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    Blackmore's Night

    Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night treat us to some amazing renaissance music on this their second album. If you want to listen to some good story telling in the lyrics and be taken back to a time of knights and dragons and mystical experiences, then you won't be disappointed.
  3. Firstly click on the Blogs menu link on the main menu. Next click on the orange button named Create Blog (shown below) On the next screen you will see this: Give your Blog a name Add a description to say what your Blog is about Click on the continue button You're almost there now ... Next click on Add Blog Entry (shown below) Or click on ... ... to submit your first Blog Entry. The rest is the same as if you were starting a new topic in a forum. Give your entry a name and then add your text, images, video and even a poll if you wish. Any questions or queries add them to the comments below.
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    Blogs Overview

    The system has a Blog feature that enables every member to create their own blog. This can be used for anything you wish, but generally personal Blogs are about daily entries about a person's life; the usual ups and downs, mood changes, developments and interesting aspects of a person's life. Of course you can use the Blog for anything you wish - to promote a hobby or interest for example. Blogs can be a mixture of text, images and videos and each one is as individual as the member who starts a blog. The next part of this tutorial explains how to set up a Blog, so carry on reading ...
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    Deep Purple

    One of the many forerunners in Rock Music is Deep Purple - this alongside Made In Japan - is one of the best rock albums to have emerged. Even today it is still fresh and raw and every listen digs deeper where you find something new to add to the colours of the amazing album.
  6. The descriptive prowers of Kate Wilhelm are unsurpassed - no matter what book she writes you are transported there with such detail that you actually believe you are there. Give her a try and be surprised.
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    Terminator

    Possibly the best first movie in a franchise - whilst the effects may not be as super CGI charged as later versions, the atmosphere was definitely more charged than in the follow-ups.
  8. It couldn't be easier. Simply click on the Submit a link button to get started. Choose a category and click continue: Next complete all of the following: Enter the title of your link - keep it relevant to what the link is about Enter the URL (website address) of the site you want to link to - this needs to begin with http:// or https:// Describe what the site you are linking to is about If you know the location of the site's bricks and mortar address add it here (this is optional) a map will be generated for this When you're done just click: And that's all there is to it - very simple and straightforward. As usual and questions or issues add them in the comment box below.
  9. Maddox

    Support overview

    The purpose of the support feature is to add links to other websites that offer support, advice and suggestions on how to cope with and deal with loneliness. If you find a website that has helpful tips and ideas, or simply real support, for loneliness by all means add that site to the support category. There is another category and that is for affiliate sites, you can suggest a site that would like to be affiliate with Lonely People, but as with all submissions of this nature they will be moderated to ensure that submissions conform to our ideals and principles. If you submission is accepted it will appear in due course, if you submission is rejected a reason will be supplied. Remember that this is not a link directory for all and sundry, the links to other websites must add value to this site's principles and ideals, which is of course helping everyone cope with loneliness. The next part of this tutorial shows you how to submit a link for consideration.
  10. Enter into the articles via the main menu and click the orange button marked 'Add new article' (shown below) You will then be presented with the article editor which has a number of options available: Add your article title Add your article text and images Add an article cover image (optional but recommended) The small orange arrow points to where you can choose images to add to your article body The large orange arrow points to where you can choose an article cover image The red arrow points to where you can be notified of any replies you may receive to your article (member comments) The purple arrow points to where you can add media that you have already used elsewhere in the site Finally the arrow with the boxed end points to where you hit SAVE and your article will be flagged for review by a member of staff. If you article is approved then it will appear in the article list. A member of staff may promote or pin your article if it is deemed extremely useful. So now you know, go ahead and post some articles. Any questions or problems, as usual add them to the comments at the end of this tutorial.
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    Articles overview

