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    @Paprika - thanks, yes, I suppose it's a fairly common dynamic. Suppose we've just seen that there's such a marked difference between them and tried to work out why.

    @Trini - yeah, actually, that's pretty much been the case with me and my sister - I was the swotty one at school, until she sailed past me and got straight A grades for everything. I don't think Ro has any sort of disability, I think it's more to do with the dynamics and also that she might have been taught differently. She's improved a hell of a lot since she changed schools a couple of months back. Just think we allowed her to drift a bit and let her think that her sister was the 'clever' one. Which is bollocks, although Daisy's academically very sharp, Ro has far more emotional intelligence and gets on with people rather than pissing them off...

    Ho hum. Bloody parenthood.

    @StefanJ - man, that's just awful.

    Balls, need to get to work...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
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    @JP Carpenter

    If you're interested, I would recommend Nurtureshock. Wonderfully well-written, well-researched book on kids and it has a section on differences in learning and what not.

    @StefanJ

    God that's horrible. I lost two grandparents (dad's mom and mom's dad) within a month and a half of each other due to cancer, can't imagine what your friend is going through. My sympathies.
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    @ren - cheers, I'll order that...
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.24)
    Hello there,Whitechapel.

    I'll try not to moan,as you lot don't need to hear the crap that's going on in my head.Saying that,though,you where there with me on my epic,online battle against methadone,crack and benzodiazipine addiction and,strangely enough,spurting my dementia on here seemed to have a therapeutic,healing effect...

    I'm still dependent on the Subutex(Buprenorphine,a strong-ish opioid).It has some hideous side-effects;sometimes things don't seem real and i feel as fragile as glass.I can't believe i was nearly off it before Xmas,when i discovered the true nature of powerlessness-again! I guess there is some sense in the 12 step program,with step 1 going on about being powerless and life being unmanageable.Anyway,i'm back to weaning myself off that crap.

    It would be easy for me to blame my environment;just going to the local shops i've got to be on on guard against myself and other people.Like everything in life,it can take ages to recover and only seconds to destroy.

    Sorry to be so serious and miserable,but sometimes the only way to move on is to accept you feel like crap;it's better than being in bastard denial!

    Speaking of environment,i keep hearing something from Milton,Paradise Lost-about the mind being it's own place and how it can make a heaven out of hell or vice-versa.It's really true.

    Damn,i need some coffee.Take care,all.
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    Huzzah, Flecky! Honestly serious and miserable is infinitely better than denial. An insincere smile is the most disgusting of faces. This is why I prefer New York City. People are curt and brusque, but when someone is nice, they fucking mean it.

    I am still awake at 1pm, sitting in a bathrobe freshly showered, and I am craving meat.

    I've come to the sad and sobering realization that I'd make a terrible vampire. More and more I'm consumed with the notion that I've been sliding out of time synch. Physically, I am aging slower than most people. I look nearly ten years my junior. (And/Therefore,) I am psychologically maturing slower than those my age, feeling a mental 27 years. However, culturally, I am still a person of my age group, with the same memories, associations, and growing frustration at shifts in social memes and rules; and like anyone existing this long, I've grown tired of the same old same old. Physically, while I look spry, I can feel the wear and tear of a hundred years in every movement. Yup. I'm a vampire of the Anne Rice universe, and I'm having one of those crises of age and time that seem to always happen.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.26)
    Flecky! When I saw your name as the last comment by I squealed out loud. Glad to see you're still kicking around, fighting the good fight.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
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    Parked up just off Oxford st. prodding around on the phone. At last the winter gloom seems to be lifting and taking my mood with it. This is good. As I've said so many times, the trick is to just keep going. As I've also said, I have plans. I have just remembered what one of them is. This could be interesting.

    Right, no more time left, Ta Ta for now!
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.28)
    It has indeed been a beautiful day in London town. Best wishes to all upthread.
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    Lot of stuff has happed- kinda really need to vent about it but mainly need to get the big one off my chest.

    I'm moving into a place by myself next month, and with that I'm single....
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.30)
    @comicbookbunny, Oh Jeez...I'm so fucking sorry to hear that...if you don't mind sharing, what happened?
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.31)
    Aw man. We love you here, Bunny. Let us know if we can help make things feel better.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
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    @Bunny:So sorry to hear that,too.I do hope you take care of yourself.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.33)
    Sorry to hear that Bunny, I was just thinking about you today.
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      CommentAuthorDextra
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
     (10541.34)
    Oh, Bunny, that sucks. Like Paul said, if we can help make it easier, say the word.
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    And that's that. Weeklong thread starting soon, so if you've got chunkier chum to chuck, come heave it overboard there.

    Love, cuddles and passive-aggressive touching to all those in need of Wrong Comfort.