Monthly Archives: May 2020

Get out of it..!

Dominic Cummings…

Drove to a castle to ‘ test his eyesight’ …
You what?

I’ve been an optometrist for 33 years. I can categorically say that in an eye examination I’ve never thought to ask ..

‘ so what’s your vision like when you visit your local castle ? ‘

Good grief.

Not afraid to say, me.

So black African Americans are up in arms at the relaxing of lockdown measures. They are more likely to die from Covid 19 than their white counterparts.
In Africa itself, black ( and most people there are ) people are not dying in their droves.

So you have to be black, and live in America, to be vulnerable? What if a black American moved to Africa then? Would this save him/her? And what if an African black moved to America? Would that spell death for them?

When, on the news, we get those collages of pictures of the dead ( of all colours and ages ) it’s absolutely notable that pretty much all of them, other than those who have other crippling conditions ( and the photos are not necessarily ‘ current’ , having been supplied by grieving families who tend to submit ‘ best ‘ pictures ) are OVERWEIGHT.

In America, obesity is ( literally ) a massive problem. In impoverished Africa, excessive food just isn’t a financial option…

It strikes me that this virus targets the fat, who are by and large unfit, who therefore have weaker hearts/ cardiovascular systems, and less able respiratory systems, and it so happens that there are an awful lot of fat black Americans in America.

That’s not anybody’s fault ( in almost every case ) other than that of the individual for over eating and under exercising.

Black, white, yellow, old or young .. eat sensibly and do enough exercise. I don’t think that’s anyone’s responsibility other than your own.


with no dentists open still, and tired of being the only redneck in Brentford, I explored the Make Your Own Replacement Tooth options out there.
For about fifteen quid you can buy this plastic stuff called CREADENT which allows you to mould a tooth to go in the gap.
I didn’t have a lot of faith that for only a few quid you can look ok, so I’m pleasantly impressed and surprised that actually the stuff is brilliant. I mean it’s not perfect, and it’s not an exact colour match etc but hey it’s better than looking life the village idiot for months, right?

See! You can’t even tell ! 😂

Post break up is obviously a tricky time, so I’ve thrown myself into lots of exercise.
A week in and actually it’s amazing how my ravaged body still somehow responds positively.
Im using my arm crank for a hour every day and varying what I do on it. Always it’s hard tho ! I don’t take any prisoners when it comes to exercise. Benefits – better body ( what’s left of me ) and definitely better sleep.
Ive always always said that the best cure for insomnia is loads of exercise. You have no Choice but to sleep.

Wendy recommended something called an Airofit. It’s resistance lung training. You inhale or exhale via a mouthpiece like a snorkel mouth part, and connect to an app on your phone which tells you what to do in the sessions. It’s all about increasing your lung capacity. For me that means I’d be more Covid resistant, and have a louder voice hopefully ( cos it’s been very quiet for 7 years! ) At the start my lung capacity was less than 3 litres ( half what it was pre injury ). I’ll see what happens.. but already after a week I’m DEFINITELY breathing differently and more deeply.
Not cheap at £250 but for me it may produce a dramatic difference.

And my resting pulse rate is now 52.. which is good.
Pre injury it was 37, but hey!

Becoming a dab hand at cutting my own hair ..

No girlfriend to help, and a carer that is worried she’ll cut my ears off ( I think ) so I’ve no choice.

Its THINNING SCISSORS that are the key. They sort of cut every other hair, rather than the whole length off, so when you cut into a big thick bit of hair, you end up with it a lot smaller but the same length as before. Genius, whoever invented those.


Important information!

Because I’m vulnerable and to save me going to the shops, I get a government food parcel every week.

There’s a fair bit of stuff in it, and actually I give more than half to the local food bank, as I don’t eat much!

What’s included though is 2 toilet rolls. That’s obviously the Government Bog Paper Weekly Allowance – the GBPWA.

Given there are 500 sheets per roll ( in a 2 ply roll ) that’s 1000 sheets. Divided by 7 is about 142.

That’s 142 sheets a day. That strikes me as a fair bit. Let’s say you have 2 poos a day ( if you are pretty regular as a fella, and maybe the same as a female ( but then you need extra to wipe when you have a wee, whereas the boys might shake and let the underpants dry ), that’s 72 sheets per poo for a fella and for a lady who wees 10 times a day, and a couple of No 2’s that’s perhaps 7 sheets per wee, and 35 per No 2.

If you are in the habit of using more than this, then you should know that you are exceeding the Government Recommended Bog Roll Allowance, and ought use less.

Just so you know.