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Junior Doctors strike again

Here we go again

Thousands of patients are facing disruption as junior doctors stage their latest walkout in a row over contracts.

More than 5,100 procedures and operations have been postponed due to the 48-hour strike, which started at 8am.

Junior doctors have pledged to provide emergency care cover.

It is the fourth walkout by the British Medical Association over contracts that stop junior doctors claiming extra pay for day shifts on Saturdays in return for a basic pay rise.

Almost 25,000 procedures have been cancelled so far as a result of the dispute.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, national incident director for NHS England, said: “We’ve already seen that a 48-hour strike puts considerably more pressure on the NHS and it’s deeply regrettable that thousands of patients are still facing disruption because of this recurring action.

The Department of Health called the strike “irresponsible and disproportionate”.

Strikes planned for 26 and 27 April will see the full withdrawal of labour by junior doctors between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is facing a second legal challenge – from NHS staff campaign group Just Health – to try to block the imposition of the contract.

So who is in the right on this the government for trying to control costs and give patients a better service at the weekends or the doctors who do not want to work Saturdays or Sundays.

At the moment NHS doctors do not work weekends they use agency staff who are not as good as the HHS staff, deaths go up in hospitals at the weekend and standards are lower, i had to get a few stitches in my lip a few years ago at the weekend and they made a mess of it i had to go back in the week to get them removed and redone!

GP surgeries also refuse to work weekends i have had this conversation at my own doctors with a patient group and they say “we are self employed and we will not work weekends”

Seems like the doctors want to be treated differently from everyone else, it’s ok for people in the retail and hospitality trades to work weekends for no extra money but not the doctors.

If we could stop people getting ill and needing doctors at weekends that would be great

But that is not the case and for me they are being offered a good deal better than most and should except what’s on offer,  what do you think.

 

Still trying to use my outdated tech

This is a story about me refusing to throw my old DVD recorder away, when i purchased this sony HDD DVD recorder it was the bees knees. It had it’s own hard drive  wow this was really something about 12 years ago, to be honest i have only got two types of things on it

Football matches that i don’t want to forget, games that my team won by a good score over other top teams especially champions  league matches, the other is music mostly top of the pops from the 1970’s  i do have some more modern stuff on it like Robbie Williams so am not completely stuck in the 70’s but it was a great decade for music eh.

About 2 years ago we changed our tv cable supplier from sky to virgin but to my surprise when it was installed i was told i cannot connect  my dvd recorder any more, i was gutted

I looked on the internet for away around this problem but could not find a solution to this,

So about 2 weeks ago  i looked at this problem again and found out that the virgin tivo box has only  one out cable which is a HMDI, so i looked for a HDMI splitter box, you have to be careful here because you can get box’s that have maybe 4 hdmi in’s and 1 out which is ok if your tv does not have enough hdmi in’s which i have used in the past but i got a box that has 1 in and 2 outs which gave me a supply for my dvd recorder.

But that was not the end of my trouble, i then had to get another box to change the hdmi supply to scart again it was amazon to the rescue.  

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hdmi splitter box

So now i have got my dvd recorder working again but i only have 20 hours left of recording time left on it, so now am thinking of getting a new one, seen one online which sounds great and i could still use my old one just got to be willing to part with £400 not sure if this is the way to go anymore.

Anarchy in the UK: Sex Pistols’ Denmark Street home given listed status

Rotten luck for punk fans! The one-time home of the Sex Pistols on London’s Denmark Street, the walls of which are covered in singer John Lydon’s graffiti, has been awarded Grade II* Listed Status by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, on the advice of Historic England.

The cartoons, which include caricatures of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and manager Malcolm McLaren, were scrawled in magic marker 40 years ago by Lydon, who was known as Johnny Rotten at the time.

Early demos of Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen were also recorded at the address on the so-called “Tin Pan Alley” – 6 and 7 Denmark Street.

Heritage Minister David Evennett said: “These 17th-century townhouses not only exhibit well-preserved architectural detail but helped nurture Soho’s influence on the global music industry during the 1960s and 1970s.

“As we celebrate 40 years of punk, I’m delighted to be granting further protection to these buildings, which acted as a home and studio to the Sex Pistols.”

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Johhny Rotten’s caricature of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Posy Metz, the listings adviser who assessed the buildings, said: “The purpose of listing is to flag things which are of historical and cultural importance, and I think punk is a really important part of our cultural history and including it in the listing is a way of recognising that.

