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Brexit

I think sometimes that our problem in Britain is that the voting population is not so bright. Any nation who could vote in three successive Socialist governments in the face of a predictable economic decline cannot be MENSA material. We now seem to lurch from political crisis to political crisis and although we have plenty of politicians (who look forward 5 or less years) we have no statesmen who look ahead generations. There is an Aesop fable which seems to me to demonstrate where we are with our democratically voted Brexit.

Pain. Empathy and Doctors


I once recall a conversation (a little heated) with one of my nieces when I said I understood how bad a labour pain was. She had started by saying that female obstetricians must be better than male obstetricians. My claim to understand labour pains provoked a rather more volatile response than I think it merited along the lines of, ‘You’re a man. You can’t understand.’

I felt at the time that although I don’t have a uterus, I have delivered 22 babies and witnessed many more deliveries when I trained and since then seen pain in many forms.

Swedish Christmas Ham

My sons asked me for this recipe so I thought I'd put it here for ease of reference and to share with anyone who wishes to try something new.

Swedish Christmas Ham

The main problem when you buy a smoked or ‘green’ ham is that when you roast it, commonly, it is very salty. This ‘recipe’ if that’s what you’d call it, allows you to get the salt out of the ham and roast it in what in my family, has always been the traditional manner.

Start by removing the rind or skin so you have a layer of fat remaining.

Superheroes - Who Needs Them?

I was born in 1950. It was a time when Spencer Tracy, Kirk Douglas, Bert Lancaster were on the rise in their careers. Human icons most young fellas looked up to. Cinema was the great cultural phenomenon at that time and the actors became huge.

At that time too, Marvel’s comic book superheroes were very popular in the pictorial cartoon books and magazines. Like any media one read them and loved them through the suspension of belief. It was escapism at its best – a kind of momentary flight, giving a short-term emotional gratification.

The Promise


Note de l'auteur


Je dois expliquer pourquoi je l'ai utilisé des morceaux de texte du livre d'Albert Camus l’étranger tout au long comme têtes de chapitre.


Il a écrit de son livre "Il y a longtemps je résume l'étranger dans une phrase que je réalise est extrêmement paradoxale. «Dans notre société, tout homme qui ne pleure pas à l'enterrement de sa mère est susceptible d'être condamné à mort».

Windrush, Politics and Prejudice

The plight of the Windrush families and their British naturalisation is a topic quite close to my heart.
My father was born in India, you see. When WW2 broke out, he came to Britain, joined the RNR and as a ship’s doctor had quite a bad war in the Pacific, North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He held a British passport and settled as a GP in Bermondsey once the war ended in 1947. He obtained British naturalisation without difficulty, because he was a British subject and that did not change until the immigration act of 1948.

Dr Bawa-Garba and Manslaughter

Many will have heard of this terrible, tragic case. The doctor involved was tried for manslaughter and convicted despite serious Trust flaws which led to the tragedy.
My feeling here is rather different to the majority. I do agree that a junior doctor, left unsupervised with two juniors below her, each of whom had only a months’ experience of paediatrics, and had herself just returned from 13 months maternity leave was particularly vulnerable to a mistake being made. Where I depart from many people’s stated views is that I do not think the registrar is culpable.

A Swedish Christmas Recipe

This is a typical Swedish recipe passed to me through my mum, who baked loads of stuff at Christmas. It makes really nice sweet bread that goes a treat with coffee especially on Christmas morning. The cardamom adds a hint of lemony fragrance.

Vätebröd- Swedish Buns - makes 24 buns or 2 loaves.
 
Ingredients:
25 g Fresh yeast or 15 g of dried

70 g butter

2 1/2 dl of milk

1/4 tsp of salt

1 dl of sugar

1 tsp ground cardamom

425 g flour (Strong white)
 

(if using dried yeast use tepid water as on packet)

Yorkshire Puddings Anyone?

So what’s all this hike about Yorkshire puddings?
 
For those of you who live across the pond, Yorkshire is a county in the north east of England. It has a history dating back way back when and seems to be the place the classic ‘puds’ arose. Three or four hundred years ago when they roasted meat in an oven, the fat and juices would drip off and be wasted unless caught in a dish underneath. In mid-18century, the idea came to someone to put a simple pudding underneath and the ‘dripping’ would drip and the batter would rise – the first Yorkshire pudding!

Monday Morning Blues


20 6 16

5 am. Dog wakes me – need to go out. Oooooh groan. Dressing gown, slippers stumble down stairs – fresh air on my face.

Damned funny time to get up. Start to think… Could I be more productive? Apportion my time…

Bed beckons. But… and there’s always a ‘but’. Can I?

Full-time neurosurgeon, prolific medico-legal expert, published author, house person to my daughter or was that slave? More productive?

But work never seemed to be ‘work’. I always enjoyed it. Never felt that even at 3 am. opening someone’s head that it was hard work.