Category Archives: Life Stuff

Silent Sunday – We survived!

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Still here

Hello. I am still here. My finger-nails are not and there are lots of sore bits around the edges where they were but I am still here. I guess I realised that while I was on here, I was thinking … Continue reading

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It’s a heartbreaking thing to watch someone die. My old neighbour was 87 in October. I live in the appartment directly above where he resided for over 11 years. He lost his wife to cancer in the summer of 2007 … Continue reading

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Bong …

We heard the church bells donging “Wedding here … This is a wedding!” while we having lunch today and the question came for the first time ever: “Mummy, when did you get wedding’d?” “Oh, Mummy’s never been ‘married’ Poppet” I … Continue reading

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Georgian justice

Convicted American Troy Davis had been on Death Row in Georgia, Alabama for over 20 years for the alleged murder of an off-duty police officer. He has always maintained his innocence. His execution had already been stayed three times due … Continue reading

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For the last 2.5 weeks I have been lying flat on my back in my lounge. For the last 2 of those 2.5 weeks I have been a disobedient patient and, instead of doing “nothing,” I set up a makeshift … Continue reading

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L’s new friend and No Child out of Reach

* Please sign the petition to David Cameron for more health workers here. Thank you. * When the big, fat packet came through the post, we were both excited but I was also a little sad; the girl in Ghana … Continue reading

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Moon Rising

* She leaned against the wooden rail and stared out across the fields, suddenly conscious of how much earlier the evenings were falling as she gazed at the sea of maize before her, flowery tips flickering in a deep golden … Continue reading

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What to do if a child swallows your medication

Treatment (summary taken directly from St. John Ambulance website)  Your aims: To maintain breathing and circulation. To arrange removal to hospital. If the casualty is conscious: Help them into a comfortable position. Ask them what they have taken. Reassure them … Continue reading

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10 things to do lying down

When the doctor told me he had signed me off work for 4 weeks with no sitting, no driving and no lifting after an operation on a herniated spinal disk, I was horrified; one month out doesn’t fit in to … Continue reading

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