Meaning of the Fascist regime slogan ‘We will make work pay’

Hi, Could you forward this letter to Dianne please. It’s to ask for an earlier appointment. Thank you. xx

3 o’clock in the middle of the night, Thursday 19th Jan 2023
Another sleepless night. I can’t switch my mind off. I ended up in Hospital the last time the DWP regime put me through this and ended up on two lots of meds with a sick note from a real doctor telling me I am not fit for work. The Hospital told me my condition was triggered by the enormous pressure being exerted by the Job Centre which caused so much stress and anxiety that I was physically affected.

When I rang NHS 101 for advice that Sunday night they sent a paramedic ahead of an ambulance. After being hooked up to monitors he told me I had to go to Hospital, there was so much electrical activity that my heart rate was 190 beats per minute and very irregular causing me to feel weak, dizzy and about to pass out.

The look on my sons face made me feel I was letting him down, I knew I had worried myself into that state. I didn’t think I would be seeing him again. I am pretty sure the pills are working although here I am now, not able to sleep and with an uneven heart rate again. It feels like it keeps stopping every 3 or 4 beats for ages at a time.

I told the Job Centre I couldn’t go back. Before that Sunday I had been having panic attacks as my ‘Work Coach’ told me how useless I was. My brain shut down and I couldn’t speak, I’m probably on the autistic spectrum but managed to cope somehow in the past by just avoiding any form of confrontation and never arguing. Well I can’t argue anyway, I lose the ability to speak! I have always felt compelled to do exactly what I am told by anyone in authority and when that conflicts with my own sense of what’s right and wrong I think it causes anxiety. It’s like trying to serve two masters. Unfortunately out of work workers can’t avoid the Job Centre regime of dehumanisation, belittling and mental torture that they must be specially trained to deliver. Once my Work Coach found the trigger She picked up each interview where she had left off then started extending the 10 minutes to 20 minutes because she wasn’t satisfied with my lack of ‘cooperation’.

I get £65 a week help from the state by way of Universal Credit but luckily I also get a Forces Pension of just over £100 a week, they can’t touch that. They have ruined my health for the sake of £65 a week. I am supposed to report to an assessment centre in Sunderland in a few weeks so they can prove I’m fit for work and the doctor/Hospital consultant are incompetent liars. I don’t know how I will cope, it’s not worth risking being put in Hospital again.

The appointment is on 2nd February. I didn’t ask for an assessment and have never said I can’t work, just that I am not prepared to look for work I have no chance of finding. I don’t have any experience in any of the things I have done in the past. I can work as a writer and researcher though and as you know I am working on a voluntary basis and have been booked in for a Pod Casting course run by the BBC and I will be contributing to community radio broadcasts. I have also accepted the role of Equalities Officer for the North East region (The Breakthrough Party). I am also writing books and articles which will eventually set me free from the oppressive and dehumanising regime of the Job Centre.

Could you bring our next appointment forward please Dianne, perhaps next Tuesday, so you can advise me. I’m worried sick. As you know my son helps out and says he wants to do more and that I should just stop taking the regimes money. He worries about what the regime does to unemployed and disabled people. We both thought I would die that last time and the pills don’t help under certain circumstances.

Well fancy that.
it’s Monday 23rd Jan 2023 and I’ve been to the Sunderland assessment centre with a friend who asked me to go with her for support where I found the Nurse Practitioner was a real properly trained Nurse. He was really nice and seemed genuine. He said his job was to just gather a little information about the medical condition and not to assess anyone, The Job Centre regime does that.

My friend has been suffering from low mood, stress and anxiety and has a sick note but has also been harassed by the Job Centre who said she had to fulfil all of her commitments sick note or not or there would be ‘consequences’. The JC told her the sick note meant nothing!

The Nurse Practitioner was disgusted and said they shouldn’t be doing that. The problem is they do do that and it’s deliberate. I wonder how many people are too scared to go for their assessment. My friend wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t talked her into it and actually went with her. She almost chickened out and it took a good ten minutes to calm her down and get her through the door when we got there.

90% of people who are sent for an assessment are sick with their nerves the Nurse Practitioner told me. Pills are not a magic bullet and can take a couple of months to start working. When a doctor says someone is not fit for work they are not guessing, there is science and training involved. The only reason anyone is sent for assessment is to create fear and worry in their victims. The Job Centre regime of constant harassment and oppression is itself making people ill. It’s an attack on Human Rights which is designed to act as a warning to others not to risk becoming unemployed. In other words ‘Your job might involve long hours, low pay and humiliation and ill treatment by your employer but your crappy job is better than being on the Dole. This is the true meaning of the fascist slogan ‘WE WILL MAKE WORK PAY’

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How you can help restore democracy to our country?

The Breakthrough Party

Can you help us rebuild our nation?

We are a new political party passionate about rebuilding our devastated nation for the good of all our people. CAN YOU HELP. Young people who want to help shape our nation have most to gain and are more than welcome. They have inherited a hell of a mess from previous generations.

