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#290933 - Thu Jan 05 2006 04:07 AM Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/Week
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Time to start a fresh one. Lets just hope Gatsby will be back to participate.
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#290934 - Fri Jan 06 2006 06:46 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/Week
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Another update with Dad - I suppose this is a highlight, or I hope it will be! - he's going for a scan today to see if he can have some more radium theraphy. He's been in pretty bad pain over the festive season, but just about controlling it with extremely strong painkillers etc. So we are hoping the scan will sure that he is able to have radium theraphy.
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#290935 - Fri Jan 06 2006 07:15 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/Week
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Fingers crossed for your Dad and whole family, Jane, I hope it is good news too.

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#290936 - Fri Jan 06 2006 07:23 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Jane I will be thinking about you and your family today. I sincerely hope that the news will be positive.

I received a phone call early this morning from the employment arbitrator. He has been contacted by my former employer's lawyer who wants to know if I will drop the unfair dismissal tribunal, what they can do to get me to do this. Having given it a great deal of thought over the Christmas period I came to the conclusion that I have to proceed if only to get closure for myself. If I allow them to have the matter hushed up it will fester in my mind for the rest of my life, I will always feel bitter and twisted.

It has been pointed out to me that I could damage their name in the Island, that they do a great deal of good for many people. How true this is, that is why I feel that it is so important. Had I been a client seeking advice on exactly this matter they would have urged me to take the matter further and would have assisted me so to do. Why should they be able to buy me off and hush the matter up just because of who they are? The sick joke is that next month a member of their staff goes to England to train in order to be able to represent people who take their former employers to a tribunal!

As a final shot apparently their lawyer said that I might not have actually been dismissed! Er, excuse me, then what the devil am I doing at home and why was I required to clear my desk and hand in my office keys?
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#290937 - Fri Jan 06 2006 07:50 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Grrrr.

Good for you, Sue. Don't back an inch. They are in the wrong and everybody on the island needs to be aware of their shady business practices.
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#290938 - Fri Jan 06 2006 08:29 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Further developments, their lawyer is hinting that they might be prepared to offer me a settlement in line with the maximum that I might be awarded should I win, if I will be gagged. This is not to do with money, I don't care if I don't win a penny, I just want justice.

My ex-husband could have told them not to upset me! Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. If I am not gagged I have the option to take an action which will have them quaking in their shoes, and I suspect that knowing about that option is giving them nightmares even now. I am not saying that I will take that action, but the option exists.

The daft thing is that had they admitted their bad handling of the situation from the outset, apologised, then offered me full settlement and the money that they owed me in lieu of notice and untaken holidays I would have accepted it and moved on. They compounded the situation by offering me £50 (US $88, Can $102, Aus $117) in return for my silence and being available to them at any time in the future to assist them!
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#290939 - Fri Jan 06 2006 08:32 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Lorks, how stupid are these people? I'm with kt, go get 'em Sue!

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#290940 - Fri Jan 06 2006 10:26 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Jane I too am keeping my fingers crossed for your dad.

Sue, I can't believe these people. They advise people on how to handle these situations, but can't manage their own business with any degree of professionalism? Fifty pounds is an absolute joke! You go get em girl. I can't stand organisations that kick people when they're down.
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I am not saying that I will take that action, but the option exists.




Okay, enquiring minds want to know!
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#290941 - Fri Jan 06 2006 10:36 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I'm with everyone else Sue...go get 'em! We think Dad starts his radium treatment on 16th of January, they've told him to double up on their medication. Which is good news as far as I am concerned!
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#290942 - Fri Jan 06 2006 10:45 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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You have a very Huge Multicultural Group rooting for you Sue.
Go Kick some Butt.
They need to be held accountable and everyone should know how they treat their employees!

GO Get Em Sue!
The masses are in your corner!
I would love to be a fly on the wall!

