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NeilsYard
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151 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 3:56pm  
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The least I can do for all those great photos Cliff Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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152 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 4:40pm  
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While on the subject of us oldies, something we weren’t aware of until a few weeks ago was that you don’t have to pay for a tv licence after the age of 75, even if there is someone in the house under 75. We had paid ours in advance and after claiming they sent us a refund for the overpayment of £24.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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153 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 4:53pm  
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Annewiggy, there's talk of them altering that. I find the free bus pass the most saving of all, now I have a gampy leg. 26 years of state pension, 31 years of works pension so far - I can't complain.
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Heathite
Coventry
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154 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 5:58pm  
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For those of us who have the Concessionary bus pass and need to go out before 9:30 am, the 'tax' levied on us is £1. I didn't find this out till fairly recently - the bus drivers do not volunteer this information. Silence is golden subterfuge. Definition . . Subterfuge noun deceit used in order to achieve one's goal. "he had to use subterfuge and bluff on many occasions" synonyms: trickery, intrigue, deviousness, evasion, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, craft, craftiness, slyness, chicanery, bluff, pretence, fraud, fraudulence, sophistry, sharp practice.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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155 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 6:29pm  
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We're fortunate here that the bus pass is valid from 0900 Cheers
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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156 of 161  Sat 17th Nov 2018 6:52pm  
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Yes Kaga, the BBC take full responsibility for it in 2020 but they won’t guarantee they will continue it, but every little helps 😀
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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157 of 161  Sun 18th Nov 2018 11:02am  
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On 17th Nov 2018 6:29pm, Midland Red said: We're fortunate here that the bus pass is valid from 0900 Cheers
We're more fortunate in that there are no time restrictions in Scotland and the bus pass is issued at age 60, plus it is used for access to all gyms & swimming pools in Aberdeenshire where I go 2/3 afternoons a week! Thumbs up
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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158 of 161  Sun 18th Nov 2018 1:01pm  
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On 17th Nov 2018 5:58pm, Heathite said: For those of us who have the Concessionary bus pass and need to go out before 9:30 am, the 'tax' levied on us is £1. I didn't find this out till fairly recently - the bus drivers do not volunteer this information. Edited by member, 17th Nov 2018 7:11 pm
I have only recently acquired my travel pass, and I was made fully aware of the £1 charge before 9.30 in the literature that came with it. It is also made clear on local buses where I live. There is now an option to load money on your card for this purpose, but there is no obligation to do so. I wouldn't do it as I'm never out before 9.30 anyway. Wink As for 'subterfuge', I absolutely disagree. This £1 fare is actually a new concession, as prior to its introduction you had to pay full fare before 9.30. The drivers, by definition, have to give the information, as they need you to pay the £1 in cash if you have not loaded your card. It is a good idea and a money-saving innovation. Some folk will never be happy, I suppose. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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159 of 161  Sun 18th Nov 2018 1:09pm  
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Hi all Wave The West Midlands 'region issued' bus pass is valid from 9.30am until 11pm every day, plus no time restrictions at weekends or bank holidays, anywhere in England. A perk is that it is valid on all trains & trams, running & stopping inside the West Midlands area. In April of this year, National Express (the local services) added a £1 bolt on anytime facility, so anyone with a bus pass can start a journey at any time, but pays a £1 for each bus boarded. That is fab for early morning hospital stuff.
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PhilipInCoventry
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160 of 161  Sat 23rd Jan 2021 9:06am  
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Hi all, Retirement or "Last of the Summer Wine". Life remains a learning curve for most us, even as we age. The last three years have sharpened my focus on the reality of what previously was just a concept. When I joined the forum, I was greeted by a member who I love dearly, who was coping with having to live as a single person. I'm amazed that I still have Pam, without going into her details. Just two months ago, Pam was so weak, I was doing everything, yet whilst I was a bit off colour around Christmas with Covid, Pam was rising to do what she could. Last weekend, she was doing everything, me limping around with gout. As I'm typing this she's cooking a Saturday breaky, to match anything anywhere. I could bring my faith element in at this point, but that is unfair to you, a captive audience almost. We are so accustomed to coping with life & issues, as we are, not thinking that our circumstances can change in the wink of an eye. So my question is. Those who are couples, those who are single, please share how you cope with facing the future if circumstances change. I've an idea of who in our membership might be single, so how do you cope with illness or incapacity. Please share. Love Philip.
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Helen F
Warrington
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161 of 161  Sat 23rd Jan 2021 10:50am  
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Physical incapacity is easier to solve than mental deterioration for someone on their own. I think that writing some instructions may help - eg I'm allergic to pineapple and hate tea. Other than that, keep in touch with family and friends. Put up a list of emergency contacts where first responders can see it. One practical measure for any age of adult, regardless of a partner, is to have a go bag. That is a ready packed bag with essentials like a list of meds and allergies, underwear (with functional elastic), more than one set of PJs (that fit), slippers, crossword book (or whatever entertainments you enjoy), money, etc. That bag is very useful if you end up in hospital and need to survive until someone close can organise something better. Ideally you take the bag with you to hospital but failing that, someone can collect it for you - so leave it in a place that's easy to find. Tell your friends and relatives where it is. In any crisis and you need to pack in a hurry, it could serve as the start of any rush out the door (eg flooding).
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