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About taurean

  • Birthday 04/27/1950

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    Northampton, England
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    Olympics (especially London 2012),Athletics,Swimming,Photography, Astronomy, Archaeology, Antiques Programmes on TV,Art. Choral and Classical Music, Jazz, Fishing, Aerobic Exercise, Gardening, National Trust, Wildlife

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  1. Yeh, it's like how we don't get the trunk (boot) on cars, or the sidewalk (pavement) for pedestrians. But I have always loved the "boardwalk". I was brought up on a diet of imported American TV shows and films and that helped us realise the differences between interpretations. High School means something somewhat different to Americans, and our refuse collection is a garbage one across the pond. Somehow as a kid we coped with all of the differences, and we loved them.
  2. I like a hoodie too. What really lifts me is a little male jewellery, a spritz of male perfume, and a pastel colour combination.
  3. Golly don't we need this! Since Monday more people out and about, socially-distanced chat in gardens going on, a whiff of Spring in the air. Not long to go till we can visit the hair salon, the shops will be open again, and smiles will return to faces. In my almost 71 years on this planet this last five months have been the worst time for me - a usually very social, gregarious person who likes to seize the day. A short spell of fine weather is actually a little premature, a false dawn, but a nice way to herald in Easter. Weird to enjoy seeing the kids off to schoo
  4. Weather back to "normal" on Friday so make the most of the warm days folks. 

  5. Do you know, I think I am now becoming both a lark, and an owl. I don't seem to need much sleep at night, and like to doze anyway in the evening, and during a siesta.
  6. I was discussing this issue of the monster with my therapist last session (back in therapy after a bad relapse). She wanted to dig a little deeper into my perceptions of OCD. For me, it's not so much about chemical imbalances - because if it was, then correcting them would correct the OCD. I more favour the idea that, for whatever reason, the brain's frontal lobes are miscommunicating, creating false or exaggerated thinking - which then formulates the OCD. This then takes the appearance of a monster bullying us and looking to restrict our lives through unhelpful rules and rit
  7. I reckon you are pretty efficient on here in those very early hours 💻
  8. I'd like to be more like Julie too! Aside from her white coat hypertension (phobia on medical matters) she is pretty laid back, just like her Dad. Her Mum was a worrier and black and white thinker, so the dominant genes were her Dad's. When Julie has a depression, it only usually lasts 2 days!
  9. Are you a lark or an owl? And as such, how are you coping with lockdown? I am a lark (my wife is an owl) so we have to work around this. E.g. She doesn't really acknowledge any start to the day till about 11.00hrs! And only wants to go for a walk about 14.30 hrs. As a retired businessman who was up and out of the door at 07.15, those differences become far more meaningful in retirement and, furthermore, in lockdown. And the winter, in lockdown, has been a challenge - especially as, being vulnerable at over 70, we truly felt that we had to use online grocery shopping and
  10. If you buy from Amazon folks, do set up your account to be through Amazon Smile, and your designated charity to be OCD-UK. I have done that. And just ordered an Amazon echo dot 4th generation smartspeaker for my birthday. Amazon will give OCD-UK 0.5% of the order, so I am raising money for the charity just by buying on Amazon.
  11. I think we might also thank all those hardy souls that combined with the charity to find ways to raise valuable sponsorship monefunding for the running of the organisation and the valuable work it does. For those that bought from the shop, or from Amazon through the link where the charity gets a small amount on each transaction, or just those who made donations of what they could afford, or became a member. We all play a part, even if all we can do is help others via the forum. We aren't out of these woods yet, and we don't truly know what lies ahead. But what we do know
  12. What has been lost to the pandemic in terms of lives, livelihoods and mental health scars is massive. But through it all our wonderful charity, run by its trustees, staff moderators and volunteers, with input from the members and bulletin board users - and with wonderful input from its patrons and certain mental health professionals, has remained there for us .A magnificent resource to turn to, get support guidance inspiration, source materials. And it is mentioned as a help resource by the mental health organisation from which I am currently having therapy. Thank you everyone
  13. Feel free to record happy things that bring hope and joy to our restrictive current existence. I will always be grateful to two erstwhile friends, Kevin and Sue, for helping me overcome my shyness with females. What brought this on? Well although I have a sister, and we are close, we led separate lives really in childhood, with mostly separate friends and a gap of two years. We both went to separate grammar schools, nowhere near each other so no opportunity for social mixing. And I was too entranced at school in my extracurricular activities of singing in the scho
  14. Started a watercolour painting by numbers picture of "Flying Scotsman" today. Very soothing. 

  15. What can also help is to learn and practice some relaxation skills. There are very simple methods that only need a few minutes.
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