Friday, 22 October 2010

An open letter

An open letter to David Cameron (and other politicians)

Dear Dave

Now I realise that you have to balance income against expenditure, in fact that's what we have all been doing for many years.

In this so called civilised society I thought that it was incumbent on every member of society and that includes the government to look after the less fortunate members of society.

I realise that you do not know me personally but I suffer from incurable Non Hodgkins Lymphoma which is cancer of the lymphatic system.Luckily enough I was treated with a trial drug called Ofatumumab which has put me into remission. However I have been saddened to read that this drug will not be licensed as the powers to be have decided that it is not value for money. I was wondering if you could perhaps tell me the value of my life?

In todays paper it is also reported that free prescriptions for those suffering from serious illness will no longer be available and that you will no longer be honouring the pledge to get cancer test results back within a week. Excuse me but its bad enough to be told that you have a life threatning illness without any delay in getting the results before starting treatment. Have you any idea just how many drugs you need to treat cancer for example and having to find the money for multiple prescriptions is added stress when you are ill and probably on a reduced income.

In conclusion please please remember that money can be replaced but people can not.

Yours Sincerely


Sunday, 17 October 2010



With the passage of time and other commitments it has become all to easy to lose the thread about some of the things I have written about and threatened to continue but never did.

Firstly I did start to tell you about my life on the railway but I suppose you could say it has run out of steam! If anyone is interested let me know and I will add some bits and pieces at intervals in the future.

Some of my longstanding readers (or should it be long suffering) may remember me writing about the ghost on the road over Bluebell Hill between Maidstone and Chatham. It has long been an assumption that it was related to a fatal road crash in 1965 when three women were killed including a bride to be. I have been reading a book that claims the sightings go back to 1934 which tends to rule out the 1965 crash theory! This was put down to a murder which took place in 1916. However what I can not understand is the fact that sightings are not consistant. I have always thought that such sightings were consistant, for example on the anniversary of the incident but in this case the sightings have not followed this pattern. The most recent recorded sightings were in the late 70s and early 80s but none have been reported since and I can not understand why as the road the A229 is a very busy road and surely there must of been some sightings or are people frightened to come forward and say what they have seen?

Will put up some more pictures from Le Touquet next time including some picture of some lovely French pastries!

Some of you may be aware that I had a very important personal decision to make, now I have made that decision I feel a lot happier in myself.

My old school has started an old boys site that sends messages out on Twitter so I have had to open an account there, if any one wants to 'follow' me on there you can find me at andchafri


Saturday, 9 October 2010



It seems ages since I last posted but my life is changing in a way which it should of done ages ago.

I can only say that it is not to do with health related issues and i am not prepared to say any more than that but i am sure that any one who knows me will understand why.

I have been trying to upload some photos from Le Touquet but every time I try and add a picture it will not let me publish the entry. Grr and multiple Grrs! I will try again in the week and if that fails tell you about it in words!


Le Touquet

It seems ages since I last posted but I have a lot of personal issues at the moment, fortunately not health ones. Will tell you more when things are resolved. In the meantime a couple of pictures from Le Touquet, hope to do some more soon and tell you about it but that must wait for the moment.

Jaws spotted in the fish market

How could I not include this one!

The Beach

Eat where the locals do-fixed price menu €14

Doing what I like most-nothing!