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HB John Dryden 19Aug 1631 - 1st poet laureate of England

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:16:00 +0000

You hoard not health for your own private use,But on the public spend the rich produce.When, often urged, unwilling to be great,Your cuntry calls you from your loved retreat,And sends to senates, charged with common care,Which none more shuns, and none can better bear:Where could they find another formed so fit,To poise, with solid sense, a sprightly witJohn Dryden - Epistle 15His grandeur he deriv'd from heaven alone,For he was great e'er fortune made him soAnd wars like mists that rise against the sunMade him but greater seem, not greater grow.|No borrow'd bays his temple did adorn,But to our Crown he did fresh jewels bring;Nor was his virtue poison'd soon as born,With the too early thoughts of being King.John Dryden, Heroick Stanzas consecrated to his Highness Oliver.Few know the use of life before 'tis past.--John Dryden, quo. J. R. Lowell, "My Study Windows"If passion rules, how weak does reason prove! --John Dryden (1631-1700) _The Rival Ladies_ [1664]If this were the last day of your life, my friendTell me, what do you think you would do then?Stand up to the blow, that fate has struck upon you?Make the most of all you still have coming to you? orLay down on the ground and let the tears flow from youCrying to the grass and treesAnd heaven finally on your knees:Nor is the people's judgement always true,The most may err as grossly as the few."John Dryden, _Absalom and Achitophel_Great wits are sure to madness near allied,And thin partitions do their bounds divide.John Dryden,, Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 163.Death in itself is nothing; but we fearTo be we know not what, we know not where.John Dryden. 1631-1701. Aurengzebe. Act iv. Sc. 1.They can conquer who believe they can-- John Dryden. Book V of Virgil's Aeneid.If passion rules, how weak does reason prove!--John Dryden (1631-1700)_The Rival Ladies_ [1664]Mrs. Dryden     Lord, Mr. Dryden, how can you always be poring over these musty books. I wish I were a book, and then I should have more of your company.Dryden              Pray, my dear; if you become a book let it be an almanack,for then I shall change you every year - Dictionary of Biographical Quotations, Sphere Reference 1985.Look round the habitable world, how fewKnow their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.-John DrydenBeware of the fury of the patient man. -- John Dryden, Absolem and AchitophelWelcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.--DrydenHere lies my wife: here let her lie!Now she's at rest, and so am I.-John Dryden (1631-1700) (Epitaph intended for his wife)So softly death succeeded life in her, [...]

The National Trust and LGBTQ

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:35:00 +0000

My letter and the response.Full name Graham John Weeks:Address (first line and post code):71 Lee Rd, UB6 7DA'National Trust volunteers at a country house who decline to promote the LGBT agenda are being told they cannot meet the public.The Trust is currently holding a “Prejudice and Pride” season to celebrate homosexuality and transsexualism. But around ten helpers at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk have reportedly declined to wear a LGBT lanyard or badge – and so therefore cannot be on duty in “a visitor-facing role”.’If you persist with such a policy my membership will not be renewed.G J WEEKSgj.weeks@icloud.comNT responseDear Graham,Thank you for your recent message about the ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme and the exhibition at Felbrigg.As you will know, our founders set up the Trust ‘for the benefit of the nation’ and that is why we believe that we must make everyone feel welcome when they visit our properties and in the stories we tell, reflect the diversity of the society we live in. Like many other heritage and cultural organisations, this year we’re marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality at a small number of our properties.Many of our volunteers across the country have taken the opportunity to get involved in our ‘Prejudice and Pride’ programme, which explores LGBTQ heritage. At Felbrigg, many volunteers have supported a new six-week exhibition, which looks at the life of Robert Ketton–Cremer. His decision to leave the house to the Trust was the result in part of the fact that he had never married and had no heirs to inherit. The thoroughly researched exhibition features a thoughtful and respectful video presented by Stephen Fry about Ketton-Cremer’s life. The question of his sexuality is only one part of the story it tells.As part of the programme at Felbrigg we asked our staff and volunteers to wear a rainbow lanyard or badge, as a welcoming symbol to all of our visitors. However, we’re aware that some volunteers had conflicting, personal opinions about the badges and felt uncomfortable wearing one. This was never our intention. The issue around wearing badges also risked distracting attention away from the message of the LGBTQ programme and discussion of more important issues. We have contacted all our volunteers at the house to make it clear the decision to wear a rainbow lanyard was optional. Many have chosen to do so and continue to enthusiastically support the programme.Conservation of our places remains at the heart of what we do, and thanks to the support of our members and donors, we are now spending more than ever before – more than £100m a year – on conservation work, mainly on our houses and collections. Our membership numbers continue to grow and are approaching 5 million this year, while the number of visits we receive each year is rising too. So I hope I can reassure you that the National Trust has not lost sight of its core purpose.I hope this makes our position a clearer, thank you for the support you have shown us.Kind regardsJake McNallySupporter Service CentreNational Trust---- Original Message ----[...]

