Archive for December, 2009

From Twitter 12-30-2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
  • 00:22:32: @GaySkyHooker I hope that all your good dreams for 2010 come true…
  • 01:07:10: good night, tweeps and peeps.
  • 01:07:22: RT @ricky_martin: #ILoveItWhen i’m treated like a baby
  • 01:08:04: @MrPandaBehr What does “bison steak” taste like? Answers on a postcard please… 😉
  • 14:42:36: Having Roast Duck & Pork ho fun.

From Twitter 12-29-2009

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
  • 00:32:18: A schoolmate from the 1960’s just got on Facebook and I found him after all these years. Made the connection, which is really good.
  • 00:32:41: Now after a long day of chasing down old memories, time for bed. Sleep tight, peeps and tweeps.
  • 11:50:20: Good morning, tweeps and peeps. The nurse has just left and the exterminator is about to arrive. No connection, of course.
  • 12:21:38: The exterminator found another juvenile rat in the trap today. He think the juvenile ate the larger rat’s body. Yum.
  • 12:23:13: @kathyclugston I didn’t look like my dad until I turned 50. Time will tell.
  • 12:40:07: @urbanbohemian You mean you don’t have the boxed DVD set of the entire original Outer Limits? #outerlimits It’s in there.
  • 12:52:52: @urbanbohemian OIC. Funnily enough, I was craving to watch OL last night, but didn’t because HWMBO was watching Britain’s Next Top Model.
  • 15:35:53: RT @stephentall: RT @andyreeves Halfway down this vile Daily Mail article is a poll about the execution of Akmal Shaikh
  • 21:17:38: @thatsam good night!
  • 22:05:16: Today’s Rodent-Free Blog Post:

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day.

Ratty, the finale

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The exterminator returned today to check under the sink. I was a bit taken aback two weeks ago when he said he wanted to drop by again, but thought it would do no harm. He had sealed up the hole that the mice and rats were using to come in and out of the sink area, so I thought, na

From Twitter 12-28-2009

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
  • 08:59:15: @besskeloid Good morning. I’ll be having homemade bread soon, but what is “Cloven Hoof”? Sounds devilish.
  • 13:16:58: Yr birthday prezzie! RT @dirrtysean: aftr watchin beyonce n gaga’s videophone on da tv, i noticed gaga’s CAMELTOE during da chair sequence!
  • 13:25:28: @JoexEd wow! that’s a good ‘do. Thanks for posting the picture.
  • 13:27:26: @JohnPrescott More than 300K fewer Sun readers! That’s saved a lot of CO2-consuming trees!
  • 13:28:16: @besskeloid oic! thanks for the info. I thought it was some sort of booze or perhaps a new margarine.
  • 15:49:26: I’m at Tate Britain in London

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From Twitter 12-27-2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-26-2009

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
  • 00:35:09: @GaySkyHooker Well, you’re a very sweet abomination…hope everything will go well for you.
  • 13:49:23: good afternoon, tweeps and peeps, it’s overcast here in London and not much to do on Boxing Day.
  • 14:05:50: I have been maxing out on BBC iPlayer…another time-suck. Darn. Why can’t my brain and eyes and ears multi-task.
  • 14:06:48: He can conduct himself any way he wants! RT DentonPolice: – 12/25/2009 21:53 | 21 years old | DISORDERLY CONDUCT
  • 14:08:36: @urbanbohemian I thought that Catherine Tate was pretty good last night. Who was the guy who played the Ghost of Xmas Future tho? Can’t rmbr

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From Twitter 12-25-2009

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
  • 00:43:55: @cemab4y sorry to hear of your travails. I hope that you have a good a holiday as you can in the circumstances, Brother.
  • 00:47:12: Well, peeps and tweeps, time for bed. Hope Santa is wending his way around dropping presents down chimneys. See y’all tomorrow.
  • 08:19:52: @BrianHeys So Santa brought you insomnia? Havce a good Christmas.
  • 08:52:29: @BrianHeys No, I always get up at 7 am. Perhaps he brought OCD.
  • 17:56:15: Christmas lunch finished. ham, potatoes, yams, creamed onions, sprouts, and Grapenut Pudding. Stuffed.
  • 18:02:07: @therealgokwan And a very handsome human compost heap you are, too…
  • 18:03:09: @MrPandaBehr finished it around 3 pm, but didn’t get around to tweeting until just now.
  • 18:03:26: @MrPandaBehr it’s 5:02 pm at the moment and i’m still stuffed.
  • 18:16:04: @cemab4y i’m really sorry to read this. i hope that things change for the better for you soon.
  • 18:55:10: RT @sethmeyers21: So glad the Pope is OK. Gonna be awkward next time he talks to God. “So — no heads up on that?”