    The articles feature is designed to promote information that is useful in combating loneliness; this can be in the form of reports, research and personal discoveries. The idea is to create a collection of informative treatise and news that will benefit lonely people. ALL articles are moderated, that is they will not be visible to the public or members until a member of staff has viewed the submission; this is by design so that it can be noted whether the article has value and does not infringe copyrights. It's fine to quote an article and then provide a link to the originating source, or if the article is entirely your own work. If we can collectively compile a resource that others can benefit from then we all benefit in the long run. Please take all that has been stated and have patience whilst a member of staff checks your input.
  12. Your account settings is your own personal and private area in which you can control several functions and make changes to your account. You can change your email address - you will be required to reconfirm your new address You can change your password - existing password is required in order to do this Account Security - you will need your password to enter here; within you can activate Two-Factor authentication - we use Google authenticator on this site and you can download the app to your mobile device from the Play Store Recently used devices - shows what devices have been used to access your account Signature - add a signature to your posts; this can be an image or text Invitations - allows you to send an invitation to someone you know to join; add their name and email address to continue Sticky Notes - you can block members from sending you sticky notes; choose their member name and click SAVE Please take care when making changes to email addresses and passwords as mistakes can lock you out; likewise be sure to follow all instructions when adding two-factor authentication. There are more options on the left of the screen (shown below): Notification settings allows you to choose how you wish to receive your notifications (if any). The list is quite extensive allowing you to fine tune what you wish to be apprised of. And following this are numerous options which you can choose from or reject; a green tick means the option is active, greyed out X means inactive. You can choose between internal and email options (either, neither or both) - the choice is yours and the definitions are self explanatory. Edit profile takes to where you can edit your profile as explained in a previous step. Ignored Users allows you to add or remove users to and from your list. Any problems or questions leave a comment below.
  13. Your profile is your public facing page telling others who you are and showing what you have contributed. Many of the boxed sections on the left are self explanatory, but if you have a question about any of them add your comment in the box below. The red arrow points to an image, click this image to change your profile photo or avatar; an additional box with options will appear, choose which you prefer and when complete click SAVE: The first orange arrow points to your profile photo (in this instance it is a system generated avatar). The second indicates how many content items you have contributed to the site as a whole. The next two are self explanatory. On the right are some additional controls: Edit Profile will open up an additional box where you can add your birthday details, an 'About me' section and whether you want to enable or disable status updates (these are messages you and other members can leave on your profile). Cover Photo will allow you to adorn your profile header with a nice cover photo - you can change this as often as you wish. Photos must be on your device as this is an 'upload' only function. See my activity - does what it says, shows you a list of all your activity throughout the site (everything that is public, nothing that is personal).
  14. You access your account by clicking on your member name at the top of every page: Access your main profile page, this is what other members can see and determine who you are Sticky Notes - lets you see what sticky notes you have sent to other members and what they have sent to you My Attachments - everytime you attach an image to a post it will be stored here so they can be used again if you wish Manage Followed Content - as it says on the tin you can manage any content you have chosen to follow Account Settings - this is your private area where you decide what happens with your account Ignored Users - sometimes you may wish to ignore certain members for whatever reason, you can manage them here Sign Out - what it says on the tin, you sign out and revert to a visitor/guest status By clicking or tapping on each of the items will open a new page or set of options; these are discussed in the next steps.
  15. You account on Lonely People is the heartbeat of your membership. You can: Change settings Change preferences Change notifications Upload an Avatar Upload a cover photo See who views your profile Add a status update Reply to messages left by other members Add a signature Change security settings Change password and email address ... and so much more. We give you the tools and control to make your time here more enjoyable, more informative and more secure. Everything that you do in Lonely People is linked to your account giving you access to information you need about your time spent here. Follow the next steps to discover what you can do in your account.
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    Using a Circle

    To enter a Circle click the name (as shown below) of the Circle and you're in: Once you're in you can see an overview of what the Circle is about and can use any of the features associated with that Circle (see image below) Activity - shows the recent activity that has taken place in the Circle Members - simply shows a list of the members of the Circle including the Circle leader Discussions - this is your personalised forum for discussions only in this Circle Questions & Answers - a special forum where you can ask questions and others can provide answers Events - this is the Circle's own personal Events calendar where you can post events happening near you letting others know and may attend Blog - again, this a personal Blog just for the Circle you are in, every member can post something in the Blog All of these features are explained in detail in their own tutorials and are relevant to all Circles, all forums (including the communal forums), blogs, calendar events, Q&A forums and so on. Check them out to see how each works. Any questions add them in the comments below.
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    Joining a Circle

    This is the real easy part if you haven't already figured it out for yourself. At the base of each Circle you will see a button (shown below) that simply states 'Join' Just click the button to join and you're in - it's that easy (of course you need to register in order to join a Circle) Don't hesitate, register now and click those 'Join' buttons and start interacting.
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    Circles overview

