The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Avoid jealousy ... Camouflage!

If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can't buy

Last week, Dr Grumble left me this comment:

"Behind Dr Grumble at the meeting was the headmaster of one of the top state primary schools in the land. Dr G has known him for 15 years. When Dr G first met him he was struck by the dilapidated car he drove. He was impressed that as headmaster he himself would clear up the vomit if a child was sick. He was impressed that if the school was looking a bit drab he would buy a pot of paint and get to work. Just as Dr G is a strong support of the NHS this headmaster is a strong supporter of state education. His financial rewards have been minimal. There is a strong vocational element to what he does."

I really like Dr Grumble and agree that he is a strong supporter of the NHS, much like that headmaster is a strong supporter of the state education .. but, do things have to be left "dilapidated and drap" for the value of any national treasure to be appreciated?

What is money for then? If not to better standards and make life more comfortable?

Indeed, that headmaster is a good one if his school is top of the league but, although it is his business, I can't understand why he is driving a dilapidated car since his income is not equally dilapidated? Then again, I have never seen a headmaster of any state school driving a flash car either! I suppose it must because they are afraid of jealousy then the criticism that follows .. maybe their brand new 4 wheel drive is kept at home for their weekend adventures! .. who knows ... who cares! ;-)

I have never begrudged anybody the money they make, I couldn't care less! Because there will always be others that will make more .. and those who make less .. and both won't affect me either way! Indeed, I feel that everybody should be paid their worth and so, I believe that hard working professionals such as doctors should earn more than those yuppie traders in the city of London for example .. then again, I don't even begrudge those their money either, because they too work very hard and take a much higher risk .. look where they are now, credit crunch and all.

To me, money is a tool, not an end goal in itself .. if you have it, flaunt it ... and you have every right to do so and also have every right not to be professionally criticised for being financially successful. On the contrary, those professionals or otherwise, who make their own money through their own hard work, should be role models for us all ... a Good work ethos, 'work hard then play even harder' then don't be 'ashamed' of your success but 'openly' enjoy the fruits of your hard labour! .. and inspire others ... If we are to strive to avoid living in a 'drap and dilapidated' society ...

Let your financial sucess though your own hard work set an example to the current as well as the new generations ...

And I do have a Harrods account and will splash ... BIG ... when I have the money but, will also cut those credit cards in half and live on modest means when 'credit crunches' bite ... :-)

Money is just a tool .. use it, or lose it! Because it can't buy you love .... proven.

And .. That's the start of 'my' Beatles season, where songs don't have to match the topic all of the time ..

Happy Sunday everybody ... Enjoy :-)

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.

And .... yemember my Irish friend? His brother, Paddy, is a mechanic. He's recently bought a new bed .. and ... he now sleeps under it ...

Friday, 28 November 2008

Saviour .. or 'poisoned chalice?'

Medical Education for England, come out! Show your 'true' face!

"We can only be sure to improve what we can actually measure"

"The appointment of a chair to a new medical education body recommended by health minister Lord Darzi has been delayed ".

So, they are looking for a boss for MEE?! I thought, according to Remedy UK latest magazine, MEE was only going to be 'advisory' with no staff!

No converted broom cupboard?! ... Good!

'The next stage review proposed that the body, known as NHS MEE, would play a central role in doctors' and dentists' workforce planning, education and training.'

Very good! ... No laying golden eggs then?! ... Brilliant:-)

Yeees! That's what everybody was and is hoping for .. a 'central' role in planning future workforce aiming for quality training that can be 'properly' measured ... and fairness as well as avoiding repeats of the 2007 disasterous MTAS/MMC, is this still on the cards then ?

"The advert calls for a registered medical practitioner with a "proven track record of national or international leadership in medicine who also commands the respect of other health professions, in particular dentistry, healthcare sciences and pharmacy".

Again, it is highly unlikely this calibre of MEE boss will be staffless or sitting in a converted broom cupboard recieving 'advisors' opinion only! It's looking better all the time .... Then,

"London deanery programme director Richard Marks said: "It's seen as a poisoned chalice. It's a high profile job and everyone's going to be watching. Whoever gets the job will have to make a lot of very difficult decisions with no obvious solutions."

