The Anonymous Widower

Street Burger – Islington

Regularly in pre-pandemic times, I would go to Carluccio’s at The Angel in Islington for a quick lunch after doing my shopping on a Saturday.

But unfortunately, Carluccio’s is no more!

Now there is a Street Burger by Gordon Ramsay between Marks and Spencer and one of the bus stops, from where I can get a bus home.

Before I continue, I should say I have form with Gordon Ramsay, as I once talked to him on Radio 5 about gluten-free food in a restaurant.

He said that if you book at least 24 hours before and say you want a gluten-free meal, the restaurant has no excuse for not giving you what you need.

He also said that if they think they’re a good restaurant and can’t offer gluten-free food, then they’re not a good restaurant.

Since then, I’ve eaten a couple of times in his upmarket restaurants and he’s not broken his own rules.

Today, I broke his rule, by just turning up. But I did know, they did gluten-free options.

Note.

  1. I forgot to take a picture of the burger before I started to eat it.
  2. The decor is simple and practical.
  3. What car did the seats come from?
  4. You can have as much soft drink as you like.

The pictures don’t do the meal justice, which was upmarket for a burger.

I shall use the restaurant more often, as it’s so conveniently placed, close to Angel tube station, which is one of my routes  home.

October 23, 2021 Posted by | Food | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Stole All The M & S Gluten-Free Food?

Over the last few weeks, certain gluten-free lines in Marks and Spencer have started getting difficult to find.

Some of the things, I like that have been difficult have included.

  • Ginger snap biscuits.
  • Gluten-free pies
  • Scones
  • Bloomer slices
  • Gluten-free muesli

Note that my supper is usually something I cook myself from scratch or one of the many M & S ready meals, that contain no gluten. It is usually washed down by a bottle of Adnams low-alcohol beer and followed by some fruit. Tonight, the fruit will be one of my favourites, which are strawberries and bananas.

I did think that the shortage of the lines I mentioned was due to a supply problem.

But then, there have not been shortages of other lines, that I buy, that are not specifically gluten-free.

So is it some gluten-free suppliers are having problems? Possibly.

But!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I believe that those coeliacs on a long-term gluten free diet seem to be unlikely to suffer a severe dose of the dreaded covids. There was no battle with the second dose!

I know for a start that my immune system gives short shift to any viral invaders, as it did with the AstraZeneca vaccine before they came to a truce.

So have others, including some with more medical knowledge than myself, come to the same conclusion about coeliac disease, the immune system, gluten and the covids and have gone gluten-free for safety?

For example, I’ve heard that those suffering from long covid have been tested for coeliac disease.

I’d love to be able to analyse the sales of gluten-free food.

 

October 11, 2021 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Has Ciprofloxacin Attacked My Tendon?

After my gallstone operation, the hospital gave me a week’s Ciprofloxacin, which is an antibiotic, to take.

I took one tablet on Thursday evening and another on Friday morning. But as I returned from shopping at the Angel, it felt like I had a splinter in the heel of my left foot.

The pain was so bad I could hardly walk this morning.

I have had plantar fasciitis in the past in my left foot, and as someone, who has spent a working life looking for connections in databases, I wondered if the Ciprofloxacin had anything to do with it.

So I looked up the data sheet on MedLinePlus, which is a trusted site, from the US Library of Medicine.

The data sheet starts with this Important Warning.

This is the first paragraph of the warning.

Taking ciprofloxacin increases the risk that you will develop tendinitis (swelling of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) or have a tendon rupture (tearing of a fibrous tissue that connects a bone to a muscle) during your treatment or for up to several months afterward. These problems may affect tendons in your shoulder, your hand, the back of your ankle, or in other parts of your body. Tendinitis or tendon rupture may happen to people of any age, but the risk is highest in people over 60 years of age. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant; kidney disease; a joint or tendon disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function); or if you participate in regular physical activity. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking oral or injectable steroids such as dexamethasone, methylprednisolone (Medrol), or prednisone (Rayos). If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendinitis, stop taking ciprofloxacin, rest, and call your doctor immediately: pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or difficulty in moving a muscle. If you experience any of the following symptoms of tendon rupture, stop taking ciprofloxacin and get emergency medical treatment: hearing or feeling a snap or pop in a tendon area, bruising after an injury to a tendon area, or inability to move or to bear weight on an affected area.

