The Singing Nurse and other musical occupations.

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At my last chemotherapy session I was treated by a lovely nurse who quietly sang along with the background music playing on a golden oldies radio channel. The nurse had a beautiful, tuneful voice and an extraordinary memory for the lyrics of the assorted pop hits of yesteryear. It wasn’t long before I remembered Dominica-nica-nica…… Continue reading The Singing Nurse and other musical occupations.

Celebrating St Nicholas and the pickled boys!

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To celebrate St Nicholas Day I’m taking a walk down Memory Lane. I’m going back to 1968 when I sang in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s St Nicholas Cantata which has remained one of my favourite pieces of music ever since. Here’s a quick overview: https://youtu.be/34uo7bO3rQ4 Britten wrote the cantata Saint Nicolas in 1948 for…… Continue reading Celebrating St Nicholas and the pickled boys!

What’s happening to our National Health Service?

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When you’re a patient it’s difficult to understand what’s going on in our National Health Service in 2017. I have the greatest respect for the doctors, nurses, technical and support staff I’ve encountered during my cancer journey but am utterly baffled by the way the system works. This video from The King’s Fund tries to explain…… Continue reading What’s happening to our National Health Service?

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5 Portraits of Octavia Hill born #OnThisDay in 1838.

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Octavia Hill was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 3rd December 1838. the eighth daughter of James Hill, a prosperous corn merchant and former banker. Read more about Octavia’s early life here. After her father was declared bankrupt and suffered mental health problems, Octavia, her mother and siblings re-located to Finchley, London. Read more about Octavia’s…… Continue reading 5 Portraits of Octavia Hill born #OnThisDay in 1838.

Which flower do you like best for December?

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According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac founded in 1792 in the USA the special flower for the month of December is either holly or the narcissus. The Interflora website for UK identifies holly as the December floral treat in the UK. But Battle House of Flowers shows the poinsettia as December’s special bloom. While¬†Flower Press…… Continue reading Which flower do you like best for December?

Red vs. green and how to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day.

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Put a red apple in your lunch instead of a green one. Is there a nutritional difference between red and green apples? Science Student Brandon Lobo researched journals on fruits and the human body as part of his Biology course. In¬†10 Health Benefits of Green Apples he makes a strong case for the benefits of…… Continue reading Red vs. green and how to celebrate National Eat a Red Apple Day.