Archive for May, 2014


Friday, May 23rd, 2014

In just an hour or two then we’ll be ‘out of here’ on our way home for the long Bank Holiday weekend.

Sunny and warm I hope.

I have not made plans other than a hair appointment and catching up with friends. This is good though because I can escape from the frantic, fast world of mine, which is strangely busier now than it ever was when the kids were young.

I smile smugly to myself as I remember the children in their infant years.  Those lazy, long, hot summer days which were full of their sweet laughter…

…They would play out the front.  We live in a cul-de-sac which was quite safe, but nevertheless we always kept an eye out for them, but one day our daughter went missing.  I can’t remember how old she was exactly but probably infant school age.  She had been playing out with her elder brother and his friend, but suddenly she was gone.  We were all out searching including all the kids and neighbours.  Seconds ticked away, maybe a minute or two, franticly you wonder whether to ring the police.  Searching outside is the obvious, but you do need to check inside too. Ridiculous places like the wardrobe where you know she will never be, but still you check.  And would you believe it, there she was, all curled up, fast asleep on the winter quilt at the bottom of the wardrobe, bless!

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On those long, hot, summer days my kids would always plead for me to get the paddling pool out.  Inevitably they would get their own way.  It was a ‘no’ though when my daughter asked for the paddling pool out in the middle of January.  The sun was shining brightly in January and her thoughts were:  Sun shining brightly = paddling pool out!

We were lucky enough to have a caravan holiday every year.  Anglesey was beautiful in the summer, but we could not escape those cold winds that swept in from the sea.  As you walked around a particular corner to the swimming pool you were faced with an icy blast. “Windy Ridge” was the nickname we gave to the corner. One cold winter’s day, back home, I was walking across a car park with my daughter when the biting wind must have reminded her of her summer holiday in Anglesey.  “This is just like Windy Ridge,” she said.  Not a good advert for holidaying in Anglesey, but true!

On the theme of our caravan holidays, one such year we were at Sandy Bay in Exmouth.  On the cliff next to the beach is a training base for the Marines.  I was up early one morning, taking a light jog along the beach when a troup of Marines marched past me.  You can imagine my embarrassment as the sergeant shouted as they do “Eyes right,” then in sync they greeted me with a “Good morning miss!”

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A friend of ours was messing about in the sea.  He tipped out a dingy and lost his glasses, never to be seen again.  The next morning I coincidently I found a frame from a pair of glasses which had been washed up on the shore.  They weren’t the same ones.  These ones looked like they had been to France and back, but it was funny when I went rushing back to our friend to hand him his glasses which I had found!

Back to the weekend. Will we be getting the barbecue out, or the “rain making machine” as it is known in our house?  The water authority need not worry about a drought.  Those clear blue skies for miles and miles soon get filled with heavy black, thunder clouds once the magical barbecue is out!

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Will it be a lovely lie in?  Probably not because for some reason or other all the pigeons from far and wide have decided to hang out, just outside my open bedroom window!

Joking aside, whatever your plans are have a happy, safe Bank Holiday Weekend from all the staff at Personal Injury Pal, Personal Injury Solicitors Birmingham!

We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May 2014, but remember you can call us on our ‘out of hours’ number for new Personal Injury Claims only, 07909 925663!







Friday, May 2nd, 2014

As we approach the holiday season we all look forward to that well-earned break from work or the kitchen sink. Your break may be in the form of day trips out or an early ‘get-a-way’.
Wherever you go or whatever you do, one thing is certain, you will be spending more time with your other half….

Plain sailing? Or maybe not?

I know! I have been in a relationship for many years!

In my case though going on holiday is a happy time. There is less stress generally and holidays are always fun.
On the flip side, however, the stressful times are those mundane normal days.
So here are the first 10 things which have entered my head to describe those irritating, niggling moments:-
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1. Pets
There is a family argument going on. Your hubby has sided with your son and you have sided with your daughter. Yes, it’s girls against boys. You have to then resort to including pets. They win, we had a boy dog and a boy cat, but only one girl cat! 4 against 3!

2. Housework
Hubby does the housework and expects a thank you. I do the housework, but do I get a thank you? No! He even leaves the hoover out so that I know he’s been doing the chores!

3. Cats again
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Our girl cat, Daisy-May, has a set routine. When she wants to leave the living room she always runs under the table before being let out of the door. So I get up to open the door. She runs under the table and then just sits there. Seriously, she won’t go out unless hubby opens the door. My plan is to record this and download it on to ‘You Tube’ for you all to see!

4. Food
Our roles are reversed now. Hubby buys the shopping and he may buy a new type of cheese for example which I say is lovely. He buys it again and again because I like it. Has he not heard the expression ‘Variety is the spice of life’?

5. “It’s on the side”
One of my favourite comedians is Lee Evans and I just love the sketch where the ‘Mrs’ says “It’s on the side.” On the way out to work I’m looking for my keys, phone, glasses as you do with hubby grumbling in the background because I can’t find stuff. Of course he NEVER loses stuff!

6. Taking your bag to the loo
We all do it don’t we girls? We are out in a bar and need the loo and off we go with our handbags closely by our side. We re-touch our make-up and the like, but have you ever left your bag in the capable hands of your other half whilst you are away for just a minute or two? What do they do? Go to the bar or for a quick cigarette and where is your bag? All forgotten about at the table on its own with a neon sign glowing from it saying “come and steal me!”

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7. Gossiping
I go to the shops to buy food. In and out so I can get on. He’s there chatting to mates we bump into. Mates in one aisle, then mates in another aisle. Not a care in the world and I’m there with my false smile wishing he’d hurry up, tapping my feet.

8. Soaps
A bit of Corrie or Emmerdale is just what we girls need to relax after a busy day at the office. Not hubby’s cup of tea as he prefers the boys’ programmes for example ‘Top Gear’ and the like. So when I’m not in the room why are you watching the soaps?

9. Big softie
The kids are all grown up and independent, so we make a pact to start saving. Our daughter only has to look at him with her puppy dog eyes and there he is using the credit card to buy her shopping or that ‘must have’ top!

10. Facebook
Don’t tell me you are fed up of me going on Facebook. I resisted for years and hubby kept saying how brilliant it was until eventually I relented! I have my own Facebook and our Personal Injury Pal Facebook.

So there are my first 10 irritating, niggling moments which entered my head which could quite easily stretch to 50 or more…..

Despite the negatives our other halves are always there for us, so give them an extra hug this holiday.

We hope you have a happy and fun Bank Holiday Weekend, but if you do need advice on a personal injury claim you can look at our ‘Free Advice’ section on our website or call us on our ‘out of hours’ number for new personal injury claims only. You never know, you might get some great advice!