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#290943 - Fri Jan 06 2006 01:35 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Yes , I agree. Get your full weight behind it Sue,plus the wisdom of all your years. (Har,har,har!!!!)
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#290944 - Fri Jan 06 2006 03:44 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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today a fellow vet (marine)and nice fellow anyway (i'm a navy vet) member of my classicalmusic/mensan/etc. team-- sent me "email" what do you call the mail that is sent from one member to another member here?
who wished me 2 15/15s and guess what, i got 3 15/15s and am now 99.9 % ready to enter top division
wow.
maybe i should have him repeat this message to me 4 times a day hmmm on second thought i don't think so but that was a high.
my low must have been a false blood sugar reading--2 to 3 weeks ago was up in the 500s--dangerously high, today i was 17 i think i didn't have enough blood on the strip but you can be sure that i ate a fairly substantial breakfast as i was playing the morning games.
so those constituted my highs and lows so far today--wonder what's next?
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#290945 - Fri Jan 06 2006 04:49 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I think you must be on a different measuring system to the one we use in the UK DrBob, a good reading here would be between 4 and about 6 for a non-diabetic. Over 10 and it is more or less out of control, 17 here is far, far too high. After my gym session yesterday it was 3.8 which is too low, today I was thrilled that it dropped from over 8 (when I ate a chocolate bar) to 5.4 within two hours - now that is my high of the day.
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#290946 - Sat Jan 07 2006 01:34 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Further developments, their lawyer is hinting that they might be prepared to offer me a settlement in line with the maximum that I might be awarded should I win, if I will be gagged. This is not to do with money, I don't care if I don't win a penny, I just want justice.


If they offer you a written apology would you then accept the offer of monetary compensation Sue? You are certainly not going back to the position you held I`m assuming so these people are not going to be seeing your face for years and feeling bad about sacking you, but the longer you hold out for your "justice" the longer your time is wasted. Ask for the written apology so your employment record is clean and take the wretched cash Sue. Just my opinion Sue but it is based on having had experience in similar matters over the years.
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#290947 - Sat Jan 07 2006 05:10 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Well it's 10pm and I have just dragged myself home after spending 7 hours in A&E with my mother. I should be sleeping, but I had to pop in here instead. She's possibly had a little cardiac event, but we won't know until they run tests which can't be done until midnight (they want to wait 12 hours to see if bad proteins turn up in her blood). Everyone's pretty sure she's okay, but of course we have to make sure. So I've arranged for a nurse to go and stay with my father overnight - much to his absolute horror. But I know I wouldn't sleep at all if he was home on his own. So I am just going to relax with the Global Challenge rounds, try and grab a couple of hours of sleep, then call the hospital about 1am to see if they know if I have to come and pick her up. Meanwhile mum is whacked out on morphine and was in quite good spirits when I left her - hopefully she is sleeping too. Mostly I think she is just relieved to be away from my dad for even a few hours and not having to worry about him...

And so it goes.

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#290948 - Sat Jan 07 2006 06:11 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Thinking of you Ing. It's a worry sometimes, health problems
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#290949 - Sat Jan 07 2006 08:40 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I'm glad your parents have you there with them, Ing. It seems you provide a great deal of comfort to them - whether the family remembers to tell you so or not, in the middle of all the flurry.
I hope they can treat your mother successfully and she recovers well from the 'event'- that strange tag doctors give medical emergencies they can't quite pin down yet.
Try and relax a little yourself, Ing.It's a hard time to go through.
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#290950 - Sat Jan 07 2006 08:58 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Thanks for that, good news is that the vital test was negative and I've just taken her home (2am). Didn't manage any sleep before, but now that I know she is okay I should be able to get some real shut-eye (after checking the Global Challenge again, of course!) She needs to have more tests and yadda yadda, but looks like it wasn't an 'attack' as such. My bet all along was stress/anxiety, and I think in the back of her mind it was too.

The poor nurse couldn't wait to get out of the house when we got home. Gees, a bare 4 hours with my dad and she was already loopy - really lucky she didn't have to stay all night!

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#290951 - Sat Jan 07 2006 10:15 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Sue, you're right, the tribunal's to point out the dreadful way you were treated and give you a chance for an official recognition of what they did. It's not about the money and it looks as if they're prepared to pay so much they know they'll probably be caught out if it does go to the tribunal. Now they want you to be available maybe they should just give you the job back.

ing and Jane, sorry to hear about the continuing parental health problems, but hope they're both on the mend, and your Dad's treatment does the job Jane.

