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    I didn't see this excellent post. Thanks for sharing that, I can attest to Stephen Fry's quote there as I grew to be very close friends at school with a girl who had bipolar disorder. As you say there seemed to be no apparent rhyme or reason for her depressions, though sometimes real life events aggravated these, and she had discussed suicide with me a few times but fortunately myself and others managed to talk her down. Another problem she encountered was that the doctor she'd gone to see about it hadn't recognised what she had as bipolar and believed she thought it was some kind of 'fad', but of course those of us who knew her could absolutely attest to it being manic depression, and eventually she was actually given medication for it. This seems to have helped her a lot and she is much happier now, with fewer 'ups and downs', but the worry is that it could come back any day now. We just have to be there for her to make sure that she's already and gets through it as best she can.
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    From the album: Ice melting on a car rear window

    Was just about to scrape the ice off the car this morning and noticed how pretty it was.. so turned the engine on and photographed it melting on the rear window (-;

    © © 2013 Pete Stevens

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    From the album: Ice melting on a car rear window

    Was just about to scrape the ice off the car this morning and noticed how pretty it was.. so turned the engine on and photographed it melting on the rear window (-;

    © © 2013 Pete Stevens

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    We have X Class Flare M1.0 at least, in progress !! from sunspot number 1692 which is Earth directed..Please note that the SDO spacecraft is currently being eclipsed by Earth and images are unavailable at this time. http://solarham.net/ Also... CME IMPACT: As expected, a coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on March 15th at approximately 0500 UT. The impact was weak, but conditions for geomagnetic storming could develop as Earth passes through the wake of the CME. High latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. http://www.spaceweather.com/
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    From the album: Ice melting on a car rear window

    Was just about to scrape the ice off the car this morning and noticed how pretty it was.. so turned the engine on and photographed it melting on the rear window (-;

    © © 2013 Pete Stevens

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    From the album: Ice melting on a car rear window

    Was just about to scrape the ice off the car this morning and noticed how pretty it was.. so turned the engine on and photographed it melting on the rear window (-;

    © © 2013 Pete Stevens

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    Thanks It is still possible if we get a really cold March and April
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    It was the second half of last March that was really warm. Anyone have any idea what CET we would need for the remainder of March for the Annual CET to be below 9C? Is that even realistic?
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    Hi Stu_London What's the running annual CET now after the two very chilly March days?
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    3000 uploads now! February 2001 March 2001 April 2001 May 2001 June 2001
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    In the space of a few months, my dad lost my mam, 2 sons who left the country,his job due to depression brought on by the trauma - and ultimately his sanity due to being prescribed under-developed anti-psychotic drugs. In one of his more lucid moments and between the tears he told me that if it wasn't for me ( I was 9 at the time), he would end it all. I know he was serious.
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    I have Bi-Polar and my bouts of depression can and often are, debilitating. Before I was diagnosed and as a result, medicated I was in a very dark place. My father was a tyrannical bully who thought nothing of clouting hard me and my brother over the head and sending me, as a ten year old, sprawling on the floor after a bloody good hiding, and bursting my ear drum as a teenager. I was scared stiff of him most of the time and was, I have to admit, relieved when he died. I know that sounds dreadful but its true and my memories of childhood are not very happy. I was happier playing and being alone. Then I lived with a bully of a different kind. A drunken bully who battered me mentally and emotionally. Told me I was a mess, cuckoo, thick and stupid. I left him in 2001 but I was haunted for years by the sound of a key in the door (it was all in my head of course) It all adds to the feeling of self loathing and I wanted, many times to sleep and never wake up again. The feeling of black and hopeless despair is something you cannot explain to people and only if they have gone through it themselves do they understand. I still sit by myself and weep for something I can't explain and the feeling of hopelessness at these times, and the suicide ideation is not something I can help. Believe me, if I could get rid of to I would in a heartbeat. I can't, even with medication. Below is an excelent quote from Stephen Fry, also a Bi Polar sufferer;
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    I would tend to agree with Harve on this. In my opinion no sane person would jump in front of a train for motives of spite. Only total despair and a desire to be out of extreme emotional pain as quickly as possible would be a motivation for such an act. Yes it could be considered selfish too, or would be IF they were in a stable enough frame of mind to consider the impact upon the driver of that train, which almost certainly they are not. Yes people do kill themselves to spite others but usually choose alcohol and drugs or some other easier option, That I would consider selfish as it is a premeditated act that has a tremendous impact on others and often starts a chain of further suicides. However, I am very thankful to say that despite many dark times in my life I never considered for a moment that I should end it, so really I think none of us can ever understand, truly understand, what goes on in the mind of a suicidal person, unless they have been in that very dark place themselves. I know of one man who was saved just as he was about to jump off a bridge, after appropriate and helpful medication he was unable to understand himself why he had felt the need to end his life. So in my view, (and I am a carer for three close family members who suffer extreme anxiety and depression with many suicidal thoughts) it can be a selfish act but rarely is, far, far more often it is a response to extreme emotional pain.
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    Did anybody else see the Channel 4 documentary earlier in the week? I watched it this afternoon and the footage of both the fireball and boom are astounding. However while most of the science seems sound and extremely interesting, I got annoyed in the final part where the discussion went to creation/dinosaur extinction rather than the whole programme focussing on this once in 100 year occurence.
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