“The alternative is saying: let’s forget all about punk because they don’t want to be remembered as part of our history.” 

She also stressed that the graffiti was just an added “layer of interest” and that the buildings themselves were Heritage England’s chief reason for awarding listed status. 

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No. 6 Denmark Street, where Johnny Rotten’s graffiti can still be see on the interior walls Credit: Historic England

The decision to preserve the buildings is a victory for the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign, whose founder Henry Scott-Irvine, described the listing as “fantastic news”.

For original punk fans, though, this is just the latest example of the movement being gobbled up by the establishment. Punk’s 40th anniversary is being celebrated across London this year. Backed by London mayor Boris Johnson, the celebrations are being marketed as Punk London. 

In response to this, Joe Corré, son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, has said he he will burn £5 million worth of punk memorabilia in public.

Speaking about his decision, Corré said: “Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f***ing museum piece or a tribute act.”

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Rupert Orton of The Jim Jones Revue, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and Henry Scott-Irvine of the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign stand in front of Johnny Rotten’s Tin pan Alley graffiti

Taken from the Telegraph

 

Rosberg wins drama-filled Melbourne race

Ferrari seized control at the start of Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, but a mid-race stoppage after a huge accident involving Fernando Alonso turned the race on its head, helping Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to what had looked an unlikely victory.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a nightmare start to finish second, while Sebastian Vettel – who led into Turn 1 and looked very much in charge prior to the red flags – had to settle for third after 57 laps of Albert Park.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo took a popular fourth place for Red Bull, well clear of the Williams of Felipe Massa, while Romain Grosjean gave the all-new Haas team points on their debut with sixth.

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Alonso some how walked away from this   lucky boy

Movie’s i watched

Flawless 2007

Set in 1960 London, where a soon to retire caretaker convinces a glass-ceiling constrained American executive to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writer:

Edward Anderson

Stars:

Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson

I enjoyed this movie very much, i would give it a eight out of ten

I watched it on Netflix   i would recommend it, i think anyone would

Enjoy this entertaining movie.

 

 

The Hallow  2015

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Director:

Corin Hardy

Writers:

Corin Hardy (screenplay), Felipe Marino (screenplay) (as Olga Barreneche)

Stars:

Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton |

Not a bad movie at all started a bit slow but it did get better, i would give it eight out of ten.

I watched this movie on google play so it cost me about £8 on the good side it will stay in my movie collection. I would recommend this movie if you like horror movies.

 

 

The Lady in the Van (2015)

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writer:

Alan Bennett

Stars:

Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent

Well sorry but i did not take to this movie, i would only give it 3 out of 10.

I watched this movie on google play and it cost me about £12

I would not recommend this movie, better wait a while until it’s on normal tv.

U-turn over prostate cancer drug after price change

Patients with prostate cancer in England will now have early access to a drug that can delay the need for chemotherapy.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now agrees that abiraterone is affordable.

It had previously said the treatment was not cost-effective for the NHS until cancers were more advanced.

The drug costs £3,000 a month, but a lower price has been agreed with the manufacturer Janssen.

Janssen also submitted fresh data about the drug’s effectiveness to NICE.

Abiraterone, also known as Zytiga, is a hormone therapy, and unlike chemotherapy which kills the cancerous cells, it stops more testosterone from reaching the prostate gland to stifle the tumour.

Long-awaited

It is already used at the end-of-life after chemotherapy as it can give patients an extra few months.

But NICE had previously said it could not justify giving the drug to patients with earlier stage disease, even though such patients in Scotland did have access to it.

Instead, patients in England had to rely on their doctors applying to the Cancer Drugs Fund, a special pot set aside for cancer drugs not routinely available on the NHS.

Now NICE says the new evidence submitted by Janssen means it can offer the drug to more patients – those with spreading prostate cancer who have only mild symptoms and who have not responded to androgen deprivation therapy and have not yet been offered chemotherapy.

It is estimated that 5,900 people with this category of prostate cancer might be eligible each year in England.

Prof Carole Longson, from NICE, said: “There are few treatments available for patients at this stage of prostate cancer so this is very good news.”

Heather Blake, from Prostate Cancer UK, said: “This long awaited decision is fantastic news and brings an end to years of uncertainty for men and their loved ones. After 18 months our calls have finally been heard as NICE and the manufacturer have managed to negotiate a way forward. However it cannot continue to take so ludicrously long to get men what they need.

