Where Are Your Manners?

Utterly shocked at the snobbery of some people.

My daughter goes to the library with her friend so I drop them off and see my father for a brief chat, cappuccino for him. The table he chose to sit down at had a mother and teenage daughter neighbouring it. Cafe was pretty busy and full. Instantly I felt their dismay at us sitting there, next to them. I chose to ignore it.

I happened to catch the mother giving me funny looks so I ignored her again. Fuming inside I was though. I had to keep calm and my wits about me…. even when she put up her mega sized costa coffee cup over her mouth in our direction, not drinking out of it. She held it there for a good five minutes until her daughter made her put the mug down. I ignored the bitch. I had to.

They left and I wished I had put her in her place by asking her what her problem was. The effing cheek of her… to go to a public cafe where all the hearing people can hear sod all she says but hides from us. Not that I wanted to look at her or be nosy. Could it have been because she was trying to hide what they were saying about us?

Kettle had boiled and settled. Calm was restored.

We then went for a walk to pass a little time but one of the shop’s entrances was busy. My dad being tall and well built, slowly edged his way through a small gap. I spy this woman giving him a dirty look behind his back. I looked at her and calmly asked her, “Why did you give him a dirty look?” The dirty look reappeared.

Omfg.

I said to her, calmly – I don’t know how! “There is no need for you to give me a dirty look either.” and walked away….

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Walking back to the library… the woman from the cafe and her daughter walked past me. I thought sod it, carpe diem. Don’t laugh. Heh.

She was trying to ignore me as I approached her… I said to her “Just because I can sign and have hearing aids,  it doesn’t mean I can’t hear you. Next time don’t be so rude and hide behind a mug.” And walked, back to my father. Who was standing a short distance away, smiling with what seemed to be a sense of pride.

I cannot understand why some people can behave in such a way? How does evil come naturally to them? Mind boggling.

I wanna get off this planet…

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

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Snapchat & Snapmap

“Even in GHOST MODE children’s locations can be seen on SNAPCHAT

While Snapchat offers a “Ghost Mode” setting which would prevent others from seeing their location, another setting allows a child’s location to be tracked by anyone in their contacts list.

In addition, videos and photographs shared using Snapchat’s “Our Stories” feature will display their location on the map, even if the user has set their device to use “Ghost Mode”. This blurb is from the Sky News Report.

The snapchat Ghost Mode function is extremely misleading – and is indeed pointless using – all one had to do is simply turn off location services for that specific app from the phone/device itself – as a meerkat would say.

Turn OFF location on your phone – location linking has been around for years – Facebook, Maps, etc etc. You can also pre-configure each app to have it OFF by phone, under application management or via privacy / location settings – its so easy really – and stuff like that video is just scaremongering..

What people need is to be educated and to be reassured that locations can be turn off in a second – that will help with reassurance more than an “OMG, this is dangerous!” video.

Not by SJ (Sara Jae) but a friend of hers.

#selfies

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Absolutely!! Shame on all those who took a photo or even a video of themselves in the shadow of the Tower. Classed as a selfie either which way in my book. How awfully disrespectful of all those who perished and lost loved ones…

Not only that, the locals are having to live such such a tragedy in their midst every second of the day, just imagine how torturous that would be?

Have some respect people, it won’t hurt you.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Shut In A Lift?

To whom it may concern,

Please could someone tell me why only premium rate phone numbers have been provided? Not everyone has the credit to make a phone call with and it is more than obvious that you have forgotten about those who may be profoundly deaf like myself or hard of hearing like other residents.

You should at least be providing a free number for hearing residents to call.

Please could you alternatively provide me and the residents with a text number that I/we could send an SOS SMS to, were I (God forbid!) to get stuck in it with my 6 month old baby and I cannot contact anyone but the ermergency services because they actually have an SMS service! Bit of a “catch 22” situation, don’t you think?

The charge as described in the photo below would be on you because you didn’t consider the safety aspect of it all, in all senses.

Last but not least, I would like to turn your attention to the Equality Act 2010 (of which the Disability Discrimination Act is also included).

In light of recent events (I.e. Grenfell Tower) we are all at risk, especially myself if I use the lift on my own as there is no access should I get stuck.

I look forwards to your email.

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~ SJ (Sara Jae)

23/06/17

A response to my email…

Sara,

Unfortunately, charges may apply on certain mobile plans, but this this is also the case for 0800 numbers. I can confirm that the number provided on these signs is not a premium rate number.

