anyway. Cutting down on admin staff has traditionally meant more admin work for clinical staff (doctors and nurses). I'm a nurse and really...
Forum: General Discussion 22-09-2014, 18:38
Replies: 381
Views: 8,594
Posted By MarellaK
I've used mine in Tesco this afternoon! I think...

I've used mine in Tesco this afternoon! I think it depends on the store because the one I use is huge and was upgraded last year. The Harris and Hoole coffee shop within Tesco also accepts...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 18:01
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
I believe that is more to do with the Americans...

I believe that is more to do with the Americans general lack of interest in any news outside of their own country whereas we receive news on world affairs, news programmes even often headline with...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 17:41
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
We didn't hire a car, we were in New York! I...

We didn't hire a car, we were in New York!

I expect there's a lot of traffic in every major city in the world. It doesn't bother me in London (I live outside London now anyway although I work in a...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 15:08
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
But signing receipts is very old fashioned and...

But signing receipts is very old fashioned and what we did here in the UK years ago. The American shop assistants' attitudes, when I was trying to pay by card in the US, was rather patronising, I...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 10:02
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
We didn't go for the cheapest option when...

We didn't go for the cheapest option when selecting a hotel but we definitely couldn't afford the luxury end of the market. It was a mid range hotel in a very convenient location near Central...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 09:49
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
That sounds rather an odd thing to have a rant...

That sounds rather an odd thing to have a rant about. Contactless payments normally have a limit of 20. It's quick and easy if you don't have cash but are just paying a few pounds. I mainly use it...
Forum: General Discussion 20-09-2014, 09:12
Replies: 778
Views: 20,253
Posted By MarellaK
I was surprised when I was in New York last year...

I was surprised when I was in New York last year that there was no chip and pin system for card payments, even in major retailers. It was like going back 20 years in the UK when we had to sign a...
Forum: Politics 19-09-2014, 20:11
Replies: 75
Views: 1,986
Posted By MarellaK
Practically zero? Labour is still more likely...

Practically zero? Labour is still more likely than the Tories to lead the next government, even if it relies on the Lib Dems to form a coalition. I don't like Ed Miliband myself but he has more than...
Forum: Politics 19-09-2014, 15:45
Replies: 75
Views: 1,986
Posted By MarellaK
Even during the last election, with Brown at his...

Even during the last election, with Brown at his most unpopular and with the media determined to get rid of him, he still led Labour to a much narrower defeat than expected. The Tories were unable to...
Forum: Politics 19-09-2014, 15:30
Replies: 78
Views: 2,161
Posted By MarellaK
I like him a lot too, I agree with those who say...

I like him a lot too, I agree with those who say the media scapegoated him during his tenure as PM at a time when there was a global, not just a British, economic collapse. He obviously made...
Forum: Pets 18-09-2014, 15:27
Replies: 848
Views: 119,909
Posted By MarellaK
They're beautiful. I hope Ruby is continuing to...

They're beautiful. I hope Ruby is continuing to recover well from her surgery.
Forum: Advice 11-09-2014, 18:52
Replies: 37
Views: 4,760
Posted By MarellaK
This is true. Look at NMC Hearings and you will...

This is true. Look at NMC Hearings and you will see that a lot of the reasons why nurses are struck off are related to conduct outside of work, whether this be something like theft, violent...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 23:03
Replies: 52
Views: 751
Posted By MarellaK
No. I currently work as an ITU nurse in one of...

No. I currently work as an ITU nurse in one of the designated 'super' hospitals which recently received a fairly negative CQC review, partly due to lack of staff and high bed occupancy. We're not, in...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 20:21
Replies: 52
Views: 751
Posted By MarellaK
Indeed, I've escorted patients on ambulance...

Indeed, I've escorted patients on ambulance journeys between 2 neighbouring west London hospitals and have been away for 2-3 hours. The ambulance may blue light us to the hospital (even then, has to...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 20:07
Replies: 52
Views: 751
Posted By MarellaK
Not to mention the fact that, although the A&Es...

Not to mention the fact that, although the A&Es may be bigger, not enough extra beds are being created to accommodate the extra hospital admissions. It's madness to close these units at the onset of...
Forum: Pets 10-09-2014, 17:19
Replies: 9
Views: 810
Posted By MarellaK
I agree with the above poster about separation...

I agree with the above poster about separation anxiety/stress. My Bernard and late Tabitha were never soul-mates but he looked for her for quite a few weeks after she died. He didn't do the howling...
Forum: Pets 07-09-2014, 23:47
Replies: 19
Views: 1,194
Posted By MarellaK
My cat was ill and off his food a few weeks ago....

My cat was ill and off his food a few weeks ago. When he vomited and then had not eaten for 24 hours I brought him to the vet where they ran some bloods which showed he was mildly dehydrated. The vet...
Forum: Pets 05-09-2014, 10:59
Replies: 23
Views: 1,299
Posted By MarellaK
Yes, I know what you mean about raising the cat's...

Yes, I know what you mean about raising the cat's expectations that it's going home. My vet advised me to visit my Bernard recently to show him he wasn't ''forgotten'' about but, after my visit, he...
Forum: Pets 04-09-2014, 22:37
Replies: 23
Views: 1,299
Posted By MarellaK
It's been an interesting and informative thread....

It's been an interesting and informative thread. I hope Ruby continues to progress well - have you been to see her Emzie? I never know whether it's better for cat patients to receive visits or not...
Forum: Pets 03-09-2014, 22:51
Replies: 23
Views: 1,299
Posted By MarellaK
Just want to add my best wishes for Ruby's...

Just want to add my best wishes for Ruby's recovery. I remember when you started the photograph thread and I admired all the pictures.

Cats generally make quite quick recoveries after major surgery...
Forum: Advice 03-09-2014, 14:27
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Posted By MarellaK
I must admit that I've had a lot of issues with...

I must admit that I've had a lot of issues with my decking. I had no idea how hard it was to keep it looking as good as it did when it was first laid, 3 years ago. The first spring after it was laid,...
Forum: Pets 31-08-2014, 17:58
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By MarellaK
My vets agreed to come to my home to euthanise my...

My vets agreed to come to my home to euthanise my late Tabitha but they needed 24 hours notice and, at that time, near the end, I was taking one day at a time and I cancelled twice. When it came to...
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