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#50533 - 01/03/18 01:27 AM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Following a few e-mails and messages enquiring if I was still in the land of the living, I am happy to report that I am, but subject to the adage ‘old age comes not alone’.
I have suffered from attacks of gout for many, many years, but during the last three weeks, I have been rendered immobile at times, with no idea what has triggered such a painful and prolonged bout.
And to answer the question many will be asking, NO, I have not been to the doctor, because I knew what was wrong with me, and I knew what medication would help, and I probably wouldn’t have recognised the doctor as I have not seen him, or maybe her, for years.
However, I was hale and hearty enough to get myself and her indoors to the optician for our annual check up.
Not a great occasion as the optician wants to refer me to the hospital to have an operation on my left eye for a cataract.
The decision, he says, is mine, and so far I have not made one. I have an awful dread of hospitals and surgery and doctors and nurses.
I know and realise they have kept her indoors alive and moaning for many years past her allotted time, but the thought of subjecting myself to someone with a scalpel sends me to the wardrobe in search of brown trousers.
I know I will of course make the appointment at some stage, but I will need an infusion of Martin’s latest wonderful offerings before giving them the go-ahead.
In the mean time, I will carry on watching the paranoid television presenters demanding to know how many tons of salt are stored in previously unknown storage depots, whilst schools are closed because scraping frost off a car windscreen is not in the contracts of teachers.
Hells teeth, it is winter!

HRH gouty Rab.

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#50534 - 01/03/18 05:40 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Glad to hear you're still alive and kicking Rab. I'll look forward to the next instalment of What's In The Glass sometime soon.

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#50535 - 05/03/18 11:14 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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I have been persevering with Dingle Irish Pot Still Batch 2 for a couple of weeks now, and I still cannot make up my mind if I really like it or not.
Most Irish whiskey is discernible as Irish the minute it hits the glass, but Dingle Batch 2 is not one you would immediately say is Irish, which may be why I can’t make up my mind.
The colour is light yellow gold, and the body is medium to full, and it is bottled at 46.5% abv.
The nose without water is fairly sweet and yeasty, and a splash of aqua releases some vanilla and hints of the Oloroso and Ximinez casks in which it was matured.
The palate without water is spirity at first, but mellows when swished around the gums and reminded me of butterscotch.
A dash of water brings out masses of liquorice, the last thing you expect from an Irish whiskey.
The finish for me; is medium with strong spice and pepper the main lingering notes.
It is not unpleasant, but it doesn’t entice me to settle down with another glass right away.
It’ll be interesting to try this dram after it has been wood a lot longer.
I will save what is left for the Canadian invasion in June, although I do have a back up bottle under the stairs in case I take a liking to it.

HRH Rab.

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#50536 - 06/03/18 10:03 AM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Hi Rab

My gout is unbearable when sherry whisky is taken. This may explain why the Dingle bottle is not so agreeable. Was gout not a problem for royalty in the past so it is probably inherited.

John D

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#50537 - 06/03/18 11:19 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Just so John, just so. Canny beat the Royal Gout eh?

