Have you seen the latest update from #JR4NHS

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There’s been an important development in the #JR4NHS campaign to secure urgent legal action for our National Health Service. Read the latest update here. This  whole issue of ACOs (Accountable Care Organisations) is very complicated but the #JR4NHS campaign explains in language that everyone can understand what’s being planned for our NHS. My understanding is…… Continue reading Have you seen the latest update from #JR4NHS

Edward Lear died #OnThisDay in 1888

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Artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, Edward Lear died on 29th January 1888. Edward Lear is probably now best known for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks. There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, ‘It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks…… Continue reading Edward Lear died #OnThisDay in 1888

Our gardens may be under threat

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I saw this perturbing report on the BBC News website at the end of last year. Gardens under threat from ‘game changing’ plant disease. Apparently Xylella fastidiosa has caused widespread problems in Europe, wiping out entire olive groves. It can infect plants from lavender to cherry trees and is of real and growing concern in…… Continue reading Our gardens may be under threat

Attempting to read War and Peace for the umpteenth time.

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Have you seen The Last Station directed by Michael Hoffmann? It’s a fantastic film and we watched it twice back to back on DVD. The film tells the story of the last years of Tolstoy’s life. Tolstoy had a tumultuous relationship with his wife Sofya which lasted for many years and resulted in thirteen children.…… Continue reading Attempting to read War and Peace for the umpteenth time.

Does our NHS have enough beds?

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We know there is a crisis in our NHS. If there wasn’t a crisis why has all elective surgery been cancelled throughout January? We know patient demand of our NHS is increasing. UK population increase 62.77 million in 2010 66 million in 2017 and, of course, don’t forget the baby boomers are getting older and…… Continue reading Does our NHS have enough beds?

Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

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On January 16th 1964, the musical “Hello, Dolly!” opened on Broadway beginning a run of 2,844 performances. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, with four Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into the 1969 film Hello Dolly! that was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won…… Continue reading Long running musical opened on Broadway #OnThisDay in 1964

Born #OnThisDay in 1904 – photographer Cecil Beaton

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 Fashion photographer Portrait photographer War photographer Diarist Painter Interior designer Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE 14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980 Thanks for reading my blog today.

Good Recipe – Silly Name

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My sister was telling me on the phone the other day about her latest easy-to-cook-from-scratch recipe, cauliflower steaks. She’d enjoyed cauliflower florets added to a pan of roasted vegetables and was enthusiastic about making roasted cauliflower slices the centrepiece of her evening meal. She said all you did was cut vertical slices about 1cm in…… Continue reading Good Recipe – Silly Name

Does green tea have health benefits?

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Recently I’ve been drinking a lovely Jasmine Blossom Green Tea from Newbys. The tea is quite expensive but has a lovely, delicate flavour. For years I’ve been under the impression that green tea is beneficial to health without really knowing why so I’ve  consulted Dr Google. The NHS choices website has an excellent analysis of…… Continue reading Does green tea have health benefits?