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General Discussion / Re: Special car hire in Florida?
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:55:55 AM »
Thanks Pegleg, I'll pass this on.

(Hope you are well).


General Discussion / Re: Special car hire in Florida?
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:25:27 AM »
Hello Herb.

Good to hear from you, and thanks for that, which I'll pass on.

Trouble is, she needs to HIRE a car with that adaptation when she comes over for a few weeks (it's not easy to hire disabled/adapted vehicles in the UK, either).


General Discussion / Special car hire in Florida?
« on: January 26, 2010, 09:09:25 AM »

Someone has asked the following question on a UK website (I know they're not really divided by nations, but you know what I mean...) so I thought I'd ask here, as there is a lot of 'American' experience here.

I am a right leg above knee amputee and have been for the past six years now and i live in England and i am desperate for some help and i am hoping one of you guys out there might be able to help me?
We are due to visit Florida end of March 2010 to start our search for a holiday home, we will be flying into Orlando and i need to hire an automatic car that has been adapted with a left foot gas pedal, i have rang about 5 companies that advertise as being able to hire vehicles adapted to this spec, but when i contact them they know of no such vehicles, i have even rang a couple of companies that adapt vehicles to see if they could point me in the right direction regarding hire but this has drawn a blank

Any answers gratefully received (which I will pass on).


Allen, bka, London.

General Discussion / Re: Our friend Joe.
« on: July 31, 2009, 04:18:42 PM »
Ah, Dick. One of the flames that refuses to die.

Yes indeed, and I wish I was defending some European Utopia on this one, but unfortunately what with our general slavish admiration of all things American, plus Thatcher (and her heirs and successors) in many ways we are a US state in all but constitution. We worship the same gods now.

(Lest I be misinterpreted: there are many American 'things' of which I am an admirer. Big Pharma and all its offshoots is not among them).

With regards,


General Discussion / Re: the casrs that we drive and why
« on: July 31, 2009, 09:02:44 AM »
I think a far better criterion for Judging People, oneblueleg, is to find out how often they WASH their cars.

a) the rich never do, of course, as it would mean getting their hands dirty.

b) the car-fanatics always do (mostly weekly), which tells you something.

c) proper people only use the car wash at their local supermarket.

d) proper ex-hippies (moi, par example) never wash the sodding things, except for the windows and lights!


Hello Genki_rockets, and good to meet you.

Don't get distracted from your fight against Big Business. It's refreshing to hear what you are up to!

Allen, bka, London.

General Discussion / Re: Our friend Joe.
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:48:58 AM »

Yes, we are indeed divided by a common language. But it's more than that. The past few decades in this country have seen the acceleration of our island's move across the Atlantic. 

There was a time when we saw the poor as unfortunate, the sick as worthy of our help and charity, and honest mistakes as just that, honest mistakes.

Now we, like Joe, blame the poor for being poor, see the sick as potential customers of profitable private clinics, and as for honest mistakes? Just call a lawyer.

I first noticed the Blame Culture about 40 years ago when I heard some barmy US general BLAMING the Vietnamese people for fighting his troops when all they were doing was trying to CIVILISE them.

Sometimes I think I see a small flame from 3 or 4 thousand miles westward, but often it flickers and dies.

The heck with it, just blame me.

After all, as a liberal /
socialist /
Marxist /
tree-hugger /
vegetarian /
bearded / 
you name it I'm at it,
I'm well in the frame.

I expect a Writ by return.


General Discussion / Re: Our friend Joe.
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:25:36 AM »
Hello all.

To those who know the name, double hello. I haven't been around for a few months as I was trying to wean myself off Message Boards - they were becoming a bit of a substitute for real life, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, good to see that the passage of time and hospital stays hasn't managed to mollify Joe A.'s extremism. (How you doing, Joe?)

Normally I wouldn't bother repeating the arguments that I've made in the past, but as Joe A. is still banging on about how dreadful our NHS is, I feel obliged to say it again.

My parents (both born around 1900) grew up in England, a country without a Health Service, a bit like the US. Both were 'respectable' lower-middle-class people who had known the indignity of having to scrape together enough money to pay a visit to the doctor. Neither of them was a communist, or a Marxist, or even a socialist. They would probably have voted for the Republican Party if you'd given them a vote in the US.

