Happy New Year.

Happy New Year one and all, and best wishes for a better year ahead.

Ron.

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Resolutions for 2013…

Don’t die! Something, obviously, I have a vested interest in. I realise that’s mostly out of my control, but if I stay away from people who might harm me – like certain doctors – and don’t do anything dumb, like start drinking again, it’ll lengthen the odds against it – and that’s what it’s all about now – playing the odds.

Don’t drink. It’s very unlikely I’ll drink again; I’ve no Continue reading

Making Bacon – Stage One: The Cure…

Ending the old year on a high(ish) note, making bacon. Or, at least, starting the process, which will end in a week to 10 days.

First drawback was the coarse sea salt I ordered – it’s so coarse you could gravel a bloody drive with it! And so hard I can’t crush it. Utterly useless.

Luckily, I had just enough Continue reading

Ron’s Rants 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 260,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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A lifestyle change for the New Year…

I need to make some changes in my day to day life in order to maximise my dwindling physical resources. Cooking, for example, is becoming more of a challenge and, as I have very little appetite these days, barely worth the effort.

It will still happen from time to time – I can’t imagine a world in which I never cook – and I’ve still to make faggots in gravy, for example (the ingredients are in the freezer), but on a day to day basis, food is going to be, more likely than not, something I can shove in the microwave.

If I ate more I might well be Continue reading

Preserve me from the numpties at NICE!

Source: Pulse.

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NICE is insisting that its plan to get GPs to get patients with high blood pressure to exercise more are workable (and will apparently be imposed next year), despite the fact that the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA has denounced the plan as unworkable.

NICE’s intention is that GPs will demonstrate to hypertensive patients that exercise to drive up their heart rate will be beneficial, which is quite absurd. I know from experience that exercise drives up my blood pressure to highly dangerous levels. Ditto heart rate. Such a generalisation, by NICE, is simply stupid.

That there are some patients who will Continue reading

A need for brain-stimulating entertainment…

Which, of course, totally rules out daytime TV!

Having been stuck in here for nearly 5 months now,** and likely to be so for the foreseeable future, I’m getting desperate for new ways to amuse myself and, getting to the age at which dementia lurks in dark corners, I’d also keep my mind active – and found myself looking at the Xbox 360.

**The idea that I could start going to the pub again – swilling a gallon of beer before starting on the serious drinking – has Continue reading

An alternative Christmas meal…

I was going to have a break today, having written half a dozen or so posts yesterday, but I feel so remarkably shitty I need a distraction.

So, I thought I’d tell you about my alternative Christmas dinner (I don’t do lunch). Obviously, on my own, turkey would be entirely over the top, and I don’t do Christmas any more than I do lunch, as I’ve explained here a short while ago. I do, however, like to make something I wouldn’t make normally, at Christmas (either because it’s expensive or, as this year, because it’s pushing Continue reading