Cole’s Miscellany (Part Six)


  • This is the kind of overly-sentimental Hallmark moment that my Mam likes to provide me with. Still, it’s not defamation when it’s true so I mustn’t grumble.
  • This is an “LOL” video if ever I’ve seen one.
  • As was standard practice in 1981, Mam and I stayed in hospital for 10 days after I was from my mother’s womb
    untimely ripp’d. This is therefore my longest-ever NHS holiday. It wasn’t a personal record that I was looking to break, but there you go.
  • I apparently uncovered a mystery to solve even as I was medically critical enough to require 1:1 nursing care. I only rediscovered the mystery during my interrogations of Graham on the Missing Links of the seizure storm. I have no recollection of quizzing staff why the unit was called “ITU” (Intensive Therapy Unit) rather than the familiar term (to me) of “ICU” (Intensive Care Unit) but it was an issue that evidently bothered me during the storm. Coming back from one of our afternoon dates, I was therefore puzzled to see Ward 18 described as “ICU” after all. As Ward 18 consists of both ITU and HDU (High Dependency Unit, which is 1:2 nursing care), my theory is that “ICU” is the umbrella term for both units. However, initial enquiries of staff here on Ward 16 has so far not yielded any further insight.img_0874
  • Long before Francis Underwood’s Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Leslie Lynch King, Jr. was the first person to become Leader of the Free World without being elected to office as either Vice President or President. I’d never heard of him until this week.
  • Jennifer looks set to follow in my footsteps and assume navigational responsibilities for the family at an early age. On the way to visit me in hospital the other day, she asked my parents if they were “going around a bend and then over the Scotswood Bridge”. I think I assumed map responsibilities when I was about 11, so Jennifer is on course to beat my record by a country mile. I couldn’t be more proud.
  • Conventionally, one is not supposed to talk about religion or politics, but I don’t find many things more interesting or important. This article got me thinking about one of my pet peeves. I don’t believe that any political party (in the UK, the USA or anywhere else) has the divine right to the “Christian vote”. It won’t surprise you that I have my own views on the hypothetical question of how Jesus might weigh up manifestos and decide which (if any) is the best political party to vote for. To bring in some sweeping generalisations to mix in with the toxic cocktail of God and politics, it always seems to me to be Right-wingers more often than Left who so loudly and hypocritically assert that they have God on their side, and it baffles and infuriates me. It also brings to mind the following quote from Mr Lincoln, the best president of all time in my opinion both in words (and, my goodness, what words!) and deeds:

    “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.”


Misremember, Misremember, the Most of September

In theory, I currently have more spare time than I’ve had since 2004, when the rude introduction into working life ended the Time-Turning decadence (and monotony) of law school. Yet, I’ve still not had time over the past couple of days to read any books, watch any television or publish a substantive blog post as planned. Time just flies in here, you’ve got no idea! Continue reading “Misremember, Misremember, the Most of September”

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Rays

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to receive every single blessing wished for in this beautiful song.

In chronological order (because I wouldn’t even want to try and rank the abundance of sunshine and love in my day), here are the highlights: Continue reading “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Rays”

Feet-ee Phone Home

It’s all relative to the zero movement of a week ago, but I’m delighted to share news of further progress on my right hand side.

My knee has recovered a lot of movement over the last few days. It allows me to get myself from my bed to my hot wheels unaided, although I still need someone to bring me said wheels and whizz me about the place (although see below the breaking news from the Ministry of Silly Walks). I can even stand briefly at the sink to wash my hands in a rather daring display of autonomy to rival Leo’s current pursuit of freedom. Continue reading “Feet-ee Phone Home”

Cole’s Miscellany (Part Five)

Didn’t We Almost Have It All

I came across a gem earlier that was a contender for my all-time favourite trivia. The story goes that the First World War did not formally end in full with the Treaty of Versailles because Andorra had inadvertently not been invited to the peace party.

Various websites state that, on this day in 1939 (or possibly 1958, the discrepancy of which rang alarm bells), Continue reading “Cole’s Miscellany (Part Five)”

The (Late) Morning Report

It’s an honour and a privilege, a duty I perform
With due sense of decorum and with pride
With deference and great respect very much the norm
Plus a hint of independence on the side
To lay before my reader all the facts about my plight
To fill you in on all the healthy news

(Yes, yes, Rachel, get on with it!) Continue reading “The (Late) Morning Report”