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Today’s Scottish URL

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Back then, Sean Connery was mostly known as 007, and he hung out in Hollywood. So this is the kind of liquor ad he was doing then.

These days, he’s known as Sir Sean Connery, and he hangs out a lot in Scotland, where he was born and raised.

I wonder what the Scottish Whisky Distillers Association thinks of the ad above…

From Twitter 12-24-2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009
  • 05:18:14: @mhisham were the hard-boiled eggs peeled or not?
  • 05:24:54: Tweeting 2 years, 8 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 6 hours, 44 minutes, 49 seconds (April 8, 2007). How about you? #howlong
  • 22:49:22: @myriadian yeah, routine infant circumcision is probably not good. let ’em choose after puberty.

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Today’s Christmas preparations

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I am really tuckered out now. This afternoon SE1 tweeted that the Seizure art exhibit was still on at Harper Road. I’ve been meaning to visit, but hadn’t gotten around to it. As I had nothing better to do this afternoon I walked over and saw it. It is an abandoned apartment which has been covered inside walls and ceiling with copper sulfate crystals. It is stunning, and it’s a pity it’ll be destroyed when the exhibit is over on the 3rd of January. I took pictures but they don’t capture the experience very well. Then I stopped by the church on the way home to put out the candelabra we use at Christmas and Easter. Someone seems to have nicked the candle snuffers, though.

I hung out the sheets to dry after washing, and then I made my Grapenut Pudding. While it was baking, arrived for our annual Christmas/Boxing Day bash—as there is no public transport on Christmas Day here, he stays with us so he can sing with his church choir. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to make it down here.

We went out to Nando’s for dinner, courtesy of as his Christmas present, and then I prepared the sprouts for tomorrow’s dinner. I think we should be OK for eating tomorrow.

The Anadama bread has met with HWMBO’s approval, and I look forward to having the Grapenut pudding for dessert tomorrow. I made it with Splenda instead of sugar, so it should be easier on the carbs than it would be otherwise.

Soon time for bed. Santa’s not stopping by tonight, AFAIK.

From Twitter 12-23-2009

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
  • 10:24:55: @Naoij Holy jumped-up Jesus! My resolution never again to travel farther than the letterbox in December is vindicated. Hope you get away OK.
  • 12:15:09: @BentoSet we want pictures of your new hair.
  • 12:23:06: Santa’s Elf celebrates early! RT DentonPolice: – 12/23/2009 02:10:20 | 36 years old | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 12:32:42: @BentoSet when the bleaching is finished then!
  • 16:57:52: The house is filled with the smell of baking bread…
  • 17:00:38: @MrPandaBehr sounds yummy. i would bring you a loaf of home-baked bread if you cooked me a pork chop… 😉
  • 18:39:51: @MrPandaBehr I don’t bake often, but I like doing it when I do. Everyone needs carbs. I have bread for breakfast.
  • 18:44:25: @MrPandaBehr Anadama bread. See my blog for the recipe:
  • 18:44:51: @MrPandaBehr Tomorrow: Grapenut pudding!
  • 18:53:57: @MrPandaBehr It’s tasty, but be sure to only make two loaves. I only had smaller pans, so I divided it into 3 and it didn’t rise as much.
  • 18:54:53: @MrPandaBehr it’s from Yankee Magazine, which is a really good source for New England recipes from long ago.
  • 19:30:23: @bysshe1 that’s old news: I saw it a few days ago in the NY Times.
  • 19:36:12: @bysshe1 i think it’s a slow news day today. next they’ll be telling us that Queen Anne’s dead…
  • 19:39:28: off to dinner with Leslie and HWMBO…don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…play nice.
  • 22:41:29: back from dinner. very tired, dragging my boot behind me.
  • 23:03:54: @GaySkyHooker I agree with the previous question. We all hope you have a good trip and come back refreshed and relaxed.

