Friday, 30 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Wendy Carlos wrote some early electronic music then just melted away into a very private life. Here is a fascinating intelligent and honest interview. Do not be put off by the stupid wrong pronouns in the introduction.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Eight thirty am and already I have been working in the garden and have caught up on net friends, my internal clock is showing sympathy with my bedside clock and is broken.
I am not a fan of s***. If proof of the no existence of a wise and caring god this stuff has to be it. There are animals which eliminate clean hard pellets of both solid and liquid waste and recycle the water with great efficiency but not us! I will not even go into the pleasure park next to the toxic dump planning error, even I have occasionally used the park but…
Where m I going with this loverly subject? Well every two years it is necessary to get up front and personal with the stuff! One of the “joys” of living in range of a teaching hospital is that you get involved with extra audience if you go in to be examined for anything and you get asked to get involved in research. One such project is screening for bowel cancer early signs by home testing. We got involved with this from the start and it is being rolled out nationwide now. In the first trial a friend got called in for a further test and was found to have an advanced tumor which if they had not found it then would have certainly killed him! When the tv reported on the introduction of the test he was dragged out as a perfect example of what it could do to save a life though what the audience made of someone so educated and eloquent being interviewed I have no idea, to this day he is in a league of his own several divisions above those normally seen on our screens!
Thank goodness our diet has been mostly vegetarian since we returned! Six samples need to be taken over a short period then posted (in well sealed plastic envelope) for analysis, oh what joy. No doubt there are some who receive great pleasure from dealing with this stuff but sadly it just spoils my day!
Small price to pay if it saves a life.
On a brighter note for those who ride bikes, the tour de France starts today. I know it is supposed to be a sport and I hate sport and competitiveness but it has bikes being ridden through wonderful landscape so is really just a travelogue! Enjoy.