Category Archives: Medical

Placentas and pizzas

Mrs Windsor née Middleton is pregnant. It’s in the newspapers so it must be true. First, I have to get this hobbyhorse off my chest. The correct spelling of fetus is fetus, not foetus, the word being related to felix, … Continue reading

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Four in 10 students say university not good value

What a surprise! During my quarter of a century teaching at the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland I’ve seen the growth of ‘educationalists’. They purport to improve teaching standards by fostering an interest in the ‘discipline’ of … Continue reading

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O taste and see

Another avenue of pleasure closed off. The World Health Organisation tells us not to drink camel’s urine. I was wondering why I was tired. I’m overweight. I was 64 (65 now). It’s very tiring to have people dumping their expectations on one—the … Continue reading

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Keeping an eye on people

The Mission office emailed us with ‘tools’ for keeping track of people who come to church. There are detailed spreadsheets to be filled in for every Sunday of the year, spreadsheets for names of regulars, names of visitors, space for notes … Continue reading

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Little Weed

Watch with Mother on Wednesday afternoons in the 1950s and 60s (the BBC) was Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. It was set in the garden shed down at the bottom of the garden. When the gardener went for lunch, Bill … Continue reading

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Bleeding rain

‘Been thinking about you all morning.’ A siren song assailed my left ear as I was in the filling station waiting to pay. It’s not something I expect to hear from ladies in queues. She’d been deliberating about whether or … Continue reading

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A nose that runs in the family

Carlisle hospitals saw quite a bit of me when I was young. Chatsworth Square Nursing Home took my tonsils when I was about 5. All I can remember is dark green walls and glass partitions. The Ear, Nose and Throat … Continue reading

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