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Today’s baking

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I decided a few days ago that I would do some baking before Christmas. But not the usual stuff (pies and cakes). A bread that I remember from my misspent youth is Anadama bread. It’s a bread which uses not only wheat flour but cornmeal and molasses. There is even a story behind it!

“It took me 2 years of trial and error to get the perfect Anadama recipe and this is it. The culmination of many variations, it makes the best toast, which we serve with our own strawberry jam. Originally the bread was perfected in Maine and eaten by fishermen. The wives would make cornmeal mush for their tired and cold husbands coming off the fishing boats. One day a fisherman tired of just cornmeal mush said to his wife, ‘Anna, damn it, I’m tired of mush – make bread,’ and she did and he called it Anadama bread. How true, I don’t know, but it makes all us Mainers laugh!”–Granes Fairhaven Inn, Bath, Maine

I discovered my bread pans are too small, so the bread didn’t rise as much as it would have in two pans since I had to use three. However, it’s quite tasty and I think it will make lovely toast.


1 cup molasses
1/2 lb margarine
3-1/2 cups water
1 cup cornmeal
7 cups flour, divided into two equal portions
1 tsp salt
2 pkg dry yeast

Bring just to boiling point molasses, margarine, and water. Lower heat to simmer and add cornmeal, whisking as you add slowly. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. In large bowl mix all dry ingredients except last 3-1/2 cups flour. Add cooled wet ingredients to dry and beat for 2 minutes. Add last 3-1/2 cups flour and blend with hands. Turn out on floured board and knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour if needed for right bread consistency. Let rise in greased bowl until double; punch down and let rest 5 minutes. Make into 2 loaves and put in two 9×5-inch greased bread pans. Let rise until double again. Bake at 400 degrees F (gas mark 6 for you UKans) for 45-50 minutes. Cool on rack.

Tomorrow I’m going to make “Grapenut Pudding” for Xmas dessert. Another artifact of my youth. It is easier than doing Squash Pie. However, will have to buy lots of milk tonight after dinner.

From Twitter 12-22-2009

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
  • 10:47:57: morning, tweeps and peeps. Waiting for the nurse, then off to the shop to buy Christmas food. Very boring.
  • 12:09:03: @jonk Yeah, and where is Braniff today? I love these “future predictions” because they always turn out wide of the mark! Thanks for the link
  • 12:09:32: Why shag? Aren’t the beds in First Class good enough? RT @jonk: where’s my plane with shag carpeting goddammit?!
  • 13:18:32: @fonsus I am so so sorry…your grandma and you and your family are in my prayers.
  • 14:23:41: Nurse came, IV bag leaked, so I’m off the IV antibiotics as of today. Still taking metronidazole ’til Xmas–no drinking *sob*.
  • 14:30:40: Today’s Animal Vid: but do watch out. No drinking coffee at the keyboard while watching this.
  • 17:04:37: Whew! Back from the supermarket wth the Xmas shop: had a hypo in the aisles, nearly fainted but ate a KitKat and now I’m OK.
  • 21:49:20: Made a broccoli and Stilton soup for dinner tonight. Very tasty. Accidentally left the gas on under it for 3/4 hour: FAIL! One bowl only…

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Today’s Transport Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

London would have been quite different if the plans of London Transport had been followed through 50 years ago. This really interesting video shows what might have been had they done so, and what’s there now.

I think that this is close to ‘s old stomping grounds.

From Twitter 12-21-2009

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
  • 09:35:26: @franknstud no one is perfect. i won’t unfriend you as i’m not perfect either. hugs.
  • 09:40:12: That’s what they all say… RT @pinoyboy: we’re drinking simply for the digestive properties of beer and cider
  • 19:27:30: Jeebus on a stick, we have 1 inch of snow in London. Twice in a year now! I hate snow. Where is global warming when you need her?
  • 21:58:50: @jtbritto @jonk i agree. purple jeans pics please.
  • 22:03:27: Sultry hottie! And legal, too!RT DentonPolice: – 12/21/2009 13:18:53 | 18 years old | POSS MARIJ &lt; 2OZ
  • 22:07:35: @jonk @jtbritto nothing should stay in the closet. wear ’em and take pics.
  • 23:39:38: nighty-night, all. hay-hitting time.