My news is that apart from a couple of extra doors and lower floor panels which were late (ie a month away as not in stock locally) items, my kitchen should be finished today. It's been a bit of an ordeal with workmen around from just after 8am (which many will know doesn't suit me), and I stayed with my Dad on one of those days. The old tiles and walls look dreadful now so he's coming back to put new tiles over the old ones (which are 70 years old and cracked) and the whole wall needs painting as well. But the new stuff looks amazing, all pale yellow which goes with the floor and all the high units have windows in the doors. I picked a cream worktop over the phone without seeing it, but it looks just right and now I'm waiting to put everything away which is in boxes literally in every room downstairs.
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#290952 - Sat Jan 07 2006 01:10 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Won't it be nice to no longer live in squalor, Sats? [ My family did all summer, due to a massive expansion project gone amuck]I bet you find yourself feeling happier with spending time at home, now - maybe even hauling out the cookbooks and so forth!


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#290953 - Sun Jan 08 2006 03:06 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Thanks, Guru, and am very glad that the kitchen is coming together the way you'd envisaged. We meant to redo ours when the inheritence came through (about a year ago now) but somehow haven't gotten around to it (wonder how that happened?! ) Oh well, might still.

Touch wood no dramas so far today (and it's already night!) and I have managed to catch up on some sleep. Tomorrow morning I am taking both 16-year-old nieces clothing shopping; might sound like torture to many, but I'm really looking forward to it. I've been joking about how I'm sure I can still find some appropriate clothes in my wardrobe to make me look like a sad middle-aged woman trying to dress like a teenager! Then again I'll probably manage to do something incredibly daggy to make them cringe without prior planning... ...with any luck! I mean it's not like I'm ever going to have my own children to embarrass in public!

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#290954 - Sun Jan 08 2006 12:34 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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As kitchen replacement seems to be a common theme, maybe I should also get in on the discussions. We had a number of estimates for replacing the kitchen, but I decided to save - a lot of - money by doing much of the work myself, employing skilled tradesmen as necessary. It all began in early November, and is just about complete now. I'd dismantled and removed the old kitchen myself, along with all the floor and wall tiles, then employed plasterer, plumber/gas fitter, electrician, granite fitters (for the new worktops), and water softener installers. The electrical and gas work in the UK by law must be done by registered tradesmen who must then issue certificates of test and completion, and granite cutting and installation is a highly specialised and expensive process.
We bought all the kitchen units and appliances, direct from suppliers, and it would be nice to say everything has gone to plan. Sadly this isn't the case, and it's been an uphill struggle, though now worth it ...... I think!
The units are all solid wood - no chipboard, and the appliances are very good indeed. However, during the work, we made several design changes, necessitating relacement components and a couple of appliances had defects which had to be repaired - with delays and knock on effects to other work. Also while the kitchen was completely stripped out I thought it a good idea to replace the central heating gas boiler, and upgrade the whole heating system throughout the house. In addition I took the opportunity to remove or replace all the old or redundant gas and water pipes with modern materials.
It's meant cooking on a camping stove, washing up in a plastic bowl and taking laundry to friends and relatives. There were times when I felt like giving up, and thought it would never finish. There's still the floor and walls to do, but we've saved a good few £1,000's, and got something which wouldn't disgrace a designer magazines's pages.

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#290955 - Sun Jan 08 2006 02:16 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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#290956 - Sun Jan 08 2006 02:34 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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#290957 - Sun Jan 08 2006 03:32 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Well, it's all in now and looks fantastic. There are a few bits missing, mainly due to ordering over the internet and having to visualise it without having it in front of us. It meant squeezing in an extra unit ordered in error but amazingly there was just room for it (1 metre width) so wasn't wasted, though the fridge is in front of one door. I only had the units replaced, and he ordered a new sink not realising the work top had to be cut to fit a sink whatever the size, and instead of being bigger to fit the bigger work top it's smaller and he threw out the old one for no real reason. But there's nothing surprising a few things went off a bit, and at least the new sink had its own pipes as the old ones leaked, and maybe having it all installed from scratch will stop it leaking again.
He's now going to retile over the old ones once the new bits arrive in a few weeks.
Cooking? That's a novel idea KT! I never really thought of that but a new hobby that gets me off the computer can only be a good idea! I've got the books, so I'll go for it!
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