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My name's Helen and I'm from Fife, Scotland.

I was a Registered Nurse for many years before becoming a care manager and trainer for health workers. I'm now developing my career as a freelance writer.

My main topics of interest are health, science, nature, history, paranormal, folklore and anything mysterious and weird.

Here's hoping our paths will cross.

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        Can't trace people or websites who have taken my hubs

        2 years ago

        I have a number of hubs whose content has been stolen. I've tried to trace the people and the websites, in order to file a DMCA but I keep getting a dead end - many are posted on sites in India etc. Is there any point...

      • Should we always be nice about someone after they die?
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        Should we always be nice about someone after they die?

        4 years ago

        I refer in particular to the recent death of Margaret Thatcher in the UK.  I come from a mining community in Scotland and heartily disliked the woman and still dislike her. There are many who do have reason to see...

      • Poetry and fiction writing on Hub Pages
        9

        Poetry and fiction writing on Hub Pages

        4 years ago

        Firstly, I only write non-fiction so this is a querie if you like on behalf of the poets and fiction writers on the site. I have looked around but I don't see any challenges or competitions particularly for this group...

      • Jealousy between dog and a puppy
        9

        Jealousy between dog and a puppy

        5 years ago

        Hi,I've had my rescue Border Collie, Roy for about 3 years now. Recently we got a labrador pup - we've had her for about 3 weeks now and she is 14 weeks old. Basically Roy is jealous at times. Although I've had dogs for...

      • Paypal E-mail Address Change
        5

        Paypal E-mail Address Change

        5 years ago

        Hi,I've changed my e-mail address with Paypal and this has been verified. But I noticed that Hub Pages still has my old e-mail as the contact e-mail for Paypal - how do I go about changing this? Hub Pages are in general...

      • Why Does Living In A Mess Make You Feel So Depressed?
        29

        Why Does Living In A Mess Make You Feel So Depressed?

        5 years ago

        I'm actually just having a moan here. I'm right in the middle of decorating the whole upper part of the house. I know it's going to look great when it's finished. But boy I've had a really hard time coping with the...

      • Is Spying On Our Teenagers Good Parenting?
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        Is Spying On Our Teenagers Good Parenting?

        5 years ago

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      • Google+ - Problems with photographs showing?
        4

        Google+ - Problems with photographs showing?

        5 years ago

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      • What Software Package?
        14

        What Software Package?

        5 years ago

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      • Christmas Cards! Just Recycle Or Any Other Ideas?
        9

        Christmas Cards! Just Recycle Or Any Other Ideas?

        5 years ago

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      • Has David Cameron Made The Right Decision To Use The 'Veto'?
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        Has David Cameron Made The Right Decision To Use The 'Veto'?

        5 years ago

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      • Why Do So Many People Need Spectacles/Contact Lenses etc?
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        Why Do So Many People Need Spectacles/Contact Lenses etc?

        5 years ago

        Why do so many of us need glasses/contact lenses or whatever? Even although there are billions of humans on this planet, there is still a high proportion of us who need some form of correction for poor eyesight - from a...

      • What's The Funniest/Best Christmas You've Ever Had?
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        What's The Funniest/Best Christmas You've Ever Had?

        5 years ago

        Since we've shared many of our saddest stories on the other post, I think we all deserve to share some happy times.The funniest thing that I can remember was actually the day before Christmas Eve in the mid 1980's. A...

      • What Triggers your Migraine Headaches off?
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        What Triggers your Migraine Headaches off?

        5 years ago

        I was reading an interesting hub about things you can do to help alleviate migraine headaches in addition to or instead of regular medication. The topic also came up about what can trigger migraines. Apparently there is...

      • What is the worst Christmas you've ever had?
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        What is the worst Christmas you've ever had?

        5 years ago

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      • Lighting For A Christmas Crib?
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        Lighting For A Christmas Crib?

        5 years ago

        I have a beautiful Christmas Crib - it's not hube, it just sits on an ordinary occasional table -  that I put up every year for my nieces and nephews - who love it! But the only thing I don't like about it, is that...

      • Should People Be Banned From Buying Fireworks?
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        Should People Be Banned From Buying Fireworks?

        5 years ago

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      • A Horrible Muddy Problem!!
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        A Horrible Muddy Problem!!

        5 years ago

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      • Toshiba Satellite Laptop and Windows 7
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        Toshiba Satellite Laptop and Windows 7

        5 years ago

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      • Real Halloween, Paranormal, Experiences?
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        Real Halloween, Paranormal, Experiences?

        5 years ago

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      • Scariest Episode In Your Life?
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        Scariest Episode In Your Life?

        5 years ago

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      • The British Weather Has Had A Freaky!!
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        The British Weather Has Had A Freaky!!

        5 years ago

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      • In hand knitting - what is Ridge Stich?
        10

        In hand knitting - what is Ridge Stich?

        5 years ago

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      • Deja Vu - faulty memory or precognition?
        11

        Deja Vu - faulty memory or precognition?

        5 years ago

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      • Should 'Stage' Psychics Be Investigated For Fraud?
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        Should 'Stage' Psychics Be Investigated For Fraud?

        5 years ago

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      • Are Visiting Aliens Good Or Bad?
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        Are Visiting Aliens Good Or Bad?

        5 years ago

        If we are being visited by ET are they benevolent or malevolent? There are quite a lot of conflicting stories out there allegedly from people who have been in contact with aliens in some form or another. So are they...

      • Hautned Woods
        4

        Hautned Woods

        5 years ago

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        Why Do Some Hubbers Bother To Ask Questions?

        5 years ago

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      • Fact or Fiction - The Black Mamba
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        Fact or Fiction - The Black Mamba

        5 years ago

        I love watching documentaries and reading facts about snakes - although like most people I do have a bit of a fear.Anyway, I remember watching an old movie many years ago set in Africa. In the movie they referred to the...

      • The Black Mamba
        1

        The Black Mamba

        5 years ago

        I remember seeing a movie a number of years ago that I'm sure referred to the Black Mamba as a 'black racer'. Is this just fiction or was the Black Mamba actually called by this name at times?

      • Should Dog Owners Be Made To Go Through A Competency Test?
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        Should Dog Owners Be Made To Go Through A Competency Test?

        5 years ago

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      • Negative Forces - How Do Pagans Handle These Situations?
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        Negative Forces - How Do Pagans Handle These Situations?

        5 years ago

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      • Fan Mail
        2

        Fan Mail

        6 years ago

        Over the past few days I've not been able to accept/deny fan mail. I have refreshed the page or come out of the site and logged back in but nothing seems to be working at the moment. Any ideas?

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