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31 July 2009

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The House of Lords have now given their judgment on the Purdy case where Mrs. P was seeking assurance that her husband would not be prosecuted if he assisted her suicide when the MS, from which she is suffering, becomes intolerable. Not unsurprisingly the Lords did not give such an undertaking, however, they did say […]

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30 July 2009

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Dropped off my Australian friends mid-morning. Michael heading for Gottenberg and Kate for Paris. This was the evening of the dinner given for me at the Atheneum Club in Pall Mall, organized by my good friend John Tackerberry QC and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. There was a wonderful turnout of 50 plus in a […]

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29 July 2009

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My good friend Dr. Michael Long arrived today with daughter Kate for an overnight stay. It was lovely to see them and we enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the local pub the Axe & Compasses. The important thing to come out of this visit was Michael’s total commitment to assisting me to go to China […]

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28 July 2009

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Regular geriatric golf day. Managed to walk round most of the way with it using my shooting stick seat. Lots of fun as usual. This weekly excursion has the merit of taking my mind away from my disability for at least a few hours.

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26 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 26 July 2009 in Diary |

The question of assisted suicide and has raised its head again following the death of the conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife’s mutual suicide, last week in Switzerland at Dignitas. The British Council of Nurses, were virtually split down the middle, over the issue with 49% voting in favour of some sort of assistance […]

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21 – 25 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 25 July 2009 in Diary |

Off to Bwlch Uchaf, our Welsh cottage for a week. We stopped en route, in Church Streeton with my mother and Richard, we fed and watered them and left after breakfast on the Tuesday morning. I must say apart from my mother’s early onset of Alzheimer’s, which is barely noticeable, for a couple of nonagenarian’s […]

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16 – 20 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 20 July 2009 in Diary |

The event we had all been looking forward to, the second Ashes test at Lord’s. This, particularly so, following England’s dramatic draw in the first of the five test series, at Cardiff last week. This match at Lords too proved to be as immensely exciting with England winning, in the end, by a handsome 150 […]

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15 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 15 July 2009 in Diary |

The Osbourne family, Nancy, Brian and twins Kate and Tom – now unbelievably almost 18 – came for a garden lunch. The weather was relatively kind and the family managed to battle it out on the croquet lawn in the afternoon. Sadly, I found it too difficult to wield the mallet as I always used […]

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14 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 14 July 2009 in Diary |

Despite the late night in Cambridge I managed the early start necessary for me to get a lift to the golf club for my weekly walk around with the geriatrics. My legs are still working reasonably well, if somewhat more leaden than they used to be. I cannot say the same about my hands and […]

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12 July 2009

Posted by DMC on 12 July 2009 in Diary |

What a lovely dinner we had at Peterhouse College last evening – the oldest college in Cambridge, founded, in 1284, by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely. It was a candlelit supper which made life a little difficult in reading my speech. I wondered whether this was the only remaining college in Cambridge not to […]

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