Save one life you’re a hero. Save 100 lives you’re a nurse. #NHS

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Earlier this week I got my sixth cycle of chemotherapy at the Cancer Unit of my local district hospital. Once again I’ve had the very best of treatment administered by a team of wonderful specialist nurses. Now, I’m having 48 hours of chemotherapy at home and  a community nurse will come and take the pump…… Continue reading Save one life you’re a hero. Save 100 lives you’re a nurse. #NHS

Well said, Daisy Goodwin!

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In the News today is Daisy Goodwin’s #MeToo story about the day she was groped in Number 10, Downing Street. If you missed Daisy’s assertive story you can read it on the BBC News website. Maybe more women who have stood up to sexual harassment can share their stories and describe how they took back…… Continue reading Well said, Daisy Goodwin!

What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

Writing about my new top fruits started me thinking of books I’d read with fruit in the title. I could only think of six: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg James and the…… Continue reading What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

Remembrance Sunday reflections

On this Remembrance Sunday I’m reflecting on the First World War and the national commemorations which commenced three years ago. It seems ages since the launch of the poppies installation at The Tower of London. And yet, in real time the war still has another year to run and the influenza pandemic which affected an…… Continue reading Remembrance Sunday reflections

If you can’t eat citrus fruits for your Vitamin C, try these instead.

For years I’ve been keen on eating my five-a-day especially oranges. From a very young age I’ve understood that oranges and other citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, clementines, tangerines and satsumas are bursting with Vitamin C. And, indeed, oranges provide a very healthy 53.2mg of Vitamin C per 100g. Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of…… Continue reading If you can’t eat citrus fruits for your Vitamin C, try these instead.

Bear Smiles

There was an entertaining segment on Celebrity Gogglebox the other night which featured Bear Grylls. On the whole the Gogglebox panel didn’t appear to be members of the Bear Grylls fan club. But I wonder if the panel knew that this intrepid adventurer is the great-great-grandson of Samuel Smiles. Hmmm. Possibly not. A few days…… Continue reading Bear Smiles

Camellia Day update

Back in May, just five days before my health problems commenced, I promised an update after unwrapping my potted camellia from its winter fleece. Now I’ve returned to 3sixtyfiveblog, here’s the update! Absolutely disappointing. Not a single further bloom appeared. I downloaded the photo on this post from Pixabay but my own plant was virtually…… Continue reading Camellia Day update

Me Too!

Every afternoon my sister phones to ask how I’m doing and get updates on my chemo side-effects. We live over two hundred miles apart and our chats have become a vital part of my support network. When we’re up-to-date and she’s given me whatever advice she can think of plus lots of encouragement, we turn…… Continue reading Me Too!


We enjoyed watching “Gunpowder” on BBC1. The series is a beautifully produced drama with lovely lighting in some of the interior shots. The graphic punishment scenes are convincingly gruesome and serve as a timely reminder of what was commonplace in England not all that long ago! Not being Game of Thrones viewers we’re unfamiliar with…… Continue reading Gunpowder

Gogglebox Celebrity Special

We watched the Stand Up To Cancer Gogglebox Celebrity Special last night on Channel 4. We don’t usually watch Gogglebox and weren’t planning to join in the show’s fund-raising as we already make a donation every month to Cancer Research UK. But we wanted to see Jeremy Corbyn. In the current febrile atmosphere of  Westminster…… Continue reading Gogglebox Celebrity Special