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Assisted dying is slowly turning into a fashionable, liberal cause

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Rebecca Eric MacDonald 6 days ago

Are you saying that Germany was not implicated by silence in WWII? that the UK is not implicated by it’s present silence on forced abortions? And is it your business unless you intend to be the first to go or are likely to be affected because you are disabled. Privilege speaks…..

‘You shouldn’t be allowed on a bus’: Driver ‘refuses to let wheelchair user on public transport’

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Rebecca 8 days ago

I’ve had similar experiences in the UK. When in the wrong the attacker must be proved right and therefore the stakes become higher. The concept that a disabled person might be the equal of an able bodied person is at odds with some people’s engrained belief that disabled people are inferior to able bodied people. Two opposite ideas cannot exist together and so anger is created in a negative reaction called ‘cognitive dissonance’. If I ask a bus driver to load my chair and when he refuses instead of retreating with seemly and humble haste, I object clearly and rationally, his sense that I am inferior must be bolstered by raising the stakes and thus I am either ‘not fit to go on a bus’ or (as in in my case) am told “You don’t need that wheelchair anyway, I’ve worked with people more disabled than you.”

Model’s Disabled Sister ‘Scared Customers’

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Rebecca 8 days ago

Sadly, Russia has a very, very long way to go on discrimination issues. Very few countries including Britain are flawless in this respect but this is a terrible reminder of the stigma that many people still face the world over. Thank goodness her sister stood up for her, just as it should be. Many of us cannot claim as a good a sister and friend as Natalia. Human rights however are the means to ensure that we do not need to rely on the kindness of family to ensure we are safe from abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Disabled passenger was ‘kicked off’ flight to US because he was in a wheelchair

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Rebecca 8 days ago

Jaw dropping even given what disabled people are used to from airlines! AS the money would have been an issue for most of us I think he should get compensation, not just a partial refund!

Concern over review that will examine ‘bullying’ forced treatment plans

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Rebecca 23 days ago

Consent is required and yet they are prepared to force abortion sterilisation and caesarian section on those with full capacity by bullying and threats. Therefore this is merely another step in the same direction.

Sanctioned Jobseekers With Mental Health Problems Are Not ‘Vulnerable’, Says DWP

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Rebecca Nessie 25 days ago

You’re right. And death is the result. As a person on ESA whose close family member committed suicide I feel betrayed. After what they did two years ago they at least had the guts to admit  he must have been ill. Now….?

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Rebecca Jenny Dent 25 days ago

I’m so sorry. It is so hard to hear these lies when you have been through the suicide of a family member or friend. It is painful enough. We lost my nephew to suicide thanks to bipolar but it wasthe DWP who finished him off. God bless you.

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Rebecca 25 days ago

Mental conditions hardly ever cause physical symptoms? As a person with brain damage that’s news to me! More evidence this lot are incompetent. Oh no…when you’re 5stone with anorexia or Motor Neuron disease you don’t lose function… MUCH!

IDS’s gradual criminalisation of poverty

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Rebecca Morgeo a month ago

Thank you. Intention and support coming over loud and clear! Well said!

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Rebecca Msw3681 sw a month ago

As a disabled person who agrees with every word that you said at the beginning, I really must disagree with the comments on ‘immigrants’. We don’t have a large migrant population in my county and there is still no work. As a disabled person I don’t begrudge people a job I’m never going to get given anyway because I can’t keep up. I imagine it’s different if you are able to hold a job down but I’d be ashamed to think that we blame it on immigrants any more than on disabled people. We just don’t need the sort of ‘support’ that stigmatises another group.

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Rebecca stevep a month ago

No, he isn’t. If he were capable of it he would not have posted such shameful bull here! WHO do these people think they are? Like abusive parents convinced starving beating and raping their kids is discipline.

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Rebecca Jacko a month ago

Yep. Because evil is banal and ignorant and callous. It CAN be deliberately cruel and vicious but mostly it’s like It is no secret! You may ‘genuinely believe that socialism is not the way to help people.’ Well? Do you suggest that IDS is the answer for terminally ill people? because that’s all we have on offer.

<< Honestly. We really believe that it holds people back, it creates systems of control and dependency and conformity. And it stifles the human spirit. >>

Well, you could be speaking of Toryism there then. This is known as ‘cognitive dissonance’. It doesn’t take a socialist to believe that letting people starve or kill themselves is a bigger indication that people are being ‘crushed’ than a few flash bastards worried that the left might tax them so that everyone wins.

We KNOW you believe it. It hasn’t escaped our notice and that you believe it is the essence of what makes evil possible. You are callous bastards with less right to rational thought than mudworms if all you can do is spout your party’s distorted divisive Orwellian line and believe that you’re doing disabled people a favour.

