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Re: Veganuary

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:04 pm

Earthmaiden wrote:Interesting, Sue. Thank you. Clearly such products have already been developed from something worse and that is a good thing but I would find it hard to believe that a huge outfit such as Cussons could/would produce an inexpensive product with ingredients which were as pure and natural and ethical as they would really like us to believe. That said, the average person will settle for the best they can afford and this at least ticks some boxes. I wonder how many people care too much about those it doesn't.

I've just listened to the podcast Suffs, thanks for sharing. They are probably right that carbon footprint is a good place to start.

Well there’s an element of it being either pure or natural, and I’m not sure quite what you are equating to quality
I think for many of us the issue is with feedstock - the source of the crude substance used to make the relatively pure chemical finally put in the bottle. I have a personal issue with SLS it for many people the problem is SLS made from petroleum or perhaps SLS made from palm oil and few products tell you that (some do - Faith in Nature and Jāson perhaps?

Pepper Pig wrote:Do Cussons still produce Imperial Leather? What was that name all about?

The classic male cologne before mass market products was Russian Leather (Cuir de Russie) so the name was just as close as possible to that

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Re: Veganuary

Postby WWordsworth » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:23 pm

Every time I smell Imperial Leather soap or Colgate toothpaste I think of childhood visits to Auntie Winnie after church on Sunday morning.
To collect the comic she bought me each week.

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Re: Veganuary

Postby jeral » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:17 am

I've just watched A Perfect Planet, of which episode 5 is about us 'orrible lot doing our best to wreck it.
Link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p ... 1-5-humans

The prior four episodes (shown lower down the page link) complete with Mr Attenborough's calming tones and beautiful filming make a welcome change from watching covid news and other brain hurt stuff :thumbsup

In vegan relevant terms, if we don't look after the planet (carbon/soil/insects/food chain habitats), there won't even be plants or vegetables to eat eventually.

It remains to be seen how much damage big corporations will do once latched onto plant-based food big time - more deforestation and fewer hedgerows for prairie style expanses? Will vegans get the blame?

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Re: Veganuary

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:48 am

WWordsworth wrote:Every time I smell Imperial Leather soap or Colgate toothpaste I think of childhood visits to Auntie Winnie after church on Sunday morning.
To collect the comic she bought me each week.



The three soaps of my childhood were Imperial Leather (Nana Marion), Knight’s Castille (Granny), and Camay at home because my mum thought she looked like Katie Boyle. :lol:

Then there was Lifebuoy for the smelly ones.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby aero280 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:49 am

We had Wrights Coal Tar soap!

But the predominant bathroom smell I my youth was Ingrams Shaving Cream which my father used.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Renee » Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:35 am

Mum always bought Pears soap.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Busybee » Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:41 pm

Renee wrote:Mum always bought Pears soap.



Pears soap is my favourite, I love the smell. We always had it when going on holiday to Cornwall, I still buy their shower gel for DS.

Imperial Leather is associated with my grandparents, I was always intrigued by the little label on it.

I’m afraid I use liquid soap in the bathrooms these days, usually Carex in some form or another.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby aero280 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:30 pm

Shades of Michael Parkinson!! :o

I got a free pen for having my vaccination! :)

The local GP health centre are targetting 1000 patients a day. They reached that yesterday and judging by the numbers there, they will exceed that today.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Pepper Pig » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:46 pm

Based on what friends have said aero I think they’re way ahead of target round here.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:55 pm

aero280 wrote:Shades of Michael Parkinson!! :o

I got a free pen for having my vaccination! :)



Did you also get a smiley face sticker saying you had been a brave boy? :D

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby aero280 » Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:11 pm

Alas! No... :(

I was disappointed to find that last autumn, I had my flu jab done quite early on, by the nurse when I went in for my annual blood test. OH went in a couple of weeks later at the weekend walk through session and got a pen and a tote bag! :o

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby halfateabag » Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:03 pm

Hi all, was not really sure where to post this..............On hearing aids............I am due to get my first ones on Monday and I don't really know what to expect or what questions I may have to ask?

So I was wondering if anyone here has any experience or tips they might be happy to share? The ones I am getting are NHS ones if that helps?

TIA

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Pampy » Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:25 pm

I have NHS hearing aids and they've made a great improvement to my life. Hearing rain and birds outside the house for the first time in several years really lifted my spirits! I first got them in 2016 and last September, they were replaced by a later model. One of my hearing problems is clarity - everything sounds muffled - but is much better with the aids. They take a little time to get used to (I'm presuming that you're being given the "over the ear" type with tubes that go into the ear canal) but I don't notice that I'm wearing them now - in fact, I often go upstairs to bed and only realise that they're still in when I'm cleansing my face! A major drawback for me at the moment is that I have quite small ears and can't easily wear a face mask when I've got the aids in - and it's compounded by the fact that I wear glasses for reading and driving! I suppose a mask that fastened at the back of the head would solve that. I still use subtitles on the tv - the audiologist suggested that it would be useful because tv programmes often have poor clarity (or an old tv might not have a good sound system). I'm sure you'll soon get used to them and you'll enjoy being part of the world again!

