Living in a very tiny bubble

For more than a decade Ahmed Patel has lived with the legacy of the 7/7 attacks.

He says that at first he did not register the attacks and only properly understood what had happened on 12 July.

“My mother, brother, sister and niece, came to my house. Scotland Yard and MI5 with them. My brother said to me ‘that thing in London, they’re telling us it was Sidique,'” he recalls.

“I actually asked him, ‘What thing has happened in London?’ I had to go research it.
BBC

“I actually asked him, ‘What thing has happened in London?‘ I had to go research it.

“I actually asked him, ‘What thing has happened in London?’ I had to go research it.

Biggest UK news item in decades, covered comprehensively and he didn’t know? Really?

They were so lovely

Why when someone dies unexpectedly are they always described as lovely, wonderful, amazing, full of potential and no-one is described as evil, a little shit, nasty piece of work, glad he got his comeuppance. I know you are not meant to speak ill of the dead but judging by the media all we have dying are cuddlesome angels.

Frustrating Healthcare in Leics

It’s been just over a week since my wife was discharged from hospital.

Number of times a Physiotherapist has contacted us or called round: None
Number of times an Occupational Therapist has done the same: None
Same for the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses: None
District Nurses: Twice (but only because I refused to do her daily injection until they did proper Pressure area care)
Pain Management? No.
Social Services? Nope, none of them either
Any other NHS professionals? No

We do get 2 carers who call in 3 times a day for personal care. They are great. This care is ‘free’ for 6 weeks (from some arbitrary point we have been unable to determine – fall? or the discharge) after which we have to pay.

J’s left leg is the broken one. It’s always been hardest hit by the MS. The MS Nurse should know this so why has she not told the physio to concentrate on the right leg? No idea.
Why has the OT not visited to assess the home environment?
Why is my wife still struggling with pain?
What is the point of Social Services?
What really is the point of a Multiple Sclerosis Nurse? (Answer? NONE)

It is hugely frustrating here right now. As far as the NHS is concerned a target was hit – a ‘broken hip’ was discharged home within the allotted time frame. And now no-one in the NHS gives a flying fuck about anything.

And there is so little we can do. We have to accept whatever we are given.

Right now the ‘free care’ will disappear and then what? We have absolutely no idea at all.

Can someone please kill Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron? That might get some motivation going – assassinations should make a comeback. (Yes, that is an incitement to violence. Sue me).

Branson

Everything we do is to pursue the vision of accessible and democratized space
Virgin Galactic

The dictionary on my mac defines democratized as “make (something) accessible to everyone
I heard Branson talking on Radio 5 this morning saying that he knew the public wanted to go into space. On which planet does this man live? Oh yes – planet MegaRich. Since when is the cost of $200,000 “accessible to everyone”?

He uses language like a politician – to get people thinking that he is in it for them when quite clearly he is not.

New Real Labour?

“Depending on what happens next year in the May 2015 election, if one or two large trade unions start to say we need an alternative, they have the organisation and the financial clout to start developing a political party that could have its roots back in the working class,” he said.”
Independent

Good. It’s about time the UK had a real left-wing political party.

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren has told how she was ‘insulted’ not to have been a victim of the iCloud hacking which saw 101 female celebrities have their nude and explicit photos leaked online.
NZHerald

Having seen the images – work, honest! – this beats them all anyway.

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