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Thanks TTS, yes, as you were/are a surgeon and anything other than a face to face consultation isn't practical.

I don't know how long you're memory is, but you may recall me mentioning when he passed away recently that I use to work for Sir Len Peach before he was "lent" to the NHS on a short term loan, and much to everyone's shock and surprise he was promptly promoted to run the NHS for a while and during the period we kept in touch and he'd sometimes return for the odd lunch the plan being thta he would return properly to the fold

I think that it is now an organisation that no one could manage and fundamentally improve. It seems the challenges seem insurmountable and all you can do is make small changes. He tried to bring in business processes like reviews and appraisals and MBO etc rather than overly simplistic targets but I think he was eventually overwhelmed by resistance.
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I often wonder if the NHS hasn't outgrown itself in the sense that we are applying 1947 ideology to 21st century problems. As for artificial targets, I can see the attraction to anyone used to producing widgets but some of the box-ticking that is expected is just plain daft. I defy anyone to measure mathematically the efficiency and output of a Maxillo-facial surgery department in, say, Cardiff with a similar unit in Oxford or Belfast or Glasgow - yet targets pay little attention to regional, socio-economic, geographic or other variations. It's just too big. (Iknow that NI, Scotland and Wales have some autonomy in their distribution of services but the core principles remain.)
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Jacksonville, FL USA
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Joined Jan 2003
Hi from rainy Florida.......

Well, counting down for the cruise..........2 more weekends home....anyone else countdown that way?...LOL
I fly out on Sunday, August 6th..........
USA - Tennessee
195 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Hello Lois from Tennessee

Yes, we are also counting down. We fly out 2 weeks from this Thursday for 4 nights in Venice prior to boarding the Muse on the 8th for 12 nights to Monte Carlo. Got all documents; beginning to pack and getting excited.

Hope we both have a great cruise.
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Hi Ernie.....oh I agree, hope we both have fantastic times! This is my first Silversea cruise
Canada
2,298 Posts
Joined May 2008
Greetings Coolers!

OOOOOH! Another creation from the Pot! Looks yummy J!

Excitement building for lucky Coolers with upcoming cruises! Enjoy and savour the anticipation!

Have a great day all!
UK
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Joined May 2012
Hi All,

Just stoking a request for extremely urgent help from Reprieve .. .... which is self explanatory .. so far just under 20,000 has signed and each signature helps as public opinion seems to matter almost more than anything.

14 people that were sentenced to death for protest-related offences in Saudi Arabia have been prepared for execution and could be beheaded at any moment. 18,000 people have already signed our petition, and there are signs international pressure may be working. Can you add your name to the campaign and help keep up the momentum against these appalling executions?

Sign the Petition https://act.reprieve.org.uk/SaudiProtestExecutions

Among those facing execution are Munir Al-Adam and Mujtaba al-Sweikat. Munir was born with impaired sight and hearing. In their efforts to extract a "confession" from him, Munir's captors tortured him so badly that he was rendered completely deaf in one ear.

Mujtaba was just 17 when arrested at the airport on his way to take up a place at Western Michigan University in the US. He was burnt with cigarettes and tortured so savagely that his shoulder was broken. He was denied medical care and sentenced to die on the basis of a forced "confession".

The world must tell the new Saudi Prince that these executions are unacceptable and cannot be allowed to go ahead.

Sign the Petition https://act.reprieve.org.uk/SaudiProtestExecutions

If these upcoming executions go ahead, it will be in grave violation of international law. Those set to be beheaded were sentenced to death for standing up for issues we all care about - now it's our turn to stand up for them.

Thank you for your support,

Maya Foa
Director
Reprieve
Hope no one is unsettled or objects to the request please help or not as you wish.

Thanks.
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Some photos from our recent trip to Vermont to leave Bromley in her final resting place.
DD named her after Bromley Mountain and one of the cabins she was in at her childhood camp in Vermont.
We visited the camp and pretty much nothing has changed.
We also scattered Brommie's ashes mid mountain at Mt. Bromley.



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Camillus, New York, USA
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Joined Jun 2016
Spins, thanks for sharing your memories of Bromley. Reminds me of my attachment to "Cholita" in my childhood. If I understand correctly, you and Mysty (or is it Shots?) will be enjoying a cruise sometime this month. Safe travels and happy sailing!

Jeff, as usual, your food pictures are a feast for my eyes.
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Cam
Thanks, wish we were off soon but we are not going until the end of September.

Our trip was bittersweet for sure.

This also was my first experience with Airbnb. One of the places we stayed in Londonderry was just delightful. A cottage that has been totally redone and so much charm!

The next place was in Branford Connecticut and was a nightmare. The host was scary and the place was scary. Exposed wiring in the bathroom, dust everywhere and clearly cats had used the furniture for a litter box. She left us milk in the mini fridge which was sour, sent up a tray of muffins on a tray covered in crumbs and a used toothpick.
Fortunately there were 17 windows that opened and a cross breeze and the cats hadn't been on the bed. Nevertheless I reported the host to Airbnb. We didn't spend much time in the room and had we an option would have gone elsewhere. The takeaway lesson here was that the host got rave reviews on Airbnb! I don't understand how.


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Spins....what a beautiful place for Bromley to rest...your pics are so lovely....what a bummer on the second location...sounds a bit like a Hitchcock set!
I still have my beloved T Bone here in his wee casket and have been thinking about laying him in my garden now and planting a bush or similar as l know I'll not be moving from here.
Cruise time is just nine weeks away....so the countdown is on!!

Jeff, that fish looks so delish....just how l like it...plaice and Dover sole is my favourite.

It's been a busy week in the garden of 'weedin' but finally coming to the end now.

Happy Day 😊
Canada
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Joined May 2008
Greetings Coolers!
Lovely photos of your sojourn Spins. It looks like an idyllic place to lie for your beloved Bromley. Nasty experience with the second Airbnb! The trouble with ratings on those sites is that there is no verification that the rater actually stayed there.

Cam....we have to plans to sail in the near future. Unfortunately! Maybe you're thinking of Miss S? I think she sails in September.

Have a great day all!