Of course Dr Marks is also an active member of Remedy UK and a person who took an honourable stand re the juniors' training ever since Remedy UK come into being. That said, I don't understand why, now that MEE's role is going to be much more than advisory, is he considering the MEE chair's role as 'poisoned chalice?!' .. and how can anyone make 'decisions' without 'solutions?! What do you decide on then?

IMVHO, I think, so far, MEE looks a lot more like we all hoped and expected it to be and not just an advisory gimmick.

If only Dr Marks can explain his point of view a little more ....

“May the hopes hidden deep inside your heart find those waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.”

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

'Happy' crunched bunch .. :-)

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

"Confirming that a patient is unwell is very different from making a judgement on whether someone is well enough to do their job.

Sure .. but ... ?

"Poor health can prevent people fulfilling their potential, leaving them more likely to slip into poverty and social exclusion"

Oh, no! ... Poverty and social exclusion?! .. for falling ill?! ... HELP!

Unbearable! Pleease ... 'brain storm' ... find a solution ... innovate .. or .. do something ... quick!

Ministers have accepted recommendations made by government health advisor Dame Carol Black that the system of GPs issuing sick notes, in place since 1948, should be overhauled.

Trials replacing paper notes with electronic fit notes are underway and, if successful, the new system could be in place by 2010.

The new fit notes, outlining what duties an employee could do, would be passed on to employers if he or she agreed.

It is hoped this would leave managers better informed about their workers' needs and able to discuss ways of keeping them in work "

Goody! .. a 'happy' .. and .. a fully 'at work' society?! ... A miracle! ... 'if' ... the 'fit' notes are successful .. of course they will be ... clever people don't 'brain' storm' for nothing!

Serenity is a Bliss .... and so is great wisdom ...

Those are 'happy days' .. all around ... yeppeeee :-)

The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Stop! ... Professional Police!

Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from the failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so.

After I heard about what Scot Jr said on the form, I've been thinking about the wider implications of this issue. Apparently, Dr Scot Jr was really rude in what he has written about Prof Black, something that we were not aware of when we started the campaign for his release. As for junior, IMHO he was wrong to write in this manner about a colleague or anybody else no matter what they have done but, IMO, was punished enough. It is unlikely he will ever write as freely about a colleague again. I also think this whole sorry saga will act as a deterrent for anyone else in the future. One can exercise their right to free speech if they want .. but politely .. regardless!

However, would the knowledge of what he said have made a difference to the campaign to re-instate him?

I don't think so for what he said is a civil matter and it was up to Prof concerned herself, and nobody else, to either warn him online for slandering her the way he did or take him to court if she so wished .. Same options like the rest of us! But to tie his 'offence' to his career without clear guidance on same from the GMC is, IMO, an offence in itself. You can't punish a momentarily action by ruining the whole career of a young doctor; a professional death sentence! Not fair .. so, the campaign as well as his eventual release were fair IMO.

Then you go back and wonder, why did the London Dean take it upon herself to act, if the whole thing did not concern her at all?! Surely, she should have, as his professional colleague, written to him direct at that forum and asked him to withdraw his comment and/or apologise. Or passed the matter to the Dame concerned and left it up to her to take whatever action she wished to herself. That she did neither, is worrying because it means that 'anyone' can do the same and for any reason however small; I don't like you for one reason or another, so, I will personally follow you, take any action I see fit, including reporting you to your deanery! ..

So, this is not about Scot Jr anymore but is very much about who, apart from the GMC, also has the right to discipline doctors in training for such minor 'offences?' .. or to even tell when they perceive them to have committed an 'offence?'? Is it in the contract of employment of 'all' deans that they can gather information on each other's juniors, watch every step then report same to each other where and whenever they like as happened in this case?! Or was that a self given privilege taken by just the one dean on this one occasion?

