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

Thursday, 30 September 2010

In the spring of life ...






در بهار زندگی احساس پیری می کنم

Dar behar zendagi ehsas piri mikonam
In the spring of life but I'm feeling old


با همه آزادگی فکر اسیری می کنم

Bahameh asadegi fekri assiri mekonam
It's like everyday my thought is captured and imprisoned



بس که بد دیدم ز یاران به ظاهرخوب خود

bas ke badedam zeyaran bezaher khoub khoad
But on the outside I look as if I am just fine


بعد از این بر کودک دل سخت گیری می کنم

baad azein ber kodeke del sakht giri mekonam
I am Like a child with a heavy heart

*******

در به رویم بسته ام از این و از آن خسته ام

Dar be royam basstam azeino azar khasteham
Many times on this path to despair, I am tired


من به جمع آشیان پاشیدگان پیوسته ام

Man begamee ashian bashidgan pipastyam
Like I am trying to join my scattered pieces


ای خدای آسمان بهتر تو میدانی که من

Ay khodahy asseman behtar tu midani keman
Ay God who knows me best


بارها در راه او تا پای جان بنشسته ام

Barha dara ou tapay jan beshasste am
I am seeking your heavens dear Lord, save me

*******


[Repeat]

Dar behar zendahi ehsas piri mekonam

Bahameh asadegi fikri assiri mekonam


********

شمع بودن ذره ذره آب گشتن تا به


Sham bodan zareh zareh aab gashtan tabeh keh
I am just bits and pieces floating on water


راه پر خاشاک را آرام رفتن تا به کی

raahi por khashak raa aram raftan tabeh keh
let it pass and make it easy for me

*******

Aaaaah aaaaaaaah aaaaaaaahaah

*******

[Repeat stanza]

Dar be royam basstam azeino azar khateham

Man begamee ashian bashidgan pipastyam

Ay khodahya asseman behtar tu midani keman

Barha dara ou tapay jan beshasste am

*******

[repeat first stanza]

Dar behar zendagi ehsas piri mikonam

Bahameh asadegi fekri assiri mekonam

bas ke bardedam zeyaran bezaher khoub khoad

baad az ein ber kodeke del sakht giri mekonam [3]



Persian song by the legend Persian singer: Hayedeh
Hayedeh video removed, I replaced it with the same song but by a singer called Homayra حمیرا

























Not perfect translation as my Persian is now reeeally rusty ...

.... but I know this song by heart
:-)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

We're all growing older at the same time?

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.


No! Apparently not!

Not according to the BBC! anyway ...

True then That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart ...

Sooo, find out how old or how young you really are ...

20s but feeling a 100? ... the opposite?

Is there a child at your heart?

... and forget about the pictures, this is suitable for all ages!

Take the test ....

Dare tell us your score ... and your age in numbers?



... I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours .... :-)



Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Till death do us part ... :-)



A policeman pulling a car over on a motorway ... husband and wife inside ...


Officer - "Sir did you know that you are going 20 miles over the speed limit?"

Husband - "No officer I did not."

Wife - "Yes you did! I've been telling you that for the last 20 minutes."

Husband [to his wife] - "Shut up!"

Officer - "Well, did you also know that your road tax expired more than two months ago?"

Husband - "No officer I did not."

Wife - "Yes you did! I've been telling you for three months to get it updated!"

Husband [yelling] - "Be Quite Woman I said! Or I'll tape it shut for you!" @@

Officer - "Ma'm does he always talk to you like this?"

Wife - "No officer, only when he drinks."






Full moon tonight ... enjoy .... ;-)

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Divided opinion

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself

One of the kids raises money for a charity which runs an orphanage abroad. Recently, kid had organised a fund raising event and that was attended by more than 100 friends and colleagues. There were many young doctors from foundation year 1 and up to ST4.

I had asked if they can get a feel from other young doctors about the government's current plan to take the EWTD back to Brussels with view to opting out ... I hadn't expected that, but the majority want to keep the current 48 hour week! That includes young surgeons too!