Racist - me?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:27:00 +0000

A thought provoking passage written by an Englishman about the current situation in HIS homeland - this is thought provoking and is equally relevant in any other (once) white country.I have been wondering about why whites are racists, and no other race is? There are British Africans, British Chinese, British Asian, British Turks, etc, etc, etc. And then there are just British. You know what I mean, plain ole English people that were born here. You can include the Welsh, the Scottish and the people who live off our shores of Great Britain on tiny islands. Yes, we are all true Brits. The others that live here call me 'White boy,' 'Cracker,' 'Honkey,' 'Whitey,' 'Caveman' 'White trash' and that's OK... But if I call you, Nigger, Spade, Towel head, Paki, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook or Chink, you call me a racist. You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you. So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live? You have the Muslim Council of Great Britain. You have Black History Month. You have swimming pools for Asian women. You have Islamic banks for Muslims only. You have year of the dragon day for Chinese people. If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists. If we had White History Month, we'd be racists. If we had any organization for only whites to 'advance' OUR lives, we'd be racists. A white woman could not be in the Miss Black Britain or Miss Asia, but any colour can be in the Miss UK. If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships, you know we'd be racists.There are over 200 openly proclaimed Muslim only schools in England. Yet if there were 'White schools only', that would be  racist!In the Bradford riots and Toxteth riots, you believed that you were standing-up for your race and rights. If we stood-up for our race and rights, you would call us racists. You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you're not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists. We fly our flag, we are racists. If we celebrate St George's day we are racists. You can fly your flag and it’s called diversity. You celebrate your cultures and it’s called multiculturalism. [...]

August 17: “Six Johns”

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000

by archivistDangerous Times Demand Vigorous Faithby Rev. David T. MyersThe Protestant Reformation had been a long time in coming to Scotland. But finally, that reformation which had begun in Germany and Switzerland under Martin Luther and John Calvin hit the shores of Scotland under the spiritual leadership of John Knox. His presence was not without its suffering. which we have seen thus far in these pages to Knox and other Protestants before him. But in 1560, members of the Protestant faith took control of the Scottish Parliament. Then, Knox and others wanted a Protestant nation from the top down. And this Reformation parliament agreed, instructing Knox and six other ministers to prepare a creed summarizing of the faith and life of the Scottish church.This group of ministers led by John Knox had met before to hammer out a book of discipline for the Kirk. Their names were: John Winram, John Spottiswoode, John Willock, John Douglas, and John Roe. Along with John Knox, they were famously known as “the six John’s.” They returned back to the Parliament with the doctrinal statement after just  four days, on August 17, 1560. Obviously, they were at home with the Scriptural truths and texts within this document.It consisted of twenty-five chapters, supports with Scriptural texts, strengthened by words such as “cleave, serve, worship, and trust.” They had to be some knowledge of church history by its readers in the distant past, as it condemned the heresies of Arius, Marcion, Eutyches, and Nestorius by name. Obviously, Roman Catholicism was thoroughly denied in the confession. It was read twice, first to the Lords of the Articles, and second to the whole Parliament, with members of the “Six John’s” standing up to answer any and all protestations. Very few were enunciated. The votes of every member of the Parliament were then recorded. While there were a few negatives, the majority in the affirmative was clear and strong. Scotland has a Reformation Creedal standard.Two acts, as John Knox wrote in his History of the Reformation, were passed in additions to the Scots Confession. The one was against “the Mass and the abuse of the Sacrament, and the other against the Supremacy of the Pope.” (pg. 233) All laws at variance to the Reformed faith were set aside.The entire Scot Confession of 1560 can be read online here.This Reformation Confession would provide the spiritual foundation of the Scottish Reformation until the Westminster Confession and Catechisms would replace it in 1648.Words to Live By:This author in his forty years of ministry within Presbyterian churches has often heard visitors, upon hearing of our Confessional Standards, reply that they hold to “no creed but Christ.” Now that succinct statement sounds good, but in truth even the apostate would affirm it.The only difference would be that his “Christ” is very much different from the Christ of the Bible. And that is the reason why a Confessional standard is needed by the true church today. To be sure, it is never held above the Bible. It is always a subordinate standard. We receive and adopt it as elders of the church. We look upon it as a summary of the teachings of the Old and New Testaments.  Reader, if you haven’t cracked open its pages for a long time, spend some time this week in reading again its chapters. You will be thankful again of this historic standard of our Presbyterian and Reformed churches.[...]