Democracy, all our Human Rights, Disabled peoples rights, workers rights and all minorities rights are under constant attack from the UK Regime (Conservative and Labour double act) and their masters who own the MSM propaganda machine. Was Jeremy Corbyn really an Anti Semitic, commie, Nazi spy, taking orders from Putin? NO, of course not, it was all a pack of lies, smears to prevent Corbyn becoming PM. That’s not democracy.

The Labour party are no longer part of the Labour movement and serve the same masters as the Tory Party. They fully expect to win the next General Election by default simply by being the least hated of the two main parties in our two party state WE OFFER HOPE and a credible plan for rebuilding the economy and tackling the cost of living crisis. ( for our manifesto).

Transphobia is being used by the far right to misdirect attention away from the mess the regime itself has caused and as a way to create hatred and fear of a tiny marginalised minority. A well tried and tested FASCIST political device. The current panic over Transgender people being able to change their birth certificates is based on conspiracy theories manufactured by the Far Right. An attack on the rights of any minority is an attack on all minorities and ultimately affects all our Human Rights. WE SEE THROUGH this current attack on HUMAN RIGHTS and have committed to stand by and support ALL MINORITIES. (See our commitments at

The Regime is today planning to finally finish off Trade Unionism and SMASH the unions. Again this is nothing new. Thatcher shut down entire industries in order to destroy their representative unions who fought on behalf of the workers. No industry = no workers therefore no union voice. It all comes back to removing the rights of ordinary people.

The regime of fear used to attack the Windrush BAME minority is being used by the DWP to dehumanise the unemployed/disabled and workers who rely on in work benefits. The regime ensures a steady supply of demoralised workers willing to work for the worst and most inhumane employers as low pay/long hours/stress and anxiety causes worker burnout/poor quality of life and workforce attrition.

The capitalist system is designed to trap ordinary people in poverty.





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Complaint to IPSO

Does the SNP really want to copy Norway’s gender revolution?

The Spectator, Debbie Hayton 16th February 2021

The article strongly suggests that Transgender women are really men and that they are a physical danger to other women.

The proof they use comes from an anonymous Norwegian source and is as follows

‘She told me that between 2015 and 2017, the number of women reported for rape increased by over 300 per cent. But, since it is impossible to disentangle transwomen from women in the data, Norwegian women now face the indignity of being blamed for the crimes of those born men.’
(Transgender women have never been men. They were born female and are women!) I wrote that bit later. It is easy to understand why some people hear the conspiracy theory and tend to believe the misinformation but unforgivable for MSM and politicians who are able to avail themselves of the truth to pretend the Conspiracy theory is based in fact because it suits their own cause.

The article also reinforces negative stereotypes of Transgender Women (Transwomen in the article). The U.N. have recently warned the Scottish Government to beware of the very anti Transgender/anti Human Rights propaganda being touted by MSM. I believe this article in The Spectator to be such propaganda and is designed to perpetuate hatred and fear of Transgender Women. The proof that ‘Transwomen’ are dangerous sex predators rests in their being no proof available and an assumption that the rise of 300% proves that Transgender Women are a danger to other women.

I have a link to the letter from the U.N. sent to the Scottish Government here.

You will see that the U.N. data from many countries which already allow self identification of gender contradicts the findings of The Spectator and I believe shows the article written by Debbie Hayton to be hate speech.

Please also note that Self Identification is for the purpose of correcting a persons Birth Certificate and does not affect anyone else’s Human Rights nor grant any new rights to anyone other than to allow equality for Transgender people so they can have their real gender recorded on their marriage certificate and death certificates which must match their gender recorded on the birth.

I knew what the outcome would be but really wanted to know how they would word it.

Our reference: 15507-22 ( (The Spectator))

Dear Miss Stoker,

I write further to our earlier email regarding your complaint about an article headlined “Does the SNP really want to copy Norway’s gender revolution?”, published by (The Spectator) on 16 February 2021. 

When IPSO receives a complaint, the Executive staff review it first to decide whether the complaint falls within our remit, and whether it raises a possible breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice. We have read your complaint carefully, and have decided that it does not raise a possible breach of the Editors’ Code.

You said the article was inaccurate in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) because it implied transgender women were really men, and encouraged negative stereotypes. The article reported the Norwegian teacher’s views against self-identification. We should note that the Editors’ Code of Practice makes clear the press has the right to be partisan, to give its own opinion and to campaign/to publish individuals’ views, as long as it takes care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, and to distinguish between comment, conjecture and fact. In this instance, the opinions reported were clearly presented as comment, and attributed to the individuals responsible for them. We recognised that you disagreed with the opinions and views which were published; however, this did not in itself mean that the article was misleading to report them. Your complaint did not give us reason to consider that the article was misleading, and we did not identify sufficient grounds to investigate a possible breach of Clause 1.

