23 March 2017

London

Shirley and I are off to London this morning. We are going to see our children and to visit theatres in the West End. I have also bought tickets for the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain. My mobility remains a problem because of my knee so I am somewhat anxious about  hobbling around. I will be looking to limit the amount of walking I have to do. Yesterday's visit to the doctor led to the collection of some heavy duty painkillers and the promise of an appointment with a physiotherapist.

But how could I tell you we are visiting London without reference to what happened yesterday?  As I sit here, the running BBC News programme is all about the Westminster attack by a wicked madman who no doubt saw himself as an Islamic martyr. May he rot in hell and may his name - soon to be revealed - be forever associated with evil. 

We go to our nation's capital, proud to be English and proud to be citizens of the free world. We shall not be cowed by vile nobodies like him or by others of his ilk. 

38 comments:

  1. No other way to look at what happened yesterday, just keep on keeping on as normal as possible.
    Surprised a knee replacement hasn't been suggested, although that doesn't always solve the problem. My girlfriend had to have one two years ago and is still in pain with restricted movement despite it. It works for some people almost over night and they even go ski-ing but others still suffer pain and can't bend their leg properly.

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    1. If you were a doctor they'd call you The Butcher of Sheppey! Sorry to hear your girlfriend's knee replacement hasn't turned out as well as expected. I am hoping I don't have to go down that route.

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  2. I concur with your sentiments above. Sorry to hear about your knee. I have a dodgy hip so I know how frustrating it can be when you want to walk a lot to see stuff. That's why I cycle, non weight bearing, keeps my weight down and actually improves the mobility of my hip joint. Surgery is not the only option.

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    1. Using your advice I shall hire a bike in the next couple of weeks and cycle along The Monsal Trail in Derbyshire - just to see how my knee copes with that exercise.

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    2. You may want to rethink bicycling with a bad knee - my husband was told by a doctor that cycling is one of the worst things for a bad knee. Knees and hips are different things.

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    3. On the other hand Jenny the advice I was given 10 years ago by a specialist was that cycling was the best thing because it kept the muscles active and in shape (which is especially important if and when one has the operation) and as there was no load on the knee it was ok. I managed to go for 9 years without a replacement and with good general mobility and I cycled all the time (in the gym when not in New Zealand). Of course it may depend on the arthritic damage within the knee.

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    4. Heavens! Completely opposite advice. You're probably right, Graham - depends on the knee and what the trouble is.

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  3. The news from London was what I woke up to this morning...and I started to cry. As I said to a friend today, I felt hollow inside when I heard it on the news..and the feeling didn't go away. If that brainless piece of shit wanted to be a martyr he should've jumped into the Thames and drowned himself. Bloody coward! He and his kind are cowards...but as you say, you and the rest of us will not be cowered by them.

    Enjoy your weekend with your family, Yorkie. Get yourself a walking stick and don't be too proud to use it. It will help you enjoy your weekend far better if you have it to assist you.

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    1. A walking stick would also be good for bashing Islamic terrorists and foreign tourists (But not Australians of course!).

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    2. That is correct, Yorkie. They have many good purposes.

      Good to see you're back home again...I hope you had a lovely weekend with your family.

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  4. The best way to fight these disturbed individuals is to go on about our lives as normal. Have a good time in London and enjoy the Hockney show -- I'll be interested to hear what you think.

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    1. Back from London now Steve. Ireally enjoyed the Hockney exhibition. I will make a special blogpost about it in the next few days.

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  5. Well said YP.
    Hope the knee feels better soon.

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    1. No can can dancing for me just now but at least I survived the London trip.

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  6. Yesterday's news was shocking indeed, but I trust in the spirit of "Keep Calm and Carry On" that was the strength of Londerns in particular (and all British in general) 70 years ago.

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    1. Good to know both your children are safe, but sorry to hear your knee pain will limit your activities.

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    2. I managed to limp and hobble around. Worst on staircases in the tube system but with some grimacing I got by okay.

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  7. Hey, please wish Shirley a Happy Birthday from me!

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    1. ...And you are a year older too! Belated birthday greetings!

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  8. YP, my heart is with all Londoners and Brits. In spite of all, I hope you have a good trip with your family.

    About your knee, if it hasn't been mentioned, you might try a knee brace of some sort (wrap-around/cloth/Velcro fasteners, not metal). Also is a steroid injection a possibility? That can usually offer at least several months of relief.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful advice Mary. I went and bought a sports knee support. Not sure how much good it has done. I shall wait for my NHS physio appointment but I feel that something else is afoot.

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  9. Amen to all that YP....and I'm glad you have started the process of checking your knee with a professional. Enjoy your trip to London x

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    1. I am back from London now. It was a great trip in spite of the knee.

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  10. I used to be skeptical about the value of physiotherapy but I have been helped greatly by it several times now - hip/back, foot, neck and shoulders. I hope you have good results, too. It can take awhile but it's a much more benign way to start looking for relief than surgery is.

    Stay safe and let the comfort of seeing family make this a good day for you both.

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    1. Good day? Good four days!
      I will wait patiently for my physio appointment and take it from there.

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  11. We honour the dead by carrying on as normal

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    1. I guess that's the best two-fingered gesture of all.

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  12. I wish your knee was in as good of shape as your rant. So I hope physio helps out the knee.

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    1. It make take a while for the first appointment to come through.

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  13. I know a guy who avoided a knee replacement just by having a great physiotherapist so that's a great start.
    Enjoy your trip :)

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    1. Derek at the top of these comments suggested a knee replacement straight away but I am happy to see what physiotherapy can do.

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  14. You've gone South and I've come North. Somehow when the IRA action ceased I think we hoped that peace would be permanent. I suspect that none of us is safe now wherever we are. Enjoy your weekend. Good luck with the knee.

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    1. One just can't see and end to the terrorist threat now. It is as if the demons have been released from Pandora's box.

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  15. I suppose you've tried acupuncture? Otherwise physioteraphy really is good, I've been helped by it several times. Knees are tricky, though. Hope for the best!!! And you are very right YP, evil want's us to yield and run, if we are brave enough, we will not let that happend. Have a pleasant trip, be careful with the knee!!!

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    1. No. I haven't tried acupuncture or anything yet Fairtrader. Do you want a copy of my Fred Fox picture? I will need to have your address.

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    2. Do I want Fred?? Oh yes, indeed. In Sweden we say that people that are a bit illusive and full of cunning tricks, have a fox behind their ears....hm, can't even begin to figure that one out, perhaps you could paint it? And yes, I will be happy to give my address, but not in the blogosphere, you do have an email, right?
      If you are reluctant to needles , physiotherapists have other methods but ours are rather good with them. I wish you all the best!!!

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  16. Well said! It is a shame that we have to be so alert to misguided psychotics not only loose but encouraged by the evil of the world.

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    1. Fortunately The Blogosphere is free of nasty nutcases... I hope.

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