Diary for week ending 19 Aug 17

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:52:00 +0000

My week started in hospital from where I blogged daily But Tuesday I was home.  So Wednesday is back to retired normality wondering how much fitter I am thanks to my excess of two weeks in hospital with congestive heart failure.Wed 11 Aug 17at 02:30 · Home, home at last - after 17 days in Northwick Park HospitalChristian quoter: Hospital Diary 15 Aug 17Christian of the Reformed tradition,i.e. a Presbyterian. Father of four, grandfather of six too. D.O.B. 12 May 1946, and I don't believe in zodiac signs.CHRISTIANQUOTER.BLOGSPOT.CO.UKRHS Garden Wisley.9:43Katy, Bethany Weeks,Hannah, Rachel, Elissa and Ethan all off to Wisley. I alone am left.SaveRHS Garden WisleyPark · WisleyHannah Weeks and 3 others have been here at International Presbyterian Church, Ealing.22:45London · While the family was at RHS Wisley I cut the grass, picked fruit, weeded and repaired a light sp not an inactive day my first out of hospital. Excellent IPC weekly prayer tonight.SavedInternational Presbyterian Church, EalingPresbyterian Church · LondonStephen Frost and 17 others have been hereThursday 17 Aug 174:51Prayer meeting last night we prayed round our IPC churches and church plants, 10 in England, four in Scotland. I note our brethren in EPCEW list 13 in England and 3 in Wales. I favour a merger. What we have in common is so much greater than our differences.5:49I did this before then dropped it after the last time I was in hospital. Having resumed daily in hospital where one has more time I shall now see if I can keep up each week.Christian quoter: Diary for week ending 19 Aug 17Christian of the Reformed tradition,i.e. a Presbyterian. Father of four, grandfather of six too. D.O.B. 12 May 1946, and I don't believe in zodiac signs.CHRISTIANQUOTER.BLOGSPOT.CO.UKFriday 18 Aug 17Thursday morning the nurse came round and dressed my legs. She says exudate is now minimal so there bandages will stay on six days. The downside is difficulty in showering and itch which interrupts sleep. After nurse, games with the family. Ethan the youngest triumphant at Uno. I treated them all to MacDonalds in Greenford. Back home I watched the first day/night Test in England with centuries from Cook and Root putting the Windies to the sword. But that was as nothing to seeing the tail end to Yorkshire's record breaking 20:20 innings with Lyth breaking the English innings record and scoring the third highest ever in the world in 20:20. We had Jonathan and Miriam join us for Indian takeaway supper. I negotiated a 10% discount ordering 10 main courses plus sundries for 11 of us. After the meal the Cambridge party left for home as did the Greenford four so the household was back to the usual three of us and Katy should be able to have a rest from hospitality.3:342 mins · I now have 14 different drugs to take each day plus two more when needed. So I am thankful for free NHS prescriptions and happy to live in UK not USA.4:03We should be moved house by early November so lots to do. Yesterday we sorted through old vinyl classical LPs and are thinking of selling on Ebay. Any advice? Will not try Amazon as they messed me about over book selling years ago. Judge, jury and executioners with no appeals.10:04Cooked Nyonya for dinner - told it is Chinese, Indonesia, Malasian fusion. Loved it. Then a visit from a very kind Ugandan friend.Saturday 19 Aug 17[...]

Hospital Diary 15 Aug 17

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:28:00 +0000

9;14 I have paced this ward as over 100 yards long. I walked up and down briskly with no shortness of breath so will tell the doctors I want to go home.11;15  feeling optimistic.The best of news. Consultants meet later. I may be home this afternoon. If so let the pharmacy remove their digit. St Marks took nearly three hours for discharge meds and then it was wrong. Hospital pharmacy, the perfect illustration of the ills of monopoly. In the community my dispensing speed was less than five minutes per item. On a busy day I did an item a minute12:15 thinking about going home.Good chat with Senior House Officer, Dr Sethi a man of the Punjab and Southall. He explained the causation of heart failure is multifactorial. The one factor now ruled out is narrowing of the arteries. I should be home today or tomorrow and have to watch my weight keeping off the 25lb lost so far. As that was fluid I have to watch fluid intake and expulsion. It would seem I have an excuse for whisky and not beer. I have promised to exercise more when the leg ulcers are sorted. That matter s being referred to district nurses. I am also hoping to be off warfarin after eight and a half years and start newer anticoagulant. I will though be on furosemide or bumetanide so no early morning public transport for me. All in all I am a happy bunny and a thankful one despite having a heart only doing 27% of optimal performance. Now I can take the grandchildren to the awful MacDs and Katy to Lisa's, the best eatery in Ealing to celebrate our recent wedding anniversary. PTL. Amen and Amen. Deb and I will also get to see the new house ASAP.5:10Consultant talked.  I am being discharged, awaiting only the drugs. Waiting for the pharmacy to produce my drugs for home. Patience needed.Short supply.6:10 The only drug awaited from the pharmacy is the new anticoagulant. Is some clot holding it up?7:30 Rachel brought me home. Me and five females tonight. Katy, Deb, Bethany, Hannah and Elissa.SaveLee Road PerivaleTravel and transport · London[...]

Hospital diary 5 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:09:00 +0000

5 August at 04:06 · Today I was booked for a wedding at our church. I was to marry two of our members, Romanian and Spanish. I am the legally recognised registrar for our building. But the doctors forbade my attendance so Edit and Fernando have had to call in a registrar from the town hall as well as a fellow elder of ours to do the honours. I think we should have a second church member registered to record marriages in future.5 August at 12:02 · I hear the compression bandaging etc I need does not come via the pharmacy but a surgical supplier. Economy at the price of delays for the patient?[...]