After reading that, I decided the best thing to do was to call a doctor, so I dialled 111 and within three hours I was seeing a young local doctor in his surgery.

He decided to be prudent and changed the antibiotics.

I have since found out from this page on celiac.com, that not all Ciprofloxacin is gluten-free. Mine was from a company called Torrent.

October 2, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 5 Comments

People With Coeliac Disease Are At Higher Risk For Cataracts

The title of this post is the same as that of this page on Ocli Vision.

This is a paragraph from the article.

In a recent study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that people who suffer from celiac disease are at a much higher risk of developing cataracts than those who are not diagnosed with the disease.

On Monday, Boots identified that my cataracts had got worse and signed me up to a private hospital that could do them free on the NHS.

It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

September 30, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Is There Anybody Out There, Who’d Like To Share a Beef Bourguignon?

Recently, Marks and Spencer introduced a range of meat dishes, one of which was Beef Bourguignon.

So I bought one today.

  • There is a range of about six dishes.
  • All of the range seems to be gluten-free and is marked as such.
  • As they don’t look gluten-free from the picture, they would be ideal for serving at a mixed meal, where some diners were gluten-free and others were not!
  • They seem to be simple to cook.
  • The Use-By date is the 27th October.

If I have a quibble, it is that they are only for two and they also say Do Not Reheat on the box, which means that coeliacs like me, who live alone have a problem.

Perhaps they need a single portion.

But to solve my problem, if there is anybody reading this, who is close to Dalston and would like to test the Beef Bourguignon, then get in touch before the 27th!

 

September 27, 2021 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

I’m Glad I’m Getting Pfizer As My Booster

In Hay Fever, Coeliac Disease And The AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine, I summarised the battle going on in my body over the last few months, between hat fever and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

I wonder what my strong immune system will make of the Pfizer vaccine. I must admit, I’m tempted to just continue with my gluten-free diet and let my immune system sort out the squabble on its own!

September 15, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Denmark Hill Station – 4th September 2021

The article on Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Denmark Hill Station First To Use Innovative Solar Technology In Europe.

The first two paragraphs describe the technology.

Denmark Hill station has become the first train station in Europe to have BIPVco’s Flextron thin film technology installed, on top of other upgrades, following a £7.5m extension.

The sophisticated and flexible solar panels are different from traditional ‘glass like’ panels, requiring no additional weight support, and will be used across other stations going forward.

Note.

  1. In the application of the technology at Denmark Hill station, a surplus of electricity is returned to the grid.
  2. BIPVco is a company based in South Wales, that evolved from research by Tata Steel and Swansea University, with the backing of the Welsh Government.
  3. The panels are lightweight, flexible, durable and self-cleaning.

Many years ago, I put up a barn based on timber beams, which had a sheet steel roof. These panels would be ideal for many agricultural buildings, like the one I commissioned.

These are pictures I took at Denmark Hill station, this morning.

Note.

  1. The original station was designed by Charles Henry Driver.
  2. The new entrance displays a high degree of craftsmanship, especially in the brickwork.
  3. The coffee and gluten-free cake I had in FCB Coffee were excellent.
  4. The station has its own pub; The Phoenix.

According to Network Rail, it has already been nominated for two architectural awards.

September 4, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Food, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Increased Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation In Patients With Coeliac Disease: A Nationwide Cohort Study

I was looking for something else and found this medical paper on the web site of Professor Joe West at Nottingham University.

As I am coeliac, have atrial fibrillation and had a severe stroke from which have made a good recovery. I thought I would post the link, so that others might read what is said.

If my GP or myself had known of the link, my life would probably have been very different.

September 2, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 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

What Does Novak Djorkovic Tell Us About The Covids?

If you search the Internet for “coeliac disease and Novac Djokovic, you get a lot of posts linking to gluten-free diet and some to coeliac disease.

Some say he is coeliac and others say he is just gluten-free.

There are also reports on the Internet of Novac Djokovic having Covid-19.

So does that tell us anything about gluten-free diets, coeliac disease and Covid-19?

As there are no reports of him spending a long time in hospital, it doesn’t disprove my theory, that coeliacs on a gluten-free diet don’t get serious doses of the Covids!

I’d love to hear more stories of coeliacs on a gluten-free diet, who have caught Covid-19.

 

June 1, 2021 Posted by | Food, Health, Sport | , , | 1 Comment