May 2013


Last night I was on the phone and randomly moving things on the desk, when I caught a glimpse of the sharp ‘eyebrow’ tweezer springing into the air. The next moment I had stabbed my hand on it! It was stuck in just below the ring finger.

Knowing where the tweezer spends its working life I rushed to wash the wound with strong disinfectant. It bled a bit and seemed OK.

I have been phegming up for a few days as well, so I went to bed early.

Now I have been occasionally waking up with cramps in a hand, but they may just be caused by the way I sleep. Last night however I woke up convinced I had carpel tunnel syndrome. One finger was throbbing. I stayed put and slept fitfully.

This morning I woke up to discover the finger above the wound too swollen to bend. I called my new doctor just after 08.00 and was told to ring back for cancellations. By lunch time I asked for an appoint for tomorrow, to be told they don’t have appointments! Sick people have to ring at 08.00! It’s like vultures fighting over a corpse, with the prospect of becoming one if you are not fit enough to get the appointment.

The finger is now bending and I am hopeful it is not in danger, but I do wonder how soon it will be before I can go to a chemist and buy appropriate antibiotics without making a doctor richer for doing nothing.

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In the last 18 months I have often thought that I was having my last night in Baildon, but last night probably was. Me and Bev are set for life long mates, but I may not see her house or her pussy Charlie again, and I am sad.

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I am half Finnish and do not take kindly to snide comments about the state of my wood, so I have been out and coppiced. I would have preferred to cut the stump lower, and Roger’s kind offer of a chainsaw I might yet, but this probably is my last visit.

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I got this Clowes Coaches bus at Rushton Spencer. It were a cracking ride with stunning views.

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This is where the Top Gear amphibious race took to the water.

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This narrow gauge railway saved me a mile or so of the walk, was grand, and cost £3 one way. I was lucky to get here at the right time.

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