Then you wonder, what was in that e-mail that Prof 'Police' sent to her colleague in Scotland? I wonder about the content because IMO words can be used with so many differing 'intonation' and 'intentions' , even the sweetest of words can be manipulated to suit; you can tell someone you love them while holding a gun to their head, then all of a sudden that phrase becomes 'I love to kill you' instead, right? It is just that I am trying to find a reason why the dean 'in training' acted the way she did, with such extreme harshness to the point of blocking the decision to re-instate junior by a 'professional' disciplinary panel! And .. were there any telephone conversations as well ;-)

Of course, if I were the dean in question, I would've gotten myself a piece of paper and drew a vertical line in the middle. On the right I would write 1- 'slandering a colleague' and on the left I'd write: 1- cost of training a doctor £250,000 .. 2- Ruining the career of young doctor .. 3- Heartache to said doctor and family .. then find out if these two sides balance .. do they?

Let's wait and see what the GMC has to say about this ...

And ... to remove all this confusion re disciplining doctors in training, one was hoping the new Medical Education for England was, as well as ensuring quality training for the juniors, was also going to be in charge of this type of problems and finding solutions for same before they get out of hand and get to the GMC ... Will it? (Later on it was announced the MEE will become part of The GMC)

Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Aida, the enslaved princess ...

"On! Of Nilus' sacred river, guard the shores. O mighty one, guard and protect!" 'Mighty one' is Radameus the warrior in command

Aida , by Verdi, is probably the greatest opera ever made. Although it was composed around 230 years ago, it still draws some of the largest audience in the history of operatic performance. Aida is not about it's story line for that is really flimsy, considering the fact that it was supposed to be set during the rein of a Pharaoh of ancient Egypt where stories were grand to say the least.

The story is set somewhere near Thebes, the capital of the united Lower and Upper Egypt. It speaks of the
Radames, best commander and special warrior of the then king of Egypt or Pharaoh. The Ethiopean king was preparing an army to invade Egypt to free his daughter Aida who was captured and enslaved before. But as soon as the Egyptian Pharaoh heard of the Ethiopean king's plans, he called his most trusted commander and entrusted him with the fight to defend the shores of the Nile. Aida, who was treated well but was enslaved at the courts of the Pharaoh, did not reveal her identity as princess and daughter of the Ethiopian king to her captors. Being of outstanding beauty and intelligence, Radames fell in love with her but had to keep his feelings a secret from his king who was hoping to marry him to his daughter who was also in love with Radameus. Torn between his loyalty for his king and his love for the Ethiopean slave, Radameus went to war with the Ethiopians and returned victorious. However, because of an incident with the guards and despite the pleas of his beloved slave who had already confessed of her love for him and of her status as princess, he refused to ask for forgiveness and preferred to accept a death sentence instead thinking that his princess was already on her way back to Ethiopia with her father after he arranged for her escape with his best friend and aid. Aida, forever loyal in her love for Radameus, was actually waiting for three days in the underground vault where Radameus was to be buried alive .. and they both died in each other's arms, albeit, Aida perished first .. sob sob!

So, the story is not really that amazing or unforgettable love or courage story that deserves to live as long as it did or draw as much audience. So it is the music and the choice of words of this brilliant opera that keep on causing all the magic. Which brings us to the 'real' sory behind this amazing piece of work for the true story reflects on the relationship between the Kedive or the then king of Egypt and the composer of the opera, Guestave Verdi!

Ismail Pacha, the then Kedive of Egypt was a very European inclined man with many ambitions, he built great European style structures around his capital, Cairo in the sole aim of attracting European attention to Egypt so as to normalise relationships and eventually have Egypt itself accepted as a European country. In his great endeavour to establish his dream, he got Egypt into great debt and was never able to reach his desired goal. Ismai'il was removed from his throne in 1879.

One of the great buildings he built was The Cairo Opera House, an elaborate and as magnificent as the king's ego building that cost the nearly corrupt country dearly at the time. By any means, the Cairo Opera House was a building that rivalled, if not even overtook some of the most similar theatres in Europe. He then did all his best to invite world famed orchestras and performers from all over western Europe to play in his brand new theatre, despite the fact that appreciation of the pera did not and still does not form part of the local culture. But that was why the building was commissioned, to introduce the Egyptians to the western culture as well as convince the Europeans that Egypt will fit easily into their way of life. Realistic dream? I don't think so because although the upper classes were familiar with the western culture and therefore supportive of his endeavours to transform Egypt into a western society, those only formed around 10% of the population. The rest simply could not afford it and id not want to change their ways ... this opera house was burned to the ground around 25 years ago! Cairo now has a new modern opera house but not as grand as Ismai'il's one which was 'magnificent!' And although some historians do not believe that the Kedive commissioned the opera for the opening of this building, many do.