You said that the article breached Clause 12 (Discrimination) because it discriminated against transgender people. Clause 12 is designed to protect specific individuals mentioned by the press from discrimination based on their race, colour, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or any physical or mental illness or disability. It does not apply to groups or categories of people. Your concern that the article discriminated against transgender people in general did not relate to an individual. We did not identify grounds to investigate a possible breach of Clause 12.

For more information about Clause 12 and how it works, this blog may be of interest.

I should also make clear that the Editors’ Code does not address issues of taste or offence. It is designed to deal with any possible conflicts between the newspapers’ rights to freedom of expression and the rights of individuals, such as their right to privacy. Newspapers and magazines are free to publish what they think is appropriate as long as the rights of individuals – which are protected under the Code – are not infringed on.

Finally, you expressed a concern that this article was inciting hatred. If you believe that the article was inciting hatred, then you may wish to take these concerns to the police. IPSO only considers concerns linked to the Editors’ Code of Practice and cannot offer advice on criminal matters.

You are entitled to request that the Executive’s decision to reject your complaint be reviewed by IPSO’s Complaints Committee. To do so you will need to write to us in the next seven days, setting out the reasons why you believe the decision should be reviewed. Please note that we are unable to accept requests for review made seven days after the date of this email.

We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider the points you have raised, and have shared this correspondence with the newspaper to make it aware of your concerns.

Best wishes,

Alice Gould

Thank you Alice,

Attributing your own quotes to anonymous sources seems a simple enough way of avoiding any breach of the code I suppose. Thank you for taking the time to look into this little matter for me. I have learned a great deal from your reply.

I was only prompted to complain after reading a recent letter from the UN to the Scottish Parliament warning about the dangers of believing MSM anti Transgender propaganda. paragraph 3, but it’s not a new phenomenon. I dare say you had to explain to a lot of complainants that smearing the leader of Her Majesties Loyal Opposition was acceptable for some reason. I don’t think he was a commie, Nazi, Anti Semitic spy who was in the pocket of Putin but obviously it was alright to somehow paint him as such. 

Thank you again,

Yours sincerely 

Pauline Stoker. xx (The Spectator)

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Open letter to a few prominent socialists

Dear xxxxx,

I am disturbed by the fact that both George Galloway and Chris Williamson, whom I have enormous respect for, have sunk to the level of the Far Right and are using the same smear tactics based upon MSM supplied misinformation and propaganda to try and win votes from the SNP.

I am referring to the harnessing of hate and fear of a tiny marginalised and maligned minority who are the much less than 1% of any population who are born Transgender. Transgender women make up about 0.3% of the worlds population. The current MSM campaign of hate against these people is causing real harm to that tiny minority.

Transgender people have always been with us. They are not a danger to anyone nor a safeguarding risk to School Children as at least 2 government ministers have claimed recently. There is no trans ideology only transgender people. Nobody wants to cancel women, what the hell does that even mean? Self identification will never encourage men to dress as women so they can use the Ladies toilet.

Self ID is only for the purpose of correcting the understandable mistake which results in Transgender people having to go through life with a birth certificate which states they are the opposite gender to their actual gender. That official document must be shown to potential employers to prove the right to work so is a very important official document. Transgender people who dare living as their true selves are already targets for bigots. Unemployed Trans Women in particular are already disadvantaged when trying to find a job. Employers who buy into the MSM and official Government narrative of how dangerous Trans Women are, are far less likely to risk hiring ‘one of them

Having the right to have a transgender persons real gender on their own birth certificate is the only purpose of self I.D. What other minority is forced to prove themselves to the state. Do gay people need an expensive nonsensical consultation with a doctor then have to submit evidence to a panel of ‘experts’ to prove they are gay and intend staying gay for the rest of their lives?

Hate groups, generally of the Far Right/Nazi/fascist kind have a vested interest in attacking minorities. Spreading hate, fear and division is a way of creating the kind of adverse public opinion that helps governments and regimes to remove the rights of minorities and workers. It is authoritarian regimes such as our own who have the most to gain from the current moral panic and hatred of Transgender people.

I know George is transphobic and is against Scottish independence. The SNP are for independence and want to protect minorities from rising levels of hate and intimidation of all LGBT people.

As A freelance journalist I am investigating why some who call themselves socialists have decided to embrace the Far Right politics of hate and division.

Can you please tell me in plain language where your socialist party stands on this issue.

Do you believe the MSM narrative? Chucking a few catchy words and phrases into a conspiracy theory, which is what this panic about transgender people is, might make it sound credible but to tell socialists that being transphobic is OK is not acceptable.

I have a little blog at There are a few more of my thoughts and feelings on this and other Human Rights issues on there.

Yours sincerely,


Blackhall Beach Haul

I have a habit of collecting interesting things I come across if it is lawful and I won’t be depriving the environment of something rare that another person might appreciate seeing and wondering about. I already have a collection of beautiful interesting objects taken from some of the places I have enjoyed visiting. Just samples really, I like to hold the object and remember the time and place, thoughts, mood and occasion when I first considered the artefact as it was when it first caught my eye.

