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A Skinny Fairtrade Latte in the Food Court of Life

  • All Revved up and ready...

    The wedding today has, I am told, a purple - and green colour scheme, and there is an underlying theme of knitting (in my address and, as I discovered last night, in the groom's vows).

    There is something fitting in the TT minister knitting a cover for a champagne bottle which will act as a visiual aid for the wedding address.

    I'm looking forward to sharing in this very special day, in the grand surroundings of Glasgow University's Memorial Chapel.

  • And relax...

    Well, at about 4 a.m. tomorrow when a taxi whisks me away to Glasgow airport to start my holiday in Malta!

    It has been a remarkably busy week, lots of meetings, lots of people to spend time with, lots of final preparation to do for a wedding (in just three hours from now) and just generally lots of doing.

    It is actually around six months since I had a proper break, I've had the odd overnight with friends, which has been lovely, but most of my travel and time away has been work or urgent family stuff.  I have a slight concern that I am too tired really to benefit from my week off, that I probably need is a week to sleep first, but hey ho, the die is cast.

    I'm very much looking forward to five days in Malta with one of my oldest friends, which will allow me to relax and unwind before the run up to Christmas gets going.

    And I do get the "bonus" of eight hours in Gatwick airport tomorrow, and another six on the way back!!

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Time for my annual reminder to all my loyal readers, and anyone who lands here via a search engine or other random redirection, of the importance of being breast aware.  Whether female or male this vile disease can affect you.  Latest UK figures are roughly 50,000 new cases a year including around 325 men.  Or, to put it another way, on average around one woman every 10 minutes and one man a day (a bit more since clinics aren't open in the middle of the night or at weekends!).

    I've told my story more times than enough here, so I won't repeat it.  Suffice to say that checking/awareness almost certainly saved my life as I was well below the age for screening.  Indeed many women where I live seem not to be called for initial screening until they are 53 (a quirk of the system that gives a three year window for this)... as I'm still not that old that's pretty scary.

    And of course it's not just breast awareness - please do whatever screening is offered and be alert to any vague symptoms including unexplained weight loss, coughs lasting more than 2 weeks, breathlessness, changes in bowel habit, unexplained bleeding etc, and get it checked out. 

    It might save your life.  It certainly saved mine.