Hospital diary 4 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:05:00 +0000

4 August at 09:34 · A phlebotomist has taken blood. I told her she could come again. Her profession are the best of vampires. Nurses are not as good and medics are rubbish with needles.4 August at 10:04 · Another 3lb lost today and I feel less evidence of fluid on the lungs.4 August at 17:56 · If all goes well I may hope for angiogram on Monday and if it is not too bad, home this time next week. If not, surgery?[...]

Hospital diary 3 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +0000

3 August at 05:13 · London · Seeing the dawn over Wembley Stadium.Northwick Park Hospital.3 August at 07:53 · Uxbridge ·It is a beautiful clear morning and even with the naked eye I can count 12 tower cranes in my panoramic vista.3 August at 10:47 · I am told that if the angiogram, whenever it happens, shows not too much damage, stents will be inserted there and then. If we are in a worse state it may be surgery elsewhere or some stents first and more at a later date. Wait and see is all I can say.3 August at 21:30 · I have my DNA results and I am Europe 100%Great Britain 37%Ireland 29%Europe West 24%Scandinavia 8% My own searching has produced GB only with not a hint of Irish.3 August at 22:28 · Only three days late the tissue viability nurse had my compression bandages removed and replaced by mere absorbent dressings. The Ealing community nurses had not responded with details of the dressings and this nurse is away now until Monday. So she would not replace the compression in case it went wrong and no-one else here was qualified to sort it out. I am not happy but can do nothing about it.[...]

Hospital diary 2 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:53:00 +0000

2 August at 05:40 · A pleasant surprise. The hospital used to allow one a free hour of wifi each day. The limit seems to be no more though one has to keep on logging in.2 August at 07:28 · For the first time I am leaving my mobile on 24/7. So if you want a chat,  feeling drained at Northwick Park Hospital.2 August at 10:58 · Uxbridge · Lost 10lb in 4 days thanks to IV furosemide. Shane Warne should have tried this.…/newsid_2…/newsid_2747600/2747627.stm I do have a connection with the great Aussie. Seeing me at Lords in my red t-shirt he said on Sky that Father Christmas was in the crowd.2 August at 14:25 · Good news: Rachel and the children visited. Bad news they are banned as are all children under 12 due to risk of infection. I think it is the risk to them not from them which is silly as the parents should have the choice. I hear that they do not do cardiac surgery here so I might be transferred to Hammersmith where we have a cardiologist consultant friend but nothing is decided yet.[...]


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:45:00 +0000

Graham Weeks was feeling optimistic at Northwick Park Hospital.1 August at 19:13 · Uxbridge · Shocked to be told that sometime between early March and July I had a symptomless heart attack which is the cause of present heart failure. I need to have an angiogram but have to be recovered enough for the procedure. It will determine what treatment there will be, anything from stents to bypass. So goodbye to taking a wedding and preaching this weekend. But I am good in spirits and have a spacious side room with a view of Wembley, Shard and city. No worries.SaveNorthwick Park Hospital[...]

Hospital Diary 31 Jul 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:09:00 +0000

Graham Weeks was feeling thankful at Northwick Park Hospital.31 July at 15:47 · Uxbridge · On Saturday afternoon I dailed for NHS advice due to shortness of breath even while lying down, a very distressing experience. An ambulance took me for hospital admission. I have congestive heart failure and am being treated with diuretic injection to remove the excess fluid collecting on the lungs. I am much much better now that I can breath again. Shortness of breath even lying down I would liken to asphyxia by waterboarding but without the water.SaveNorthwick Park HospitalHospital · Uxbridge31 July at 17:42 · Shared via AddThis We had tickets to this because of Katy's great uncle's sacrifice there but due to my ill heath we sadly missed out on being with the fallen, their relatives and the royals and PM. Thomas Morrell (b. 12 Sep 1884, d. 06 Sep 1917)Thomas Morrell (son of William MORRELL and Sara WHITELEGG) was born 12 Sep 1884, and died 06 Sep 1917 in Belgium.Passchendaele: Service in Belgium marks start of battle - BBC NewsThe royals join thousands of relatives to remember 100 years since the 1917 battle.BBC.CO.UK|BY BBC NEWS31 July at 22:34 · Moved to a side room of Jenner ward, 9th floor with a view of the Wembley arch and east to the Shard. So a ward named after a man who truly changed the world for the better.[...]

