Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Mum supports leukaemia charity after losing her son


WATCHING her baby son die of leukaemia at just 20 months old was a heart-breaking experience a mother hopes to help save others from going through.

Losing baby Conor in 2006 was devastating for Caroline Smith. Now, she is planning a tandem skydive to raise money for a charity which funds research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.

The skydive is two days after what would have been Conor’s seventh birthday.

To read the full story about Carolines challenge click HERE to visit the Grantham Journal page.



Link identified between chlorine and leukaemia


Research scientists have discovered a positive link between chlorine in the atmosphere and childhood leukaemia.

In the study published by the International Journal of Environment and Health, Maria do Carmo Freitas of the Technological and Nuclear Institute, in Portugal, and statistician Maria Martinho of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters, in the US, found that higher levels of chlorine-containing chemicals in the air can be linked to greater instances of the cancer.Scientists studied atmospheric pollution levels of 22 chemical elements, including chlorine, arsenic, nickel, lead and mercury from the paper-related industry, forest fires, pesticides manufacturing, heavy chemical industry and fossil fuel power stations in Portugal and overlaid those statistics with incidences of childhood leukaemia in the same regions."The significant association found of course does not imply causality," Ms Freitas explained."More research will be needed to confirm causality and if so the underlying mechanisms."


Wonderland Classic Car Show Southwell May 28th-29th 2011


Here are just a few pictures that we took on our recent outing to the annual Wonderland Car Show at Southwell Race Course over the weekend of the late May bank holiday.


Saturday, 21 May 2011

May 21st 2011.The end of the world as we know it?


What the feck is she smiling for? This could ruin my birthday!

I bl**dy hope not!. It's my Birthday on Sunday and an event like the Apocalypse would really ruin it for me.

Anyway, as the barman said in that classic book The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy when he is told by Ford Prefect that the end of the world is about to happen in slightly under 10 minutes....."Oh well, last orders then I suppose".

See you all tomorrow :-)


Friday, 13 May 2011

Australian comedy legend and Journalist Clive James (71) has CLL Leukaemia.


I was sorry to hear that Clive James has recently become a member of the CLL Club. It has been reported (widely and repetitively!) by the press that Clive has had the illness for some 15 months now and is currently battling a chest infection/complication related to his Leukaemia.

I have always been a great fan of Clive's and find his dead pan comedy deliveries highly amusing :-).

I hope that Clive is feeling a lot better soon, and that he continues to amuse his fans for many more years to come.

P.S. If you fancy posting a "guest blog" on this Leukaemia Issues site, please drop me a line and I would be very happy to share your thoughts with my readers.


Thursday, 12 May 2011

Leukaemia and your Driving Licence.


Did you know (I didn't!) that some Leukaemia Patients who hold professional driving licences are required to tell the DVLA about their illness?

Take a look here for more info.....


Clive James (71) has CLL Leukaemia.


I was sorry to hear that Clive James has recently become a member of the CLL Club. It is reported (widely and repetitively!) that Clive was diagnosed 15 or so months ago and is currently undergoing treatment for various complications to his illness.

I wish Clive well in his treatment, and would like to invite him, when he is feeling a little better of course, to perhaps contribute to this blog by way of a "guest post". I am sure that many readers would benefit from the input of a real literary genius as apposed to the random rantings and opinions of some bloke in Sleaford :-).

The offer is open Clive. In the meantime I hope you are feeling better soon.

Friday, 6 May 2011

A bit of time off from the blog.

As you will have noticed if you are a regular S2M reader, I have not been doing much blogging recently.
This is due to several reasons, amongst which is my decision to spend more quality time with my family and to try and put some of the not so good aspects of my life into order.

I hope that you will bear with me at this time, and that you will pay an occasional visit to the site just in case I find sudden inspiration and get my finger to the keyboard once more.

Take care. Andy