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  1. 42 points
    I've just come across this thread for the 1st time. Some tough stuff to read on here, although I've not read it all. I was diagnosed with terminal/stage 4 bowel cancer around a year ago and was put on palliative chemo to try and help control it. With all the luck the world can muster, after 2 rounds of treatment I'd reacted to an extent that they wanted to operate. This was still not to be a cure as some of my cancer was inoperable, but it was to extend my life. However, after having my operation, they're hopeful that the chemo has got the cancer in those inoperable areas. I'm now back on chemo, but they're classing it as adjuvant now and the hope is this is the last round with a view of giving me the all clear in the autumn. I'm not out of the woods yet, but what a fucking difference a year makes. I'm not too comfortable sharing the experience (hence why I've never posted about it before and not talked about the journey I've been on), but really I posted this as I know speaking with people who are going through or have been through a similar thing can be really helpful. I'm sure everyone's situation is very personal, but I think parts of the journey can feel similar. If there's anyone who's going through this shit or has a loved one going through it and just wants a chat, please PM me.
  2. 21 points
    We've got to hold on to what we've got Dan Meis' dreams and a cuckoo clock
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  5. 15 points
    Well I'm all done and dusted. After 120 days on the job training, two torturous assignments and a lot of stickers handed out I'm an officially qualified teacher. It's been a real roller coaster of emotions from being completely out of my depth in my first placement to absolutely smashing my last one and knowing I've made an impact on children's lives. I was signed off as Good in all areas, will graduate with a distinction in my PGCE and will be donning a cap and gown in a month. Fair play to MrsD who's put up with me being unbearable at times with stress and moodiness. Looking for jobs has been less fruitful but, like buses, yesterday I found out I have 2 observation lessons for jobs. One tomorrow and one next Tuesday. I'm not too fussed about the one tomorrow as it's not the year group I want to teach in but I think knowing the format of these interview days will be helpful. Feels like a huge step and that I've managed to engineer my life to move in a new direction when just a couple of years ago I felt I was stuck on a straight rail until I retired.
  6. 15 points
    If ISIS build a stadium heads will be falling off.
  7. 14 points
    I posted on the dark side lately that I was diagnosed with tongue cancer before Christmas. I had surgery where two-thirds of the tongue was removed (replaced with graft from thigh) and had intensive chemo and radiotherapy which finished in March. Lost 3 stone in a rough 6 months but came off the morphine last month and went back to work on reduced hours 4 weeks ago. Work have been extremely supportive and everyone has been so genuinely nice but one colleague blew me away last week. I would deal with this guy intermittently but wouldn't know him that well. He sent me an €100 e-voucher for flights saying that I've had a tough time and will deserve a holiday when better and he just wanted to put something towards it. Some people are class.
  8. 14 points
    They seem to be under the impression that every other club in the world hates us the same way they do. We are probably the most disliked club in England but a lot of that is down to Hillsborough, the constant victim shouts. Because we didn't meekly accept a ruling and lies that were false. The fact that the majority of the country hates scousers and we are a more identifiable club for them to hate than Everton. The fact that he majority of fans in England blame us for the European ban when half of the fans of these clubs jn their 50's now we're fighting each other every week and smashing everything up abroad for 15 years before Heysel. The fact that we haven't won the league is an endless source of banter for fans of shite clubs who will never win it. However, if you go abroad virtually every club bar Juventus and Roma have massive respect for us, particularly Spain, Germany, Holland, Turkey and the majority of Scandinavia. Most of these countries with hard-core passionate fans respect us and view us as a proper club with a soul and character which separates us from the rest of English clubs. Everton are just a nothing club who are now only famous for being the "other" team in the city.
  9. 13 points
    "Christmas tree inspection, Calvert-Lewin!"
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    NV is still here, mate edit: sorry, misread your post
  12. 12 points
    To illustrate their luck. They enter a 30 man Royal Rumble, and come in at number 15 with only a Tortoise, a Washing Machine and two Kebabs left in the ring. They then times four by Squirrel and get Soap. After they defeat all comers including Idi Amin and Lester Pigott they luckily win Miss America. Bastards.
  13. 12 points
    Let's talk about Six. Two happy lads modelling Dave's sexy T-shirts. Thanks for the great service Dave, much appreciated. Happy Birthday to the eldest, 19 today, hopefully a good omen that we land number 19.
  14. 11 points
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    Think I’ve worked the BS thing out, but bear with me. Right, we enter a 32 team tournament with all the PL and the top teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland plus Wales. There are 8 groups of 7, we’re seeded ten and go into group Q, ok so far? Great! We enter a group with Jossy’s Giants, The Brick 2nd XI and Cuba. We finish fourth but qualify to the knockout stage by a combination of bribery and Voodoo. Easy so far. In the round of 16 one off ties means we play ourselves, winning comfortably. In the quarter final we meet Everton who are handicapped by having to play in Skis, a win on penalties ensues for the Reds. Semi-final time and it’s old rivals Rhyl, in a tense game Liverpool come from behind to win 9-0 with 11 goals from Joel Matip. The Final of the Bitter Imaginary Trophy will be contested by Liverpool FC and Tesco Harrogate Women’s U21s, to be held at Anfield of course, away fans banned. The game is a walkover for Tesco who decimate Liverpool 1-0. Unfortunately Tesco are stripped of the trophy after a dodgy till receipt is found, the Trophy is therefore handed to Liverpool who supplied said receipt out of a duty of honour. Liverpool FC are duly crowned inauguaral Champions and are given an extra £25 billion pound bonus from the Queen of Sheba.