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From Twitter 12-20-2009

Monday, December 21st, 2009
  • 23:32:16: @sbrettell congratulations! tell us how it tastes when it’s cool enough to eat.
  • 23:32:57: @sbrettell and merry Christmas to you too. Kringle allusions are not generally made in the Hansen household 😉

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From Twitter 12-19-2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
  • 10:27:45: Caleb is cute as a button! RT DentonPolice: – 12/19/2009 | 23 years old | DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED
  • 10:33:25: Handsome hoodie: RT DentonPolice: – 12/19/2009 00:22:11 | 18 years old | Bond: $719 | CITY PARK VIOLATION
  • 10:58:12: @jonk yeah, they’re nice jeans. hope you bought ’em.
  • 14:58:15: well, we’re off to see if there is anything left at Borders on Charing Cross Rd. Probably not…
  • 16:04:29: @soveren yes. Kind of a drag tho-the best part is the Starbucks.
  • 19:52:11: About to set off for the 80th birthday party of a good friend. She’s more energetic than I am, even when I have two functioning feet.

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From Twitter 12-18-2009

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

From Twitter 12-17-2009

Friday, December 18th, 2009
  • 13:48:20: @Wilsurn ouch! I’m really sorry. Hope the culprit gets caught.
  • 14:12:34: @oldlag didn’t go any further with them…
  • 14:49:43: Visiting nurse not here yet; supposed to arrive between 11am and 1pm. Argh–no lunch yet.
  • 20:01:46: just finished two bowls of homemade cream of asparagus soup with most of a baton of French bread. Lovely!
  • 22:43:32: oh crumbs, it’s snowing. we’re supposed to get around 8″. more than last February. Faugh!
  • 22:44:17: @MitchBenn I use Twitteriffic premium, and it works fine for me.

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From Twitter 12-16-2009

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
  • 12:30:57: Oh geez, it’s snowing in London… 🙁
  • 22:05:35: @kathyclugston if you think YOU’RE sad, because of medication I can’t drink a drop of alcohol until maybe New Year’s Eve. That’s sad…
  • 22:12:37: @kathyclugston Schadenfreude is marvellously refreshing, isn’t it…
  • 22:14:28: @kathyclugston oh dear, i didn’t mean to be rude. sorry. i tweeted without thinking.
  • 22:46:09: @kathyclugston Thanks…my greatest fear is insulting someone via email or social network. Sad that I can’t drink to forget that (for now).
  • 22:46:34: @GaySkyHooker Meh^2 .
  • 23:29:31: Sorry to see that the Grauniad’s Thursday Technology section is now sleeping with the fishes. Online is just not the same. RIP.
  • 23:45:03: RT @samtryagain: If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can

Today’s Heartwarming Story

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

James and Lolie Brackin were married for 59 years and were devoted to one another. They died together in a nursing home just a few minutes apart. The quotation I like best is this:

Ratty, part II

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Just wanted to assure people that the way under the sink has been closed off by wire netting, so vermin have a smaller chance of getting in or out.

The exterminator said that the rat most likely came up from the sewers through the powder room toilet, so we are keeping the lid closed. I may get an unpleasant surprise in the early morning, but the care I will get in the coronary ward will more than make up for it.

HWMBO was horrified when I told him the story about the rat, by the way. He hates having vermin around, and complains about it, but when the vermin are finally brought to book, he’s sad.

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day.

From Twitter 12-15-2009

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
  • 02:59:49: @GaySkyHooker I’m up too with a hypo event so just calming down to get back to bed eventually. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…
  • 14:51:57: @GaySkyHooker too much insulin on too little carbohydrate.
  • 14:53:57: @tug looks like the security guards need some training knocked into their heads as well.
  • 14:54:49: @soveren I’m a bit late in replying–we will be at home for Xmas. I won’t be able to drink (antibiotics) otherwise, I’m fine. What about u?

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R.I.P. Ratty

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I thought that I had blogged about our rat, but in looking back I believe I didn’t. So, to recap:

When I got back from the hospital, it was evident that a rat had taken up residence under the sink. We saw it running around, squirming through the little hole above the skirting board. An apple in the fruit bowl was nibbled at. Scrabbling under the sink continued through the afternoon and evening. In desperation, I called the housing association and our favourite exterminator came by.