“If the newly reformed drug appraisal process really is to work better for men, manufacturers must present best value for money first time around while greater flexibility from NICE must come as standard. We need to see much more focus on what patients need and deserve, otherwise men will men will lose out as they continue to be caught in the middle.”

The NHS in Wales is expected to adopt the English guidance.

The new price for the drug on the NHS in England is £2,300 for 120 tablets, which is 30 days’ supply.

Under the agreed discount, the NHS pays for the first 10 months of treatment with abiraterone. For people who remain on treatment for more than 10 months, Janssen will rebate the drug cost of abiraterone from the 11th month until the end of treatment.

Stephen Crabb: ‘No further plans’ for welfare cuts

Ministers said they have no further plans to cut welfare as they sought to heal a rift over last week’s Budget.

Welfare Secretary Stephen Crabb made the pledge in his first speech since replacing Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned with an attack on planned disability benefit cuts.

And the PM defended Chancellor George Osborne, whose Budget is missing £4.4bn earmarked for the now-scrapped cuts.

Labour said Mr Osborne should resign and the Budget should be withdrawn.

Both David Cameron and Mr Crabb praised Mr Duncan Smith, who said the government risked dividing society with politically-motivated spending cuts.

The new work and pensions secretary confirmed the changes to Personal Independence Payments had been cancelled and told MPs: “After discussing this issue over the weekend with the prime minister and the chancellor we have no further plans to make welfare savings beyond the very substantial savings legislated for by Parliament two weeks ago.”

He also said the government welfare cap, branded “arbitrary” by Mr Duncan Smith, had “strengthened accountability” and its level would be reviewed in the Autumn Statement later this year.

The Conservative leadership has been under fire – including from some of its own backbenchers – over the cuts to disability payments, which came at the same time as tax cuts for higher earners.

Iain Duncan Smith said this flew in the face of Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne’s oft-repeated claim that “we are all in this together”.

Mr Cameron addressed Mr Duncan Smith’s attack during a statement about the European Council.

He stressed to MPs that the Conservatives remained “modern, compassionate, one nation” party under his leadership.

He listed policies aimed at low-earners including the National Living Wage and rebuilding “sink estates”, adding: “None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the actions of this government and the work of the chancellor in turning our economy around.”

The changes to Personal Independence Payments which prompted his resignation have now been shelved, and ministers plan to say how the planned £4bn savings will be found at the Autumn Statement later in the year.

Responding to Mr Cameron’s statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised Mr Osborne’s absence from the Commons chamber and said the U-turn on disability benefits had created an “enormous hole” in the Budget, adding that the package had “inequality at its core”.

He did not mention Mr Duncan Smith’s resignation or his parting shot at the government.

A Daily Living Guide for Type 2 Diabetes

Living with type 2 diabetes means you have to manage your daily habits and take good care of yourself. Some people need to lose weight, while others need a combination of lifestyle changes. This may seem like a lot to take on. But with a little bit of work, you can manage your diabetes and take control of your health

Here are some tips to help you get started, no matter where you are on your type 2 diabetes journey.

Losing Weight

Many people with type 2 diabetes are also overweight. If you need to lose weight, you’re not alone. Controlling your weight can help you regulate your blood sugar levels. A major part of managing your weight is making healthy food choices. Strive for a diet that contains a variety of nutrients, such as:

  • vitamins, found in fruits and fortified cereals
  • minerals, found in vegetables and dairy
  • protein, found in meat, nuts, and seeds
  • healthy carbohydrates, found in vegetables, legumes, and whole grains
  • healthy fats, found in olive oil, nuts, and dairy

It can be difficult to reach your desired body weight. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that losing just 10 to 15 pounds can make a difference.

Cut back your total calories each day by eating smaller portions, and you may have more success with weight control. Of course, talk to your primary care doctor, diabetes health team, or a dietitian before starting a weight loss program.

Exercise

Regular exercise can help to control your weight. It can also decrease your risk of other health complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should try to get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, five days a week.

Moderate-intensity exercise includes activities like fast walking, biking, jogging, aerobics, and swimming.

Be creative and find other activities, like skiing or surfing that raise your heart rate and cause you to sweat. Check with your doctor before starting a program to be sure that it’s safe, especially for your heart and your joints. If you’re not used to exercising regularly, start off slowly and then work your way up to doing more each time.

