The Anonymous Widower

Am I Finally Solving My Childhood Health Problems?

I wasn’t the healthiest of children. We lived in a very cold part of London a few hundred metres from Oakwood station and to say our house was cold would be an understatement.

I seemed to spend at least one term of each school year off sick with a problem that my doctor had no idea about.  I’m not particularly sure which term I had off, but I do know in my first year at Minchenden it was the Spring term, as no-one could understand why after a good first term, I deteriorated in the next.

Other memories of the time, are saucepans of cotton handkerchiefs boiling on the gas stove. As after all there weren’t any tissues in those days.

I can also remember panicking at times and having fights with my mother as she struggled to clean my ears out, as they were rather full of wax.

But it all seemed to disappear, when I was thirteen or so, and I can’t remember any problems after my first year at Minchenden. Perhaps that was after, my grandmother died and I got to have the big sunny room at the back of the house, which was much warmer. This death may be more significant than I think, as it finally gave my father control of the business and finances in the family were much better and we started to have longer and more holidays. Soon after we bought the house in Felixstowe, where of course the air was fresher and it wasn’t quite as cold.

Going to Liverpool was probably a good move, as it faces to the west and for a city in the 1960s, the air was probably pretty good.

I met C in 1966  and really since then I didn’t have too many health problems until after she died in 2007. When I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2003, i thought that would be the explanation of my my childhood health problems.

I should also say that I’ve always said that I liked being at altitude and seemed to feel better in places like Denver.  I also flew light aircraft a lot and loved going up high.

But it wasn’t as after C died, the runny nose started to return and I put it down to hay fever. But tests have shown it is nothing of the case, but just rhinitis and a very runny nose.

So are there any other factors that might come into it.

My grandfather died of asthma and pneumonia in his forties and I suspect he carried the coeliac gene, like my father probably did. I have no proof of that except that none of the women in that line of my family have ever given birth and undiagnosed coeliac disease is a cause of failing to conceive. My father definitely had breathing problems and suffered badly from catarrh   He was always taking menthol tablets and he used to give them to me, but they made little difference to my problems.  So perhaps, what my father and I had were different, but the older I get, the more I think our problems were similar. But of course, he was never diagnosed with coeliac disease and he smoked a pipe.

When I met C I was just 19, so for forty years of my life I lived with her and it was if she warded off the rhinitis. That is really a silly idea to even think it.  But last week my GP suggested I get a Sinus Rinse to wash the muck out of my nose.

It got me thinking. C was a great lover of deep hot baths and usually had one every day.  To save hot water, she’d always leave it for me afterwards and I would get in and often wash my hair.  Now she laid back into the water to wash hers, but I knelt and put my head forward under the water. Afer she dued one of my first actions was to put a proper shower into the bedroom.

So did this daily bath to keep my sinuses clear? And did the shower make it all worse?

I don’t know, but I have certainly felt a bit better since I’ve had a morning bath.

The bath seems to have helped another of my childhood problems that has returned.  As a child I used to suffer badly from cramp, when I was asleep.  I used to get out of bed and put my foot on the cold lino. This symptom started again, when I moved here.

This post is very much a ramble, but underneath everything there seems to be a pattern emerging.

But at least nothing seems to be life-threatening.  And of course I grew out of it once.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Health, World | , , | 3 Comments

The Last Mass For Gay Catholics

I am not religious, but all of those who have religion that I respect, don’t really care about anybody’s race, sex or sexual orientation.

Therefore this story from the BBC’s web site, says to me that the Roman Catholic Church is still living in the Age, where they set the rules and others complied on pain of being excluded. I’m afraid in the modern world, we can all make up our own minds. Now if gay people want to go to a religious service it is up to them, not the church or religion concerned.

I hope one day, that I might be invited as a guest to a same-sex wedding in a Roman Catholic Church conducted by a woman priest!

February 17, 2013 Posted by | News | , | 2 Comments

Abramovitch Shows His True Feelings About Frank Lampard

I’m half-watching Chelsea beating Brentford and when Frank Lampard left the field to a standing ovation from most Chelski supporters, after scoring a goal, the television cameras showed the look on Abramovitch’s face.

He showed no emotion at all!

Compare that with the Brentford Chairman, Greg Dyke’s enthusiasm this morning on the radio.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

The Guy From Iceland Has A Point

In this article on the BBC web site, the boss of the Iceland chain, blames councils for forcing down meat quality and prices.