He looked under the sink, said that yes, we had a rat, and he left two very powerful traps baited with Tesco’s Finest Chunky Peanut Butter (only thing that Tesco’s peanut butter is good for, baiting rat traps) and some bags of rat poison. He said he would return in a week.

Well, after a few days we didn’t hear anything so we assumed that something had done its work. When the exterminator arrived this morning, he opened the skirting board and found that the entire bag of bait had been eaten. That, in and of itself, would be enough to do Ratty in. But, there’s more! Both of the traps had been sprung. He opened one of them (think of a giant black clamp with teeth at the end) and said, “Look at that!” I looked, and there was a leg in it. So, Ratty had lost a leg while lurching drunkenly around after eating all the bait. He opened the other, and the remains of Ratty’s head was in it. This was more gruesome and I didn’t linger to watch.

The exterminator, being made of sterner stuff, just took the traps outside and emptied their gruesome contents into the bins. A mystery remains, however: where is the rest of Ratty’s mortal shell? No body was under the sink, nor under the other cupboards. The exterminator thinks that the rat, having gotten his head in the trap, backed into the hole in the wall whence he came and then the trap nipped his head off, leaving the body in the wall.

I do hope the wall space is sufficiently cold to keep the Air du Ratte Morte (I know that’s not proper French, but I won’t welcome corrections) from spoiling Christmas dinner.


From Twitter 12-14-2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
  • 11:52:56: morning, tweeps and peeps. houseguest is about to go out, the visiting nurse will be here soon, and i’m feeling better. hooray!
  • 18:51:28: @tug How many times will PC Plod get the photography thing wrong?
  • 23:26:24: @jonk Then is it true that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?

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Today’s Xmas Cheer Video

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Does the incessant ringing of the Salvation Army bell next to the kettle get on your nerves while Christmas Shopping?

See what can be done about it…

From Twitter 12-13-2009

Monday, December 14th, 2009
  • 08:59:28: @SundayProgramme The Glasspool interview was quite good…
  • 19:19:02: What a wonderful euphemism! RT @jonk: i think something bounced up into my undercarriage
  • 23:05:54: @GaySkyHooker thinking of you tonight…sleep tight please!
  • 23:07:37: back from Belgo with our houseguest; I had a fancy beef stew with prunes and apples. very nice. no beer 🙁
  • 23:08:15: @GaySkyHooker you can have some of my resolve if you want…i shall send it to you now.

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Today’s Christmas Song

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

As HWMBO will testify, I get grumpy when hearing endless repeats of hackneyed old Christmas songs. It probably stems from my youth when I tried to get a carol-singing group of kids together and we failed miserably at singing carols.

However, the MadPriest has been collecting examples of Christmas music to uplift (your lunch) and here is the best one so far (from Padre Mickey’s blog):

My week and welcome to it

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

I’ve been remiss in not blogging lately, so will contribute a short entry just to bring myself up to date when I write my memoirs in a few years’ time…

My foot continues to heal pretty well. I still have my PICC line in, and every morning a district nurse comes by and shoves another bag of antibiotics in me. I’m also taking metronidazole, which will ruin Christmas as you may not drink alcohol when taking it. But, it seems to be doing the trick and my foot is much more robust now. It’s been a real struggle.

On Thursday Alex Au arrived from Texas to stay with us until Tuesday. Alex (if you read his Wikipedia entry linked at the beginning of this paragraph you’ll find much more information) is the premier gay activist in Singapore. I’ve known him for more than ten years, and he and my brother-in-law work together on the Signel Singapore lesbian-and-gay emailing list. It’s always delightful to see him, and we have had long discussions about Singapore politics and events. I seem to know a lot more about the subject that HWMBO does—he never reads the Singapore press or websites.

We went to Belgo on Kingsway for dinner tonight—the first time I’ve been north of the river in a month.

This morning I went to church for the first time in a month but had to leave just after communion as the district nurse usually shows up after 11 am and it was getting late. Indeed, she showed up at around 11:05 am so I was lucky I slipped out.

I go to the Foot Clinic next Friday and we will see what transpires there. I am hoping for orthopedic shoes, but probably won’t get them for a few weeks or months yet.

