2019-20-

Projects Hello friend, … and this is how I keep moving forward… So what’s been happening since my last blog (2018-46)… over a year ago?! Really?! Wow?! My languages went from 10 to 5 to 3 to 2 – Polish and Spanish. By the end of the year I had a 1000 word vocabularly in
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2019-18-Appeal

Appeal Hello friend, I wrote my last update on this in September last year (2019-70) – wow! What a downer. I ended it by saying that life can turn on a sixpence – I think this may… just may… happen. I had a really positive conversation with my solicitor. Case law has developed somewhat regarding
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2019-17-Deaths

Deaths Hello friend, Continuing on the theme of prisoners health: over the past few months, there seems to have been an unaturally high number of prisoners deaths in HMP Wakefield; I am aware of at least 8 (there are more). Whilst it is true to say that this prison has an ageing population, many of
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2019-16-Heart

2019 – 16 – heart Heart Hello friend, “Statins reduce your risk by 50%” Really? Let’s put to one side the fact that no-one – not a cardiologist, researcher, scientist or candlestick maker – can definitively state what ‘risk’ is; for that they would have to invent a time machine, go forward in time, and
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2019-15-Heart

2019 – 15 – heart Heart Hello friend, A little two-part catch up on last years blogs (2018-31, 2018-45, 2018-55. After seeing the first cardiologist (who wasn’t interested), I was booked in for a telemeds consult; this was cancelled several times before it finally happened in July (4th attempt). It initially went better: he offered
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2019-14-Birthday

2019 – 14 – birthday Birthday Hello friend, A short blog: yes, it’s my birthday today – happy birthday to me. Thanks to those who took the time to send me a card; and, to those who didn’t – c’mon! It’s easy to remember for next year… my birthday is on St. George’s Day. Actually,
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2019-13-Cough

2019 – 13 – cough Cough Hello friend, This blog (and the next few) continues on the theme of illness; or rather, how this prison is like a ‘virus swamp.’ For the last quarter of last year. I developed this weird coughing illness; I was not the only one. Violent coughing fits in groups of
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2019-12-Asthma Attack

2019 – 12 – asthma attack Asthma Attack Hello friend, Wow! Is it really nearly a year since my asthma attack (see blog 2018-62)? Here’s the highlights: I found out that asthma deaths in the UK for 2015 was the highest in Europe with 1,434 deaths; there were 1,360 deaths in 2016 (source: Asthma Uk).
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2019-11-Psychology

2019 – 11 – psychology Psychology Hello friend, This blog is actually a reply I gave to a question from Sarah (thanks, Sarah) about what would replace psychology as a method of rebabilitation. Some of what I say I have said before but it bears repeating. “Hi Sarah, great question. The whole issue rehabilitation is
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2019-10-Cervical Senosis

Cervical Stenosis Hello friend, Longer term readers of my blog might remember 2017 98-mri and 2018-56-stenosis (check it out). To cut a long story short: the diaganosis a that time was one of cervical stenosis; specifically, the C5 and C6 vertebra in my neck. At that time, my only symptom was some numbness in my
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