Bits of broken pot, porcelain and glass containers more than likely went down with one of the thousands of ships that have been wrecked by storm, war or disaster in the waters just offshore. The bare bones and bits and pieces of thousands of ships and seafarers are bound to be washed up eventually. Some of my collected artefacts are quite likely Roman (I think). Some of my lovely pebbles and stones have come from as far as the West Coast of Scotland and are millions of years old. Carried to the North East Coast of England by glacier.

I was more than likely the first person on Earth to pick those pebbles up, the first to see them in fact. Not many people have ever actually looked at any of those billions of pebbles on the sea shore I fancy. What people see when they look along the shore is the sand, pebbles, seaweed and rubbish, never a pebble except for a fleeting moment so small as to barely register. xx

My boyfriend found the marble on the left at the waters edge and gave it to me. I found the one on the right 20 yards away being carried by a small wave and grabbed it to give to my best friend.

I keep mine in my purse and have made it a special item of personal treasure. A reminder of a lovely day and a treasured memory. xx

Sea Glass Marbles

I always knew he was out there somewhere and we would eventually meet.

I’m so glad I am the sort of person who can enjoy a book or film many times over and still feel the same feelings as I felt the first time around but with a much greater appreciation and understanding of the plot.

Each new day is a bit like that. Life is what we make it, what we feel in our hearts is all that matters. Love is true life. xx

Crimdon Sea Smoke

10th December, very cold sea shore walk along Crimdon Beach. There was frost on the sand and what looked like misty smoke coming off the sea and hanging over the waves for as far as the eye could see. Wild natural beauty, bloody well cold though. Me fingers were numb. My boyfriend told me I should be the one to wear our gloves as I was going to take some photo’s. He would keep his hands in his pockets. I’ll get him a pair of gloves soon. x

I got the gloves to wear.

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Don’t forget about copyright, please ask if you want to use them. xx

Nobody seems to know anything

South Tyne residents worst fears realised

A panicky South Shields resident was forced to call the Fire Brigade when water started pouring through her bedroom ceiling late last night. Miss EM who rents her home in Newcastle Road from South Tyneside council says she has been dreading rainy weather since March when she first noticed the wind had blown tiles off the roof.

”Water started pouring through my daughters bedroom ceiling and we expected it all to come crashing down at any moment. It was actually bed time but instead of being able to go to bed we had to move all of my young daughters nice things downstairs to safety and put buckets under the deluge of water that had started pouring in. Our big fear was that a big puddle must be forming from all that rain and it must be getting bigger and would get into the electrics and cause a fire or explosion so I just panicked and tried to find an emergency number to call the council.”

”I couldn’t get through and seeing the water pouring in and hearing torrential rain hammering against the windows made me panic, my nerves just couldn’t take it. I have to take meds for my heart and nerves. I couldn’t think what to do when I couldn’t find anyone to talk to at the council so I called my mam who panicked and imagined the worst. She told me to ring the Fire Brigade quick.”

”You read about people being injured by falling ceilings and electrical fires burning the house down so I called the Fire Brigade before any of that happened, I couldn’t think what to do and was beside myself with fear.”

‘’I reported the missing tiles back in March and that put my mind at rest at the time. I thought they would come and do something in a week or two but my Step Dad had already been without a kitchen for over a month because the council were doing something to the kitchen ceiling so I knew I would have to wait a while.’’ EM says.

‘’My dad didn’t even have a cooker while the council were working on his kitchen. He looks after his 90 year old dad and could only do sandwiches and heat expensive ready meals for the two of them in a Microwave oven because workmen had taken their cooker away when they took the ceiling down. The workmen didn’t come back or say anything for a long time but my Step dad is not one to make a fuss, he’s getting on himself but has worked hard all his life and is very proud and self sufficient. I kept telling him to hurry the council up for the sake of his 90 year old dad but he just said he didn’t want a fuss”.

”I should have hurried the council up about my roof but in my mind I thought if my Step Dad had to wait for council work to be done, what with him and his dad not being able to use their kitchen all that time, then I must be a lower priority. Water wasn’t coming in at that time and the weather was nice.’’

‘’When Autumn came I started to really worry, bad weather was just around the corner and although the council did eventually come back and finish my Step Dads Kitchen it had taken them over eight months from start to finish to do the job. That’s when I started to panic and I rang the council again’’ EM says. But the council claimed they had no record of the original complaint. ‘’I was furious, I did tell them in March and they were calling me a liar and making not knowing anything as their excuse for not doing anything”.

”I know I told my dad to hurry them up when they started his kitchen but he didn’t. He was made to wait over eight months and I thought I might have to wait that long since they now claimed to not know anything about it. Nobody knows why my dad had to wait eight months to get his kitchen back, once they start a job or you tell them repairs need doing wouldn’t you think they would just get on and do something. Why should we have to chase them up, why shouldn’t we just be able to trust them and assume they will actually do what they are supposed to do. It’s what they get paid to do, it’s their job isn’t it.’’

