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  1. One of the cold snowy winters of old. I was just over 3 for the winter of 62//63 and have a distant memory of snow piled up against the back door. The winters of the late 70's I recall would be worth revisiting and of course would love another 2010. I can also remember some good thunderstorms around these parts in the early 1990's, one in particular that rumbled all night and well into the following morning, we just don't seem to get thunderstorms like that anymore for some reason.
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    TV drama

    excellent acting though. Although I admit being a little partial to Sean Bean (especially in his younger years), I am enjoying The Frankenstein Chronicles, all very dark and sinister, but excellent nonetheless.......so after this the Schlegal sisters are a bit of light relief
  3. Left school with 5 old style 0 levels, Human Biology, Geography, English Language and Literature and Domestic Science and 3 CSE's in Biology, History and Maths (easily my worst subject). At 39 I embarked on a degree at Wolverhampton University as a part time student while working full time. It was a tough few years to be honest as my employers only allowed me time off to attend lectures if I made the hours up I had lost.....that sort of fired me up and made me more determined to succeed. I started off doing a complementary therapies degree but took so much stick from traditional doctors about it being "wacky" I changed courses and completed a degree in Human Biology and Health Sciences. Have to admit some of the biomedical parts were tough as my maths is not brilliant and I did not have basic knowledge of chemistry having attended an all girls church school that favoured teaching domestic science, divinity and needlework over science I did managed a 2:1 and although it fried my brain completely I did enjoy doing it and I have no doubt it paid off enormously as it opened the door to jobs with higher grades in the years after. Would always support anyone undertaking further education.
  4. Not that I'm a fan of leather but yes I think I would. Would never countenance wearing real fur as I only like my fur on its original animal models so its no difference to wearing synthetic fur to me. The only real leather items I possess is my saddle and bridle. Have given up riding recently it seems leather saddles are now hard to sell, synthetic saddles with tree altering capabilities appear to be the way to go
  5. couldn't open the door too wide as I didn't want the cats getting out in it, but its torrential, tortoise is out in though
  6. We have a storm, very heavy rain with occasional hail with thunder and lightening.....yay!!
  7. aha, 3 rumbles of thunder and a very sharp heavy shower, does that take our area out the no storm club??
  8. well, we had a fair few heavy bursts of rain in Tettenhall where I work but no thunder. Got home to Penn at teatime to be informed they all had a loud clap of thunder amongst all the heavy rain......one clap only.... but its a start!!!!
  9. found this information, not sure how reliable. The narrative suggests the third riddle is very old, if I have read correctly it may be from a 10th century manuscript!! https://www.csmonitor.com/1998/1208/120898.home.home.1.html The also mention the Exeter book p, c700's being a source of many a riddle https://en.m.wikisource.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_Riddles_of_the_Exeter_Book
  10. while I was searching for these, I seem to recall Mother Goose nursery rhyme came into the equation but can't recall why. Have to go to work now but will have another look later when I get home if only to satisfy my own curiosity .
  11. yep, thats it!! Think the first two riddles are excellent...!
  12. suspense was killing me so I've cheated and looked them up I can see the first two but don't quite get the third riddle though.
  13. mmm .....second thoughts if second riddle is anything to do with the war of the Roses then it won't be chaucer as he married the sister of Kathryn Swynford who was rather attached to John of Gaunt so would be a lot earlier than the War of the Roses.
  14. love medieval stuff, fascinates me. Could, by any chance, the second riddle refer to the war of roses. Yorkist white rose and Lancaster red rose? Will give the others more thought. They are not from chaucer are they?
  15. I love autumn also as long as it is dry, crisp, misty and cold. Don't like a wet and windy autumn when the leaves are soggy and wet sticking to everything making everywhere slippy. It us a horrid job cleaning the garden of wet dirty leaves. I think it was autumn 2009 around these parts that, as far as I can recall, was a beautiful autumn. I have 5 sycamore trees at the top of my garden and I was almost knee deep at one point at the top of my garden that year with beautiful crisp leaves. In the evening I could hear the badgers and other wildlife crunching through the leaves.
  16. yes, this is the main issue for me, its been so awfully dry this summer and, unless I'm mistaken, comes on the back of a fairly dry winter as well. I'm beginning to feel around these parts we will dry to a crisp and wither away. So many trees locally are looking tired and some look ready to throw the towel in and we are only half way through July. There seems to be a frequently present pesky wind that seems to add to the drying effect. I have a wood leading onto open farmland at the back of me and all this dryness does worry me somewhat. The wind has dropped a little since first thing this morning and now we are in full sun again so yet another drying day coming up. Whilst I am conscious and respectful of what folk in parts of Cornwall have endured during the last 24-hours, I really am hoping for some decent rainfall here sooner rather than later.
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    TV drama

    You may enjoy Jamestown then, I certainly thought it was excellent. The young lady playing Mercy (the maid) plays the part brilliantly, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown_(TV_series)
  18. Ed, as said above I do work for an oncologist and chemoradiation is treatment, we sent a patient along for some recently. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/bowel-cancer/rectal/treating/chemoradiation
  19. For my sins I work for an Oncologist and yes that is certainly a very interesting scientific finding indeed, will be interesting to see how it develops in the future but I have to say chemotherapy is no fraud, as toxic and as nasty as it is, it does save lives in a huge number of cases although of course sadly not in all cases. It can also extend the life expectancy and relieve symptoms for a while of some with terminal metastatic disease.
  20. Gutted, in the same area and I appear to have missed it!! Best of it being I was actually outside in the summerhouse/cat pen with the door open! Think I must be going deaf...
  21. Know what you mean regarding looks people give you. Heatwave summer 2016 and I needed to walk from work to the tram station in West Brom in the mid afternoon sun. Decided to use a pretty bamboo parasol I had to shade me from the sun and some plonker looked at me curiously and pointed out it wasn't raining
  22. What a fabulous and sensible blog there to raise awareness of having too much sun exposure without the correct protection. Skin damage caused by too much exposure to the sun is not a pretty sight and malignant melanoma's are very scary things to have.
  23. In view of the chatter about public pay, thought I'd just post this as a reference for afc NHS pay scales, not making any comment, just putting it here for information/reference. https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/about/careers-nhs/nhs-pay-and-benefits/agenda-change-pay-rates
  24. Hello NickL, I try to avoid the NHS debate because I can see I'll never win, however, with all due respect that is a very sweeping statement. I worked many years in commissioning and NHS funding is vast and complex, truly it is. Commissioners themselves have had problems unbundling tariffs to understand better how and where money is spent. Have you ever thought its not about how much money is pumped into the NHS but rather how its distributed, spent and managed? The NHS is an umbrella term effectively and is made up of many many different organisations, services and outlets some if which are fairly autonomous - a lot of the problems with the NHS can be directly attributed to poor communication and lack of cooperation between the different organisations rather than as a consequence of poor funding I'm afraid. its all too easy to bang the lack of funding drum.
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