Thursday, 31 March 2011


It's been a few weeks now since I posted a blog, I'd almost forgotten about it. My daughter Sasha prompted me, when she phoned me last night and said,” Don’t take this the wrong way Dad, but when I thought you were dying, things were much nicer between us, and we used to call each other a lot!" Oooops, I thought, she's got a point! Must try and get hold of Chantal and Lucienne before I go away too. Maria and Sofia are always on Facebook, so I feel that we talk every day, but in reality, we never talk, but we are in communication I guess!

To be fair, I have been on the phone a lot, and that's why I may be a little guilty of ignoring the kids. I'm registered as a person who doesn't mind being called by newly diagnosed people on the National Helpline, and also get a few calls a week from people on the Prostate Cancer forum, who are new to the disease and just want information really. I was in that position a year ago, and I know how bad it feels, not having anyone to talk to at such a scary time. I heard back from Tom in Harrogate today, after he had been given the 'all contained' result from his MRI scan. He sounded so pleased and I was delighted for him.

I am flat out doing Uni work and well on target for all my deadlines now, so there's a big gasp of relief!!!

My 'enhanced CRB' arrived today, so now my scope for photography has widened and I am an official photographer for a local school. Who knows, it might help me to get a paid job one day :-)

'Prostate cancer' was a subject on Prime Minister's question time today. It got 55 seconds of time and that included the question from the MP and the answer by David Cameron. It kills 10,000 people a year in this country alone, and that is all it got. That's 20 Jumbo Jets full of people, crashing every year, how much parliamentary time would that get? 

My business cards arrived today, they look great, and all I need now is some part time business! Anyone got any work for a mature student photographer in Cumbria, willing to do anything within reason!!! I've got a feeling there might be more money in doing something other than wildlife, and if I see another photo of a Red Squirrel, I'll throw up. Our last trip to take 'Wildlife Pictures' was an animal park, before that we went to a Deer sanctuary to take photos of, yes, deer! There were so many deer and they couldn't escape you. I could have thrown the camera in the air and shot the 'shoot' button with an air rifle and it would have snapped a deer every time. They were even humping each other right beside us! I thought, if I don't move, I'll be going home bleeding! When I put a picture of a seagull in our first expedition, another student blurted, "It's just a seagull!" "Just a seagull", I replied, at least it's a wild animal, looking at his 'day trip to Thorp Pero' photos, where they nail various birds of prey to their perches after selectively removing some flight feathers and sedate their food with enough drugs to make them fly in circles, instead of making a break back to Africa!

Went to the Tapas Bar for Beverley's birthday, with Laura and David. Great night out, we went there a few weeks before with my brother Paul and his partner Christine. Paul thought there was something a bit surreal, sitting in a Penrith restaurant as Spanish dancers swirled around us, singing "aviiiiva Espanya" whilst throwing garlands around our necks. It was funny the day after when we went for a country walk and his feet decided to walk faster than his body, leaving his bottom rammed firmly into a muddy field! I shouldn’t have laughed, but hey!!

Well it's been great to catch up with everyone again, and good to see the Blog still getting around 30 hits a day, even though I'm not still dying!!!!





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