Hospital diary 14 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:26:00 +0000

03:16 · In the words of Mr Grumpy himself, 'I do not believe it'. Nurse tells me I am not due until the afternoon list as despite no warfarin my INR is not as they may want it. I think I must pass from angry to fatalistic. No. Wrong religion. Providencialistic. Or resigned. Back to expecting nothing so one cannot be disappointed.04:25 · Notice here of the prayers of friends is a great encouragement.8:18 The first London hospital I was inpatient was Ealing about 15 years ago with cellulitis. Ealing was Indians, patients and staff. Ate curry as the English catering was very poor. Eight years ago I had four or five nights in Hammersmith. I counted over 20 nationalities/ethnicities among the stall, cleaners to consultants. Hammersmith is the world, staff and patients. My experience here and the adjoining St Marks is nurses mainly from Philippines and Kerala, India. I have seen the odd one from Afghanistan, Napal, Sierra Leone, Morocco, Cyprus, Romania, Sri Lanka, Goa, Bangladesh, Spain, Ghana, Kenya, Switzerland, Ivory Coast Jamaica, USA, plenty from Ireland and even a few from England. There have been other places of origin which I have forgotten. Catering is contracted out and is much improved with a choice of British, halal, veggie, vegan, Caribbean or Kosher.10:19 The phlebotomist says the lab may not tell cardiology the INR until 2pm or later which may account for the poor communication with this impatient. (not a serendipity autocorrect) At present having legs dressed.14:20 Cardiology registrar says my blood is now OK so I await the call for angiogram.16:22 Angiogram done. No narrowing of arteries so what has caused the heart failure? I await a verdict.19:23 Katy, Bethany and Hannah visited. Report from cath lab still awaited.[...]

Hospital diary 13 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:13:00 +0000

Sabbath rest from the computer means a brief account only.

Saturday night I tried to lie on the bed and watch for meteors.Saw none. Sunday being my sabbath from the web, emails etc I started on my first Kindle book, Seeking Allan Finding Jesus. I found the kindle a bit of a pain. Hard copy is so much better unless you are travelling. Cannula replaced but put in my left wrist. not convenient and for the first time in my life my watch is on my right wrist. Sunday morning beautiful sunshine. For the first time in my fortnight here I walked round explored this ward and wing. Decided I have the best room. Found the live stream of the Aberystwyth Conference, Sunday morning. Visits fro family, Katy, Jonathan, Miriam, Bethany, Hannah, Rachel and Ethan. Even some UNO with Ethan. Now fasting for angiogram and i am supposed to be first on the list.

Hospital diary 12 Aug 7

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:32:00 +0000

12 August at 11:41 · London · Trainspotting yesterday from 2 p.m.Main line has three tracks each way plus two tube lines I think. I failed to distinguish up trains from down but in 20 minutes, 8 suburban, 10 tubes, 5 express and one goods. Takes me back to Thirsk station and steam which did not have so much traffic.12 August at 15:18 · I am disgusted with the chaplaincy here. Sundays two afternoon RC masses. Thursday one Anglican service with no publicity. I contacted the local C of E bishop who has given me a name to contact. This afternoon I may have a RC priest to visit ... and evangelise. So RC doing better than C of E who may be better than a free church nothing. Perhaps I cod call for an imam and talk the gospel to  him12 August at 17:30 · London · Had Deb and Katy visit. Played a game but not at my best due to tiredness and a little pain in my left leg. Premiership so far showed how bookies make a living. So far three correct results predicted and one correct score among them. Burnley and Huddersfield fans, I am pleased for your going against the odds. I was expecting a priestly visit but no RC priest so far.12 August at 17:33 · I bought Dylan's Shot of Love on CD. Deb kindly copied it to a memory stick so I am enjoying the Christian Bob on my MacAir.12 August at 21:29 · Encouraged by Paul's pastoral visit. I think he has a gift for it as well as preaching, training new people in ministry, hospitality and evangelism. We are blessed to have him.[...]

Hospital diary 11 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:35:00 +0000

11 August at 06:25 · I am hoping for reason to have as sunny a disposition as the weather outside.11 August at 06:49 · I had complaints that yesterday's selfie was too glum. So here is one I made earlier - some years ago.11 August at 11:51 · London · I am on the list for angiogram, time unspecified. I suppose I should be good and skip lunch. I am naturally slow to fast unless for faith reasons.11 August at 12:21 · I am told I am last on the list for cardiac catheterisation. Could be 7 pm or later. My hopes are not raised. He who expects nothing will not be dissapointed. So neither lunch nor dinner for me. Sacrificing them for a good heart report will be fine.11 August at 12:48 · Doctor has been in to say my INR is fine. I will be treated today. My scepticism level is reduced.11 August at 12:52 · I hope I have now had my last IV furosemide. I call it stand and deliver medicine -- unless you are female when it is sit and ...11 August at 14:33 · Going NOW for angiogram and perhaps angioplasty.11 August at 16:51 · London · Two and a quarter hours after doctors said I was due to be taken for angiogram I am informed it has been cancelled again. I am not angry. I am livid, incandescent. I await the medics appearance with explanation of this fiasco. GRRRRR.11 August at 17:02 · Still waiting for explanation and apology. I was told procedure was happening. Two nurses came to ask questions. I was given pre-med tablets and all for nothing.11 August at 17:11 · The consultant says that the INR needs to be lower still in case the arm artery is not accessible and they use the groin. So now. MONDAY morning. Why he could not try the arm now is beyond me. But he is the almighty consultant whose word cannot be questioned. So I have to conclude he is my grace grower used to my sanctification. This also means a new canula for continued IV diuretic, something I have so far avoided.11 August at 22:04 · Presents received from California. One NASA t-shirt now on, one bottle opener bullet and some chocolate ginger. Dennis, is this a cannon shell? It is BIG. Katy smuggled in a pint of Bishop's Finger so your opener was put to good use. Deb showed us lots of holiday pics.[...]

