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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Moorland Scenery

Moorland scenery near Halsetown, Cornwall
Photo © nick macneill (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Rocky Moorland below The Cheesewring
Photo © Des Blenkinsopp (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Inland from the port and beyond the village and the farmland, the land behind Porthkeres gives way to dramatic moorland. These examples match the picture in my mind.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Just a cliff

Just a cliff
At the far right of the layout in Porthkeres, the train will emerge from a tunnel under a cliff, something like this fine red one.

Photo © Joe Pritchard (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Friday, 6 April 2018

EKG of a 70-year-old man with exercise intolerance
Exercise intolerance - and not just exercise in the sports sense, but the difficulties can exist with any activity: depending on severity, even attepting to sit up can be too much - is a frequent symptom of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and the overlapping condition of Orthostatic intolerance (OI). 
Exercise intolerance is a condition of inability or decreased ability to perform physical exercise at what would be considered to be the normally expected level or duration. It also includes experiences of unusually severe post-exercise pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or other negative effects. Exercise intolerance is not a disease or syndrome in and of itself, but can result from various disorders.

Intolerance to exercise may be caused by unusual breathlessness (dyspnea), muscle pain (myalgia), tachypnoea (abnormally rapid breathing), tachycardia (having a faster heart rate than normal) or increasing muscle weakness; or exercise might result in severe headache, nausea, dizziness, occasional muscle cramps or extreme fatigue, which would make it intolerable.

From Wikipedia: Exercise intolerance


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Charlestown Harbour

St Austell: entrance to Charlestown harbour Photo © Martin Bodman (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Charlestown Harbour Photo © Chris Gunns (cc-by-sa/2.0)
This example enables us to visualise aspects of the harbour at Porthkeres.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Engine house at Blue Hills

Engine house at Blue Hills Mine
No model railway set in Cornwall, even a fictitious one, will be complete without an engine house. Here's an example shown in a typical setting.

Photo © Rod Allday (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

DWP Mandatory Reconsideration Form They Don’t Want You To Use Plus 43% Of DLA To PIP Motability Claimants Lose Car

In this edition we look at the grim fact that 43% of DLA Motability claimants who are forced to apply for PIP lose their vehicle as a result. We also reveal the rather happier fact the latest Tribunals Service statistics show that the success rate for PIP and ESA appeals has now hit 69%. We alert you to a new mandatory reconsideration form that the DWP are desperate for you not use – even though it’s one of their own. And, following responses our last newsletter, we’ve asked the DWP where exactly all that positive PIP and ESA assessment feedback actually comes from.

DWP Mandatory Reconsideration Form They Don’t Want You To Use Plus 43% Of DLA To PIP Motability Claimants Lose Car

NB: the Mandatory Reconsideration Form can be downloaded from the government website at the following page.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

DWP Aim To Nobble Enhanced PIP And ESA Support Awards

In this newsletter we ask whether you were intimidated into giving a PIP or ESA assessor good feedback.

We discover that presenting officers for the DWP are being used to prevent awards of enhanced PIP and ESA support group.

We learn that disabled claimants forced onto JSA are much more likely to be sanctioned than claimants who are not disabled.

We also reveal that the DWP have broken pretty much all the promises they made to an influential government committee about sanctions. This includes a promise to introduce a system of issuing a warning instead of a sanction for a first ‘offence’.

And we learn that another influential government committee can’t believe that the DWP still haven’t introduced audio recording of all PIP and ESA assessments.

28 February 2018 Update: DWP Aim To Nobble Enhanced PIP And ESA Support Awards Plus Were You Intimidated Into Giving Good PIP Or ESA Feedback? 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hundreds Of Thousands May Get PIP Increase As 1.6 Million Claims Looked At Again

In this newsletter we celebrate the decision of the DWP to admit defeat in their battle to discriminate against PIP mobility claimants with mental health conditions. We also look at what the decision to review 1.6 million PIP awards, as a result of the DWP climbdown, might mean in practice. We highlight a consultation taking place on extending blue badges to more claimants with mental health conditions. It’s the result of another victory in the courts for claimants. Plus we reveal that massive misery of universal credit is set to save the DWP just 2% compared to leaving things as they were.

Hundreds Of Thousands May Get PIP Increase As 1.6 Million Claims Looked At Again

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Weston-Super-Mare Model Railway Show 2018



There is something to learn at every model railway exhibition and the Weston-Super-Mare Model Railway show on Sunday, 14 January 2018 was no exception.

In Porthkeres the port is as important as the railway, so I find layouts with water to be of interest. Above are a couple of images of Red Hook Bay. The gorgeous paddle boat seems to be a relatively recent addition. I was particularly impressed by the realistic modelling of the water. (Not sure I believe mermaids are real though!)

Also of interest at this show were Moose Creek and Avyn-A-Llyin.

PIP Mobility For Mental Health Update, McVey Returns, Bogus Tip-Offs

In this newsletter we look at the victories scored by claimants with mental health conditions trying to claim PIP mobility. We also advise on what you should consider if you may be affected. We bemoan the unwelcome return and promotion of Esther McVey. We also look at bogus benefits fraud tip-offs and reveal that Atos fully support the idea of recording PIP assessments.

PIP Mobility For Mental Health Update, McVey Returns, Bogus Tip-Offs
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