You are LOW. As low as people who blame police shootings in America on Black people or rape on women or poverty on the poor or sickness on the sick. Get the heck out of your delusion that you are doing people a failure.

It is damn all to do with what is ‘best for others’ or caring. It is pure unadulterated selfishness dressed up in transparent bull.l I’m not making that up. We really think that. And we believe just as passionately as you do that we’re right. But we don’t have blood on our hands.

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Rebecca Keith M a month ago

I met a consultant who said that of his Atos employed colleague. Nice chap!

Newcastle Pride 2015: What’s on in the bars and clubs on the gay scene?

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Rebecca a month ago

It’s simple. You don’t NEED “Straight Pride” because you don’t have to fear being beaten up. Stop moaning and groaning. Enjoy it. Don’t turn it into a negative. It’s great you can be straight without fear of police brutality, verbal abuse, your parents kicking you out. Enjoy it. We’ll need it until people realise we are ‘allowed.’ But also because Newcastle is a great and inclusive city! There’s no ‘need’ to make a song and dance? Well, even if that were true, how about “To be Happy”?

Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford investigate benefits system: We found no scroungers and no-one living comf…

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Rebecca Marky Booth 2 months ago

Damn! Is it? And I thought it was backlash against the budget based benefits bashing! DAMN!

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Rebecca 2 months ago

Yes, but common sense isn’t that common so thank the lord! We’re going to need this more than ever. When for the last 5 years my mother has refused to speak to the daughter with Cerebral palsy and the other daughter calls the one with CP a scrounger you have a bit of a problem! I have people expecting my husband to work away during the week even though since my care was pulled I’d be virtually housebound (not to mention terrified of hate crime and with people banging on the door at 3 am yet family and Govt, the ones who refused to support me into work when i could still do many things I can’t do now label me a scrounger even whilst they despise my abilities and a lifetimes desire to work my socks off! I’ve been stuck volunteering for 15 years even with 2 degrees and now I don’t dare volunteer outside the home because I’m liable to try to hurt myself or others if I’m assaulted verbally.

Budget 2015 at a glance: Everything you need to know about George Osborne’s Tory statement

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Rebecca Paul 2 months ago

Indeed. FI: “Benefits and Work”s “Guides You Can Trust” save lives.

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Rebecca barrry baptist 2 months ago

Yes, supported IF you get into the SG. But of course 77 people a week (at least) are dying after being declared ‘fit for work).

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Rebecca Barbarous Ground Squirrel 2 months ago

And people (except rich Tories are struggling as it is) but all too exhausted from 5 years to parry

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Rebecca 2 months ago

IDS! Stop punching the air! It is not a ruddy football match! You OAF!

Discussion on 24dash 17 comments

Bedroom tax victory for social housing couple

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Rebecca Pish 2 months ago

Much appreciated the opportunity to gen up! Having googled LHA I found the information is much clearer than it used to be. Seems ironic that councils are so keen then to privately house tenants. The council who refused to rehouse us in a suitable property 6 years ago so that we were forced to find private rentals. Thanks for putting me onto that. Good to actually have accurate information and not sound daft!

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Rebecca Pish 2 months ago

How does the move to the private sector affect LHA? In private sector the tenant ALWAYS pays the difference and makes up the shortfall.

Budget Anti-Austerity Rally in Newcastle City Centre, UK

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Rebecca 2 months ago

It’s good manners to ask a disabled person how they prefer to be listed before captioning a fellow campaigner with a banner as their carer! “Two campaigners” would be more respectful!

Summer Budget: Anti-austerity campaigners to call for ‘People’s Budget’ at Newcastle rally

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Rebecca 2 months ago

LOCAL Council tax avoiders? Is there such a thing? Honestly want to know? Having learnt that a person can earn £40,000 and still get subsidised rent and a Housing Association property (while people on disability benefit are hounded out of adapted homes by the Bedroom Tax) I believe almost anything!

What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?

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Rebecca elifoo 2 months ago Removed

We have the same issues with deaths from the new healthcare system in the UK. 10,600 deaths in 11 months of peopkle they said were ‘fit to work’ yet when they were asked for figures for later years they said, “more are bound to die because they are unwell.” Yes, but you said they were FIT?They are still refusing to release figures. AND fracking is on its way.

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Rebecca Hugh Shakeshaft 2 months ago

Hindsight is a marvellous thing. Maybe we SHOULD blame the poisoners instead of suggesting women move away! Mysogynistic bullcrap, sunshine!

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Rebecca jacoby logsaw 2 months ago

No, they don’t get it. But these are the same people who always claim someone else is getting more help for their child or their family than they need. They don’t care about death but then they don”t care about anyone full stop.

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Rebecca STOPCENSORINGME 2 months ago

I’m not familiar with this paper but I AM familiar with miscarriage and disability. WHICH bit is lies exactly?

