Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.
Early this morning the sun was out, I could hardly believe it and I (almost) got up to rush out with the camera to capture the brightness, fearful that it would not last. I should have acted on my instincts, it did not last and today has been showering heavily on and off and it has been dark, very dark. I wanted to post some sunny pics for you but never mind, there will be sunshine one day, folk have told me so.
Today’s blog is as mixed as the weather, there are a few bits of sunshine but there is an angry raging section too. Right at the end you will smell the smoke rising.
I have acquired a new library book, not a novel this time, it is Dara O’ Briain’s new one about the English. I am not very far into it yet so I will report back another day with my opinion. I wanted to read something funny and always find him laughter-inducing as a performer.
This is a description of the book.
Tickling the English
Nostalgia, identity, eccentricity, gin drinking and occasional violence... these are just some of the themes that stand-up comedian Dara O Briain explores in Tickling the English. O Briain moved to England many years ago, but when he takes his show on tour around the country – from deserted seaside towns and remote off-shore islands, to sprawling industrial cities and sleepy suburbs and it's clear to him that his adopted home is still a bit of an enigma. Why do the English pretend to be unhappy all the time? Why can’t they accept they rank about 5th, in everything? And what’s with all the fudge? But this Irishman loves a challenge; he's certainly got the gregarious personality and the sure-fire wit to bring down the barriers of that famous English reserve, and have a good old rummage inside. Swapping anecdotes with his audiences and spending time wandering in their hometowns, this nosy neighbour holds England up to the light while exploring some of the attitudes he brought over here with him too. As Dara goes door-to-door in search of England in this part tour diary, part travelogue, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the Sceptred Isle.
There have been other blessings today, I felt rested after a long good night’s sleep in clean sheets and I have a day off from work. It was very busy yesterday in the library, I think everyone is escaping the weather and losing themselves in books. I have swept up even more wet leaves, got lots of indoor chores out of the way and that always makes me feel better. I’ve written a poem too.
The debate about global warming has been in the news again, re. does it exist or is it a fabrication? Global warming or not there is definitely climate change, the winds are stronger, the rainfall heavier and floods are becoming commonplace. It’s almost as if the Earth is showing its anger at Man's greed and the rape, violence and plunder it is experiencing.
I shall finish with something serious. This is not just a rant, it is both alarming and outrageous. I want to draw people’s attention to the fact that cancer drugs (and other drugs too) are in very short supply because pharmacists are taking advantage of the state of our pound and are selling drugs abroad in order to make more money. A very good friend of mine has been experiencing difficulties in obtaining her supply of a drug called letrazole that she has to take on a daily basis. And not only a friend of mine, I have too! My friend C was told that there are only ten packs of our particular drug left in South Wales. C and I take this drug as a preventative measure but it is also given to patients with advanced breast cancer. So lives will be lost if their medicines are not available to them. My friend’s pharmacist actually told her that he has been asked to send a photocopy of her prescription to the wholesaler in order to get two month’s supply of letrazole! This surely goes against the data protection act apart from anything else. This time last week I had a real to-do with two local pharmacies and eventually got my three month’s worth - thanks to G my breast care nurse from Cardiff (a real angel flying too close to the ground) who acted swiftly on my behalf and contacted said pharmacies.
So that’s all for today, C and I are on the case and will be contacting our Welsh Assembly member and our hospital consultants who have prescribed the drug to us. My GP did not seem particularly caring when I rung her about it, she feigned ignorance on the matter even though it has been in the Times and the Observer and all over the Internet. She said I should order the drug two weeks in advance and when I said I had to travel 22 miles to get my tablets and that they very often have none in stock when I get there - even before all this blew up - she more or less blamed me for living in the country.
Watch this space,
Bye for now,
Go mbeannai Dia duit.