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    It's great news about Razoray, and we've shared a couple of mutual experiences re chemo side effects! He knows that I got the all-clear a couple of weeks ago, as regards the danger of my cancer spreading to the brain. It was weird having that outcome on the back-burner whilst focusing on a certain magnificent sporting event, but such is life. I'm undergoing stem cell transplant soon and have got an operation on Monday for a Hickman Line to be inserted. I only just got rid of the Picc Line in my arm, and now have to get this thing that goes into your chest and neck. The Picc was a pain, initially having to wrap my arm in clingfilm before getting a shower. On one occasion, I waited for my wife to come to the ward and help me (do it for me), only to find out that there was no shower working on the ward, and I would not be allowed to use another ward's shower due to the danger of cross contamination. After 3 days of this I was a bit ripe, in a festival wet-wipes kind of way. Luckily there is a brilliant elasticated arm cover that you can get for £15 (it has definitely been worth buying it) and it arrived a day before the shower was fixed. Being stuck on a ward with everything being done for/ to you made me feel a little infantalised and frustrated, particularly having previously an NHS worker. There is so much time to kill, as the hours drag by. Keeping myself clean, in spite of all the chemo side effects, took on an even newer and greater importance. So, feeling a bit annoyed and pissed off that it will be an even bigger pain to shower with the Hickman than with the Picc, I did some browsing to see what was available to keep the line dry and sterile. There was really only one website selling the bags, so have decided to wait until Monday and see what the medical staff can do in terms of waterproof dressings. Anyway, I came upon this website during the search and immediately felt a little less inconvenienced and sorry for myself: http://wiggly-bags.yolasite.com/ I'm not affiliated with these people in any way, in case anyone is worried. It's just I know how much stress and anxiety this experience has caused my wife, so can only imagine what it might be like for the parents of such young children undergoing such a horrible illness. Cancer really needs to be cunted in the bastard.Despite all the chemo discomfort undergone as a patient, it is horrible to see what friends and family have to go through, as they want to help but are left feeling helpless. But as Razoray has found out, people can amaze you with their kindness.
  18. 11 points
    New opportunity are baffled to be linked with a transfer for James Pearce. It is believed to be a ploy to get him a better contract at the Echo.
  19. 10 points
    Here is he with my nephew at shanks statue in better times
  20. 10 points
    Allison Pearson of the Telegraph desperately trying to attack Boris’ neighbour and getting slapped down at every turn. And there wouldn’t be a D on the day of the week if James Cleverley wasn’t making himself look a tit.
  21. 10 points
    Today I learned that a friend and also former colleague of mine had succumbed to this bastard of a disease at the weekend. We had lost touch over time since being made redundant although he went quiet on FaceAids - he was usually quite vocal as he liked his sports, but like other friends, facebook is no longer people's preferred option for social media and of course, I had my own drama's with family to deal with, you never quite find that time to reconnect. He appeared funnily enough after the second leg vs Barca, and we exchanged pleasantries where I learned he had moved back home to Trinidad. He didnt allude to anything. I learn today that the evil disease got him at the weekend, a man of 47. A wife and two teenage daughters, one at Uni, one at school remain. He moved back to Trinidad to pass at home. Ive been in bits this afternoon but perspective is a good leveller. Your health really is your wealth even if you have little else left. He was a good Red too and I can imagine him beaming ear to ear when Big Div sealed the game in Madrid a couple of weeks back. He wouldnt have missed that for the world ! Farewell Neal, Number 6 is for you Big Guy. Rest easy. x
  22. 10 points
    "Some wee lassie got glassed and nae cunt's leavin ere until we find what cunt did it."
  23. 9 points
  24. 9 points
    These aren't really Tories any more to be fair. You only have to see the reaction of traditional conservatives like Heseltine, Major, Clarke, the likes of Peter Oborne and Hitchens. They're virtually suicidal watching it all. It's like it's a virus that's mutated, like Bird Flu or something. Raegan and Thatcher unleashed it. They took the shackles off everything, made greed good. Decades of saying things in the states like 'government is the problem' led to an outsider who talked of draining swamps taking the reins. Over here it allowed a billionaire and millionaire class to consolidate everything, and the more they hoovered up, the more that took from us all and chipped away at us as a country - our ability to consume, to earn, to build, to live, that in turn impacted their bottom line too, as nobody was able to buy what they were selling. With no 'real' money they gave us debt to spend instead. Housing debt, student debt, unregulated banking debt, until eventually they ate through that too. The state stepped in, they found a way to screw that too, making private debt public and at the same time hoovering up the ruins of what they'd chewed through. People started to notice. They didn't like it. So that anger was repositioned through their media outlets which were also bought and paid for. Blame the poor, the disabled, the foreigners, anyone but them. It didn't work so the gloves came off. Now anything goes. It doesn't even pretend to care about you anymore, it's a savage system that would sell anything to anyone, sell the presidency to the Russians, sell our infrastructure to G4S, anything goes, all that matters is that they stay at the top and you're kept at bay. Trump and Johnson are the final act.
  25. 9 points
    Thoroughly enjoying us back being the best team in Europe and them being an absolute shambles. Long may it continue.