From Twitter 12-12-2009

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-11-2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-10-2009

Friday, December 11th, 2009
  • 01:13:09: @davidrowell yes, i’ve had years of cynic practice and am just getting good enough to enjoy being cynical.
  • 01:14:40: @rhys_isterix all very complex. i’m glad i don’t have money invested in twitter ’cause getting any profit from it beats the heck out of me.
  • 01:15:00: @GaySkyHooker indeedy. you and me both are pros.
  • 01:15:31: @GaySkyHooker good. glad your shrink has not cast you adrift…hope that things look brighter. The trip to Oz should do you a world of good.
  • 01:17:43: @jonk you coming back to London soon? now oystercards are good on the suburban trains too.
  • 01:18:33: @GaySkyHooker brings us back some kangaroo scrotum coin purses… 😉
  • 01:27:35: @jonk yes, there are two ways to get there, from Liverpool St Sta. or Kings Cross.
  • 19:25:19: @GaySkyHooker O M G! I made you go ewwwwwww!
  • 19:29:55: @jonk Only the guilty would think the maid was commenting on them.
  • 22:40:34: @soveren that’s really nice. I like it. Thanks, and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
  • 22:47:07: @TheRealRyanHiga sleeping pills would be better, i think.

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From Twitter 12-09-2009

Thursday, December 10th, 2009
  • 11:20:14: Morning, tweeps and peeps. I feel a bit better this morning but hope that the GP comes through with the prescriptions I need…
  • 19:07:52: well, tweeps and peeps, the quack hasn’t called so I shall have to fall back on gliclazide and less insulin until tomorrow. Faugh!
  • 21:00:34: @rhys_isterix ok, now i’ve seen your twitter page. And?
  • 21:01:51: Because they can! RT @davidrowell: TSA now requiring DVD players & camcorders as well as laptops to be removed for screening – I wonder why?
  • 21:12:55: @rhys_isterix I use twhirl and rarely ir ever go to for anything…
  • 21:16:45: @rhys_isterix this has consequences for monetising twitter, of course. if peeps don’t go to, they won’t see the ads.
  • 21:18:20: @rhys_isterix either twitter adds ads 2 the api & forces twhirl et al. to take them, or it closes down the api & forces peeps to come to it.
  • 21:19:12: @rhys_isterix both alternatives would kill twitter off anyway. No one would win. I’m glad I don’t have to figure out how to monetise twitter
  • 21:22:10: @rhys_isterix only 2 ways of monetising: ads, or premium accts.i like twitter, but i prob wouldn’t pay for it as time-suck…food 4 thought.
  • 23:22:40: @gelodelacruz i’m sure it’ll be lovely!
  • 23:24:03: @urbanbohemian why for the last time? hair is a renewable resource.
  • 23:33:30: @GaySkyHooker oh dear. sleep tight then and i hope they have everything you need tomorrow.
  • 23:34:22: @GaySkyHooker it is a brilliant step, but is there some sort of outpatient group you could join?
  • 23:35:26: @GaySkyHooker nah, he’s wasting it all over his face and chest. he’s an amateur: professionals would get every drop in their gullet.
  • 23:37:59: well, tweeps & peeps, time 4 bed for me. hope i get my prescriptions tomorrow (along with @GaySkyHooker ) & that everyone just gets along!

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-08-2009

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
  • 09:15:30: @tug One of our lay chairs in Southwark is named Ann Atkins and she is incensed when people confuse her with the columnist.
  • 12:31:09: @gelodelacruz you will lurve Angkor. I enjoyed it tremendously. Take lots of pictures!
  • 12:33:49: RT @tug: Steve bell on S44 again even better than yesterday
  • 12:39:54: @BrianHeys oh dear. wrap up warm, take a flask of something hot (or something alcoholic), and enjoy.
  • 12:43:02: @therealgokwan Dear Gok: I will try & bring u separate bedrooms & then u both might sleep better. Don’t forget the milk & cookies! XXX Santa
  • 12:44:10: @BigRichB There should be more in 2011–seventieth anniversary.
  • 12:48:40: Oh, really? I would have thought that jailing rather than licking them is the answer. RT @ElReg: Facebook forms board to lick molesters …
  • 13:15:28: @RealMattLucas you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers for a while now.
  • 13:23:14: @MrPandaBehr that’s why! it’s scary!
  • 13:26:09: RT @HeriCabral: Double Youu Tee Efff! My mother ate all my truffles.
  • 13:27:05: @urbanbohemian Saint Fidgeta. Now, we want pics of the dance.
  • 13:31:38: @urbanbohemian @DanielJUK “Flats” are just British for “apartments”. US “Duplex” = UK “Maisonette”. “Block of flats” = “Apartment Bldg”
  • 13:33:34: @fj in my (small amount of) experience, speed issues have lots to do with fundamental architecture, thus are often not easily fixable later.
  • 21:59:37: The iTunes apps store is FSCKed beyond redemption.
  • 23:20:21: @GaySkyHooker solution: nicotine patches.
  • 23:21:27: @GaySkyHooker congrats on discharge! hugs!
  • 23:22:24: @Admish I got the strange unauthorised message from iTunes too and it tried to delete some of my apps.