EM became increasingly fearful of the threat of bad weather and rang a councillor who promised he would look into the matter for her the very next day and get back to her but she heard nothing more from him.

EM says she started ringing the council regularly but they made excuse after excuse. ‘’I even withheld my rent for a few weeks to try and get them to do something but they just made threats and I felt totally powerless. It’s a horrible feeling when councils who should be helping just totally refuse to help and then threaten you. I know private landlords do it all the time and the law lets them get away with it but we pay so much in rent and council tax that you would think they would do something in return. What happens to all that money?’’.

Miss EM rang the council at 8.30am after a very restless night of worry. Em says ‘’I rang and told them the Fire Brigade had been and gave them the reference number I was given by them the previous night but they sounded very sarcastic and said they would have to come and get rid of a tree before they could put scaffolding up. I told them the tree had been removed weeks ago and they said oh! we didn’t know about that, but the tree was the excuse they had used ages ago and it was them who got rid of it about a month ago so I don’t know how they didn’t know about it. Anyway I think when they heard the Fire Brigade had had to come out and had told me the electrics should be urgently checked in case water had gone near the wires they soon changed their tune and said someone would be out within four hours’’.

Miss EM told me the scaffolding went up, electricians came out and two workmen set about fixing the roof before dinner time. One of the workmen told her they were attending more and more jobs where people had been waiting six, seven and even nine months and when he had asked them why it had taken so long they had told him they didn’t know. The workman told miss EM she would have to have her bedroom ceiling replaced as the water had soaked into the plaster, ”you can see it sagging” she told me. ‘‘I’m just grateful Someone has finally done something but why couldn’t they do it earlier before all this happened?’’. ‘‘I don’t know’’ she says.

The council have been asked why some people have to wait many months for repairs to their council houses but so far they have not answered that question. It seems Nobody knows anything.

By Pollyanne

The long and the short of it.

The question was asked, what size Hoodie do you take.

I take a medium (12) in a hoodie but a large (14) would do. Thank you Brian. Might be wearing a coat though. A tabard that goes over clothing might be better and cheaper and a number of them could be kept for everyone’s use on any day of campaigning with only one per location being needed. I think they are a one size fits all kind of thing.

Do we know which area we will be setting up in. If it’s Newcastle the new tax on Fresh air that the city is intending to make in April might become an issue I think. What is the parties thoughts on that. I’m all for Green solutions but Newcastle are notorious for raising money by stealth. The scandal of the bus lanes a few years ago proved that.

I’m looking into the whole issue of charging to Cross the Tyne Bridge, the temptation to profit from modern surveillance systems was just too much for the council I think. I want to know where the money will go for a start and where did the original data come from, who commissioned the original research and that kind of thing. I think if they are going to charge then how will they decide that pollution levels on the day actually warrant it and where will the monitored area actually be. Will the charged for area contain the car parks so people will be charged for a 100 yards or so and not actually enter the area of high pollution. I’m sure low paid workers and haulage/delivery companies will be thrilled lol. Nobody drives through Newcastle for the fun of it so it won’t do anything at all to bring down pollution levels.

The best way forward for environment and economy is to embrace H2 fuel cell technology and take the lead in the world ahead of everyone else. Oil companies are going to block development and  find ways to make any new tech unaffordable. I’m guessing patents, misinformation and buying politicians will play a part in the prevention and suppression of any new form of energy production that hits the oil companies strangle hold on power. Green hydrogen can be produced from wind power and Fuel cells can be any size from tiny ones that power cars to medium sized ones that could power small towns and industrial estates. Truly Green and a source of energy that will remove the need for the US to cause chaos in the oil producing regions. It will put paid to the refugee crisis too in the long term but we should be helping those regions to become stable and peaceful now instead of deliberately maintaining the state of chaos.

I think we should focus on Green tech as a nation to rebuild our economy and do our bit for the World. Our present regime would sooner bankrupt the nation to give themselves another excuse for austerity than do anything to rebuild our economy. They have already put laws in place to easily quell any future protests and I think they can use the wording of the new laws to ban strikes and arrest organisers if they choose to. 

The state of the nation is no accident. It started during the Winter of Discontent in my opinion, just in time for the Far Right to get their hands on North Sea oil. Low wage, high unemployment was a deliberate policy paid for with oil revenue when other nations used their own oil revenue to modernise and build infrastructure. Thatcher destroyed entire industries just to break the power of the unions and deliberately created high levels of poverty and a huge pool of despondent out of work workers who were willing to work for a pittance and put up with long hours and poor conditions, meaning bosses could easily replace their workers if they didn’t toe the line. It was an attack on all workers rights not just the unemployed.

Blair, ex young Conservative was no accident either. His mission was to carry on the work of whoever really runs the country and destroy socialism for good. It was Blair who sent a delegation of New Labour and Tories off to America to find out how they got away with Workfare without causing civil unrest. They soon adapted what they learned to Britain and finally put an end to the ‘Nanny State’ which was the very Social Security safety net that Labour themselves created along with the NHS which Blair also carried on privatising.

