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...but my this year's earnings so far just reached half of my last year's earnings...

 

N.B. I've posted the first part of this statement in the "....good thing happened..." thread

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Then my scanner stopped working just as I was trying to scan some negs from 1979. It took ages to get it working on another pc. Now uploaded those and they will appear when the server updates. 

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12 hours ago, sb photos said:

I go most of my life without being called for jury service, then was called for a Coroners Court a few years back. Then after arriving at the court 20 miles away I was told I would not be required as they always request more jurors than they needed. Now called up again, this time for the Crown Court. What bad luck.

 

I did it quite a while ago. The waiting around was a drag, but the few trials that I got to participate in were interesting - fortunately nothing gruesome.  It was also interesting to see how the other jurors behaved, most took it seriously but a few just wanted to be away and wouldn't engage in the process in any meaningful way.

 

However, having reached my 70th year and at the height of Covid, I was called again. This time I decided against it and sent a truthful account of my health issues.  I was excused. 

 

 

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15 hours ago, sb photos said:

I go most of my life without being called for jury service, then was called for a Coroners Court a few years back. Then after arriving at the court 20 miles away I was told I would not be required as they always request more jurors than they needed. Now called up again, this time for the Crown Court. What bad luck.

Do you have an opt out for age? We do in the US. I availed myself of it.

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11 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Do you have an opt out for age? We do in the US. I availed myself of it.

 

Not from what I've read up on so far. I'll look through the information pack when it arrives in the post. Perhaps I could obviously nod off and snore and see what reaction I get.

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4 minutes ago, sb photos said:

 

Not from what I've read up on so far. I'll look through the information pack when it arrives in the post. Perhaps I could obviously nod off and snore and see what reaction I get.

Show up and after they check you off, ask if this is where the free beans and cheese blocks are handed out? Wet your shirt under your chin to portray drool.

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I was once caught for a coroners court jury duty when I lived in Hull. As the officer handed me the letter he apologised and said, "We don't have many people of your age to call on who do not have a serious conviction against them."

 

Not been caught since and as I am 75 not likely to be caught again - unless they raise the bar again.

 

Allan

 

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On 31/07/2021 at 03:54, Allan Bell said:

I was once caught for a coroners court jury duty when I lived in Hull. As the officer handed me the letter he apologised and said, "We don't have many people of your age to call on who do not have a serious conviction against them."

 

Not been caught since and as I am 75 not likely to be caught again - unless they raise the bar again.

 

Allan

 

If it’s like here, you’ll still get a summons, but a phone call gets you off when you play the age card.

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On 30/07/2021 at 21:03, sb photos said:

 

Not from what I've read up on so far. I'll look through the information pack when it arrives in the post. Perhaps I could obviously nod off and snore and see what reaction I get.

You can ask to be excused at 75, but why would you? It's a civic duty. You'd want to face a jury of your peers yourself, surely?

I was summoned two weeks after I stopped working at that particular court as a tape logger. The first time I was called I had to stand up and tell the judge that I knew Crown counsel by name. The next case was before the judge I'd sat with for 5 years. You couldn't make it up.

 

 

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I went into Boots this morning and asked for an antibiotic ointment, something I have been able to buy anywhere else in the world that I've been. I believe that's 67 countries.  I was told I would have to get it from (the perception) a doctor. What? This is a common home remedy for cuts! A perfect reason NOT to bother anyone at the NHS. I can't give myself basic first aid? This is nuts! 

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7 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I went into Boots this morning and asked for an antibiotic ointment, something I have been able to buy anywhere else in the world that I've been. I believe that's 67 countries.  I was told I would have to get it from (the perception) a doctor. What? This is a common home remedy for cuts! A perfect reason NOT to bother anyone at the NHS. I can't give myself basic first aid? This is nuts! 

Hi Ed, try Savlon Antiseptic Cream which you can get from any chemists.

Nigel

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Unless a cut has gone septic (become infected) you would not normally use an antibiotic cream. Aa Nigel says, what you need for first aid is an antiseptic to prevent it becoming infected. if it was a very deep cut where you need stitches (sutures), then maybe you would use an antibiotic as a precaution but that would be administered by a medical professional. 

