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Happy Christmas, everyone!

One of the fascinating aspects of the ongoing saga of the Covid-19 pandemic – latest development the “discovery” of the Omicron variant believed by some to have first occurred in southern Africa, if not South Africa itself – is that the battalions of both the “No other way to deal with [...]

December 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

View from the coal face

Last week I completed my annual medical review with a consultation with a cardiologist. I do not imagine this is is of great interest to the reader other than that I can report I passed my MOT and was signed off for another year. What may be of interest is how a medical professional views the [...]

November 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

Enough to drive you to drink

Writing, as I do today, from the perspective of someone just past their seventieth birthday, I have become all too familiar with the occasional brush with indicators of the ageing process as they affect me from time to time. As regards what are sometimes called “senior moments” – e.g. [...]

November 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

Yours bionically

I have had my booster jab. As with my first and second vaccination the organisation was spot on with a minimum of waiting and a very cheerful nurse administering. I was also given a helpful leaflet on the effects of the injection. My chief medical advisor – Grania – warned that I may [...]

November 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

A cricket charity lunch

Yesterday as a guest I attended a cricketing lunch at a seafront hotel to raise money for a community charity run by Sussex CCC. The guest of honour was Glenn Hoddle. I have been attending such lunches for over 30 years and the format has little changed. For me the main drawback is the length of [...]

November 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

Medical matters

Around this time of year I have my annual medical. I will spare my readers the detail except to say that nothing untoward has so far been revealed. I will, however, share my thoughts on the medical profession. My late father was an excellent doctor. He was a brilliant diagnostician and a [...]

November 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

To know or not to know, that is the question

By chance earlier this week, whilst flitting around the newspaper websites, I came across a piece published in the Daily Mail that about a five-minute diagnostic test developed by a Cambridge University spin-off company Cognetivity Neurosciences – designed to predict someone’s chances of [...]

October 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

An issue that sport ignores at its peril

At one point during our dinner party earlier this week my better half and his mates raised the topic of the current state of rugby union – a subject in which I have a not inconsiderable interest – and it didn’t make for comfortable listening. Someone mentioned the situation in the world [...]

October 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

A hard life-lesson

It is about this time of year that I traditionally begin my latest annual fitness campaign and earlier this week I opted to visit a physiotherapist in advance for a “look-see” session and perhaps some advice. I cannot shy away from part of my motivation for this move: both my thirty-something [...]

September 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

The upsurge in chess

There has been an upsurge in chess for 2 reasons; the success of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and more playing on chess sites like chess.com on the internet during the pandemic. A few years ago I played in the RAC chess club and on our board one courteous banker launched, as a whim and [...]

September 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

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