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Today’s Travails

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Don’t get me wrong; I love the NHS. However, the fact that its various bits and pieces are not joined-up in any meaningful way makes me very angry indeed.

First, I am getting IV antibiotics at home. This entails sitting in a chair, having a bag of antibiotics hanging off a nail I pounded into the door hooked up to my PICC line (which has now become a friend, a very intimate one at that) by something called an infusion kit, which consists of tubes and a little pot into which the bag drips drops of antibiotic that are then taken into my vein by the tube.

Now when I got the prescription for the antibiotics from the hospital, they sent along the antibiotic and the bags of saline and the hepsal ampulles for flushing out the PICC line after the IV is finished. They did NOT include any infusion kits, and when I enquired, the pharmacist said that the doctor hadn’t ordered any on the prescription. I was going to say, “Well, what are the nurses to do, attach the bag directly to my PICC line and squeeze the contents into me?” but I nobly refrained.

My life since then has been a daily struggle to get infusion kits. The visiting nurses don’t have any (or many: I just got word that they scrounged four), my GP doesn’t have any, no one can find any anywhere. I called the Diabetic Foot Clinic at Kings, and they had some left over from a study that hadn’t expired. However, they are tinted because the fluids they were delivering were light-sensitive. No matter, I could use them. However, I had to get down there to pick them up.


Second, I needed to renew my prescriptions and get a new one for Novorapid insulin cartridges, which had been prescribed by the foot doctor at Kings, to replace gliclazide, which doesn’t seem to be working. So, when I dropped my prescription off last Friday, that was one of the items I requested. The sign on the wall said I could pick up the prescription on Monday, but when I hobbled there yesterday (and I took a bus ONE STOP to get there because my foot ached so much) the receptionist said that it was 48 business hours before prescriptions were ready. So I was crestfallen, hobbled back home, and didn’t want to hobble to Kings.

Today I hobbled out at 1:30 pm and went to Kings College Hospital to pick up the infusion kits and my foot diary (I’m in a study that required me to keep diary entries) which I had left there last Friday. The waiting room was chock-a-block because much of the staff was off sick, and the receptionist there didn’t know what I was asking for. One of the reasons was that I’d forgotten the name of the study nurse and asked for the package Arlene had left me, instead of the package that Audrey had left me. She finally got someone to get me that package. One task down.

I took a bus back to the Elephant and went to the GP’s surgery. I got my prescription after waiting on line for 10 minutes while an elderly lady asked many questions about her prescription of an obviously-bored receptionist who didn’t know the answers. However, the Novorapid cartridges and needles weren’t included. She said that they might have had to be authorised and I should return tomorrow morning. However, I asked her to ask my GP to call me so I can get some answers to all this. No call yet.

So, NHS 1, Chris 1 (as I got the infusion sets). I am almost out of Novorapid and I am desperate to replenish that. To be continued tomorrow, with a happy ending (I hope).

Happy birthday, <lj user=”airyharse”>

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day.