    Circles are like micro-sites within the main site. Each Circle has its own features, such as a forum, question and answer section, blog, events, etc. The purpose of the Circles is to define a specific area that is the cause of your loneliness; by interacting with others going through the same issues you will be able to relate to each, empathise and understand the issues at hand. You can join as few or as many Circles as you wish, or you can simply take advantage of the general forums for discussions on various topics. The choice is yours to make and the site is open to all and once registered you will be able to participate as much or as little as you wish. By Joining a Circle you can open up dialogues that may lead to new friendships being formed and this is the first step to alleviating your loneliness and the purpose of this site's existence. If you have any questions on the Circles please respond by using the comments section below (note: you need to be registered to comment). Enjoy ...
  20. Living with Neuropathy I guess I'll start the ball rolling in this Circle by describing what Peripheral Neuropathy is and how it affects daily living to enlighten those who have never heard of it and to give some additional information for those who may be suffering from it, but are not aware that this is what they have. As I'm from the UK some of the treatments and medicines may go under different names in your country of residence, so look them up to see if there are actual differences. Peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in the body's extremities – such as the hands, feet and arms – are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. In the UK, it's estimated that almost 1 in 10 people aged 55 or over are affected by some degree of peripheral neuropathy. So what is it? The peripheral nervous system The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that lie outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It includes different types of nerves with their own specific functions. This is what peripheral neuropathy can affect: sensory nerves – responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain and touch motor nerves – responsible for controlling muscles autonomic nerves – responsible for regulating automatic functions of the body, such as blood pressure and bladder function Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy The main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include: numbness and tingling in the feet or hands burning, stabbing or shooting pain in affected areas loss of balance and coordination muscle weakness, especially in the feet These symptoms are usually constant, but may come and go. The main types of peripheral neuropathy include: sensory neuropathy – damage to the nerves that carry messages of touch, temperature, pain and other sensations to the brain motor neuropathy – damage to the nerves that control movement autonomic neuropathy – damage to the nerves that control involuntary bodily processes, such as digestion, bladder function and control of blood pressure mononeuropathy – damage to a single nerve outside of the central nervous system In many cases, someone with peripheral neuropathy may have more than one of these types at the same time. A combination of sensory and motor neuropathy is particularly common (sensorimotor polyneuropathy). This is an encroaching and insidious disease, non-infectious so others cannot contract it from you, which can creep up on you unexpected. It can start subtly and then increase in levels that can affect your daily living. The main effect is on your ability to walk pain free; the pain levels can vary from day to day, but there is not one day where you are affected by the pains that come with Neuropathy. You may be able to take a dozen steps one day before the pain strikes and stops you in your tracks, another day you may only be able to take a few steps before you need to stop and wait for the pain to subside. It can cause you to stumble and even fall if you are not constantly aware of where you are walking. But it’s not just in the feet; it does mainly affect the extremities and can be in your toes, the balls or arches of your feet, in your ankles the top of your foot and even in the shins. Other areas affected are the hands, particularly in the fingers and thumbs, but can also be in your wrists travelling into your forearms. It can even be in your face, though this is less common. It can cause twitching in your extremities, particularly in the hands which may involuntarily spasm occasionally causing you to drop whatever you may be holding at the time. Sometimes the pain is so sudden and severe that you instinctively drop whatever you are holding. It can be both frustrating and annoying. The pain is often mobile, first it can be in your feet and then it can jump into a thumb or finger, wrist or the whole hand. It can be in your ankle and then move into your shin before jumping into your forearm; and on and on it goes, constantly – there is little respite from it and you often have to try and condition yourself into working around it, thought that it not always possible, but you have to try otherwise the alternative is to give in and that is not really an option that should be on the table. It’s something that never crosses your mind, or may never even hear about, until it strikes. There is no cure and it is often progressive, in that it will generally worsen over time. There are medications that can help treat the symptoms, but these are generally controlled drugs that can become addictive and have arrange of varying side effects, like most drugs, that can impact on your daily living and sometimes restrict what you can do. Unlike most other types of pain, neuropathic pain doesn't usually get better with common painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen and other medications are often used. These other medications should usually be started at the minimum dose, with the dose gradually increased until you notice an effect, because the ideal dose for each person is unpredictable. Higher doses may be better at managing the pain, but are also more likely to cause side effects. The most common side effects are tiredness, dizziness or feeling drunk. If you get these, it may be necessary to reduce your dose. Don't drive or operate machinery if you experience drowsiness or blurred vision. You also may become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. The side effects should improve after a week or two as your body gets used to the medication. The main medications recommended for neuropathic pain include: amitriptyline – also used for treatment of headaches and depression duloxetine – also used for treatment of bladder problems and depression pregabalin and gabapentin – also used to treat epilepsy, headaches or anxiety There are also some additional medications that can be used to relieve pain in a specific area of the body or to relieve particularly severe pain for short periods. Capsaicin cream If your pain is confined to a particular area of your body and you can't, or would prefer not to, take the medications above, you may benefit from using capsaicin cream. Capsaicin is the substance that makes chilli peppers hot and is thought to work in neuropathic pain by stopping the nerves sending pain messages to the brain. A pea-sized amount of capsaicin cream is rubbed on the painful area of skin three or four times a day. Side effects of capsaicin cream can include skin irritation and a burning sensation in the treated area when you first start treatment. Never use capsaicin cream on broken or inflamed skin and always wash your hands after applying it. Tramadol Tramadol is a powerful painkiller related to morphine that can be used to treat neuropathic pain that doesn't respond to other treatments your GP can prescribe. Like all opioids, tramadol can be addictive if it's taken for a long time. It will usually only be prescribed for a short time. Tramadol can be useful to take at times when your pain is worse. As you can see it’s quite a well-known disease in the medical profession and a great deal of research has been done to help combat the effects, but there is no known cure and nothing on the horizon to believe something may turn up in the future. So now you know what it is and the effects and the treatments available you will want to know the causes of Peripheral Neuropathy. Diabetes Peripheral neuropathy caused by either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is called diabetic polyneuropathy. It's probably caused by high levels of glucose in your blood damaging the tiny blood vessels that supply your nerves. Peripheral neuropathy becomes more likely the longer you've had diabetes. Up to one in every four people with the condition experience some pain caused by nerve damage. If you have diabetes, your risk of polyneuropathy is higher if your blood sugar is poorly controlled or you: smoke regularly consume large amounts of alcohol are over 40 years old If you have diabetes, you should examine your own feet regularly to check for ulcers (open wounds or sores) or chilblains. Other causes As well as diabetes, there are many other possible causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some of the health conditions that can cause peripheral neuropathy include: excessive alcohol drinking for years low levels of vitamin B12 or other vitamins physical damage to the nerves – such as from an injury or during surgery an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) certain infections – such as shingles, Lyme disease, diphtheria, botulism and HIV inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis) chronic liver disease or chronic kidney disease monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) – the presence of an abnormal protein in the blood certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system) and multiple myeloma (a type of bone marrow cancer) Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, other types of hereditary motor sensory neuropathy – genetic conditions that cause nerve damage, particularly in the feet having high levels of toxins in your body, such as arsenic, lead or mercury Guillain-Barré syndrome – a rare condition that causes rapid onset of paralysis within days amyloidosis – a group of rare but serious conditions caused by deposits of abnormal protein called amyloid in tissues and organs throughout the body conditions caused by overactivity of the immune system – such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Sjogren's syndrome Medication A few medications may sometimes cause peripheral neuropathy as a side effect in some people. These include: some types of chemotherapy for cancer – especially for bowel cancer, lymphoma or myeloma some antibiotics, if taken for months – such as metronidazole or nitrofurantoin phenytoin – used to treat epilepsy – if taken for a long time amiodarone and thalidomide There may be other causes that are not known until medical investigation takes place to determine the underlying cause. Regardless of the cause, only the symptoms can be treated. Living with Peripheral Neuropathy is, as you can imagine, and unpleasant experience, but you learn to adapt and cope with the symptoms with the help of the correct medication. At this point in time I am on Pregabalin which does help take the edge off, but not always as effective as I would like it to be. At this present time, I am in the early stages but the effects are quite dramatic in that I can only walk a very short distance and the sporadic and frequent unexpected shooting pains can be distressing at times. I take amitriptyline at night to help ensure that I can sleep uninterrupted by the pains, but there is always that tingling or burning sensation the never, and I mean NEVER, stops despite medication. I’d never heard of this complaint until I was diagnosed with it and anyone suffering from it has my deepest sympathy as I can empathise with what they are going through. At some point in time it may become so severe that I may not be able to leave home for anything; this means relying on others to help out, something alien to most people who prefer to be self-sufficient and independent; but life has a funny (not so funny) habit of throwing a curveball at you from time to time and you simply have to accept what life throws at you and deal with it as best you can.
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    Using Reactions

