love each otherThere are any number of ways to show a woman that you care for her. Some women prefer to hear the words “I love you”. Some need affection and touch whilst others like to receive gifts. Here are some ideas that will leave your sweetheart in no doubt that you love her.

Show Love through Gifts

Some say that gift-giving men make better lovers! Gifts don’t have to be expensive, though if it is your anniversary, Valentine’s Day or other celebration you may want to spend more money. She will love her 50th anniversary gift as much as her first one.

Her favourite truffles are a better gift than a box of assorted chocolates. This shows that you are sensitive to what she really likes and shows generosity. A random gift, even a single flower, shows that she’s on your mind.

If you’ve heard your sweetheart talk about a particular piece of jewellery, bag or dress that she likes, but hasn’t yet bought, this could be your cue for a gift.

She will appreciate the effort and thought you have put into a gift.

Show love through words

A compliment, genuinely meant, goes a long way in making a woman feel good. Tell her how much you admire and cherish her. Tell her when she makes you happy, that you adore her sense of humour and let her know she looks gorgeous, not just at times when she’s made an effort when going out on a date with you, but when she wakes up or when she’s glowing after a walk.
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iStock_000012523590XSmall-300x208The most commonly relied upon articles from the Human Rights Act in current English legal proceedings tend to be :-

Article 6 – Right to a fair trial

This is an absolute right and applies to both civil and criminal legal proceedings. It includes such aspects as a right to have a case dealt within a reasonable period of time, by an independent and impartial tribunal and not to suffer a substantial disadvantage compared to the other party. This does not necessarily mean fairness in terms of overall resources but a good example would be if a party needs an interpreter just to understand what is happening. The right has also been found to incorporate a right to be advised of the reasons for any decision and cases brought under this article commonly involve issues surrounding appeals from original decisions.

Article 8 – Right to respect for private life, family life and the home

A common example of the application of this right relates to issues of data protection and there have been some very high profile recent issues involving this right, in particular the notorious News of the World phone hacking case. The family life right has come into cases involving, amongst other things pollution or anti-social behaviour. Article 8 is known as a qualified and not absolute right and consequently there are instances when the right is effectively legally overruled by more important social issues or national issues. This right has also been argued in relation to recent social housing cases.

Article 14: Not to suffer discrimination

There are obvious connotations and uses of this right and it dovetails with many rights now enshrined in employment law and the Equality Act. In terms of the breadth of application, it relates to :-

sexual orientation
political views
personal characteristics generally


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iStock_000003805380XSmall-300x201Freedom of movement is perhaps the single biggest consequence of the European Union, with hundreds of thousands of individuals moving in some cases from, one country in the EU to another, often in search of better life prospects. Those of us that live in the Uk will be very aware of the massive influx of people from eastern european countries in particular.

Incredibly, it seems that the very powerful and life changing effects of freedom of movement do not apply to the benefit of disabled people, who, whilst they have the same rights as non-disabled, in reality cannot use them without additional rights applicable throughout the EU and this is nothing short of scandalous.

This topic has been the subject of much needed profile raising in the last week at the European disability Forum. On the positive side, the European Commission (EC) will apparently put forward some proposals within the next year as part of a planned European Accessibility Act, which will hopefully finally deal with the inequality of the freedom of movement position.

Disability campaigners are already lobbying the Commission re the proposed new Act in relation to :-

The Act including a legal duty on all members states to ensure accessibility, but with each country having flexibility of implementation.
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Fotolia_14126269_Subscription_L-300x225A fascinating new report suggests that disabled people are being exploited when it comes to debt and provision of credit..

The Citizen’s Advice report, entitled “Double Disadvantage” claims that the exploitation of disabled people takes many forms, which can include :-

pressure selling techniques
inappropriate and exploitative methods of debt collection
lending at excessive and unfair interest rates to disabled people.
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