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Penn

Penn

I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham.  I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident.  Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC.  Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio.  I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid

Posted by on in Focus on Disability

Over the years I have needed to get various bits of equipment that help me in my daily living. Other times I have got people to make me adaptions from scratch. Recently I had some work done on my wheelchair which meant I wasn't able to reach some of the switches and buttons in my van. Rather than go to all the trouble of having the buttons and switches modified, I decided that the easiest option would be to keep a mouth stick in the vehicle. A search on the Internet didn't really been that many options are in fact I could only find one available here in the UK. I must say I was rather taken aback when I looked at how much money they were asking for it, £38 for what is nothing more than an ounce of aluminium tubing, a bit of plastic, and a rubber stop end. 

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Yet again travellers took up residence on Churston Common a couple of weeks ago. The council have made an attempt to stop them getting onto the green by putting large rocks along the border. However these travellers seem to be able to get around this obstacle somehow. At one point, there were probably six or seven caravans parked around the trees. These people have absolutely no regard for anyone, they let their dogs run around off the lead, probably fouling the common, I very much doubt whether any of them clean up after their animals. At one stage the dogs were running freely on the road, very nearly causing an accident. Whilst driving past today, I noticed that they had all departed. However, they left behind them an absolute mess, garden refuse, household rubbish, it was disgusting.

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If the truth be known we all like freebies. Who really wants to pay for something if you can get it free? Software doesn't come cheap , you can pay hundreds of pounds for a single piece of software nowadays. However some companies will give you their software completely free of charge. A lot of the software I use has been downloaded I didn't pay a penny for it. Having said that, you have got to be very careful when downloading software that is offered for free. Developers are not really that generous, of course they're going to want something for the hard work, they're not going to spend all that money and hard work just to give it away for nothing. A lot of developers will actually receive sponsorship on their website. In other words people will pay them to advertise, normally in the form of banners that will link directly to their own website. 

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Like a lot of people in the UK I have been doing the lottery ever since it started. I've never won much but we all live in hope that one day our numbers will come up. To my absolute joy and excitement 4 of my numbers came up in last night's draw. However, the excitement soon subsided when I realised that I would receive a measly £25 for my four numbers. £25 for four numbers? You have got to be kidding me? The lottery pays £25 for three numbers, it simply ridiculous that four numbers pays out exactly the same.

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I wanted to let everybody know that I have made a few changes to Wheel Love Dating website. There aren't any radical changes, in fact you probably won't notice much difference apart from the front page introduction which has been changed. You will also notice that the website is rather sparse of members at the moment. There's a simple explanation to this, I have purged the website of any member who I think is not genuine, in other words is there to perform a scam on genuine members. I have also modified the profile as well. Whereas before many of the sections were not mandatory, in other words if you didn't want to enter any information it had to, I have changed the rules now. This is a dating website, anyone who is genuine will want to fill in their profile properly. Before the people who are not genuine wouldn't bother filling in any of their profile, their intent was to contact other members as soon as they tell them the basic registration. Well I'm putting a stop to that now, I'm fed up with all these Africans to trawl the Internet looking for vulnerable victims, it's not going to happen any more on this website so you can rest assured that all members will be as genuine as I can possibly ascertain.

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Ever since I traced my birth family and they started visiting me we have always enjoyed a trip to Paignton pier where we would spend a couple of hours wasting a couple of quid on their machines. In particular we used to enjoy playing the "tipping point" type machines, the ones that have a couple of trays that move back and forth. In recent times, £1 would give you 45 min of fun, but you would always end up putting the money back in again, you never went to the amusements to make money.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

I am just lying here in bed watching television at an absolutely ridiculous hour, I should have been asleep hours ago, no wonder I'm tired during the day a lot of the time.

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Posted by on in General Discussion

I have a small painting of a trout by an artist called Arthur Wetherall Burgess and I'm looking for some more information on it.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

I'm looking for people who can help me with a little bit of research. I'm trying to determine how many people develop sinus tracts when they have existing pressure sores, or if they just suddenly find out they've got a sinus tract that has come to the surface.

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If like me you use the Plantronics range of headphones/microphone then you will know that the sponge earpads don't last for ever. In fact, the sponges on the headphones will start wearing out after only a few months. Once they were out, you are then left with a perfectly decent pair of headphones that are incredibly uncomfortable to wear, especially when lying in bed. I found somebody on eBay who is selling replacement foam pad cushion covers for various makes the Plantronics microphones, one of which is the DSP 400 headphones. Obviously this item may not be available for the foreseeable future, so my advice would be to buy some now, after all for £5 you get five pairs which should last two or three years easily.

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Three months has gone by pretty quickly. I certainly highly recommend making sure you've got plenty of things to do whilst in bed, it has certainly stopped me from going stir crazy. 

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We are now giving people the opportunity to place a sponsored advert on www.tetraplegicliving.com. The advert will comprise of a small image of your choice, obviously relating to your business. You can also have a small description and a direct link to your website. I have created four categories which I hope will relate to what people want to advertise on the website. If you are interested in placing adverts on our sponsored wall then please contact me. Prices are very reasonable, £50 for a permanent ad unit on our sponsored wall. We will accept payment through PayPal, unfortunately this is the only way I can accept payment for advertising.

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Posted by on in The Paranormal

I have been a huge fan of anything to do with sci-fi or paranormal activity, it's just a subject that fascinates me. However, if you were to ask me whether I actually believe in little green men, flying saucers, or even Bigfoot, you would probably be surprised to hear that I am extremely sceptical that any type of alien life has ever visited this world, or there are large, hairy beasts walking around the forests of North America, I just do not buy into it any more.

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For the second time in nine years I have found myself with a sinus on the backside. Thankfully it's not as bad as the one I had back in 2004 and even after two weeks of bed rest, the nurses tell me that it's looking really good, so hopefully it won't be too long before I am up and about again.

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I have just finished a revamp of wheellovedating.co.uk. I have not made massive changes, however I have moved the users module to just underneath the heading where it more visible. I created a nice new header image which I must say I am rather pleased with. I've also put a lot of navigation into the main menu along the toolbar

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This video is not for the fainthearted. If you are at all squeamish then I suggest that you do not watch this video. However, I believe that some of the content in this video will demonstrate that you are not invincible and some of the silly stunts that kids perform these days can often lead to serious injury, or even death. Also, this video is a testament to how dangerous some of the sports we watch are.

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Posted by on in Focus on Disability

If I ever win the lottery, the first thing I'll buy is a big house in the country with the fishing lake, the next thing will be one of these  awesome off-road  vehicles that you can wheel into using either a manual or electric wheelchair. I don't care how much it costs, I'll be getting one.

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My new website, wheellovedating.co.uk has just gone live. There are a few little bits and pieces I need to finish off, and also add to the profile section of the website, but I think it's good enough to go live for the time being so I can test the water.

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Posted by on in Humour

Enjoy this

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Posted by on in General Discussion

What the hell is it with just about every contestant that takes part in the daily quiz wanting to say hello to just about everybody they know in the world. It is bloody ridiculous. It's excruciating to listen to sometimes, some of them obviously have a long list of people they want to say hello to. One is this, the bloody Oscars? I've even heard people say hello to friends that they know I'm not even listening, WTF is that all about? It's about time that the producers put a stop to this ridiculous craze. If you added up the minutes that these people take up say hello to everybody, I bet you it would be nigh on the whole show at the end of the year.

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