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February 9, 2021

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Bits And Bobs

February 9, 2021

I spent yesterday afternoon in the chemotherapy suite of Queens Oncology Centre in Hull for my second cycle of treatment. Reposed in a very comfortable reclining chair, positioned directly in front of a panoramic window that gave wonderful views of the snow bedecked  East Yorkshire countryside.  I was hooked up to a continual cocktail of chemo toxins entering the central line in my upper arm that transverses my chest and is alarmingly close to my heart. Attended by extremely attentive and really quite wonderful nurses and my ‘nominated pharmacist’ the requisite four hours of treatment was no hassle at all really. My pre treatment consultant review went well, my CT results and bloods were all really good so I am very positive and hopeful. I am completely at peace with the fact this cancer will kill me I am just determined to dictate, as far as I can, WHEN lol. An added bonus was I finished the main crossword in the Telegraph, I usually end up with at least 3/4 unsolvable clues but yesterday I sailed through it in 30 mins lol. A good omen?

Enough of me! I used the afternoon to ponder on what’s been going on as they say. I read a dozen or so NI vets are about to be charged with serious criminal offences despite all the Government rhetoric about stopping such travesties. Only soldiers mind, no terrorists are being charged, they are ‘still being investigated’. Imagine for a moment , you are in your 70s, maybe not in the best of health, you have faced numerous investigations previously and told no charges will be brought to then be told decades later you face court. Unspeakably unjust!

The Telegraph reports on infantry battalions being vastly understrength, Guards Regiments ( Scots Guards particularly) almost 50% understrength. The army is currently almost 8000 understrength even on its last reduced manpower target. That all got me thinking. I read last week that cyber and drone  warfare was being ramped up as an army defence spending priority. Today I read Gen Patrick Sanders, Head of UK Strategic Command, tells of how UK cyber spies thwarted a number of IS attacks via phone jamming, drone disablement and crippling internet servers. He went on to describe the events as very cheap ways of waging terrorist warfare. It comes after ministers promised a ‘new cyber force’ to combat Britain’s enemies on line. Methinks the current manning shortfall is planned and we will see a major revamp of defence in the near future, one that will see further disbandments of centuries old proud regiments of the line. It is almost inevitable.

Anyone else watch the BBC Covid briefings? I have an new hero. Johnathon Van Tam. He is THE most ‘listenable’ to of the whole cabal of scientists, NHS England and Public Health doctors by a country mile. Having spent almost 16 years of my latter career working closely with PH and NHS England folk I can almost predict their answers to questions about Covid, vaccines etc etc. Not so with Prof Van Tam. A straight talker, he ANSWERS the questions directly, you can just tell he would refuse any Government spin he was told to portray. He was absent from the briefings for a few weeks after he refused to join in the cover up of the  ‘Cummingsgate’ debacle but Boris soon realised how the public ( and the media) have taken to the Prof. Amidst the hyperbole and rhetoric  his latest advice re the SA mutant strain puts things in perspective, The Oxford AZ vaccine does have limitations in providing immunisation against the SA strain but it will prevent serious illness and hospitalisation for most and IS a major protection against all other strains. He also said the SA strain is unlikely to be a dominant one. Then I open my newspaper this morning and see a photo of the French Health Minister being vaccinated, guess which vaccine. Go on guess! The OXFORD ASTRA ZENECA vaccine!

My post too long? Well I haven’t been on for a while and these days I have to use the days when I feel good and can actually articulate sentences to do so lol.

Stay safe everyone, being vaccinated next week, hoping no side effects to add to those of the chemo ones lol.

 

 

 

 

February 9, 2021

Joined: May 14, 2014
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Bits And Bobs

February 9, 2021

WOW you certainly have a VERY VERY positive attitude David. That + the WHOLE of the Telegraph crossword.....you can't go wrong....keep up the Chemo with the same optimism and you will definitely be  back posting full time.......meanwhile though.....concentrate on what you do best.... "THE JOB IN HAND". Stay safe and good luck with the future "jabs". (Mary and I had ours last Sunday) WHICH ONE.... go on guess ?    Mick.

February 9, 2021

Joined: May 5, 2014
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Bits And Bobs

February 9, 2021

Great to hear from you David, & also great that your treatment is going so well. Your post "too long" ? Not on your Nellie, just delighted you're in such a good frame of mind, which keeps our spirits up as well. Troop numbers - yes, cyber/drone warfare IS a less expensive way of waging war against terrorists, BUT, we also need boots on the ground, aircraft in the skies, and ships patrolling the seas to combat the other forms of attack. Troops are also much needed for humanitarian aid wherever in the world that might be, including closer to home, as in the UK Vaccination Centres. Defence IS expensive, but it's like many other forms of  insurance, a very necessary expense, so the Government needs to think twice before cutting the numbers and prosecuting former soldiers ! Covid Briefings - I only watch the highlights on the News, finding the figures relating to daily deaths etc, depressing to say the least - mind you, deaths , contracting the virus & hospitalisation numbers are deffo  all improving. Prof Van Tam is a breath of fresh air though, not someone who provides political spin IMO.      Anyway, before I get accused of "talking" too much, Take care all, keep safe, & look forward to warmer & healthier times. John (JKW)


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