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June 18 2007

Old Timers - Sometimes ‘Bad’ DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’

'Bad’ is a relative term these days, sometimes used and utilised to mean good as well as bad. And our fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous we have Old Timers knocking around who have been in the fellowship for years and have lots of practical wisdom to impart. Old timers are somewhat venerated and often rightly for the wisdom of the years in recovery. Tonight though we had a ‘Bad’ ‘Old timer’ who was full of humorous stories of their wicked advancement in recovery.

For every straightforward comment and aside he had an opposite view gained through years of succeeding and then falling out of the fellowship, It was funny as well as serious and I felt he had good points to share and funny ones too. We need laughter as much as wisdom sometimes and the meeting had been light in parts, and then heavy and quite serious. So the reposts from this venerable old timer were quite pertinent and made us all smile. I guess sometimes it can be inappropriate to share so, and sometimes I feel I may go a bit too far towards funny when some are definitely not in the mood.

The Bicycle

Due to yesterday’s minor accident, well in human terms as we both walked away with a few bruises, the damage to the bike is sadly beyond repair, and its just the way it is. And it’s a blinking nuisance but not the end of the world. And it’s a bit odd that the bike has ended up this way just now. And its giving me some pain in the feet as well as my head.

The Day

I had planned to cycle down to the Chelsea Festival open concert, and then decided to do a round robin trip using the bus and tube to include Covent Garden as well as the King’s road. I managed it slowly. And it was worth it to get out and take some more photo’s. A painful but rewarding trip. Slow and determined it was, and I realise now just how useful its been to have the bike here and anywhere which cuts out much walking which really aggravates the diabetic neuropathy.
So By Tonight

A friend of mine has just rung up to offer me their bike for a while. And its really very kind of them. And at the same time I find it very hard to deprive them of something they are really enjoying and it’s a new way of them getting about and extending the range of their activities. Even though they say its ok, I don’t feel right about it at all. And this is just me. So I will sleep on it tonight.

I suspect there is some part of me which just does not want to deprive another person of an obvious pleasure even though it will help me get about. I am not good with help most of the time and it makes me look deep inside at me and my outlooks. And it makes me question whether I am making too much of my problem and then I seem to fall into traps around what if’s and but. It seems this is a conundrum which I cannot resolve tonight. And there is some false pride and ego, and fear of fuss in me.. I prefer to resolve things and realise this one I cannot right now tonight. Which now makes me smile because it needs no resolution just yet.

Housing

The issue is current and somewhat worrying. The problem any single person who is homeless and is dealing with some incapacities which won’t go away, well I feel a bit vulnerable too about this one.

Health Generally

I do work hard to keep going and I am not a quitter when it comes to trying and endeavour. I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow and it I feel inadequate and exposed. I feel like I should be further along, be more adept now I am sober. And yet with depression and the type 1 Diabetes, it feels like a well worn story for me because I live it every day. The consequences do leave me wondering what next. And its very awkward to define what nest when I don’t know from one day to another just how difficult things are going to be. So I hope a discussion with my Doctor will help me understand what I need convey to the assessment practice run by the Department of Work and Pensions. Indeed I am at a loss really to see what is next. So this feels indecisive and quite difficult.

Several Things all at Once

So mobility remains an issue. Health is not going to improve in three ways, and housing too is a topical dilemma. So quite a few big ones for yours truly.

I know I may not solve these issues, but I know I need share and ask and be open to what next.

The housing issue, well it seems by mistake or some computer error that I have bid for something in the last week. I just checked the website and had no idea there is a bid by me, apparently and I don’t quite understand. So a visit to the Town Hall too to arrange sometime quick.

Disturbing?

Yes it feels very disturbing. I know people do their utmost to help and still I feel awkward about all this. And somehow it seems to me that I feel less than and somehow wrong footed. And it truly is to do with acceptance of life on life’s terms.

Acceptance

I need it tonight or I shall not sleep. And in the end I have gratitude for everything. Help to get into recovery, help with health issues and I try not pester people so probably do suffer unduly sometimes when there is help. It makes me realise I have to accept incapacity, as well as wanting to get on and also just for peace of mind to know I can be safe somewhere and worry less about being homeless and somewhat indigent.

My Family

Without them I would not be here. And the gratitude I feel is beyond words.

Fellowship

Its been hard and very overwhelming sometimes to realise people care and want to help. And its been difficult and humbling in the true sense to find people wanting to help, even when I do not know how to ask. And maybe this is a time to understand more.

Doctors and Hospital

Have done their level best too. I have not seen my GP regularly, and once in a year. I have always found my Doctor hard to see, and I am at a loss to know why presently, other than experiences have not been good, and that is my doing as much as theirs I suspect. When a recovering alcoholic shares their concerns about ailments, the assumption seems its all in the head, and it took a long while for me to be listened to over the diabetes as much as anything. And as most of the routine help has been excellent and with my local hospital. Professional and very caring, I feel its been hard to restore my faith in my Doctor and what happens next if indeed anything.