From Twitter 12-07-2009

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-06-2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009
  • 00:05:03: It is effing amazing the difference that assembling your week’s pills on Saturday rather than Sunday makes.
  • 00:06:02: Congrats to Canon Glasspool, just elected 2nd openly gay and partnered Bishop in the Episcopal Church in LA. Fingers crossed for consents.
  • 09:01:00: I do wish the BBC would stop referring to Canon Glasspool as having been “appointed” bishop: she was ELECTED! TEC ELECTS its bishops!
  • 09:02:04: @SundayProgramme Episcopalians ELECT their bishops; they do not APPOINT them. Please ensure the newsreaders get it right.
  • 12:49:24: @shrinik structured in a way that facilitates learning through exploring rules of that structure?
  • 20:32:22: @cemab4y i hope you’re doing well and you’re in my thoughts today…
  • 20:34:35: @jonk i want chicago hot dogs and chicago deep-dish pizza. Challah is best in New York.
  • 20:35:29: I just voted for check it out! #TweetPhoto
  • 20:37:15: @MrPandaBehr that dream actually sounds hot.
  • 20:38:13: RT @LDN: Something you don’t see every day on the tube – (via @radiokate)
  • 20:38:54: @therealgokwan what’s to hate about being at crotch level with men like that…?
  • 20:57:50: @MrPandaBehr well, you survived. best kind of dream.
  • 23:05:10: well, tweeps and peeps, I’m off to the land of Nod, I hope. Tomorrow, chew out the landlord, get them to exterminate our rat, and get meds.

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Happy birthday, <lj user=”dangtri”>&#8230;

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 12-05-2009

Sunday, December 6th, 2009
  • 09:52:04: morning tweeps and peeps. foot still hurts. we have a rat in the house. exterminators next week.
  • 16:35:21: I can hear a sound only audible to young people, can you? from @oatmeal
  • 19:54:10: HWMBO is off to St. John’s to handle the bar at a soirée; I’m staying home off my feet and will have burgers!
  • 23:39:26: @AmusVagus yes, of course, if we were compatible and in love…there are no limits.

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What a difference a day makes&#8230;

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I am amazed at the difference in mental attitude I have since I began putting together my week’s pills on Saturday night rather than Sunday night. Gives a whole new meaning to the week.

Just sayin’.

For <lj user=”spwebdesign”>&#8230;

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

…I’ll bet that you’ve come across situations such as these in web design.

From Twitter 12-04-2009

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
  • 15:01:41: Back from quack. Fed up. Too much walking around. Bags of medicine but no tubes to infuse ’em. Phooey!
  • 15:02:31: @jonk nah. Never too much with Nutella. Go for it.
  • 15:03:05: @JoexEd thanx. A bit but fed up with quacks.

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From Twitter 12-03-2009

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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From Twitter 12-02-2009

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
  • 04:53:30: insomnia fulez Chez Hansen and Tan. I hate this. Will try to sleep again now.
  • 09:53:44: @tug yes, emphatically. they don’t mention warding drug addicts who are screaming for pain relief with other people, but that is pretty loud
  • 11:08:13: bathed, shaved, and waiting for the nurse.
  • 15:09:55: @IvyBean104 sorry to hear you’ve been ill; hope you’re on the mend, Ivy!
  • 20:34:51: @jonk That is great news! Best wishes that the bureaucracy comes through.
  • 20:36:41: @jonk sufficient unto the day is the decision thereof. I hope that whatever you decide it works out really well for you.
  • 21:03:33: @MrPandaBehr oh geez, I’m really sorry….
  • 23:52:01: good night, all. back to the land of nod for a while…

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From Twitter 12-01-2009

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
  • 09:50:31: good morning, all. i’m feeling much much better this morning. hope the trend continues.
  • 11:54:40: waiting for the visiting nurse to give me my daily dose of IV antibiotics…
  • 13:18:12: Now the nurse is gone and I’m contemplating lunch. Why does listening to “Jerusalem” make me emotional?
  • 14:48:41: @pedroissexy morning sexy one. How’s you?
  • 15:09:54: Another patriotic music question: What have I just listened to two different versions of Rule Brittania?
  • 15:20:50: @kalandaka my partner was feeding a squirrel in Regent’s Park y’day and the squirrel scratched him. He’s ambivalent about feeding now…
  • 23:18:39: @nard better snow there than here…you can have it all. Enjoy!

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From Twitter 11-30-2009

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
  • 08:41:43: good morning all. feel like crud today as I didn’t get much sleep. Hope you’re all doing better than I am…
  • 08:41:57: @cemab4y sorry to hear that…prayers for you all.
  • 09:32:51: @nickbaines well done on Today. You sounded matter of fact, she sounded a bit confused.
  • 09:33:44: @devinjay have you any non-intellectual thoughts?

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