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Strange things

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  Are you wearing a mask again? Some people are our doctors cover up but patients do not seem to. It was the same at the hospital where I went for an X-ray recently. The X-ray was to see if my operation was going well (it was). There was a volunteer to guide the way he was old like me and said by way of being jolly that he did not need X-rays anymore he just had to stand near the window and the doctor could see right through him to his bones! My elderly sister recently had a health emergency and was rushed to A&E (not in Shropshire) she was given urgent attention and a bed. But the hours dragged on and went into the next day and then she was transferred to a seat in a corridor where she waited five hours. In the end, it was decided that she could go home. Of course, she was upset and cold. This happened elsewhere to a friend’s elderly mother too, sitting in a corridor for hours waiting for treatment. This, it seems can be expected and we need to get used to it. I never get us

Bad and good

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When I lived on our farm with my parents AI meant something different. It meant that our bull was not needed and the vet came to visit our cows instead. The big bull, kept in an iron gated pen in the corner of our yard, was redundant. AI was artificial Insemination in those days. Nowadays it is Artificial Intelligence. Mind you I saw someone famous on the TV who got them both muddled up the other day. AI is now seen as a threat and there was an AI conference held at Bletchley. I did not hear much about it afterwards but there is nothing to worry about – apparently. Last night I saw the new Beatles song called ‘Now And Then’, I saw and heard John Lennon and George Harrison (both deceased) singing along with real life Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. How can this be? Well, it can because of new technology which can deceive us and we see the dead along with the living and we cannot tell which is which if we do not know already. This is an unknown hidden world and I am not sure that t

The fall

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  I saw a man fall in the street. One minute he was there and the next he was sprawled in the road. I was sitting in my car collecting my belongings ready to go shopping. There was a group of people talking then one man left and set off to cross the road. He looked fit and able but suddenly, he fell and was flat out in the road. People ran over to him, but he was easily able to get up and sprang upright and was soon on his way. I heard the group talking and apparently several people have fallen this week. We have had a new road system and new footpath markings. The pavement has been widened with a new kerb to narrow the road. There seems to be an optical illusion and you cannot see clearly where the footpath ends with a dropped kerb. How can this happen when experts with computers will have designed the road and pavement? Well, it has happened, and it is not people friendly. Computers have not built in the human perspective and cannot see the trip factor from people’s perspective

Stop thief!

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  Where did that come from? Overnight it seems to have sprung up from nowhere. Yesterday our roadside verge was neat cut green, then I saw one little white cap and now the grass is peppered with finger-like growths. They are ink caps. It is that time of year again when we see fungi. It seems as if they do a magic trick of appearing when no one is looking. Their threads are underground all the time, unbeknown to us. Now they are ‘fruiting’ above ground and we can see them developing. The white cap starts to turn shaggy and begins to break up then disappear into itself and tonight there is a slimy black plate left on a stem. Tomorrow there will be nothing left and you would never suspect anything has been there. It is that time of year also for collecting our fruit to store for the winter. The winds and rain have begun to bring the apples down, so we are picking them. You can tell it is a little early because they have not got that shining bloom on them, maybe they will mature in our

When things go wrong

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    I have had it at last. I did not think that it would ever happen to me. After all this time I thought I was immune. It is of course, what we have been dreading. But it did not seem a big thing at first. I had a bit of a cold or so I thought, but I took the test kit out all the same. I have done this so many times over the last few years it was hardly a big event. ‘Place four drops onto the specimen well (S) on the test cassette.’ I had hardly any need to read the instructions I knew them so well. But then the unthinkable happened, two lines appeared. “I think I have Covid,’ I said flatly. Too quietly as it turned out because Mr T went through to the lounge and switched on the TV with a box of chocolates on his lap. I suppose we were in shock and could not take it in. Of course, Mr T tested positive in a few days and here we have been. I rang 119 but it seemed to have closed for the evening then I tried 111. ‘If you are calling from England, please press 1…’ Here we go a

Slowing down quickly

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 It is time to wear my short-sleeved tee shirt. The season is on us again. This may sound ridiculous when we are moving into autumn; my attire is not connected to the weather but to the fact that it is time for jabs again, we have the winter flu and then later Covid jabs. It is a sign of the times and I suppose it will be for all of us from now on. Another sign of the times is the way we now must think about our transport, not only because fuel is expensive but because of the pollution we cause when we move from place to place. Here in our little hamlet, we have no choice. There is no bus service and certainly no trains. In 2009 I remember hearing about the new proposed HS2 from London and the main advantage seemed to be that you could get to Birmingham from London in much less time. You could travel at 225 mph, and it would only take 52 minutes saving about thirty minutes in travel times. Now the environmental advantages are being stressed, taking traffic off the roads and it bein

Cutting down trees

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  Did you know that fifteen billion trees are being cut down across the world every year? The equivalent of 27 football fields per minute are being cleared of trees worldwide. In forty years, the size of Europe in trees has gone. The statistics about cutting down trees is endless. I sat in the light shade of an ash tree in one of our farm fields to revise for my A levels. It was an old wide spreading tree with roots growing out of a huge hump. Ideal for sitting on and keeping dry. I leant against the rough grey bark with its cushion of moss. I saw the wildlife there and watched the woodpeckers and finches on its branches (anything to distract me from revising) and towards the dusk I heard the owls in its canopy. I did quite well with my exams, but the ash did not fare so well. It was the early 1960s and more electricity for our little village was considered very important. The ancient ash tree was cut down to make way for poles and cables. All in the name of progress and we are sti