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  1. It's not doing nothing - it's paying off litigants.
  2. No probs. It still doesn't really answer the question of what benefits they receive or how long they have been 'in services' in order to have made these savings. I'm sorry if it appears that I'm pushing this but the details and the associated figures (and the source of the income, &c.) is very important. If someone wrote this level of rubbish about architectural work and construction projects, there'd be an anecdote from you on VT before you could say Barry Island. Piss poor.
  3. Again, what benefit were they on that they were able to save £70k and yet still spend thousands of pounds a month? How long have they been in residential care to build up these savings? When was this? Did their health condition exempt them from the bedroom tax? I very much doubt a child staying for one weekend out of 8 would qualify the person for an exemption. Even if it did, a quick look up suggests that the LHA rate for a two bedroom property in Birmingham is £127.62 per week (so that works out at about £550 per month. If they paid a top up of £100 then the maximum rent would be about £650 per month. That is unless the rent were being covered by something other than HB.
  4. What benefit are they on? Have you got a breakdown of their income and outgoings? Is the rent (minus the £100) being paid by Housing Benefit? Is it in Birmingham? This is a single person living in a two bedroom flat?
  5. It may not be much help but haven't you just explained why they're likely right? You've had, in your own words, years of this ruining your life. It will have taken you many, many tiny steps to get to where you are; many, many tiny steps to pull you back from there is maybe the way through. You should, I think, take some solace from your recognition of where you are and for the ability to analyse how or why a particular therapy might be appropriate to some people in the same situation as you but not to you. I caught a couple of minutes of an interview on 5 Live earlier with Clint Malarchuk (an ex-NHL goalie who had his carotid artery sliced in a game and now apparently speaks about depression and PTSD) and part of what he was talking about was going through therapy after many years of anxiety and depression and being diagnosed with PTSD. Part of his issue, he and they thought, was that he hadn't properly processed trauma. In effect, he hadn't let it play out (by whatever means) and this had built up. Given your situation, it might be worth going and listening to it from the start (I think it was on from just after 12:30pm on the Emma Barnett Show) as I only caught it for that minute or two later on. It may strike a chord and have some relevance, it may not. I didn't listen to enough of it to judge whether he was selling some self-help thing or just recounting his story.
  6. Online pornography age checks to be mandatory in UK from 15 July
  7. If they did that, would it make them holey?
  8. Isn't that about the estimated cost of recladding all of the tower blocks inspected after Grenfell?
  9. There are two very unhappy Russians right now.
  10. I meant metaphorically out of the tournament rather than actually out of it. He hooked his tee shot left of the creek heading in to the middle of the trees but it ended up richoceting out and dropped safe just right of the creek. He chipped out and ended up making birdie when he should probably have been taking either three off the tee or a penalty some where down by the creek which would have likely seen him drop a shot or two and end up a fair bit behind. Psychologically, it was mightily important for him to be in the final group for the last round, which he probably wouldn't have been without that huge stroke of luck (it wasn't the only big piece of luck he had on Saturday).
  11. It's not 'unbelievable'. It's very much believable. That the best ever golfer, having got fit enough again to play, is able to compete with others who were not as good golfers on one of his favourite courses and, through a great deal of luck, manages to win (Woods was most definitely not the best golfer this week) isn't unbelieveable. It's quite some story, yes, but it isn't the level of story that everyone is going to run with for ages. Golf lends itself to lots of 'stories' especially about those who come back from injury, serious illness and complete loss of form. For example, it's quite some story to come back from a heart transplant (the second one) simply to play again on the PGA tour let alone make the top 5 in a major - Erik Compton.

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