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36 minutes ago, MDM said:

Unless a cut has gone septic (become infected) you would not normally use an antibiotic cream. Aa Nigel says, what you need for first aid is an antiseptic to prevent it becoming infected. if it was a very deep cut where you need stitches (sutures), then maybe you would use an antibiotic as a precaution but that would be administered by a medical professional. 

Stitches? Hah use a (former) Kodak product in stead: Super Glue!

(Just cut my finger, but by far not bad enough for glue or stitches 😂)

 

wim

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I specifically asked for Neosporin, Cecile. And then I asked for whatever they had. I got no suggestions and no one mentioned Savlon Antiseptic Cream. Instead, in the middle of a pandemic, I'm supposed to go to my NHS clinic. What total nonsense! Like going to a triage centre with a razor grass cut in the Vietnam War.

 

And when I looked on the NHS app, I found that they have me down for just one covid jab when in fact I've had two.  

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Germolene is another antiseptic cream you can buy over the counter.

 

If it's a really serious cut you can buy it in packs of twelve from Amazon......😎

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49 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I specifically asked for Neosporin, Cecile. And then I asked for whatever they had. I got no suggestions and no one mentioned Savlon Antiseptic Cream. Instead, in the middle of a pandemic, I'm supposed to go to my NHS clinic. What total nonsense! Like going to a triage centre with a razor grass cut in the Vietnam War.

 

And when I looked on the NHS app, I found that they have me down for just one covid jab when in fact I've had two.  

One option would be to go for a third jab and then app would be happy.  

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1 hour ago, Cecile Marion said:

Something like Neosporin isn’t available in the UK without a prescription?

We don't dish out antibiotics like sweets! That's how you get antibiotic resistance.

It's quite a specific request so a pharmacist probably wouldn't suggest just an antiseptic such as germolene or Savlon, which is probably what Ed needs for first aid..

Of course if he does get a prescription he won't have to pay.

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16 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I went into Boots this morning and asked for an antibiotic ointment, something I have been able to buy anywhere else in the world that I've been. I believe that's 67 countries.  I was told I would have to get it from (the perception) a doctor. What? This is a common home remedy for cuts! A perfect reason NOT to bother anyone at the NHS. I can't give myself basic first aid? This is nuts! 

 

There are dangers from taking or applying antibiotics when there is no infection. If there is an infection it would be normal to make an appointment with your doctor. As far as I understand in the UK antibiotics require a prescription. We always keep a tube of Savlon, that does not contain antibiotics, in the house that is suitable for minor cuts or abrasions and should be available from from most chemists and pharmacies.

 

From the web based American Family Physician - The use of topical antibiotics on clean surgical wounds has not been shown to reduce the rate of infection compared to the use of non-antibiotic ointment or no ointment. Topical antibiotics can aggravate open wounds, hindering the normal wound-healing process. When topical antibiotics are used in this setting, there is a significant risk of developing contact dermatitis, a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance, along with the potential for developing antibiotic resistance. Only wounds that show symptoms of infection should receive appropriate antibiotic treatment.

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I got the Savlon yesterday. Pills or shots of antibiotics do of course need a perception in The States and in all EU countries as they do in the UK. Mine is not a sucking chest wound so I decided to use first aid. "Only wounds that show symptoms of infection should receive appropriate antibiotic treatment," is the suggestion I was following. 

 

Something else: I checked the NHS app this morning and they have updated my med records to show that I've had both covid jabs. I downloaded the travel pass successfully. I have no trips on the horizon right now but I can go Blue if I want to. 

 

It's grey and overcast and spitting rain — is there anything the NHS can do about that? 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

It's grey and overcast and spitting rain — is there anything the NHS can do about that? 

 

 

 

 

Yes but there's a waiting list... and you won't be sure when you get it.

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12 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Hmm. So, James, should I try weather first aid at home first? 

It's not raining in your house, so it's worked already!

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