Reasons varied, but mainly some think that the current problem is not because of the directive but because of short staffing of mainly nursing staff, then junior doctors. They are of the opinion that if this shortage is addressed, this will release time for them to train properly within the current 48 hour limit. Those also said that by opting out, trusts will just go back to working young doctors very long hours to fill the gapes in the rotas as there would be nothing to stop them from doing so. At the moment some trust already go as far as asking some juniors to come in on half days to fill gaps, but not to record or pay for the extra time, that's in addition to the extra hours juniors put in themselves anyway. Some believe there is nothing to stop trusts from even asking for much more on the same basis if opt out is granted.

One questioned if the DoH said anything about paying for the extra hours when it made it's announcement to go back to Brussels! And No! Nobody has! :-)

Well, Gov said that there would be no return to excessive long hours or 100 hours weeks, so what is not excessive? Will there still be a limit on the hours a young doctor is supposed to work? Even those in favour do not want more than a 56 hour week and the sole reason was to get paid for the work they currently put in without pay.

Some think that opting out will not gurantee an improvement to there training but the the extra hours will just go on towards service provision as happens now.

No explanation was givin by the DoH, so, will Gov guarantee any extra hours will be paid for? Some young doctors don't believe this will happen because of the current ausssterity measures, also as it seems there isn't even a mechanism for doing so! And about training, will the time for same be guaranteed as Gov has already said it would be 'allocated'?

Lots of clarifications needed!

And, there were many who don't want to work over 48 hours whether paid or unpaid! Reasons were family commitments in the main, but also that they already work 8 hours more than others who only work a 40 hour week.

Of course, I was on the side to opting out myself ... but I hadn't taken into consideration those views above and so, I don't know anymore ...

I think the government should clarify what will happen post opt out. It should then conduct a proper opinion poll to get the real picture at the grassroots before it goes back to Brussels ...

As well as Remedy UK, it costs absolutely nothing for the government to start a blog for this purpose and providing it is advertised well, it can act as a point of contact between the government and the juniors where topics can be presented and comments collated to give the juniors real views on topics such as the EWTD and/or others either now or in the future.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Two positives for the juniors!

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.

Government Adopts Ideas From Citizens Submitted To The Spending Challenge To Reduce Deficit

"1. To reduce the number of CRB checks for Junior Doctors, by taking a more common- sense approach across the NHS, so that junior doctors are not checked repeatedly over a short space of time. This will save up to a £1 million a year and cut administrative burdens for the NHS"

Which makes life much easier when juniors are changing rotations, remember this?

And ...

"Mr Lansley: Yes. I am very clear that, together with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, we need to take the European working time directive back to the European Union. We need to discuss it again. We need to go to the European Union with the intention of maintaining the opt-out and of giving ourselves, not least in the health context, the flexibility that we lack, so that junior doctors, in particular, have the capacity to undertake the training that they need. It is not that we want to go back to the past, when there were excessive hours—100-hour weeks and so on—but we want junior doctors to be confident that they will get the training that they require in the period allocated for training. "

So, there will be no return to excessive working hours, just allowing for proper training and congested rotas to be eased, which in turn means that those currently working lots more hours than 48 without recording same will be able to claim for those and get paid for them too. A fairer work environment!

Then again, there is a shortage of junior doctors everywhere that sometimes the youngest ones are working way above their limits, definitely no good! Why then have 1300 doctors failed to get an offer this year? And why will new graduates not be able to secure a foundation post? Better working conditions, job security and a fair pay will retain expensively and well trained doctors in Britain where they are most needed, but they need to be trained for their sake and their patients too! So, while in a generous mood, and while the juniors are owed a lot ... most importantly ....

Can we have more training places too Gov?

... and have a look at this great injustice ... and would you believe it, no room! :-(

But so far, so thank you :-)


We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Happy Eid El-Ftr :-)



To all Muslims


And peace to the world

:-)




Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Good father

Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad

David Cameron's father died early morning today, so, my deep condolences to our Prime Minister and his family.

The Telegraph describes how David's father suffered from physical disability since birth, yet he managed to live a successful and fulfilling life and raise a close and loving family with three children who, as soon as they heard of their father's stroke, travelled to be by his side during his final moments.