Tonight Overall

I am very up and down, and this sense of foreboding is less than last before, yet I know more and feel more able to understand what is going on for me. And I just have no clue to agenda’s. And as always these days the only agenda I have is one day long, keep safe, do what I can and try endeavour some more.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I have thought some more. And the more I understand therapeutic process the more I am suspicious of cognitive behavioural therapy. It is a long form of pulling up one’s own socks, giving ourselves a kick the up the rear, and encouraging false premise and promises. Like fake it to make it. Like thinking will change feeling. Indeed we always feel first and then think. A process running in reverse maybe for cognitive Acolytes. But appealing to the intellect, egocentric, empowered controllers of life. Sadly we humans don’t work well backwards and the reason why cognitive is a poor utility for me and fellowship is far superior, is simply I know the difference and have learned this wisdom from ’Good and Bad Old Timers’ and what they have shown me in recent years. Long may they continue. I ‘feel’ content they will …





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David Beckham bade farewell to Real Madrid last night by celebrating the first major trophy of his four-year spell in Spain, even if the former England captain was denied a suitably Hollywood-esque ending and was upstaged by José Antonio Reyes, on loan from Arsenal, at the last on a dramatic final evening to the Primera División season.

Madrid were trailing 1-0 to Real Mallorca as Barcelona rampaged over Gimnastic of Tarragona. Barça were effectively top of the table for over an hour when Beckham limped from the turf some 24 minutes from time with a recurrence of an ankle injury. Reyes, his replacement, scored within two minutes of his introduction to pave the way for Madrid's 3-1 win, the Arsenal player adding the side's final goal late on to secure a 30th league title.

Beckham, who will join Los Angeles Galaxy when his contract expires at Real next month, had initially retreated to the bench in despair as his team teetered on the brink of ignominy. The England midfielder was as relieved as he was elated at the final whistle. "I couldn't have dreamt it any better," he said. "It's been about wining the title for the last six months, and we've deserved it tonight.

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Hospitals losing fight to defeat superbugs June 18 2007





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One in four NHS trusts is failing the latest government targets on cleanliness and tackling superbug infections, figures published today reveal.

Fewer hospitals and NHS trusts than last year can demonstrate that they are maintaining standards on cleanliness and infection control, despite the introduction of a strict “hygiene code” to eradicate illness caused by MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

Figures released by the Healthcare Commission show that six out of ten trusts in England have reported failing one or more of the twenty-four “core standards” on all aspects of care, on which they are assessed by the NHS watchdog.

Particular problems include failing to decontaminate reusable medical devices, to reduce healthcare-associated infections and to supply the latest recommended treatments for patients. There was also a slight decline in the number of trusts saying they met two standards on treating patients with dignity and respect.

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Why museums must stay free June 18 2007



By Ben Russell and Jerome Taylor

Senior figures from politics, education and the arts leapt to defend free admission to Britain's most famous museums and galleries after a senior Tory suggested that charges could be reintroduced.

The campaigners hailed the success of free access to museums, which has attracted an extra 30 million people to the nation's great artistic and cultural collections since admission charges were scrapped six years ago. It followed a campaign by The Independent to end charges.

Hugo Swire, the shadow Culture Secretary, faced a storm of criticism after suggesting that the proceeds of charges at museums and galleries could be used to fund new facilities.

He was quoted in a Sunday newspaper saying the Conservatives might consider relaxing the current ban on charges. "We do not want to ban free admissions, but we believe museums and galleries should have the right to charge if they wish to,' he told The Mail on Sunday.

"They could use the money to make their facilities even better and could have special arrangements allowing continued free access for children, students and others."

But Mr Swire, a former head of development at the National Gallery and director of the art auctioneers Sotheby's, was forced to make a humiliating U-turn within hours amid a backlash from MPs and senior figures from education and British cultural life.

Steve Sinnott, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, reacted angrily to the idea of rolling back free admission and said that the effect on children in particular could be disastrous.

"Free access means that every child can benefit from the treasure chest contained within museums regardless of the depth of the parental pocket," he said.

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NHS 'hygiene standards struggle' June 18 2007

NHS trusts are struggling to meet key hygiene standards, according to data submitted to the NHS watchdog.

One in four trusts have reported they are not complying with one of the three standards relating to the hygiene code, covering areas such as cleanliness.

But the Healthcare Commission said the evidence showed 40% of the 394 trusts in England were meeting all 24 core NHS standards - a rise from 34% last year.

The standards cover everything from clinical effectiveness to governance.

Trusts self-declare how they are doing against the core standards, which then help determine their overall NHS rating

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June 18 1972: UK's worst air crash kills 118

All 118 people on board a flight from London Heathrow to Brussels have died when the airliner crashed minutes after take-off.

The British European Airways plane came down in a field in Staines, missing the town centre by just a few hundred yards. It is the worst disaster in British aviation history.

The Trident jet - which had been involved in another accident in 1968 - left Heathrow at 1708 BST and was only three miles (4.8 km) from the airport when witnesses said it "dropped out of the sky".

The airline said it did not know what had caused flight BE548 to crash, but BEA chairman Henry Marking told reporters there was "no reason" to suspect sabotage.

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