We no longer have an opposition party, the Labour party has blended in with the government and have the same policies, serve the same masters. The Labour Movement itself must be relaunched somehow I think.

Sorry Brian, I’ve gone off on one again haha. Never mind. I don’t think I’ve libelled anyone.

Lots of love.


The Laser Clinic Morpeth.

Shining light on unwanted hair

I found The Laser Clinic Morpeth Ltd when I looked into alternatives to shaving off the dark facial hair I felt I had been cursed with. Facial hair on women is a lot more common than most people realise. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 10% of women and one common symptom is growing dark facial hair which starts during puberty. Growing facial hair can lead to loss of confidence and low self esteem.

Laser hair removal, where laser light travels down the hair and burns out the follicle, was once offered to PCOS sufferers by the NHS. The treatment is still recommended but no longer funded by them.

There are very few clinics offering treatment in my area, Tyneside. I didn’t fancy Newcastle, the city isn’t car friendly. From my research I learned one side effect is redness where the Laser light had burned down to the follicle. It’s a temporary effect but I didn’t fancy walking the streets or standing at a bus stop with a red face. The clinic I chose was near Morpeth north of Newcastle. The web site said there was plenty of car parking space yards from reception. The cost of treatment seemed reasonable and I was willing to pay. I hate shaving.

My Sat Nav took me to the Laser clinic without any fuss. It is just a few miles from the A1. As I pulled into the car park I saw Susan the clinics owner, coming down the short path from the reception room to greet me. We had already messaged via Email and she had explained that a patch test would have to be done before the start of treatment. Like all cosmetic procedures there are some risks and side effects and Susan explained them to me. The risks are low and side effects temporary but everyone is different hence the need for a patch test. Susan helped me fill in forms which collected relevant medical information, and she explained what is meant by ‘informed consent’.

Susan is very friendly and personable, I felt immediately at ease. Susan has clients from as far as Bishop Auckland in the south and Jedburgh to the North. She can keep her prices down because she has low overheads and business rates are not as high as those in the city.

Susan has many clients who come to her because of unwanted hair growth due to PCOS. ‘‘I enjoy my work as a Laser Technician and get a great sense of satisfaction knowing I am helping people with their skin problems which in turn boosts clients self confidence and self esteem.’’ Susan can treat a wide range of skin complaints including thread-vein, rosacea, scar and pigmentation removal and acne scarring. Laser hair removal treatment does take multiple sessions to work effectively. Hair grows in phases. Facial hair grows then is dormant over a 4 to 8 week period and needs to be in the growing phase for the treatment to work.

I asked Susan about the beginnings of her Laser Clinic business. She told me about the stress of trying to juggle family life and a nine to five job in a Science Laboratory in nearby Morpeth. ‘‘I just felt I was not in control of my life’’ she explained. ‘‘Neil my husband was a Fire Fighter working shifts that couldn’t fit around our family life. I felt I was letting our young daughter Holly down. Organising childcare was a nightmare and having to beg for time off to see Holly on sports days and what have you was very stressful.’’

One day a work colleague told her they were having a tattoo removed, another had already told her she was having Laser Hair removal. Susan was curious and did some research. ‘‘I was looking for a way to take back control of my life. Escaping the nine to five seemed the only way so I needed to be my own boss.’’

Susan learned all she could about Laser Treatment. She contacted manufacturers and studied with Manchester University gaining the qualifications and skill necessary to operate Laser equipment effectively and safely.

‘‘Lynton, the company I bought my Laser machines from are brilliant’’ Susan told me. ‘‘I still work closely with them. I can ask for advice from one of their medical doctors if there’s something I’m not certain about and they take care of the regular servicing and calibration of my machines. I’m just so happy now I have control over my own life and It’s such a joy knowing I am able to use my Laser Technician skills to help my clients with their skin problems’’

All of Susan’s machines are NHS approved and Susan is a fully trained and qualified technician but she has had clients who have had treatment elsewhere who didn’t get the results they wanted. She told of one man who came to her for help with thread-veins. ‘‘He came to me with a low expectation of what could be done for him. His first words as he came through the door were ‘Right, I know there’s nothing you can do but I’m here so lets get on with it.’ The poor man was desperate. He couldn’t believe the result after I treated him and was over the moon. The problem is there are cheap machines on the market and they are not NHS approved so can’t be expected to produce the same level of success that more expensive machines can attain.’’

‘‘A lot of my business comes from word of mouth but when people have laser treatment from another place and don’t get the result they expect, they tell their friends and their friends think laser treatment doesn’t work. It’s such a shame because laser treatment does work and it does help people.’’

There is some discomfort during treatment I have found. Many people describe it as like being twanged with an elastic band and multiple treatment sessions will be required. I don’t mind a little discomfort. I am so glad I found Susan and her Lasers.