Hospital Diary 10 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:41:00 +0000

10 August at 09:08 · Uxbridge · Fasting awaiting angiogram time unspecified but hopefully this morning. Also due change of compression bandaging today. Beautiful sunny view over to the City.10 August at 10:01 · Now allowed breakfast but no lunch as angiogram scheduled for the afternoon.In my side ward10 August at 14:45 · Compression bandaging replaced. Angiogram still awaited.10 August at 19:10 · MR ANGRY REPORTS. Blood taken 9 a.m. Taken for procedure at 3 p.m. After 20 minutes on trolley told my blood clotting level was not suitable. I have had a doctor down to apologies now. Hopefully they will have it sorted tomorrow. Adverse providence is hard to bear patiently. Not that this is a big deal but it was 100% avoidable hence my anger.10 August at 21:02 · Cheered by a pastoral visit from our minister who is still on holiday and Rachel with Elissa.Beat the ladies at UNO too.10 August at 22:47 · London · The top one is the bungalow we are buying and beneath it our home since 1984 which we are selling.All SuitableCHAIN FREE! VIEWINGS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY! Brian Cox Estate Agents are delighted to offer this immaculate and unique four double bedroom, detached bungalow for sale. The owners have completely transformed the property and…APPLICANT.EXPERTAGENT.CO.UK[...]

Hospital Diary 9 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:24:00 +0000

9 August at 04:00 · Enjoyed FaceTime with Debbie in California until the connection failed. Free internet in the NHS cannot be relied upon but what there is, I am thankful for.9 August at 07:32 · 48 years ago today -the photo not the cake. We were both 23, the average age for marriage in England in 1969! Does anyone recognise me in my last clean-shaven year?9 August at 13:10 · The doctor came and tells me the nurses never recorded that I had laid down flat for an hour with no breathing problems. He had no report so I had no angiogram. So I have repeaterd the task and await my test. Today?9 August at 14:43 · Forbidden fruit the sweetest. A mini bottle of proseco to celebrate the wedding anniversary thanks to Rachel.9 August at 15:57 · Doctor says I should have angiogram tomorrow (Thursday) morning.9 August at 16:09 · Chocolate from my wife for the anniversary and strawberries from visitors. It cannot get much better.9 August at 18:49 · I had eight evenings of halal curry or caribbean dinners. Now I am back to English and it is not bad. Breakfast and lunch give no such choice.9 August at 18:52 · First day of rain with visibility so poor I can see Wembley but not the City. More autumnal than summer.9 August at 21:31 · Katy and Adrian visited. Nurse says I am on the list for angiogram tomorrow. fasting after midnight.[...]

Hospital diary 8 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:06:00 +0000

8 August at 11:39 · I now realise I can see the London Eye from my room. The one thing I cannot see is the building that dominated the city skyline for 255 years, St Paul's. I can see the Telecom (Post Office) Tower which from 1965 to 81 was the tallest London building. Until then, St Paul's dominated the city, 1710 to 1965, it was the tallest London building and its fire encircled image in the blitz, its most iconic. I find it sad that the temples of mammon now dwarf the house built to the glory of God.8 August at 17:11 · We have made and had an offer accepted on a four bedroom bungalow in Greenford. Only Katy and Rachel have seen it so far but the sale of this and ours is with our solicitor. It is a better property than the one we lost in May.8 August at 21:16 · Visit from Rachel with ginger cookies, beef jerky, past its date brie and more. Missing only the banned liquid. Down side. Doctor has not been today and has neglected to tell me why I am not on the list for angiogram tomorrow. So when the medic does appear they will have one angry patient. Whatever their reason I deserve to be told. But on balance, very happy.[...]

Hospital diary 7 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:03:00 +0000

7 August at 03:02 · I had not been sleeping through the night before I was admitted here. But now it is pain from my leg ulcers which wakes me and analgesics bring no relief. I find it best to get out of bed and sit with Bible or at computer That helps get one's mind off the pain. .7 August at 08:11 · Thirsk · In my youth I enjoyed the common hobby of trainspotting. I had many happy days at Thirsk Station. I still have my book of engine numbers from the era of steam. Now from this hospital bed I can see two branches of the Metropolitan Line near where they cross the Euston main line to the north west. Many more frequent trains than Thirsk.7 August at 14:42 · Tissue viability nurse has applied the compression bandaging and it feels better already.7 August at 15:02 · Cardiology registrar wants me lying flat for an hour to see if I breathe normally. If I do I hope for angiogram tomorrow. He tells me my present heart function is all of 27% of what it should be.7 August at 18:07 · I laid down flat with only a thin pillow under my head and in one hour I was not breathless. So I hope this qualifies me for the angiogram ASAP. And we won the Test!7 August at 20:59 · After several nights disturbed by pain in my legs I look forward to a good sleep now that compression bandaging has given a more or less pain free day.7 August at 21:45 · Disappointed to hear from nurse that I am not on the list for angiogram tomorrow.[...]