    Reactions are small emojis with a specific description to them. You will find them very useful to give your 'reaction' to a post should there be no reason for you to post a comment. It's a quick way of saying what you think of the posters message. At the bottom right of each post you will find the first reaction - which is 'like' so if you like what the poster has messaged then click the first reaction. Or you can use any of the other reactions to state your opinion with a simple click. This is what the reactions look like; the first image is to show you what they look like in there static state - the second image is an animation showing you the reactions available: This is a very simple and easy way to voice your opinion of other members' messages; you cannot add a reaction to your own posts. Any questions or problems use the comment box below to ask.
  22. Maddox

    Found a HUGE error!

    Oh! I think the HUGE part gave it away lol. I generally notice little things like that, but have been preoccupied with other things on the site - if you see anymore let me know.
  23. Brian Klein

    Found a HUGE error!

    I was afraid my message wasn't clear enough lol.
  24. Brian Klein

    Found a HUGE error!

    would have driven me mad as I notice these small details.
  25. Maddox

    Found a HUGE error!

    Fixed - needed a 5px padding to extend the text box to prevent cut-off. Thanks for pointing that out, I would have never really noticed it lol.
  26. Brian Klein

    Found a HUGE error!

    RED ALERT! ----------------- Take note of the "G", is it clear enough!
  27. Brian Klein

    The Hype Around Coffee ...

    Please, all you brits drink tea! lol
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