And it was people like them who DEMANDED that we set up a proper welfare system after the 2nd World War. They were PROUD of our National Health Service, and must be turning in their graves as our self-styled Labour government tries to continue the process of dismantling our NHS, a process started by Reagan's UK sidekick, Margaret Thatcher.

I am proud of what remains of our NHS, and will fight to keep it, and to restore it to its glory.

Yes, of COURSE we pay for it. But we ALL pay for it, in fairly equal measures, and we ALL benefit from it.

We can ALL go to the doctors or hospitals without payment, many of us getting medicines free, too, and for those of us who need special treatment (amputees, for example), that too is free of charge.

There are major problems with our Welfare State, but the answer is most definitely NOT to throw out the Baby of social progress along with the Bathwater of inefficiency. Certainly not if all you can offer as an alternative is the US model of extreme wealth and extreme poverty.

Allen, bka, London
(and unlike my dear parents, a Socialist through and through)

Hey Joe.

No words, old pal, just tears of pleasure and friendship. Stick around for as long as you can.

Love you, man.


General Discussion / Re: My sincere apology to everyone
« on: July 24, 2008, 03:40:49 PM »
Hello teo,

How you doing. Hope the pain relief is starting to work properly.

I haven't been around for a couple of months, so was surprised by the title of this thread, and just HAD to find out what you'd been saying.

Trouble was, apart from the offensiveness, which as you now say was inexcusable, on purely philosophical and rational grounds I totally agree with you. When I want to talk about such things and escape from the Apple Pie and Thanksgiving stuff, I go to a Buddhist Forum, where at least we start from different first principles. Do get in touch if you want the address.

Anyway, I also agree with you apologising to these good people, who (whatever their beliefs) have helped me profoundly over the past few years, and that's why I love and respect them.

Takes a big man to apologise, teo. Not something you find very often these days.

Respect, bro.


General Discussion / Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
« on: May 25, 2008, 12:40:05 PM »
And whatever you drive, DON'T bring your big car to the UK.

Petrol here has just hit around $12 a gallon. (And even our gallons are smaller than yours!)


Alright Jack, but before you pull the plug, can I just have a quick word?

Teo: you say : "Allen, I am trying to piss anyone off."
Fair enough. It's either an Unusually Frank Admission, or a Freudian Slip.

Dick et al: I wouldn't worry about Teo's murky clients creeping round your house, as a) my IP address of Bournemouth is about one hundred miles away from my real home in London, and b) even if he'd got closer, i.e. London, he'd still have 12 million doors to knock down before he found me.

Peace and love, Teo. (And stop yelling, Jack!)

Allen, London, England, UK.


a) don't be cross. Life's too short.

b) not sure you're 100% right on the ability (without a court order) to locate precisely an IP address. Demonstrate with mine, if you like, which is


General Discussion / Limbless Association Website - out-of-action
« on: May 06, 2008, 09:53:30 AM »
I received the following Notice from the Limbless Association, to which some of us also subscribe:


The Limbless Association Forum has been hacked and we no longer have control over the forum. I would advise you and all forum members to avoid using the forum until further notice. The LA website will be taken down soon and we hope to launch a new much improved and updated website
in 8 weeks time.

Best Wishes,
Maria Jones
Fundraising & Events Officer
The Limbless Association
Queen Mary's Hospital
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PN
t 020 8487 6036
f 020 8788 3444


Hopefully other members will also receive this via personal email.

Allen-UK, London, left bka.

Might just be the transatlantic semantics here, but in the UK we wouldn't be allowed out of the fitting room in a test socket!

They are transparent and a bit flimsy, and have a foot attached to them (i.e. not your usual foot), and the prosthetists just use them to see how the socket seems to fit inside them.

Once you've walked a yard or two, they mark them for adjustments, then usually you get a proper socket in a week or so, which you then walk home with (hopefully).

Sometimes these 'proper' sockets function as test sockets in that after a month or so they get ditched or radically remade.


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