Capita hands its receptionists ‘overbooking scripts’ after new PIP crisis

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Rebecca 3 months ago

I know my story to be just one of the many that hides behind the more obvious (but still often neglected) stories of people on disability benefits. The tragedy of our nephew’s life was that his own mother had refused to allow him contact with family who had experience of disability benefit applications, of the anxieties of the process and of available support groups and forums so well staffed by unpaid sick and disabled people. His family despised disabled people and campaigns for disability rights. He might have paid the ultimate price from stress and fear alone as many do who are helped by disability charities, peer support or the CAB but without a doubt, the callous attitudes of those around him to his health and his plight as a benefit claimant in a society that is so callous that it derides those forced to go through the processes described above and then demeans and devalues them further. Shy and retiring as ever he merely termed his despair and loneliness ‘depression’ in his suicide note, another failed and abandoned statistic in the psychological warfare upon ‘benefit claimants.’

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Rebecca 3 months ago

I am disabled and on ‘lifetime DLA award due to NHS incompetence at birth that left me with cerebral palsy (CP). Two and a half years ago I was recovering from a miscarriage and my husband was looking for a new job that would enable us to leave a country that would try to force a disabled woman to have a termination of a wanted pregnancy simple because she _was_ disabled. Being used to the cavalier attitude of able-bodied people toward disabled people who presume to try to start a family, I was not as shocked as my husband who had never seen a doctor speak to a patient in such a way.
I was obviously shocked and upset by the GPs announcement that if I did not in her words ‘make the right choice’ and submit to a termination which was against both my religious beliefs and my belief as a disabled person that I have the right to a family life as enshrined in the Human Rights Act, and which in any case was an unnecessary pressure as like so many ordinary healthy pregnancies this one was unlikely to go to term for the simple reason that I am a human woman and one in three pregnancies end in miscarriage. I chose to pick up my life and think as optimistically about the future and to remind myself that I had been luckier than the millions of women who do terminate pregnancies unwillingly due to medical pressure or because the NHS presents all disabled women with this ‘option’ and all able bodied women who have any supposed risk.
Ten days later as we began to put our life together and to consider the options of whether to start a family and risk the shame and stigma of social services involvement, we discovered that my husband’s nephew who was bipolar had killed himself rather than attend a DWP compliance interview because of fear of being bullied after an abusive childhood over what later turned out to be a clerical error about his student loan.
Tragedy upon tragedy which nearly broke my husband and which has left me drained of confidence and unwilling to ever encounter a member of DWP staff. To think of the number of people who consider killing themselves before a DWP or assessment interview and then to consider how many deaths must be those of people who had they attended would have been shunted aside to wait in more dread.

Outlander Writer on “Uncomfortable” Jamie vs. Black Jack Scenes: “Worst Ive Ever Spent on a Set”

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Rebecca D R Allen 3 months ago

Oh, I see. I thought you were discussing something rather different. I don’t disagree about the historical accuracy of the post-Culloden atrocities, however that this is what you were referring to was unclear. My apologies.

I have seen the memo and I agree, the potential effect had clearly been considered and it was a clear – and understandable possibility.

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Rebecca Saundra Garcia 3 months ago

I’m afraid you are too right. And as an abuse victim and as the aunt of a young man who killed himself because he was raped I can only say, “Cowards, and liars to yourselves! Hope you do better for friends, or family or children. The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and if you cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander and the gift it gives to those of us who have kept silent for so long and now see our suffering and our families’ mirrored and recognisable and made visible.

It’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face. But wake up! BE there for people! Saundra is right when stating that all some people see is ‘a sin’ they don’t see abuse and terror and fear and loneliness, they see ‘sin’.

Supposing ‘sin’ is in not caring and not BEING there for people? In not doing what Claire does?

Too much?

Then pray you are always lucky

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Rebecca Blackziram 3 months ago

Sorry. Hope you do better for friends, or family or children you need to support through the after effects of violence. I’ve had to watch stuff that seemed FAR more like a TV attempt to get kicks than this. . The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and if you cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander and the gift it gives to those of us who have kept silent for so long and now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible. .
It isn’t Game of Thrones and mindless violence (which GoT did not shy away from either) it’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

Too much?

Then pray you are always lucky

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Rebecca BL_LAB 3 months ago

YEP! The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They can’t be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible. It’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

We must pray they are always lucky

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Rebecca Solipsister 3 months ago

YEP! The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and if they cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander.

It isn’t Game of Thrones and mindless violence (which GoT did not shy away from either) it’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

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Rebecca Rebecca 3 months ago

“Turned off”. What?

Where you expecting to be turned ON?

This wasn’t fascination. This was HOW. It. Is.