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By Pollyanne

Should periodic CPC training be replaced with First aid training?

Commercial drivers must undertake 35 hours of CPC training every 5 years. The average cost to drivers who’s employer will not fund them is around £400. They have to take the course in their own time. The purpose of CPC is to make our roads safer for all users and was an EU initiative.

Driving an HGV requires us to be in possession of our driving licence, tachograph and CPC cards to prove we have undergone all the required training and are working according to the law. Perhaps for this reason the 35 hours of ongoing periodic CPC training seems to focus on the legal side of commercial driving.

HGV drivers find periodic CPC training a very emotive subject and it is fair to say most would like to see it scrapped. They view the CPC as a very expensive waste of time. At least in the present format. After all, the periodic course is the same as the initial training course and teaches nothing new. The only difference is that most drivers have had a lot of experience actually doing the job. An expensive, time consuming exercise in ‘teaching Grannies to suck eggs’.

Could the course be improved? If road safety concerns are the reason for ongoing CPC training then should it not actually focus on delivering that outcome. Most commercial drivers see ongoing CPC training as a necessary evil. Periodic CPC training is simply not value for money. So how could the course be altered to provide value for money while at the same time making our roads a safer place for all road users.

One driver, Stan who has been driving HGV class 1 vehicles since leaving the army told me he thought the course should focus on first aid. Stan was quite specific, he told me good quality first aid training could save lives. Stan explains ‘‘I was first on the scene of a nasty accident just 2 years ago and my first aid training let me deal with the situation I found myself in’’. Stan was working night-shift and saw the car ahead leave the road and go off into the trees. There were 3 seriously injured people and the police told Stan later that his actions saved lives that night. Stan learned his first aid in the army. I worked with Stan at Parkside Logistics in Birtley and have had similar experiences also working night shift.

I have been first on the scene of two accidents just 2 years apart. I was lucky as I only had to contend with minor injuries and shock. It was horrible, both accidents were on main roads but during the quietest time of day. I don’t know how I would have coped if anyone had been seriously injured or trapped. It was very traumatic just the same. My heart sank as I approached the vehicles expecting the worst. I still cry when I think back to it. According to H.S.E. the first people on the scene of an RTA are quite likely to be commercial drivers especially during the quite night hours.

Unite, the union, also have many misgivings about periodic CPC training. Unite has petitioned the government very strongly on this issue. Ray Sanderson, regional officer for Unite says ‘The CPC is a contentious issue as many drivers just don’t see it’s value. The sector has debated this at length and the view is that it does need a review and we have petitioned government very hard on this.’’

Ray outlined Unites demands.

To make the CPC more relevant to the job the driver does, not just generic topics.

There should be no repeating of modules.

Modules should be done on an annual basis rather than wait until the end of the 5 year period and cram all 5 in.

The CPC should move to a more accredited format rather than just participation. We don’t prescribe a test or pass and fail but some form of measurement of understanding and feedback.

The CPC is a vocational standard and as such should be conducted in working time and recorded as such. Employers should also cover the actual cost of the training. In the vast majority of Unite organised companies this is already the case.

Periodic training may also be the final straw for many drivers. I left the industry in February rather than pay for the CPC which was due. There was always the worry that I would be first on the scene of an RTA again too. The worry that I might not cope next time. First aid training not only saves lives but would go a long way to save an untrained person from later feeling guilty when they reflect back on what they should have done rather than what they actually did do. Given a choice between CPC or First Aid I know what I would choose.

By Pollyanne

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A Handful of Cabbage

I remember my first school dinner. We had to sit still as a massive Sunday dinner was dished up in front of us. Meat, vegetables, roasted tatties, Yorkies. I couldn’t believe it, It was only Monday.

We had to shut our eyes for Grace which took ages. I heard a commotion during Grace and when I opened my eyes I saw my plate was just an untidy pile of cabbage, no meat or Yorkies. My poor 5 year old heart sank. I could see where my food had gone, kids either side had loads of meat, roasted tatties and Yorkies.

The table was a mess and some kids were still thieving from each other. Handfuls of meat and Yorkies grabbed from the plate to their right while the kid to their left was dumping handfuls of unwanted cabbage onto their plates. Chaos and such a disappointment.

I managed to grab some boiled tatties off the table, I love cabbage and was very hungry so was still happy after a fashion. Then I put loads of what I thought was salad cream onto my plate of cabbage and lumps of boiled tattie except it wasn’t salad cream, it was from a dish full of Horse Radish which was untouched in the middle of the table . That was the first and only time I ever made that mistake.

Next day I kept my eyes open during Grace and put the plate on my lap. Kids learn fast when food and survival are threatened, well I did. The teachers all had their eyes shut I noticed. School dinners were the best thing about school for me. That and needlework. I didn’t like any of the rest of it.