Local councils are to blame for driving down food quality with cheap food contracts for schools and hospitals, the boss of Iceland has said.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Malcolm Walker said the “problem really lies” with councils buying food from the poorly supplied catering industry.

He may not be totally right, but I do think he has a point.

I must admit, that I have met several individuals, who through their farm or company have supplied the big supermarkets for a number of years and from their comments, dealing with the supermarkets isn’t always as difficult, as the press would have us believe. But then saying the supermarkets are honest and good, doesn’t sell newspapers.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Business, Food | , | 4 Comments

A Difficult Man

Yesterday the zip in the front of my North Face padded jacket went. It was ideal for me, as it was warm and had a large pocket, where I could put all the stuff that I carry, like gloves and my Samsung tablet.

So I went to the shop where I bought it to get another one.  But they have now deleted the inside pocket.

What Grade A Tosser decided that?

But the shop said, that everybody seems to have removed the inside pockets.

To me they are one of the most important areas, when I chose a new jacket.

Why do I always seem to be out of step with what designers want to give us?

Am I right or just plain difficult?

February 17, 2013 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

Mick McCarthy Was Right

After yesterday’s win by Ipswich Town at home to Blackpool, Mick McCarthy said.

It was a horrible, scrappy, scruffy, ugly, magnificent 1-0 win.

“I’m not bothered how we get them as long as we get the points to keep us in this league.

He was absolutely right.  It was an awful game.  But then so was the Blackburn game last week and I wouldn’t have given Blackburn a cat in Hell’s chance against Arsenal yesterday.

But at least the goal Michael Chopra scored yesterday, was a very good one.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

We’re All Brentford Supporters Now

Brentford visit Chelski in their FA Cup fourth round replay today.  I doubt, there is too many, who want Chelski to win. Greg Dyke, the Brentford Chairman, said on Radio 5, that even Chelski supporters want Brentford to win, as that would hasten the departure of the manager they hate.

I doubt that I’ll be watching, as it will probably be too painful to watch, as I can’t see Chelski making the same mistake twice.

But here’s hoping!

If Brentford should win, then it will be West London’s turn to party after the Olympics in East London last year.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | 2 Comments

Is David Cameron Satanic?

It has been reported that Anjem Choudary has called David Cameron satanic.

Quite frankly, David Cameron is one of the least satanic prime Ministers we’ve had.  I suppose though, he shares with John Major and Margaret Thatcher, no outspoken religious views, which must make him satanic to some.

Choudary was on BBC Radio 5 this morning and Phil Williams asked if he was on benefits. He refused to answer. Judging by the texts read out on the program,  Choudary doesn’t have much support.

Let’s hope it stays that way and we can file him and his movement in the same dustbin as those of the Far Right.

Surely though after another atrocity in Pakistan yesterday in the centuries-old feud between Sunni and Shia Muslims, Islam needs a few men of peace with vision. On the subject of the rivalry between the two parts of Islam, read this.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Israel Builds A High Speed Rail Line

When you think of Israel, you don’t generally think of train lines, as after all it’s a small country geographically. But then there has been a long history of train travel in the area and especially a hundred or so years ago.

So I was rather surprised to see in The Times yesterday, that Israel is intending to build a heavy rail line from the cities on the Mediterranean coast to Eilat on the Red Sea. The aim is to run high-speed passenger trains to help develop the southern city and also create a freight by-pass for the Suez Canal, which now looks it could get a bit dangerous with all the troubles in Egypt.

There’s a lot more here on the Med-Red railway in Wikipedia.

I have a feeling we’re going to hear a lot more about this railway and the effects it will have on Egypt.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Readers Favourite Stations

It’s not a scientific poll, but look at this article from the BBC’s web site.

I’ve actually been to most of the stations they show, except for Madrid, St. Louis and Dunedin. Although some were visited years ago.

I think too the article shows what a world-wide serious readership, the BBC’s web site has, as all of the stations were suggested in response to an article a week or so ago, praising Grand Central station in New York.

If I was going to be chauvanistic, I’d leave the choice to the head of SNCF. He has called St. Pancras, the finest station in the world.

But I’ll probably disagree in a few months, as when Kings Cross has the square in front, it might be better than its neighbour.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment