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Lisa O`Brien

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About Lisa O`Brien

  • Birthday 17/11/1967

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  • Location:
    Newry,County Down Northern Ireland
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    Ex Professional Dancer.

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  1. Hope you don't mind me telling Jan about your OBE Primrose. I know the Balletcoforum community would have wanted to know. Many congratulations from me. x
  2. RIP to one of the all time greats. ( Was she a Prima Ballerina or Prima Ballerina Assoluta) ?
  3. I'm very sad to hear this news. RIP Katherine.
  4. RIP. Saw her at the Palace Theatre Manchester on the RB's opening night opposite Merle Park. ( Ken McMillan was siting just a few rows away from us as we had complimentary Stalls seats). It was a wonderful production. So happy that I saw it.
  5. I've been having issues with my local Credit Union. Normally they are great. However just today I took all my savings out of my account , bar £50 and transferred it all to my bank account. Not been able to log in to my credit union account for weeks on end. Someone told me last week an IT technician would phone me on Tuesday just gone, to help find out what the problem was. I waited in all day. The phone never rang. Nor the next day. In a few weeks my son will hopefully ( finally) be going to university at the age of 23. We have to pay £2,000 upfront which is half the first year of tuition fees ourselves . Once his Uni give us the word, they will expect the payment asap i'd imagine. Have tried transferring money to my bank account from them in the past; just small amounts. It has taken nearly a week sometimes. I understand a lot of their staff are working from home at the moment, but I need them to be super efficient with my money right now, as my son's place at uni might depend on us getting that money to them when they ask for it. They were falling well short, and I think I did the right thing in moving my savings.
  6. Can anyone provide a link to the news story? Or any link at all? Thanks.
  7. Thank you Jane. Yes, he will be eligible to apply for a bursary from an organisation called uversity. But the criteria is you have to be at least 23 on 1st January in the year you are applying. He wasn't 23 until 2 February this year. So he will be eligible to apply for it next year. Of course, the irony is, next year he will be entitled to everything . It's this year that he has to get through with no money to live on !!
  8. For the next academic year, Sean will be entitled to everything. Full tuition fee loan, maintenance loan, money to live on etc. But because he has already used up two years of his four year Higher Education funding on a silly HND ( massive mistake), he only has 2 years of HE funding left. This 3 year Liberal Arts with History course is going to be funded; but only for years 2 and 3. He was living at home while studying the HND ( thank God), so he still has the money they will give him to pay for university accommodation untouched. The maintenance loan, to pay for accommodation here in Northern Ireland is £3,630 a year, and just about will pay for him to live in the cheapest uni accommodation ( Belonging to Queen's University Belfast) of £85 PW. I think students in England are given thousands more each year to pay for their accommodation than ones here are.
  9. My sister has said she will help with a few thousand pounds, which is wonderful of her. But right at this minute she can't absolutely commit to this promise. Her husband has just had his 59th birthday. He has been living in a care home for the last 5 months. He is deteriorating rapidly with severe Dementia. My sister wants to hire a solicitor to try and get him to be allowed to come home. She also wants to possibly take Colin to see a private Neurologist for a second opinion and /or to see if he has inhaled any Stachybotrys mould and it is this which is affecting his cognition.
  10. The Student Loans ask for parental income, regardless of the age of the student. It's just a funny quirk of the system. The only way his own financial situation would be taken into account instead of mine would be if he were to declare himself independent. Which of course he's not, as he's living at home with me, and my Housing Benefit would be drastically changed were that to change. Besides, his own credit rating is not much better than mine !
  11. Hello. Yes, he can apply for a bursary next year. The criteria is that the student has to be at least 23 years old by 1st January 2020. He wasn't 23 until 2 February. So he will be eligible to apply for help next year. He is entitled to a loan to pay for his university accommodation in Belfast. We will be able to pay the tuition fee in instalments after giving them a £2,000 deposit in September ( Have just finally got the 2K deposit together last week). But he isn't entitled to a penny in living costs. My sister has said she will help out and he'll have to get a PT job in Belfast to make ends meet. The absolute most I would be able to afford to give him would be about £30 a week to live on.
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