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  1. Jane


    Well done getting the tablet down with food. After numerous failed attempts the only food that hides a crushed tablet in our house is the Felix cat soup. I’m sure he heard the vet say ‘the tablets are fish flavoured so cats love them’ and thought I’ll show you vet I’m not that stupid. Hope you find a way to bath sore paw and keep your hands intact.
  2. Unless they’ve changed in last year or two every pair of GM I’ve ever seen have a suede platform so never need darning. They are also some type of polymer so very flat not like the paste and glue ones that might have a manufacture ‘imperfection’ They are however the most difficult shoes to sew ribbons onto.
  3. @Megaly Merlet were my dd shoe of choice. Although we never found online I used to call the shop where she had her fitting and they would post out to her when needed. They used to hold a stock for her too.
  4. Sadly this is all too common. A friends husband who’s a police officer regularly has to ‘arrest’ a minor having psychotic episodes as it’s the only way to get him some immediate help. We had to pay for private consultation to get the help my dc needed. It was a struggle but our concern was he wouldn’t survive GP inactivity or NHS waiting lists. It was worth every penny although GP wasn’t keen to read the 3 page report from psychiatrist that detailed diagnosis and treatment. We ended up paying for the recommended therapy too.
  5. Just seen on BBC breakfast that mandatory autistic training has been announced by the government for NHS staff. @primrose has fought hard for this in memory of her son and others who have not had their needs heard and responded to.
  6. I think a friend’s Dd took A level dance at Thurston Community College last year.
  7. Sorry can’t post a link but Dr Scholls moleskin plus is 8mm thick and can be stuck to shoe or foot, it is like felt. We were introduced to it years ago by physio when son had foot/leg splints that rubbed when first fitted.
  8. I think the felt Anna describes is Scholl Moleskin or similar.
  9. Jane

    Room 101

    I’ve been asked too previously. Something that annoyed me would make me tenser than I already am during the procedure. Had an angiogram recently where they put music on as I got on the table, they then gave me relaxants so I didn’t care what it was anyway!
  10. Jane

    Room 101

    They didn’t give you a choice?
  11. Jane

    Room 101

    Daddy long legs (crane flys) that fly around your face as soon as turn lights off at night. Last year invaded by ladybirds, this year it’s daddy long legs.
  12. Is your sister at vocational school in Wales? If at school in England she should be registered with GP local to school and therefore you can overcome this problem.
  13. Hopefully one of the moderators will see your post soon and move it to Doing Dance so you get some advice. Long time since my children were that age but do know my Dd skipped primary exam. Does sound like your daughter being held back so I would be asking for an explanation. Often teachers busy between classes, sometimes better to email or call.
  14. Jane

    New Year

    With the start of a new academic year I wish good luck to all those starting their vocational journeys and the returnees.
  15. I didn’t know they run out unless you change employer and haven’t subscribed to the update service.
  16. Students from RBS, Elmhurst and ENBS are routinely used by the companies to bolster the corps, taking class with the company and accompanying them on tour. But come audition time are suddenly ‘perceived as not company ready’. Or as was cynically explained to us by an ex BRB principal - graduate schemes are a good money maker for the company and they can use the students within the company hence giving them ‘experience’ and bolstering numbers on stage. The following year the students are back in the audition pool as there are another years worth of students who will take their places filling the short fall in the companies. They are expensive and we’ve encountered some students who’ve completed more than one grad scheme. Well done to all those grads, RBS et al, who have contracts for the coming year.
  17. Can’t comment on this particular summer school but Dd attended a number of summer schools not knowing anyone both in UK and mainland Europe, she soon made friends. Is your Dd thinking of auditioning at Northern next year? If so attending the SS will give her a feel for the place but be aware classes may not be taught by regular staff.
  18. Where she is living may make some classes easier than others. Multiple tube changes can get tiresome especially late in the evening.
  19. Don’t all artistic directors tell prospective students and parents they treat the ‘dancers as individuals’? Once they’ve hooked you the reality is ‘you have to fit in’
  20. Jane


    We are not permitted to discuss this school on the forum.
  21. Notice that Royal Ballet School has 3 short courses in Northern Ireland. Dates all in next academic year, didn’t notice closing date.
  22. To add to my earlier comments don’t assume that the house staff will have communicated with the dance or academic staff that your Dd is have problems in house/socially. At the parent/teacher consultations at the end of my Dd first year I was horrified to discover (as were the two members of teaching staff) that they hadn’t been informed of what was happening in house. This was a good year before I escalated problems to the principal.
  23. Sorry to hear your Dd is having issues. It is such a worry being at home feeling helpless, it dominated our lives for years and yet Dd refused to give up. I involved house parents and then the head of pastoral care with no success. Their reasons given for my Dd struggling included her being ‘from a stable family’ to ‘being more mature than her year group’. I eventually escalated the problems to the school principal and we had a group meeting including house parents, head of pastoral care. A number of truths came out at the meeting about who in house was instigating the behaviour towards my Dd as house parents were aware but not actively doing anything about it. Dd was given a mentor in year above and this helped tremendously. As did a written plan of action from the principal which highlighted what the house staff should and shouldn’t be doing rather than their empty promises. All the best for improving conditions for your Dd.
  24. Jane

    Upper School and 16+

    @Minoblade having read your posts on both threads I wonder if Emma Northmore can give an honest assessment of your Ds strengths and what would suit him best for sixth form. The audition rounds start very early in year 11 and you need to go into it with as much knowledge as possible as it’s such a difficult year. Is your son doing any summer schools this year to get a feel of the competition and a differing schools opinion?
  25. Jane


    Last year once the temperatures hit the mid 30s the climate control on the neonatal unit I work on stopped working so with the heat from the equipment the room temp rose quickly into the 40s. The investigation found the cooling unit on the roof couldn’t cope with the heat and it was suggested that in future if temps rise to same levels cooling unit will need to be sprayed with water. Imagine some hotels will use similar units.
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