What is striking is how Verdi was able to capture the personality of the Kedive as well as the life and feel of Egypt at the time. Then depict it along with the Kedive's ambitions and great dream of getting Egypt into Europe. Ismai'il was known as Ismai'il 'the magnificent!' and with his over enlarged ego, he lived as such. Verdi therefore composed him an opera which was as 'magnificent' as his ego and as large as his dream ... his mirage!

Nothing is more beautiful or as inviting as a 'mirage'

Now listen to the 'Grand March' from Aida by Verdi .. does it have a new meaning? Note the use of the word 'Glory' and it's derivatives ... :-)

"My country is no longer in Africa; we
are now part of Europe. It is therefore natural for us to abandon our former ways and to adopt a new system adapted to our social conditions."Ismail Pasha, Kedive of Egypt 1830 - 1895

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Going mental ... :-)

We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.

Virtual life 'affairs' lead to divorce

I've just dicovered this new virtual community called second life. To begin with, I thought it was some kind of scientific experiment but it turned out to be an online virtual game .. and a 'notorious' one to say the least. Apparentally once registered, you can select yourself an avatar and 'play' as if you're living the life you've always wanted ... In a 'virtual' community.
However, it seems that some people have already got confused and reality became somewhat blurred with fiction that a couple was divorced for real when the wife saw her husband with another 'virtual' woman kissing on a 'virtual' sofa! The wife considers this a betrayal of their marriage vows and demands and gets a divorce!

Amazing stuff! It makes me wonder, why are these types of games that plays with people's mental well being allowed and made public in a day and age when the government wants to prevent mental health rather than treat same at great expense? Any idea?

Same goes for other online activities where you can't see or speak with those you are communicating with? Can there be a danger to mental health here too?

Are we addicted to 'blogging?' .. Can that be classified as 'mental?' :-)

I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: ''This is the real me!''.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

This is for all of you healers ... :-)

A while back, I decided that I will never post anything negative on a Sunday because the day should only be for rest and relaxation. Sort of a potion to help us cope with the stresses of the following week.

And I was wondering, what makes you doctors laugh? What makes you happy and relaxed? Why don't medical bloggers sometime share this with us? Well, JD sometimes posts about his hobbies and I wish he would post a little audio file of him singing on his website .. I'd love to hear him! .. And Witch Doc posts the occaassional receipe and I have tried her pumpkin soup ... Yum! ... and the odd poem from Dr Grumble ... and I liked Rita Pal's choice of song was very enjoyable too ... but why not post more about the human in you? What songs do you like, poems? Food, hobbies .. anything and everything .. and ... It's the festive season so ..

let's hold a simple truce ... let's make Sunday a 'positive' day ... a 'rest' day ...

And .. this poem and the song is for you, have a happy Sunday ... :-)

If the healer is the one who heals us all,
Who heals the healer?

If the healer is the one who heals our souls,
Who heals the healer when her soul is cold?

A healer's heart is pure and strong,
Who heals the healer when the strength is gone?

The healer's spirit is joyous and pure,
Who heals the healer when her spirit feels unsure?

The healer's ways are good and kind,
Who heals the healer when her way she can't find?

The healer must guide us through night and day,
Who guides the healer when she can't find her way?

As the healer holds our spirits near
Who speaks softly in the healer's ear?

The question that goes unanswered was
Who heals the healer?

My love healed the healer,
when her soul was cold.

My love healed the healer,
when her spirit folds.

My love healed the healer,
when her strength was gone.

My love healed the healer,
when she was frightened like a fawn.

My love healed the healer,
when she feels unsure.

My love healed the healer,
when she is insecure.

I followed the Light that brought me to her,
I gave the love that helped me heal her.


