Thursday, 30 September 2010
In a time when we are all being asked to tighten out belts and save the NHS money this fella who works in the finance department (you couldn't make it up could you?) has claimed £18 grand to pay for a move of 45 miles.
Now as you are probably aware, I work for the NHS and commute 42.5 miles per day to work and back (85 miles return) at my own expense and I have done so for the last 14 years.
All I can say on this matter (whilst still keeping it clean!) is that this guy is obviously a lightweight when it comes to making an effort. I enjoy my job and I find stories like this a bl**dy insult to all of the other people employed by the NHS, a vast majority of them earning a fraction of the wage this guy is on.
If the NHS wants to start getting the respect and trust of the general public it has to stop pandering to the "fat cats" in the top jobs who are on large salaries and start to put the money into looking after the front line workers who are the ones who will today be facing a barrage of questions and comments from patients and relatives about the atrocious waste of money in the NHS these days!
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
It's findings are rather disturbing to say the least. 160% increase in childhood cancers and 220% increase in Childhood Leukaemia's are found in children living within 5km of Nuclear Power Stations.......so how come that we,here in the UK have heard so little about this study, and more worryingly, should we be concerned about it's findings in relation to our own Nuclear Industry?
To read more follow these links.
Parliamentary memorandum by Ian McFarlie January 2010
The IET magazine article April 2010.
Remember,this is a study sanctioned and verified by the German Government, and recognised as being a very thorough in it's data collection.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Sorry, but even though I love to watch F1 on the telly I still feel a huge sense of guilt that in a world blighted by starvation,draught and illness on a huge scale, F1 teams are still spending grotesque amounts of cash on what, after all,are really nothing more than high speed billboards!
Some may argue that the average motorist has benefited from the technology of the sport, devices such as ABS are highlighted as being only fitted onto "normal" cars due to the system being used in the sport (although aircraft used a type of ABS decades before F1!), but £2.9 Billion was reportedly spent by the 11 teams in 2009...............£2.9 Billion!....that's an awful lot of cash to spend on a full sized Scalextric set!
Of course the figures will be debated and denied, but lets just say that there are a lot of issues in our world that could be addressed with some of that money being spent on humanitarian work/investment by the companies involved.
I would give banks/drinks manufacturer or telecommunication company's more respect if they gave £150 million to help the starving in Africa instead of paying that horrific amount simply to get their name painted on the side of some over sized slot car.
P.S Sorry Darren.....just my opinion mate...no disrespect intended cuz (He builds Renault F1 cars!....flash git) :-)
P.P.S. A quick word to potential F1 sponsors about AVE (Advertising Value Equivalency).
If you are all thinking that you will get fantastic results from possible advertising with the F1 show, perhaps you would like to take a read of THIS and then maybe reconsider your choice.....
By the way, you would get a lot more bang from your buck by investing a few quid with a bloke who drives a unique 1987 Scirocco dressed in LLR colours.Apparently he is always on the lookout for sponsors, and he is MUCH more cost effective :-)
Saturday, 25 September 2010
So what would happens if you crashed a 42'000 pound Phantom Jet into a 12ft thick concrete block at 500mph?
Friday, 24 September 2010
Asda is to sell cancer drugs on a not-for-profit basis, helping patients to pay for treatment that is deemed too expensive for the NHS to provide free.
The announcement yesterday sparked a price war on cancer drugs, with Sainsbury's saying it would match Asda's prices. Asda called on the rest of the industry to follow its lead and end price mark-ups on all cancer drugs prescribed privately.
The decision could save thousands of pounds for patients paying privately for treatments which may extend their lives, and which are not available on the NHS. A similar scheme for IVF drugs saved consumers up to £800 per cycle.
The lung cancer drug Iressa will be sold by Asda for £2,167 for a pack of 30. This is markedly cheaper than the £2,601 charged at Lloyds Pharmacy, £3,251 at Boots and £3,253 at Superdrug.
Asda said it had checked the price of seven of the most commonly privately prescribed cancer drugs in UK pharmacies and had found mark-ups of up to 76 per cent.
It claimed Superdrug had the highest prices on four out of seven drugs, and marked up all seven of the drugs by 50 per cent over cost price. It said prices at Lloyds and Tesco were marked up by 20 per cent, while at Boots all seven drugs were marked up by either 50 per cent or 27 per cent.
Asda will also sell the leukaemia drug Glivec for £1,604. Nexavar for kidney and liver cancer will be sold for £2,980 while Sutent for kidney and stomach tumours will be sold for £3,138. Tarceva for pancreatic and lung cancer will be priced at £1,631.
Glivec Cancer drug
Apparently once you have the prescription from your GP, you simply pop into your local ASDA store,hand over the prescription (and the cash of course!) then wait for the drug to be delivered......."Simples"!
Well I guess that they sell almost everything else...so why not?
To visit the ASDA website click HERE
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Reading the report today about the chaos surrounding this years Commonwealth games in Delhi it struck me that the bridge collapse that occured quite recently,injuring 32 workers, could have been much,much worse had it been full of people heading towards the games. The argument about the cleanliness of the athletes village should also be viewed with a lot less worry as I am sure that the organisers are pulling out all of the stops to get their accommodation "up to scratch" for the prima donna athletes who seem to have all gone a little "soft" recently !. Perhaps the athletes should stop winging about the accommodation and just get on with the job just like our troops that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan do!.
Anyway,hopefully none of the 32 people injured in the bridge incident were seriously hurt.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Gemma Bruton went to Stirling Royal Infirmary after being assaulted on August 17th and was being treated for her injuries in an ambulance outside the hospital when she stole and ran off with a cylinder of gas.
Bruton, of Sinclair Drive, Fallin, Stirlingshire, admitted stealing the laughing gas, or Entonox, and its attachments when ambulance staff turned their backs and running off with it."
Monday, 13 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
* Note :
Strangely, as I looked at the inscription above the gates to the Park which read" Vivit Post Funera Virtus" I realised that I had seen these words before...but couldn't quite work out where!.....Then I remembered.
It is the inscription that is carved into my RAF mate Rick's headstone. Apparently the translation is " Virtue Survives Death".
I like that motto :-)
Friday, 10 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Well, what can I say? What an amazing and wonderful trip this was and to be honest I don't quite know at what point to begin my report!.So perhaps it would be a good idea to do as Maria says in the sound of music and " Let's start at the very beginning.A very good place to start"!.
The Journey Down to London.
"I've never seen a clock at 5am dad" my daughter told me as we all emerged from our respective beds and converged on the landing. "Well" I told her, "by the time that clock reaches 6:30 we had better be getting on a train to London..or else we are going to miss the trip of a lifetime!"
To cut a long story short we made it to the Railway station in Sleaford with a good quarter of an hour to spare, mostly thanks to my mate John and his wife taking both of their cars down to drop us off at 6:15, plenty early for our first pick up point.
After boarding the train and then changing at Grantham (we just managed to grab a quick coffee and bacon buttie each!) we set off again for our next destination, London Kings Cross.
The trip down was quite uneventful, mostly due I should imagine to the fact that we,by this point, we had used up the rush of adrenalin which had now been replaced by a trickle of tiredness and a longing to sleep!.
At approx 8:33 we arrived at London King's Cross station and,after ensuring we had our luggage, made our way along the signposted route to St Pancras International Rail Terminal at which place we were to join the rest of the gang who had travelled from several points of the UK to share in this adventure.
Customs and exercise!
To be continued...... :-)