You will need to call the number on the sign, only if the auto dialler within the lift is faulty and fails to connect to the lift contractor (Apex).

If the auto dialler does not connect to the lift contractor (Apex) and a mobile phone is required- the cost of the call can be refunded providing the call and cost data can be evidenced.

Regarding your concerns with the deaf and hard of hearing, unfortunately, a text facility is not available. There are some services such as Typetalk available to mobile phone users.

The “SOS” service is the emergency alarm button (image below). Once this is pressed and held for three seconds and connects to the lift contractor, the auto dialler identifies where the call has originated from so the call handler can dispatch an engineer without speaking to anyone.

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I hope that this addresses your concerns.

My response:

Dear *******,

Thank you very much for your email however one still has to have credit to call the number in the first place.
They/you should also put information up advising that pressing / holding button for 3 seconds will automatically raise an alarm.

I thank you for your time and patience once again.

Sara.

To be continued?

A (Relay) Translation.

A brief (relay) translation of the Arabic in this video which featured a man who happens to be deaf, from last night’s terror attack in Finsbury Park.

The man reporting to the arabic tv station, introduced thé man as being deaf and was involved in the incident but escaped harm. Second man said possibly 3 dead. 3 rd man said he is not happy that it was reported as an attack rather than a terrorist attack, he added by saying we only have God to protect us.

The deaf man does however say there is one dead, for sure. He describes how the van only brushed his leg and escaped more harm which was intended.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Enough Is Enough.

It does not help when you get idiots like Piers Morgan saying on TV that the Muslim community does not do enough.

Not only that but when the news lie, this video proves that the police were not on the scene within one minute as our Prime Minister is trying to make us believe.

This is a harrowing recording of the aftermath by my friend who was there at Finsbury Park Mosque, the van had just nudged his shoulder but injured his friend as well as deliberately mowing down others in his path.

A criminal act is a criminal act. The background of the individual is irrelevant but when someone happens to be of a faith, it’s focused so much more on their faith. On another post a friend said this was a terror attack. Someone else tried to say that it is just a white man. No, it’s a terror attack, a terrorist can be anyone regardless of background.

A quote from an interview on BBC news “He is effectively working for ISIS because that’s what they want.” (Division)

Who says we are against each other? ☺️ It’s only those who allow themselves to feel the division and be divided through evil that feel as if they are. If they had an ounce of wisdom, they’d see past their biased anger and not permit it to dictate them or their actions. Easier said than done perhaps, for some. This is why some managed to stay calm and collected last night in the assailant’s face. Admirable really.

It is one event after another these days and it is draining on us all, we all need some peace.

Enough is enough.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Grenfell Tower.

I visited the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday since my cousin was there and fortunately, managed to get out. She thought Armageddon had started and watched it turn into a towering inferno. I was totally unprepared for the aftermath, the sights, smells and feelings. The precise moment I saw the burnt out shell of a residential high rise, it was smouldering still….

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My breath was momentarily taken away purely by the size of it, my heart sank and my thoughts turned to all the other victims, those who perished, are missing and affected.

I experienced pleas of donations, pleas for missing beloved, hopes. Most of all, pure devastation. As I walked past mountains of kindness, I found a memorial wall. As I started to read through people’s condolences, a couple of tears started to roll down my cheeks. A volunteer from the Latymer Centre walked right up to me with her arms open and hugged me for what seemed like forever. She then asked me if I was okay, I could not speak but put my thumbs up to indicate that I was and to thank her, for her time and patience.

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It is ordinary people who have come together and to the rescue of others, other than the police and fire services. Where the hell is our government?! Where is their love, their kindness?

That woman who was running for Prime Minsiter against May? She was right, May doesn’t have children so she most certainly doesn’t know who to be or how to be. Or how to feel! I’m rather embarrassed, to have Theresa May as our prime minister. Not to forget the Conservatives, for their greed.

One of the richest towns in the world decided to make a tower block, where the “lower class” live, look prettier, easier on their eyes when in fact they refurbished it into a death trap. A chimney.

Angry much?!

Yet, if it was not for the muslims observing Ramadan, more lives would have been taken. A positive, thank goodness.

My thoughts once again, return to the victims of our country, other countries, they are the ones who deserve and need our time and patience.

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Before all the flowery tributes arrived…

~ SJ (Sara Jae)