Watch out for flashing bunny ears

Watch out for flashing bunny ears

I would normally delete an out of focus or pixellated photograph like this one but I am sharing it because of the story behind it.

This is what anyone driving past Stoke Mandeville Hospital at about half past midnight last Sunday morning would have seen. About 500 ladies in pink tee-shirts most of them with flashing bunny ears on their heads. Continue reading “Watch out for flashing bunny ears”

It’s what Fathers are for

I had got to the supermarket 3 minutes before it closed last night to get in a stock of soft drink (quite a few cans, someway north of 200!) and fill the boot so that I could drive over to Dadford (appropriate name) first thing today. The stocks at #1 son’s catering venture needed replenishing. Home. Mowed the lawn. Lunch then over to Hazlemere before heading back to Dadford to collect a few items and finally on to #2 son’s after five hours on the road where he said “Happy Father’s Day” and gave me a card which read “DAD today is your day so sit back, relax . . . and enjoy!“. It was a nice card but “You’re taking the mickey” I said. Then home and unloaded the car and had a nap before it was time to wake up and go to bed.  Perhaps next year will be different.

Steady as she volunteers

I saw my oncologist this week and it is “steady as she goes”. My latest PSA is 0.21 marginally up from the last reading of 0.15 but still crawling along the bottom of the graph. (I won’t talk percentages – it’s a 40%  increase, which sounds more scary than a 0.06 increase).

PSA combined

Apparently this week is  Volunteers Week so I thought I would share with you a piece written by a relative in Canada. He started by asking the question “Why do people volunteer?”. Continue reading “Steady as she volunteers”

Some musings on IT (I.T. not ‘it’)

Over this weekend most British Airway’s flights were cancelled because of an IT problem. A couple of weeks ago part of the NHS was paralysed because of ransomware infecting their IT systems. It all goes to show how reliant we have become on something that wasn’t even a subject when I was at school. You probably have more computing power in your mobile phone than the Apollo astronauts had when then journeyed to the moon (and back). Continue reading “Some musings on IT (I.T. not ‘it’)”

Times they were a-changing

At the end of last month we went through the twice yearly ritual of changing the clocks by an hour. In the USA they did it at the beginning of the month so as to confuse us should we want to contact them in March. The clock in the car does it all by itself, as does my phone, but my watch and the other clocks in the house need to be adjusted manually (in fact manually bi-annually even). I usually manage to fix most of them first thing in the morning but there are a couple I don’t understand and so they remain on GMT until a small child comes along and sorts them out. This means there is plenty of scope for confusion if you look at the wrong clock and forget that it is an hour out. Continue reading “Times they were a-changing”

I didn’t realise gas was so heavy.

We spent last week in the far west in a land where they speak with a lilt in their voice and I discovered several new things concerning gas and glass. I had heard that you could tell whether an LPG bottle was full or empty by weighing it, but I had never quite believed it. After all gasses must be pretty light mustn’t they? Surely it’s a bit like checking the weight of a feather. Well I had the chance to check which of two bottles was full and which was empty and found that while it was easy enough to lift one, I could hardly lift the other one. So it is true, gas can be seriously heavy. But more fascinating was what I learned watching a glass flame-worker. Continue reading “I didn’t realise gas was so heavy.”