The Anonymous Widower

Was 1926 A Good Vintage?

It was Trooping The Colour yesterday on Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday.

The Queen also shares a birth year with broadcaster; David Attenborough.

So was 1926 a vintage year for births?

These are my selection from Wikipedia.

David Berglas – Without doubt the best magician I’ve ever seen. He’s also solved the puzzle of staying alive!

Chuck Berry – I saw him live twice on stage at the Regal cinema in Edmonton

Danny Blanchflower – Without doubt the best footballer and captain I’ve ever seen.

Michael Bond – Who hasn’t read Paddington or seen one of the films?

Frank Carson – One of my favourite comedians.

Fidel Castro – Love him or loathe him, he was significant!

Beryl Cook – A quirky British artist!

Pat Coombs – An actress who was everywhere, when I was growing up! She may have been related to a friend at school!

Hazel Court – Another actress prominent in the during my formative years. One of her characters even suggested a solution to a problem I had! Click here!

Quentin Crewe – An extremely entertaining writer!

Miles Davis – One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century!

Paddy Doherty – I actually spoke to him for an hour on the phone, after I gave a donation to one of his projects in Derry.

J. P. Donleavy – His books were above my literary capability!

Frank Finlay – An actor who got a lot of meaty roles!

Garret FitzGerald – Irish statesman.

Dario Fo – Italian comedian, playwright and theatre director, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature!

Bryan Forbes – One of the most important figures in the British film industry!

Harry Fowler – A Cockney actor, who was never out of work!

John Fowles – English novelist.

Allen Ginsberg – We had a physics teacher, who introduced us to the Beat Generation poets!

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing – French president

Buddy Greco – Successful singer and pianist

Alan Greenspan – former head of the Federal Reserve.

Gus Grissom – Astronaut

Gyula Grosics – Hungarian goalkeeper and the first sweeper-keeper.

Terry Hall – Lenny the Lion’s friend

Paul Hamlyn – British publisher.

Hugh Hefner – Playboy!

Geoffrey Howe – Conservative politician

Nelson Bunker Hunt – American billionaire!

Rex Hunt – Governor of the Falklands at the time of the Argentine invasion.

Norman Jewison – Retired film director, producer and screenwriter

Narinder Singh Kapany – The father of fibre optics.

To be continued…

June 13, 2021 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Brutal Third Wave Or Harmless Ripple? The Scientists Aren’t Yet Sure

The title of this post, is the same as that is the same as that of this article on The Times.

The scientists nay not be sure, whether with two jabs, you are safe from the Indian or Delta variant.

But how about me?

  • I have had my two AstraZeneca jabs.
  • I am also coeliac and have stuck tightly to my long-term gluten-free diet.
  • Despite possibly being challenged by a group of Chinese students, that I wrote about in Did I Have A Close Brush With Covid-19?, I have not knowingly had the covids.
  • I’ve only had one test for the virus and that was negative.

For various reasons, I believe that coeliacs on a long-term gluten-free diet have a very strong immune system, that could help to protect them from the covids.

  • Personally, my health was transformed, when I went gluten-free in 1997.
  • I am sure, my immune system gave the first dose of the vaccine a good kicking.
  • I rarely, suffer from colds and sniffles, although I do have flu jabs.
  • Research by Joe West at Nottingham University, has shown that as a group, we’re 25 % less likely to suffer from cancer.

So could these points prove my hypothesis?

In addition, I ask people, if they have any coeliac friends. These personal tales have yet to reveal any coeliacs on long-term gluten-free diets, who’ve had a serious dose of the covids.

I’ve also talked to intensive care doctors, who have said they can’t remember caring for a coeliac with a serious dose of the covids.

So I shall be Keeping Calm And Carrying On!


June 13, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment