Our great NHS

Saturday is spent at my parents’ place, cooking for them, undertaking admin duties and recording my father s memories of his childhood in Wales and the time before he joined the RAF in WWII. Dad recently had his ninety fifth birthday and although I’ve heard most of the stories before, there’s always a new nugget of information and I’m glad to be getting them recorded, even if only on my iPhone.

Also it’s good for him. My mother’s dementia has rendered her childlike and he enjoys what he is kind enough to call intelligent conversation when I or my brother and his wife are there.

I return late afternoon on Sunday and reheat the pork and caraway meal. A couple of glasses of white wine go down well with it, a necessary tool for getting over the stress and distress I always experience when with my parents, love them though I do.

Today I will just say thank you to Berkshire’s Health and Social Services for all the support and care they have given to my parents over the last few years. I have always loved the NHS as most British people do, and now that my parents have disabilities, long term conditions and occasional medical crises, I value it all the more. In Berkshire my parents have fantastic care from a range of people. I posted online about some of that a while back and I recommend anyone who wants to sing the praises of our NHS to go the The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff website and say what you think.

How the UK could stay in the EU

I am finally moved to post something that’s not a trivial piece of nonsense.

Someone sent me this presentation about how, while respecting the Brexit vote, the UK could still stay in the EU.

Lots of constitutional stuff in here.  No jokes.

My friend updated this in light of more material he’s been reading.

For purposes of document control (in case there are further iterations) this is Version 2 posted on my site at 1940 on June 6 2016. (I never thought I’d be thinking about document control on this blog site, but then I never thought that my fellow citizens would really vote to leave the EU)

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More film work: for Indeed, the job site

Quite horrified to see the Indeed advert just now.  I have to accept that even if Terry is keeping all the cash, he does suffer for his art. No wonder he’s been a bit clingy recently.  I thought it was the cold weather and the fact that I’m away a lot for work and parental support reasons. But the fact is he must be traumatised! I must say that this version of the ad’s left me shaken!


New Year Cocktails

Cuban-themed new year celebration at Liz’s saw me making daquiris.  Banana and strawberry went down well.  The cucumber one got mixed reviews, but it looked pretty and qualified as one of our five-a-day.

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