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Man flu and other delights

Merry Christmas 2016 and welcome to 2017 – now here is some man flu. Yes, I know, it is not ebola or zika virus, but the cold/man flu/infection/whatever it is that has kept me housebound for the last week has … Continue reading

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The NHS in Scotland 2016

This week has seen the publication of the Audit Scotland report into the NHS in Scotland. I don’t know about you, but when I see the word “audit” my eyes start to glaze over and all the accountants I have … Continue reading

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Walls and Bridges

Out of the mouths…. ….some years ago in a Scottish secondary school, I remember helping to co-ordinate a “team building” exercise with 14 year-old students. A large group of young people was divided into several teams of six. Each team … Continue reading

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At the Stroke of a Brush

“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”  Harper Lee There are many ways to try to understand stroke. If you are … Continue reading

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Deeside flooding – another update

Readers of this blog may remember that, back in December and January, Deeside was affected by serious flooding. A few weeks ago, I was able to let you have good news about one business that is fighting back. At the … Continue reading

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A rose by any other name…

“Man” and “stroke” this time, no “dog”. In any case, Archie has just returned from a long walk in the rain and looks utterly miserable as only a whippet can. In my last post, I threatened to return to the … Continue reading

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Stroke research, that referendum – and an invitation to you

At the weekend, you, like me, may have seen an excellent cartoon depicting a newscaster saying: “Aliens haven’t landed and Elvis hasn’t been found alive. Everything else has happened.” This sums up well how many of us in the UK … Continue reading

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Good news story

You may remember an earlier post in which I wrote about the devastation caused by storm Frank in our local communities. The nearby village of Ballater was particularly badly affected, and many local businesses feared they might never reopen. However, … Continue reading

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Step Out for Stroke

It is that time of year again. Once more, Master and I will be taking part in a  Step Out for Stroke event – this time at Broughty Ferry near Dundee on 15 May. This involves a 2.5 mile walk … Continue reading

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The West Sands Revisited

“Youth is wasted on the young” – so wrote George Bernard Shaw. This line floated through my head recently when we two humans – plus dog – were spending a few days in St Andrews at the beginning of March. … Continue reading

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