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31 August 2009

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A sunny August Bank Holiday mainly spent in the garden after a hectic few days away.  Today two myths – long-held by me were – just  shattered.  A report in The Times recorded that  taking a daily dose of aspirin may do more harm than good.  Secondly, that those who believe that red wine can […]

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28 August 2009

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Last Tuesday we drove up to Shropshire to spend the night with my parents. We took them out supper and left early the following morning for Bwlch Uchaf where we stayed until returning to Nan and Richard on Friday and home on Saturday.

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23 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 23 August 2009 in Diary |

We did it, we won the Ashes. Yesterday I was lucky enough to sit and watch a splendid day’s play on a friend’s  television — we do not have Sky – and today we polished off the Aussies with a handsome win of 197 runs. Mind you when Ponting and Hussy were batting and had […]

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20 August 2009

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I had to go to Addenbrookes Hospital today to see a dental surgeon concerning a broken wisdom tooth. Sadly the conclusion is that it has to come out as it could become infected and I really couldn’t risk this happening when I was in China.  I’ve seen the Chinese dentists on the grass verge of […]

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18 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 18 August 2009 in Diary |

My 75th birthday today.  As it coincided with the Tuesday Geriatrics I did my usual walk round the golf course and bought a kummel or glass of port for those who wanted it. ‘The girls’, at the club, were extremely kind and produced a wedge of chocolate cake with a single candle and a large […]

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15 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 15 August 2009 in Diary |

Spent the last two or three days finalising the memorial address I am to give on the 23 September in Dublin.  To make it more interesting I have prepared 71 PowerPoint slides.  Quite an effort with my weak hands but nevertheless, thank heavens,  the task is now completed. A last-minute invitation to supper with the […]

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9 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 9 August 2009 in Diary |

Off by train today to spend a couple of days with my sister and brother-in-law in Cornwall. As it is my brother-in-law’s birthday today, mine on the 18th and my sister-in-law on the 19th, my dear wife offered to take us all to Rick Stein’s restaurant for a celebration lunch. Sadly we were unable to […]

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8 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 8 August 2009 in Diary |

The agony of the fourth Ashes test finished, earlier this afternoon, with an ignominious defeat for England – an innings and 80 runs. England having been all out for 102 in the first inning, Australia’s 445 was clearly an impossible mountain to climb. England’s collapse again in the second innings was ominous until a magnificent […]

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7 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 7 August 2009 in Diary |

A nice young auxiliary nurse, Kelly, came and cut my fingernails. What is even more encouraging is she has agreed to pop in every 3/4 weeks to repeat the process. However, she accepts that this is not an ‘as of right’ service provided by the NHS, so I have now written to my MP on […]

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6 August 2009

Posted by DMC on 6 August 2009 in Diary |

I had to go into Saffron Walden this morning to have my eyes tested as the glasses l bought from Glasses Direct were not satisfactory. I drove myself but I really think my driving days may be coming to an end. I am O.K once I’m on the open road with my automatic, as my […]

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