By Mary Severson - age 10

Do we patients thank you guys enough? .. Time we did ... Thank you :-)

Friday, 14 November 2008

Good morning Vietnam! ... :-)

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea

And good morning to you too beautiful, beautiful Brighton! ... And your brand spanking new Brighton and Sussex School of Medicine! :-)

The school is yet to graduate any of it's students but is already the most over subscribed med school in the country! But that's no coincidence! For the school, as well as being located in 'the' most beautiful and most eccentric, nostalgic, attractive and magical of British seaside cities, it also has brand spanking new buildings, equipment and facilities .. as well as some of the top names in medicine and medical education either on it's teaching staff or indeed, on it's governing body! .. Amazing privilege! .. Of course, with privilege, 'advantage' should follow, right? .. no! .. wrong! ... If the currently circulating rumours are right of course ... but I don't think so myself ... they can't be! .. Logic says so ...

You see ... despite having probably the smallest number of students per year on it's books, there are rumours that Brighton med school spent the whole of the first week of this new academic year on what looks like an effort to 'demotivate' its students! .. of all years!

For those who are in their first, second, third and fourth year, the school held meetings to inform them that moving up the course is no longer 'automatic!' A baffling thing to say for, when has it ever been 'automatic' for medical students to move from one academic year to the next?! ... Then it is also rumoured that the school told All students, including it's first final years, those students who chose not to intercalate a BSc, and who are now due to graduate this year for the first time ever in that school, that having a degree in medicine does not necessarily lead to becoming a doctor! ... Despite the fact that it's prospectus says it does to this day!

Another rumour says that the GMC blames the school for passing too many students! .. and so, yet another rumour says that the school told the students that the pass/fail mark will change without notice! and tht it was up to the school to decide on that 'without prior notice!'
.. And .. that students will not be allowed to see their own exam papers if they do not pass either! ... Not only that but as the final year medics are applying for their F1 jobs now, they are required to fill 5 MTAS style 'white boxes!'

Of course one hopes that all these rumours are just that ...
rumours! ...

For Brighton is a 'brilliant' medical school in every way .... Tops!

And I am certain this isn't happening anywhere else either .. surely not! Or, the GMC can say something like that either! ... Right?! .. Rumours! ... why don't they never stop?!

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Aspiring to .. What?!

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them.

Incontinence, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis! Great! What an aspiration! .. Better start the digging right now as well then!

It really is beyond me why, since we ' humans' now live much longer than ever .. to 100 year old and above, are we being classified as those below 50; to include: infants, children, young people and middle age .. then the over 50s ... and that's one category .. old age! It's like there is a dividing line, a definite threshold whereby 'middle aged' you goes to bed one night only to wake up 'old' and riddled with disease the following day!

Are they saying we spend 50% of our lives being old?!

But then you are ordered to lose weight, stop smoking and drinking and go do exercise .. etc .. but no body is saying what for?! If at the end you're only aspiring to sit frail and half asleep in front of the TV with woollen knitted hat, a warm bottle and a blanket on our knees?! .. and I don't know why, but the majority of people in Britain always buy a dog and start taking about 'the quiet life' as soon as they hit 50?! And then you see all those over 50s no longer caring if they look and feel grey, they walk about dressed in baggy trousers with elesticated waistes up to their arm bits and woollen Jerseys walking their dogs in parks on on deserted mid winter beaches up and down the country! Or in garden centres because gardening then becomes the 'thing' to do as soon as you hit 50! If you 'never' had a garden, well, now is the time to hire an 'allotment' .. and learn the gardening!... And, why do all the women cut their their hair in a style that looks like like a battered football?! ... No idea!

I also find it equally baffling why are all the over 50s up to 100 and beyond are classified as one group! Despite the fact that those aged 50 year still have 15 whole years of working before they retire! And many of those now still 'choose' to work beyond the state retirement age and well into their 70s, sometimes 80's even!

And, I have always found it baffling why, if they are in good health, do these people want life to be quiet?! ... I sincerely wish that my life will never be quiet! I want people around me .. lots and lots of them ... and I want noise .. lots and lots of it! .. They day I can no longer endure the noise please legalise euthanasia or shoot me or something, anything! .. 'quality' not 'quantity' please ... for what do you do with a long but miserable life?!