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#50538 - 06/03/18 11:19 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Dumfries and Galloway is fortunate to have a brand new state of the art hospital, which cost more the £200 million to build.
However, is this project a step into the future, or a step into the realms of PC insanity?
The old Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary was an old fashioned friendly place, with a reception area staffed by Friends of DGRI, mostly ladies of a certain age, for whom common sense was second nature.
When ‘her indoors’ was on her bi-yearly trip to the hospital, it was an all day affair in the renal unit, and as chauffeur, I had several hours to kill.
As Whithorn, and neighbouring Isle of Whithorn are small intimate towns, my usual routine after Janet was settled, was to head to reception, and ask if there were any patients from the two towns who might want to see a visitor.
The ladies would consult the ‘Chaplain’s List’ and send me off to various wards. If there were patients I did not know personally, the nurses on the wards would ask if they wanted a visitor for a wee while, and the answer was always a yes.
However, the ‘Chaplain’s List’ no longer exists as the new hospital has a policy of patient confidentiality.
Even our local minister is denied access to patients who are from his Parish, unless he knows they are in the hospital, and in which ward they are patients.
The two towns may be small, but with people being admitted to hospital and discharged on a daily basis, it is hard for the Minister to keep tabs on who of his flock is indisposed. Hence the necessity of the ‘Chaplain’s List.’
As a member of the local community council, I regarded visiting local residents who wanted to be visited part and parcel of my remit when in the hospital vicinity, just as our Minister regards it as his religious duty.
I have been stopped by several people in the town here and thanked for spending a few minutes with their relatives, some I knew, some I didn’t at the time.
Now, the PC police have made their £212 million hospital a faceless, heartless institution, in which patents are incarcerated, as only their immediate families will ever know they are there.
Our Minister has had to post notices throughout the town to ask Parishioners to ensure he knows who is in currently in hospital, and on which ward.
This is a complete and utter nonsense all in the cause of ‘patient confidentiality.’
I was never refused a visit by people I didn’t know at the time, as even a Royal Visit by yours truly is a somewhat welcome distraction when lying in a hospital bored witless.

Bring back the Chaplain’s List Dumfries and Galloway, by command of Monarch in Waiting, Rab.

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#50539 - 07/03/18 03:58 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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I was talking to a guy whose missus is a nurse at the spanking new hospital in Dumfries. He related an incident where she was helping a rather corpulent patient to have a shower, using one of those fold-down stools within the cubicle. She had to react rather quickly to pull the patient out of the shower as the stool began to peel away from the wall. Upon examination it appears said stool was secured to the plasterboard behind the tyles with rawlplug and screw. Probably sufficient to support a 5 year old (even in these days of "obesity"). My thougts turned to the construction skills used at the DG One facility.

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#50541 - 09/03/18 01:34 AM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Hi Mike, That is another can of worms which may well be opened soon.

Rab.

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#50542 - 09/03/18 01:36 AM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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Loc: Whithorn, Wigtownshire, Gallow...
Well Hurrah,
International Woman’s Day passed without a revolution, and demands for compulsory lesbianism and same sex unions in private and state run schools.
The only reference today which made any sense came on Question Time when a lady asked the question I have been asking for years.
Why give women jobs because of equality of gender rather than merit?
It was answered by a Geordie Labour MP who pronounced she was one of a list of 30 women on a female only list proposed for the seat, and she claimed to have won on merit !!!
This utter nonsense prompted me to see what, if anything was in place to look after the right of we mere males.
Surprise, surprise, there is.
International Men’s Day was instituted on February 7, 1992, internationally regaled by every nation in the world … for a week or so and generally forgotten until 1999.
In 1999, it was re-instated by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh of Trinidad and Tobago who decreed the new day was to be November 19.
Why? I asked myself. Why was November 19 a better day than February 7?
Simples. He chose 19 November to honour his father's birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago's soccer team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup.
Well there you go, what better reason can you think of to celebrate International Men’s Day?
This merely illustrates how puerile is the institution of specialised days for normality.
How many of you have heard of Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh?
How many of you care?
If I was to institute an International Half Wit’s Day, almost everyone in the world be a supporter, and a majority would qualify as founder members.
What I really want to know is, who ratifies specified days, who sets the date, who funds the supporting costs of electing members, who cares a can of cat shit that the day exists?
I decree that next week is Rab for Monarch Week, and those who do not support it will be summarily executed.

Mind your heads, HRH Rab.

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#50543 - 10/03/18 07:13 PM Re: I finally give up [Re: Wee Rab]
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A can of worms indeed, Rab. What gets me is that the planning folk over here will hardly let anything through (while taking an age to do it). Yet at the same time the quality of construction on these publicly funded sites is appalling. Am I right in thinking that the cost of repair of DG One now exceeds construction costs? Don't we have buildings inspectors now? I suggest if you need a palace building, Rab, you do it yourself unless you want a leaky roof: the Round House across the road from you will likely last longer than the new hospital.

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