Hospital diary 6 Aug 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 02:00:00 +0000

Not a lot today as Sunday is my internet sabbath.Graham Weeks was feeling deprived at Northwick Park Hospital.6 August at 11:11 · Uxbridge · No C of E or free church service here today. RC at 4pm so I may try mass if I have no visitors to save me from the pope. When I was an Ealing councillor, 1990 tp 98, I would go to civic services with the mayoral party. I preferred RC to liberal protestant as most of a mass is biblical, liberalism is another religion. And the RCs gave us better refreshments, especially at the Polish Church.Graham Weeks was feeling frustrated.6 August at 11:16 · TMS inaudible today on R4 LW. SkyGo refuses to connect.[...]


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:38:00 +0000

   Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.              THE BBC’S ATTACK ON GENDER PUTS CHILDREN AT RISK      Dear marriage supporter,It is an ill society which chooses to confuse and worry children in order to appease adults with an extreme agenda. Sadly, our national broadcaster continues to do just this.This coming Wednesday, August 16th, BBC2 will screen a documentary titled No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?In the programme, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim sets out to prove that there are no significant physical or psychological differences between young boys and girls.To this end a classroom of seven-year-olds is subjected to an experiment in which books with characters “squarely aimed at boys” are thrown away, distinct male and female toilets abolished, and a male make-up artist is brought in to persuade boys to aim for less masculine careers.Girls vulnerableThe children themselves are horrified at having to share lavatories, with Dr Abdelmoneim admitting that girls feel particularly uncomfortable as a result of the new arrangement.This is the latest in a series of programmes by the BBC which appear determined to promote transgenderism as a positive, natural development in children.Last week the Victoria Derbyshire programme renewed its coverage of two pre-pubescent children living as members of the opposite gender.A nine-year-old boy who uses the name ‘Lily’ is featured along with his friend ‘Jessica’ who is a ten-year-old boy, and ‘Jessica’s’ step-mother who has decided to live as a member of the opposite sex named ‘Alex’.BBC biasThe BBC’s persistent undermining of children’s natural genders is deeply upsetting for parents and children, as is the claim that gender is a question of feelings and not biology. Without an ability to meaningfully distinguish between man and woman, traditional marriage is greatly undermined.Under section 6 of its charter, the BBC is required to “provide impartial news and information”. Its editorial guidelines also say:“When dealing with ‘controversial subjects’, we must ensure a wide range of significant views and perspectives are given due weight and prominence, particularly when the controversy is active. Opinion should be clearly distinguished from fact.”Raising pre-pubescent children to have no gender or to believe that they are members of the opposite sex is clearly controversial but there is no discernible effort to balance any of the Corporation’s output on the subject.We believe the BBC’s decision to dispense with editorial impartiality on this issue is a breach of its legal duty. In the coming weeks, the Coalition for Marriage will continue to do all that it can to push the Corporation to demonstrate the balance and neutrality required of it by law.Thank you to all of our supporters who continue to fund our work. We are busy on a number of initiatives for September and October which would have been impossible without your recent generosity. If you are able to, please donate.  DONATE  Yours sincerely,Colin HartChairmanCoalition for Marriage      Coalition for Marriage8 Marshalsea RoadLondonSE1 1HLYou received this email because you chose to be 'kept informed' when you signed the Petition for Marriage at or on p[...]