Previously, in an interview with The Telegraph,

" he [David] told how once when on holiday with his father among the Cornish sand-dunes, he overheard someone rudely saying, 'That guy’s wearing funny boots.’ He thought to himself, 'That’s odd: no one ever says that’: he had hardly noticed it before. "

Reading this, I thought that surely, a man with such multiple disability as described in the article must have faced lots of prejudice during his life time. Yet he was able, so as not to cloud his children's judgement, not to pass the negative aspects of that down to his children, to the point that his own son doesn't even notice the disability was there unless it is spoken about!

David Cameron wants Britain to become a 'Big society', and he says that his parents, mum also being a retired Justice of the peace, inspired him.

Well, if this is a taste of what values this Mum and Dad have instilled in their son, then, not only will this 'Big society' be a success, but I would hope that through our Prime Minister, the dream of 'One Global Family' may one day soon become a reality too ...

May your Dad rest in peace David, he was a good father ... and good fathers make good sons ....


Respect


A good father is he who knows that one day his son will follow his example not just his advice


Sunday, 5 September 2010

A quack birth ... naturally! :-)


:-)




The happy event took place in the rabbit hutch

(Alas! Video has now been removed by 'The Telegraph. It was about a chicken on a duck's egg. When the duckling hatched, it was afraid of water and behaved like a chicken :-)


Friday, 3 September 2010

Prejudice

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.



Definition:

1. n. Foresight.

2. n. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge.

3. n. A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.

4. n. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.

5. n. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.

6. n. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.

Interesting debate on JD's blog.

Given the above definition of 'prejudice', which of course includes racism - and being a Muslim myself, if I were a doctor, would I treat this patient with a T-shirt with the picture of Hitler [or similar] on it?

We all have bits of prejudice about one thing or another, but providing we keep that to ourselves and cause no harm to others, then this is only human nature. We all also suffer from some prejudice held by others against us sometimes, again, so long that it doesn't violate one's human rights, in that it causes harm, then a bit of it is a good exercise on how to deal with it in the future, and that's called 'the university of life'.

So,
Yes, I would treat this patient with the racist views and the T-shirt to match! ... most definitely too - and I would try, very hard, not to giggle about the whole scene in front of the patient too. That's so long as the patient is polite, talks and listens to what I say and allows me to treat him/her. However, if that patient decides to act on his prejudice by verbal abuse or threatening violence, then, I would decide whether to treat depending on the severity of the complaint. If it is a life threatening one, I would still attempt to treat, if the patient allows. Otherwise, my tolerance would be a bit exhausted and I would refuse to treat, because verbal abuse and/or violence are legally considered an 'assault' ... and that's unacceptable, and is punishable ... and so, I would refuse to treat and report the matter too.
As they say; “No prejudice has even been able to prove its case in the court of reason” and that's because any form of prejudice is based on ignorance - therefore, in a clinical situation like the one over at JD's, a doctor should treat the patient as if they were treating any other patient suffering from a psychiatric condition IMO, and in doing that, a doctor may actually positively change the patient mindset too ... and, hopefully, a happy ending for everybody ... Peace! :-)

But, what if the tables were turned? ... a prejudiced doctor and an unsuspecting needy patient?

This is the serious one! Not the one over at JD's!

... and, I personally haven't really suffered from racism that much, apart from some really stupid incidents ... the one I remember the most, was years ago and, although I am not veiled, I sometimes wear a simple scarf and tie it at the back rather than around my neck. I do it just for the freedom of it if and when I can't be bothered with hair and such. In general, people then talk to me louder while stressing every word they say, as if that would make me understand better if I didn't speak English! :-) But that's not racist, it's just a British thing, and it's OK.

But on one occasion, I, my scarf, push chair and child, were in a department store. I can't remember what happened exactly or what was it that I did which warranted a sales assistant to come over and say "In this country, we don't do things like that ...", to which I replied: "but over on the trees of West London, where I come from, we do!" ... and I laughed ... and the assistant looked at me for a while not knowing what next to do, then she laughed too ... then she looked with a smile at me and said; "I didn't mean anything, and you have a beautiful child" ... and that was it, bye, bye ... and friends ...

I think that, providing there is no harm, confrontation in these situations is wrong ... after all, a smile nearly always works wonders ....

It's just human nature ....
... and here is a bit of 'different' music for you ... enjoy ....


:-)



Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks