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On Rebuilding Your Life When Hit By An Exocet.

I have been having some interesting conversations recently that I had not expected to have; with people, who, like me, had suddenly found that through no fault whatsoever of their own, an Exocet had landed in the bowels of their previous life which had reduced to rubble all their expectations of how they would conduct their [...]

The NHS that you really, really, want!

In 1948, in a country ravaged by years of war in Europe, a remarkably simple idea was born. Doctors, nurses, and hospitals would come together under one umbrella, to provide health care, free at the point of delivery, to every citizen of the United Kingdom, regardless of their means. It was to be financed by a [...]

The Levellers are back in Islington.

Yesterday, I said that one of the things I loved about running this blog was the amount of new knowledge I acquired along the way. No sooner said than done. I have been fascinated by the way in which Jeremy Corbyn and I are on a level playing field. He may be better known to you [...]

‘Choice’ – the Elixir of Life.

You know what? I never realised how much I would miss the old blog. Never realised how much the community of commentators had become part of my life. I thought it had become a chore. A burden. The daily diet of e-mails to be answered. The research for each post. The hassle of dealing with the glitches [...]

Anna Raccoon wants your help to stop people suing the NHS.

Ms Raccoon is 'lying' for parliament, where other candidates merely 'stand' for parliament. No matter. The legs might not work, but the brain does! WE will force parliament to end the ridiculous situation whereby NHS Litigation fund amounts to 50% of the NHS budget. That's your cancer treatment, your wait in A & E, your [...]

Parish Notice.

Morning all! Listen up. The events of the past few weeks have been pretty exhausting. On a personal level, on a health level, and finally on the level of this blog. The news from the Doctors yesterday was not good – yet I am still here. They don’t know why! I simply don’t have the [...]

Here’s my Trump-ence worth.

Tell you what. I’ll tell you how I see it, and you can spend the rest of the day arguing about who’s right. See, in the beginning there was only ‘todger’ based rights. The law of the animal kingdom. You protect the fruit of your loins. Your children, your wider family, your tribe, your village, [...]

Confession Time…and Last Writes. (sic)

This is going to be painful and humiliating, but it is all pertinent to the big picture. The Internet is full of characters. Some delightful, some several points past barking mad. Because I started my internet life as a moderator – my choice – I was bored witless when we first moved to France, on [...]

Dying to be Heard.

This is not just any pink sponge on a stick – this is a M & S pink sponge on a stick.  Well now my beauties; have I got a tale to tell you! It will not be pretty; it will not be restrained; it will not be organised. It will emerge in the order [...]

Why Ms Raccoon is howling at the biggest moon since the year she was born and taking no prisoners.

Other than a couple of days last week, I have been in hospital for the past three weeks. First Sepsis, then the effects of the attempts to cure me of that. I am now the original Christmas Turkey – being fattened up so that I can die comfortably of the cancer. The irony is not lost on [...]