31 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 31 July 2010 in Diary |

Spent the first part of the morning packing and then Michael made a video of me giving a valedictory address to the students in China for this year’s lectures. Monti has very kindly agreed to make a DVD for me which I hope to have played before  this year’s lectures begin. The Test match resumed […]


30 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 30 July 2010 in Diary |

There was a very interesting report on Radio 4 this morning concerning the use of calcium supplements for patients with osteoporosis. Apparently, according a long-term survey carried out in New Zealand, involving something like 12,000 patients.  the continued use of calcium supplement increased the likelihood of a heart attack by 30% and of a stroke […]


29 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 29 July 2010 in Diary |

I heard today from my friend who had previously written to me about her sister, dying from MND, who had decided to gradually restrict her food to a point where she would just fade away. I questioned my friend about the early stages of this process, whether or not she suffered from hunger pangs and […]


28 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 28 July 2010 in Diary |

A plethora of people here today on ‘my lovely’s weekly day off. Jane (the sheep) – who  appropriately brought a two-week old lamb with her, the runt of the litter, which she has been hand feeding every two hours for the past 14 days  – keeping an eye on me and ensuring I get my […]


27 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 27 July 2010 in Diary |

A couple of days ago I received a very nice response from the chairman of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Dr Mary Archer, to the letter  which I had sent her following my stay in hospital. At least she had the courtesy to reply, a month after I had sent my letter. I guess she is really busy […]


26 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 26 July 2010 in Diary |

The last week before I fly off to Sweden with the good doctor and suddenly there seems to be lots to do. For example, not being able to go upstairs to my dressing room, or to pack for myself, I had to prepare packing lists for the 15 kg check-in suitcase and a separate list […]


24 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 24 July 2010 in Diary |

After all this medical talk the readers deserve some light relief. Accordingly I have added the following: (note: None of the below can be opened by clicking on to title is highlighted in red) Jokes Deeply profound so described by my friend who sent it to me. A sexually incorrect joke for the male chauvinist. […]


23 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 23 July 2010 in Diary |

I learned something today, about MND, which has puzzled me for some time and that is, how Prof Hawkins has managed to survive for so long. Indeed, it is a question I am  asked frequently but I merely repeat what I have been told myself in the past, and that is what he has a […]


22 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 23 July 2010 in Diary |

Today I go for my quarterly assessment, with my MND team, at Addenbrookes hospital. As in my normal practice I have made a list of matters to discuss with Dr Chris Allen. As usual I will press him, against his better judgement, to try to give me some prognosis as to when I’m likely to […]


19 July 2010

Posted by DMC on 19 July 2010 in Diary |

My good friend, Rowan Planterose, drove all the way from Sussex today to give me lunch The Cricketers. Rowan, an erstwhile barrister turned solicitor, is a partner in Davies Arnold Cooper. I have known him for 25 years or so and we have done some fun things together. For example, we did the fictitious cross […]

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