Had a DNA test

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:45:00 +0000

Had a DNA test and the result is Ethnicity Estimate Thousands of years agoEurope 100%Great Britain 37%Ireland 29%Europe West 24%Scandinavia 8%The more recent generations point to Scottish as the major grouping so my maternal side dominates with grandfather George Graham born in Leith in 1890. George GRAHAM (son of James William Graham and Eliza Neil was born 13 Nov 1890 in Edinburgh, and died 25 May 1953 in Topcliffe.He married Emily LILLICO on 05 Aug 1916 in Primitive Methodist Chapel Millfield, daughter of William LILLICO and Mary Brown. Lillico is Scottish, derived from Linlithgow in the Lowlands. Perhaps there is Covenanter blood.Emily LILLICO (daughter of William LILLICO and Mary Brown was born 1881 in Millfield, and died 1959 in Topcliffe.William LILLICO son of William Lillico and Eleanor was born 1835 in Ford, Northumberland, England and died 1923.He married Mary Brown on 1850, daughter of John BROWN and Ellen.Mary Brown (b. 1836, d. 1920)Mary Brown born 1836 in Ford, Northumberland, EnglandJohn BROWN was born 1795 in Ford, and died Bef. 1871.He married Ellen on 1821  b. 1800, d. Bef. 1871)William Lillico was born Abt. 1786 in Northumberland, and died Abt. 1850.He married EleanorJames William Graham (b. 30 Apr 1863, d. 09 Nov 1929)son of George Graham and Isabella Burn) was born 30 Apr 1863 in Wooler, Northumberland, England, and died 09 Nov 1929 in Newcastle upon Tyne.He married Eliza Neil, daughter of James NEIL and Margaret. Eliza Neil (daughter of James NEIL and Margaret) was born 1867 in Cavers, Roxburg, and died 1901 in Leith.James NEIL (son of M was born 1826 in Minto, Roxburghshire.He married Margaret.Margaret Neil was born 1788 in BerwickshireGeorge Graham (son of George Graham and Mary Graham)3 was born 1838 in Wooler, Northumberland, England and died Aft. 1901.He married Isabella Burn on Bef. 1861, daughter of James Burn and Isabella Burn. Isabella Burn (daughter of James Burn and Isabella Burn)315 was born 1823 in Wooler, Northumberland, England.She married Thomas Chisholm on Bef. 1840.She married (2) George Graham on Bef. 1861 James Burn was born 1773 in Northumberland, England and died Bef. 1851.He married Isabella Burn on Bef. 1823. born 1784 in Lowick.George Graham (b. 1788, d. Bef. 1861) George Graham was born 1788 in Wooler, Northumberland, England,  Ensgn, Royal navy. and died Bef. 1861.He married (2) Mary Graham on Bef. 1838.Mary Graham was born 1807 in Berwick.Grandfather to great, great,great gf.George Graham born in Leith in 1890, died 25 May 1953 in Topcliffe.James William Graham born 30 Apr 1863 in Wooler,died 09 Nov 1929 in Newcastle upon Tyne.George Graham was born 1838 in Wooler,died Aft. 1901.HGeorge Graham born 1788 in Wooler, Northumberland,Ensgn, Royal navy. and died Bef 1861John WEEKS died Abt. 1806 in Abson.He married Mary.Robert WEEKS, b. 1788, Wick and Absom, d. 1864, Clifton.He married Jane S BOND born 1798 in Wick & Absom, and died Aft. 1871.Robert WEEKS was born 1829 in Wick, Gloucestershire,and died 02 Jun 1895 in Newport, Monmouthshire.He married Sarah DREW on 04 Jul 1847 in St Pauls Bristol, daughter of Thomas DREW.Sarah DREW was born 06 Oct 1822 in Bristol376, and died Aft. 1881Thomas DREW son of William DREW was born 21 Mar 1796, and died 29 Jan 1836 in Bristol.William DREW was born 23 May 1730 in St Philips Jacob Bristol.He married Martha ARNOLD.Robert WEEKS, b. 12 Mar 1848, Bristol, d. 12 Jan 1900, Newport, Monmouthshire..He married Sarah[...]

The Strange Death of Europe

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:46:00 +0000

Probably the most important book recently published. Robertson, The Wea Flea is doing a three part review. I will do a shorter one. In the meantime here are quotes gleaned by Robbo and myself.“What is the effect of people coming into Europe in very large numbers who have not inherited the doubts and intuitions of Europeans? Nobody knows now, and nobody ever did. All we can be certain of is that it will have an effect. Putting tens of millions of people with their own sets of ideas and contradictions into a continent with its own set of ideas and contradictions is bound to have consequences. The presumption of those who believed in integration is that in time everybody who arrives will become like Europeans, a presumption made less likely by the fact that so many Europeans are unsure whether they want to be Europeans. A culture of self-doubt and self-distrust is uniquely unlikely to persuade others to adopt its stance. Meantime it is possible that many – at least – of the incomers will either hold fast to their own certainties or even, quite plausibly, attract Europeans in the generations to come with these certainties. It is also plausible that many of those who come will enjoy the lifestyle, will take part in the aspirations and the fruits of the economic uplift so long as it continues, and yet despise or disdain the culture into which they have come. They may use it – as President Erdogan memorably said of democracy – like a bus, and get off whenever it has taken them to their desired destination.  Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe“Page 2“In 2014 women who were born overseas accounted for 27% of all live births in England and Wales, and 33% of newborn babies had at least one immigrant parent, a figure that had doubled since the 1990s.”  Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe Page 3“David Coleman, a professor of demography at Oxford University, has shown that on current trends people who identified themselves as a ‘white British’ in the 2011 census will cease to be a majority in the United Kingdom in the 2060s. However, he stresses, if current levels of immigration to Britain continue, let alone rise, that number will move closer to the present. It would be a time when, as Prof Coleman says, Britain would become “unrecognisable to its present inhabitants”.  Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe(Page 3“For religion had not only retreated in Western Europe. In its wake there arose a desire to demonstrate that in the 21st-century Europe had a self-supporting structure of rights, laws and institutions which could exist even without the source that had arguably given then life…… In the place of religion came the ever-inflating language of “human rights” (itself a concept of Christian origin). We left unresolved the question of whether or not our required rights were reliant on beliefs that the continent had ceased to hold or whether they existed of their own accord. This was, at the very least, an extremely big question to have left unresolved while vast new populations were being expected to “integrate”. Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe P.6“in order to incorporate as large and wide number of people as possible it is necessary to come up with a definition of inclusion that is as wide and unobjectionable as possible. If Europe is going to become a home f[...]