ETA - the tubes that go into the ear canal need to be treated with care - they damage easily and when that happens, the aid stops working. Don't pinch or handle them in a way that could put a "kink" in them.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Suelle » Sat Jan 23, 2021 2:56 pm

My late husband worked with a Hearing Help charity which did routine maintenance on hearing aids for clients, as well as wearing them himself.

The biggest complaint that new users have is that everything is too loud, and that there are too many sounds, which can be confusing. Suddenly being able to hear better (not properly!) takes some getting used to, but the best way is to persevere and wear them all the time, not just use them occasionally when you particularly need to be able to hear (meeting other people, for instance).

You'll initially notice things that you'd forgotten even made a noise, if your hearing has been deteriorating for a while - clothes rustling, footsteps, fridge running - and it can be difficult to concentrate on what you want to hear.

Read the instructions, both on using them and looking after them properly. Depending on the model, you may be able to switch the aids to make them more directional for face to face conversations, or to a general all round setting for ambient noise. There may be a volume adjustment too. There will probably be things you need to do to keep them clean and working properly.

Many people my husband saw in the 'clinics' the charity ran needed to talk over how to use their aids properly because the NHS audiologists who gave out the hearing aids didn't have time to talk extensively about possible problems. One can be that the moulded ear pieces are uncomfortable - don't be afraid to go back and ask for them to be looked at - sometimes they just need a rough edge shaving off. Some just needed the batteries changing and tubes replacing because they weren't dextrous enough to do the rather fiddly job themselves.

Hopefully you'll have no problems and will enjoy being able to hear better.
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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby scullion » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:15 pm

i think another thing that may be useful to think about is any activity you do. i was on a kiln building course and while doing some clearing up, outside, where one of the processes had been done, i found both of the slimline looking hearing aids that belonged to one of the participants - who hadn't realised they had slipped off her ears. it was fortunate that no-one had stood on them.
maybe having them brightly coloured would make them more visible to find - or using tape.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Pampy » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:20 pm

I'd know if mine slipped off as the tube is quite firmly inserted into my ear canals. They occasionally do if I brush my hair and forget I've got them on but they just hang down from the tube, rather than come out completely.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Earthmaiden » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:54 pm

I don't wear them and am not qualified to talk about them really but suffered (and I mean suffered!) years of trying to help MIL sort out problems with hers. Things have come on in leaps and bounds since then but she had the ones that sit in the ear (not clip over the ear). If you are tempted by that kind, I would recommend discussing whether or not they might encourage wax build up, if they would whistle loudly if you did have that problem and if your local NHS still offers wax removal services if so. Modern ones should be ok I think but it is worth mentioning. It was really hard to fit the fiddly batteries too. I vowed I would go for clip over ear ones with the least fiddly batteries possible if I needed them.

The other annoying thing was that when we went to appointments she would be asked to remove her aids for them to look at and then they would try to hold conversations with her ... :evil:

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Pampy » Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:58 pm

AFAIK, you don't get a choice of which hearing aid you'll be given by the NHS. Neither do I think that the Audiology Department provide wax removal services. My GP told me that the hospital won't do a hearing test if the ears have excess wax - they just refer you back to the GP.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Earthmaiden » Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:15 pm

Don't want to veer off the subject too much but it was a real Catch 22 situation with MIL. The audiologists would tell her the aids were whistling due to wax. We'd go to the nurse at her surgery who would only clear it if no part of the ear drum was visible and tell her to use drops if it was. Aids would go on whistling so she'd take them out, couldn't hear anything anyone said and put TV on at a million decibels and the drops didn't clear it. They do non-whistle ones now. Recent cuts mean NHS doesn't clear wax routinely any more and they tell people to use drops. I am sorry for those who suffer as a result.

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Re: General Wellbeing

Postby Suelle » Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:36 pm

I think getting used to hearing aids is often a situation where any local groups or charity run clinics for the hard of hearing can help more than audiologists. Audiologists are often young and not hard of hearing, whereas people who join local groups usually do so either because they've started using hearing aids themselves, or have family members who use them, so are familiar with problems.

My aunt, and my next door neighbour, both have hearing aids but initially found them difficult to get used to, so they both gave up using them all the time, and only use them for important conversations - consequently, they never use them long enough to get used to them.

The RNID website can help, and it's worth joining them too - they offer good rates on specialised equipment if you need it, such as phones, door bells and alarm clocks. https://rnid.org.uk/

If you live alone, or with someone else who uses hearing aids, it's worth checking whether your fire precautions are adequate. Can you hear your fire alarms if they go off when you're not wearing your aids? You can buy units that link together, so that if one is triggered they all sound - we fitted one in the bedroom.
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