You know what, it's not the over 50's fault, but the fault of those in charge of public health who have, for decades, brainwashed this group of people into believing they are old and have to abide by these ridiculous rules! You keep on grouping all those people together and tell them that their aspirations are restricted to 'incontinence' and I better seriously start thinking of starting my own designer 'nappy' business because I am sure, with the help of this government stereotyping, it will be a big success!

With an aging population on our hands, we need to first change attitudes before we order people about! The government better start thinking of ways to make those who are able to contribute to society, regardless of their age, have the opportunity to aspire to being of benefit .. and to enjoy themselves too. Being over 50 is no longer an old age, same for over 60's and those in any age group who want and do do their best to enjoy life! Age is no guarantee to that and we all know of much younger people who behave as if the were nearing their 100th birthday.

Don't lump people together according to fictitious man-made time lines because you then create yourselves the problems of 'an aging population' yourselves! You keep on telling people anything for long enough and they will start to believe you! Tell them they will be incontinent and suffer all sorts of diseases and they will be incontinent and suffer all sorts or diseases and much more! And already lots of people have been brain washed into believing that life suddenly changes once you hit 50 because of that much used division and categorisation! Now this needs to change if disease is to be prevented .. and people need to be encouraged to aspire to an enjoyable, healthy and active lives instead .. and this ridiculous under 50/over 50 dividing line needs to be abandoned!

The funny thing is .. those who classify the over 50s as such have always been high rank people in authority, the majority of whom are in their mid to late 40's anyway! .. Well, we, the army of over 50 'incontinent' zombies we'll be waiting to welcome you all aboard the 'diggers' club .. think about your 'safety' ... ;-)

Anyway, I've just joined a new sport and have a class to attend ... :-)

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching."

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Just a thought ...

Work done with selfish motives is inferior by far to the selfless service or Karma-yoga. Therefore be a Karma-yogi, O Arjuna. Those who seek [to enjoy] the fruits of their work are verily unhappy [because one has no control over the results].


1. devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.

2. characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives.


having little or no concern for oneself, esp. with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.

Is selflessness possible? ... I don't know ...

So if somebody thinks you are, then my god, what a compliment!

It's Sunday so .. here is 'The Crowd' ... Enjoy :-)

Is the intention pure, selfless, and born out of love? Is it based on truth? Does it result in peace? If so, it is a right action.

Friday, 7 November 2008

On red alert ... :-)

When in doubt wear red.

Red is 'The' colour to wear this season and it happens to be my star sign as well as my favourite colour too so, no wonder I am always attracted to anything in or on red and have lots of red items of clothes and accessories already :-)

Well, a friend of my daughter is getting married close to Christmas and I too have been invited. So, I have been looking for a suitable dress to wear on the night because the wedding will be a huge evening and until the early hours of the morning event in one of London's top hotels .. which is the custom in our culture.

So, I did go shopping but the dresses I liked in the shops so far are excruciatingly expensive and I may not wear that dress again so soon afterwards even if I am invited to another event because red is a statement colour and so, is not forgotten easily and therefore is a bit restrictive to wear .. so, I didn't buy anything! .. Instead, I ramaged through my wardrobe and ... hurrraaay .. I found a Louis Vuitton red dress that cost me a small fortune ... 'a few years back' ... but I only ever wore it the one time since then and ... I can still 'get' into it! ... Yes! ;-)

The only problem is .. I can still get into it ... Just! .. but, it doesn't sit 'easily' on me, if you can see what I mean, but it still looks the part and even the couture is still in fashion , which means, to get into it and look good too ... I need to lose some weight! Of course, I can always cheat and buy one of those girdles that take you one dress size down ... but I have never really liked how they restrict you .. and they never look natural either, I can tell if a woman is wearing one a mile away! They are so ugly and so tight they make your eyes pop and your voice sort of 'breaks' when you wear them ... so, after crushing every bone in the strongest to men's hands when you shake hands with them, and you do give them a proper shake ... instead of smiling sweetly and saying 'hi', you tend to say 'YAAY' with your mouth wide open and a pained expression in your eyes calling for help .. and that blank gaze lasting for the whole duration of the evening too .. and you have to keep standing up instead of attempting to sit down and having to swallow every few minutes just to stop your insides from popping out! ... Not the thing to do in a wedding, is it?! ... So ... either I have to spend 'big' and get a dress I like .. or .. lose the weight! .. Ah well .. who said life was easy!