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Rebecca Cecily 3 months ago

Oh FACE up to it! WE have to – fopr REAL!

Sorry. Hope you do better for friends, or family or children. The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and if you cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander and the gift it gives to those of us who have kept silent for so long and now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible. .
It isn’t Game of Thrones and mindless violence (which GoT did not shy away from either) it’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

Too much?

Then pray you are always lucky

Outlander Writer on “Uncomfortable” Jamie vs. Black Jack Scenes: “Worst Ive Ever Spent on a Set”

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Rebecca AJR 3 months ago

Sorry. Hope you do better for friends, or family or children. The people who have never been assaulted and who have no stomach for this should be ashamed. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and if you cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander and the gift it gives to those of us who have kept silent for so long and now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible. .
It isn’t Game of Thrones and mindless violence (which GoT did not shy away from either) it’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

Too much?

Then pray you are always lucky.

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Rebecca Thomas Morrison 3 months ago

These things happen Everywhere. The context of this episode is a one on one abuse and torture that has very little to do with the national situation portrayed in the story as a whole.

Sadism, rape, abuse. are you going to annexe them as brutalities tat do not happen to English men or English women? This is no more a purely Scottish situation than it is a purely Israli or Palestinian or a Muslim one.

Don’t be so disrespectful to people everywhere. Did the shows writers suggest your take on this is in any way accurate?

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Rebecca Radi8grl 3 months ago

Yes, Radi8grl: People who have never been assaulted could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and the gift it gives to those of us who now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible.It’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment such as a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

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Rebecca Al Ace 3 months ago

Never mind the TV simplicity ‘fans’. The ‘Jamies’ who have never had their voices heard have been heard at last.

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Rebecca Al Ace 3 months ago

Fans? How can you be fans if you hate it and what makes you think THAT will happen. Your cowardice will not make it so and it will not unmake the triumph of the scenes already in the can. They are already filming the next season. Shame!

Shouldn’t think they will worry about the miniscule ‘fandom’ of TV who cannot even express disapprobation in a coherent sentence.

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Rebecca BL_LAB 3 months ago

Spot on, BL_LAB! The people who have never been assaulted and who yet have no stomach for this should be ashamed to be so gutless and heartless. They could LEARN something about how to be there for people because, sad to say, this _is_ how it is for many of us and this is how it remains and if you cannot even face THAT then WE will take Outlander and the gift it gives to those of us who have kept silent for so long and now see our suffering mirrored and recognisable and made visible. .
It isn’t Game of Thrones and mindless violence (which GoT did not shy away from either) it’s gut wrenching, soul twisting, lifelong HURT from the little things like a single comment such as, “Do you soften?” a line that will indeed cause havoc whenever Jamie’s back is touched again, if it didn’t before, as we saw from the horror so stamped on Sam Heughan’s face.

Too much?

Then pray you are always lucky.

Things My Husband Says During Outlander

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Rebecca a year ago

Thank you, Beth. While i’ve no wish to add to the GREAT VOICEOVER CONTROVERSY I can actually SEE the point of the frank and Claire sex-scene now… 🙂

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Rebecca Amber a year ago

They did? Are people still that nasty?? Hmmm…Not to give too much away girls but the last time we (MMmhmph….) my husband even added “Any time lassie” in a terrible Scottish accent at the end. (God, I love that man!)

Very Silly People

Now how _do_ they think babies get made, I wonder? Obviously NOT face-to-face eh? LOL!

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Rebecca Deanne a year ago

My GRANDMOTHER was Claire’s age in the 40s and was scandalised some time in 1978 at a sex scene with fellatio on TV
“But people just don’t DO things like that!”

Errmm….. 🙂

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Rebecca a year ago

Oh, my LORD!!!!!

<< THE GHOST SCENE

Oh God. WHO GIVES A SHIT.

[weird movie trailer man voice] Man With No Face.

That was some really good foreshadow there. Which means he’s dead And.Not.Happy. Aaaaaand probably Catholic and stuck in purgatory or some shit.>>

Has this man READ the books? No? Ah….

NOPE! He’s just doing what my own little brother used to do when we were kids! Noooo! Shuttuuuup! I don’t want to know the plot geekbrain! AWWW!”

You just know the ones like that ‘ll end up detectives?

Outlander

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Rebecca a year ago

Given that Diana’s main character has a great deal of medical expertise and Diana herself a meticulous approach to the grim everyday realities off illness, infirmity and death as well as love in the 18th century for once the balance between rape and other unpalatable life realities is experienced in the full in these books. Haemorrhoids? Check. Miscarriages ? Check. Measles? Check. Pink eye? I’ll go check.

Dislocated shoulder, Book One…. Complete now with gruesome crunching sound on Starz!

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