Years later, In the 1970’s, I watched a frantic game of Mah-jong being played by professional gamblers and was taken right back to that first ever School meal in the Infants. That game of Mah-Jong took place in the bowls of a ships Chinese laundry in 1976. The players all seemed to be playing at once, there was no stopping to study the tiles or even waiting their turn. Arms, tiles and money flying about and everyone shouting at the same time. The air was so thick with smoke from whatever it was they were all smoking I was surprised they could even see the little pictures on the tiles. My eyes and throat were burning. Anyway that’s another story which ended in tears. xx

Novice gardener

Making a start on a neglected front and back garden

I just never have any time to do anything. Not properly anyway. The forces of nature are causing my garden to mutate into a wilderness. What must the neighbours think.

Actually most of my neighbours have concrete drives at the front. Not sure if I would like one myself. I have had plans in my head for ages about what I want to do with ‘my land’. I walk around the area a couple of streets away where the houses are bigger and have room for a drive and a nice garden and get my ideas from them. I even have some of their plants growing on my windowsill. I didn’t pinch the whole plant, the ones I really like are too big so I took cuttings.

It should turn into a bush when I let it loose into the garden

At my age (63) I don’t want to over do things and the time to dig is in the autumn so I missed that bit. I don’t know where the saying ‘hard work never killed anyone’ came from but I guess it must have been a fairly right wing politician. Hitler or one of them types. It’s obviously not true anyway. ‘Dirt never hurt anyone’ is another saying that’s not true. Probably a slum landlord came up with that one.

Apart from getting killed outright or dying from an infection from the dirt I want to avoid a bad back, losing an eye and stabbing my feet with the spikey shovel. I will come back to that when I remember it’s proper name. I just want to enjoy the health benefits of having a nice garden whilst avoiding the unhealthy side effects of hard work. I wore gloves, glasses and boots for safety. The strimmer is pretty quiet or I would have used the ear plugs I use when Vacuuming.

Fork, that’s the one I was thinking of. Not sure what your supposed to dig with, fork or shovel. I tried both briefly just last year as a test and found they are both hard work. I will just use one till it breaks then switch to the other one.

Some tools and Slow Coach the Tortoise. He does move but I don’t know how, him being plastic like. xx

I have made a start. The first thing I did was cut the grass at the front. I bought a cordless strimmer and it didn’t take long. Just a tidy really to stop kids from knocking every few hours wanting to cut it. They are not cheap either them kids and the flex on their strimmer is not long enough to stretch back to their mam’s gaff so they expect a tenner and free electric. I was £10 up by the time I finished the front and it only took 15 minutes. There is a tree stump trying to take up all the space to one side. I will deal with that another time.

I left the side garden and Sycamore tree stump for another day.

My next priority was to get my Tatties in. I didn’t have time in the Autumn to dig the back garden and don’t have time nor energy to do it now. My solution was to skim the greenery off the top of the soil with the shovel, make little holes with my mini shovel and pop the Tatties in. Some nice new compost on top should make them feel at home and keep them warm and cosy. I planted 27 of them today. We shouldn’t starve to death this year like we did last year. Hoarders stripped supermarket shelves of anything remotely edible last year.

It was still hard work but I paced myself. Took 2 hours but doing it properly would have took a lot longer.

That’s all I am doing for this week. There is a magnificent Nettle patch down one half of the garden. Rather than see them as an eyesore as Mr. Grumpy Pants does, don’t ask, I see them as a fantastic easy grow crop of leaves that can be harvested for a herbal drink and a nutrient rich tasty bit of greenery for the dinner plate. I also know that lot’s of different types of Butterfly like them. I bet I have the finest Nettle patch in the whole street.

I feel like I have taken all day but I have made some progress. I think gardening is fun because it gives you something to look forward to. I can see a fantastic garden in my mind. I am sitting there in the nice warm sun with a good book and a nice cup of Nettle tea in amongst a lovely garden with a mix of veg and flowers. Oh look, there are hanging baskets on the fences and wind chimes and over there a shed with a little patio like on Little house on the prairie. I can see Ma Baker sitting in a rocking chair now. Upside down clay pipe in her toothless mouth and Tommy gun on her lap. Better leave it there.

I have lots of good things to look forward to this year. It’s all very exciting.

I have to take it apart again

I bought this thing 4 weeks ago and it’s still not right. At least I found the lost bits though.

Pig sick. It’s just a good job I didn’t have proper tools or I would have done the nuts up tight and it would just have to stay back to front and inside out. I still think they put L on the right leg and vice versa. My right leg is on the right side and not on the right looking from the front.

They assumed there was only one possible way to put the top on as well. It means they think everyone is stupid and would only see what was obvious without doing any thinking. Thinking about stuff gets me into a lot of trouble and confuses people. I should know better. Never mind. It might still work, it looks quite like the picture as it is. At least the top is actually on the top, just a bit back to front.

The thing will be built soon, There can’t be many more ways to join the bits together, just need to find the spanner again then get another spanner for the other end and do it properly. I’m all enthusiastic now, the end is in sight. xx