Again, the problem is .. I have already lost a few pounds when I was in Egypt .. but that was because it was hot and I did not have to cook at all .. but now that I am here, I am back to doing the cooking myself .. and I am good at it .. and when I cook, I eat! And .. it's cold here .. and when it is cold, I eat .. And so my friends, I have, in that short period of time since my return .. put back on a whole half of what I lost while I was away! :-(

But I've got this party to go to .. and I have the dress ... and it's now a 'BIG' challenge! Either I lose the weight, spend a huge amount of money .. or .. wear that girdle! Yuk! ...

So, lose the weight it is then ... cheaper, more comfortable ... and healthier too .. Nothing wrong with cabbage and courgettes soup for six weeks, is there? ... Family! .. Rejoice!

Public Health: Challenge people if you want them to do the things you want them to do .. but also give them an incentive .. a reward ... and they will surprise you! .. I WILL! ;-)

Well I do it? .. Watch this space ... I'll be watching it too .. and listening to that song (phew!) ... maybe it will give me that much needed incentive ... We're nearing Christmas, la saison en rouge ... so ... ladies, get those red dresses out ... and enjoy :-)

Oh yes, song dedicated to the soon to be wed couple with my sincere wishes for a prosperous and happy future .. and I know the bride has a red dress :-)

'Make a remark,' said the Red Queen; 'it's ridiculous to leave all the conversation to the pudding!'

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

I look at it this way ...

It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones.

The papers are awash with the news of the government allowing cancer patients to 'top up' and get medicines not yet adminstered on the NHS. Some think this is a victory for cancer patients, while others think this will create a two tier system favouring the rich.

Although I do not have cancer, from my perspective .. as a possible future patient is like this:

1- I am a rich patient and can afford to 'top' up' and get the medicine .. in which case, I will be very happy that, at last, I am now allowed to do so without losing my right to free treatment on the NHS, which I think was a disgrace because that stopped 'comfortable' but not very rich patients from getting a chance to a better treatment if they couldn't afford the full private treatment.

2- I am poor and can not afford to 'top up' and may die earlier as a result, in which case, I would be quite sad that the treatment is not available to me .. BUT .. this doesn't mean that I would want those who can afford to top up to suffer or even die just because I am suffering or may die myself! .. Because this would be a 'selfish' attitude ... won't it?

Two wrongs don't make
a right!

Then again, it is a good thing we're talking about small numbers here so, one would hope that this won't create jealousy amongst cancer patients, but even if it did, the numbers will be so small, it won't lead to patient rivalry IMHO .. That said, 'some' patients won't accept to be bullied out of getting these medicines and would feel that they are being pushed too far but then again they are aware that the doctors 'are on their side' and will do their best to help them get the best treatment possible ... as usual

So, as I always like to 'speak freely', this time giving my opinion as a possible patient ... I think that, on the whole, it is good that more people will have better lives because of this decision ...

.. and where is that cat gone?! ... I thought she was my freind! .. maybe she'll be back one day ... because I miss her :-(

Free speech meanz "all
people are equal but some are more equal than others."

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

It's all ... 'Clinical' ... :-)

Marriage requires a person to prepare 4 types of "Rings": Engagement Ring Wedding Ring, Suffering, Enduring

"So now we have an effort by Government to develop clinical engagement. "

'Enjoying it?' I don't reckon he'd come home if Dad didn't make him. He's obsessed. Just don't get him onto the subject of his boss. According to Mr. I was saying to Mr Crouch...Mr. Crouch is of the opinion...Mr. Crouch was telling me...They'll be announcing their engagement any day now.

Just a welcome back JD, hope you had a good time :-)