 

Medications

You may be able to manage type 2 diabetes through diet and exercise, but you may also need the aid of prescription medications. Diabetes medications  are typically oral pills that help control blood sugar levels. Often, the medicine will lower your blood sugar, and you’ll notice that your levels are better controlled.

There are many different medications used for type 2 diabetes. You may need only one kind or a combination of several. Take each medication as it is prescribed, and let your doctor know if you experience any side effects.

Oral Health

Having type 2 diabetes puts you at risk for dental problems such as gum disease. When your blood sugar levels are too high, you may have trouble fighting off bacteria that cause oral infections. You may also have a higher risk of dry mouth, which can cause sores that make it hard to chew food.

Regular brushing and flossing is particularly important. To avoid problems, brush your teeth after eating and use a soft toothbrush. Floss your teeth at least once a day, but be gentle when working the floss between your teeth. See your dentist regularly and be sure to tell them that you have type 2 diabetes. Your dentist may also recommend other resources for keeping your teeth healthy.

Watching for Complications

Complications from type 2 diabetes can develop in almost any area of your body. So it’s important to be aware of certain signs. Type 2 diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, or stroke. See your doctor for help with testing to check your blood cholesterol and your blood pressure.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can also cause poor circulation that affects your feet. Take good care of your feet by wearing socks at all times, even around the house. Check your feet for sores and keep your toenails short. Make sure that your shoes fit well and aren’t causing blisters. Poor circulation can also damage blood vessels in other areas, such as your kidneys or the retina of your eyes. Look for signs of problems, and tell your doctor if you’re not feeling well.

Day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes is ongoing. It may be overwhelming at first, but establishing a regular schedule can help you stay on top of your disease.

Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope Voice Sylvia Anderson Dies

Sylvia Anderson, best known as the voice of Lady Penelope in hit 1960s TV

show  Thunderbirds , has died aged 88.

The actress family confirmed she passed away following a short illness at her home in Bray, Buckinghamshire, reports BBC News.

Her daughter Dee Anderson said, Sylvia was a mother and a legend. Her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged. She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed.

In the 60s, Anderson and husband Gerry Anderson created  Thunderbirds , which first aired in 1965, and she also provided the unmistakeable voice of secret agent Lady Penelope.

The show aired in over 60 countries and famously used electronic marionette puppetry, also known as “Supermarionation, combining puppets with a technology that ensured they synced perfectly in time with dialogue recorded by voice actors.

Thunderbirds  aired for just two series in Britain but spawned two films, audio plays and a lucrative toy franchise. The series was revived in 2014 by ITV with  Gone Girl  actress Rosamund Pike as the voice of Lady Penelope. Anderson made a cameo voicing Penelopes great aunt Sylvia.

Andersons former husband Gerry died in 2012 following a battle with Alzheimers.

She is survived by her daughter Dee, her son Gerry Anderson Junior, and four grandchildren.

How to complain in restaurants: There’s a right way and a wrong way

On the continent it is a universally acknowledged fact that the British cannot complain. We grumble, and sometimes we harrumph. Or else we talk of the weather and hope for the best. What we never do is spring forth with a red-blooded, teeth-bared chandelier-shaker.

I share a flat with two French people, and they explain this often; nearly as often as they say things like “you are not cutting that cheese properly” and once again explain the notion of the cheese coeur to me, like primary school teachers explaining that crayons aren’t to be used on walls. They do not wear berets, but they care about food, and in that at least, they are fully paid-up French stereotypes.

Their own Gallic-born British stereotype, it must be said, is miles off target. The British often complain. It is just we do it very badly. And no more so than when it comes to complaining in restaurants. We are the poor relations of Europe when it comes to explaining what we want to happen to this here slice of lasagne with its crown of hair. It is a terrible failing.

Complaining in restaurants is a delicate and important business. You have to have a just and righteous cause before you set off on a tableside crusade. To complain simply to try to get a freebie is indefensible. As bad, in fact, as not complaining when you really ought to. Complaints serve a vital purpose, after all. They expose faults and graft and overweening staff, often to managers and owners who wouldn’t otherwise know. We’d still be suffering under the yoke of the Lyons teashop if it wasn’t for a collective groaning voice. Moaning, done properly, leads to improvement.