Sunday, 27 March 2011

Why I keep getting so tired

I was diagnosed less than a year ago as having, secondary hyperparathyroidism. Sounds serious doesn't it, but it is quite simply put in plain English as Calcium shortage. This is controlled by taking a calcium tablet each day, and getting my blood checked regularly, to ensure I am taking enough calcium. Calcium shortage sounds innocuous, until you look up why your body needs calcium, and the things a shortage can cause. I don't like having to take so much medication...and the calcium tablets are don't swallow them, they are suck or chew ones.
Anyway tiredness is a symptom and towards the end of a day I start flagging.

Sunday, 20 March 2011


I had a visitor yesterday. It was my friend, Piers. He'd been out walking and called round. He brought me a couple of postcard sized pieces of his art work. Two new ones.
Piers produces abstract art, and I quite like these two new ones.
To see Piers' art visit or

Sunday, 13 March 2011

A sign of the recession?

Two weeks ago tomorrow, the newest registration came out for cars. Any cars sold from March 1st 2011 until August 31st 2011 will be given the number 11 on their number plate. There are plenty of 60s and 10s from the last 12 and 6 months ago, but to date I have only seen one 11 number plate. Is this a sign that the recession is still biting hard?

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Car insurance

This doesn't affect me, due to owning beautiful MG ZR, but....I am sure it will hurt many young women in their pockets. The EU court has decided, in their infinite wisdom, that women should not pay less for their car insurance, as it sex descrimination. Last time my insurance was due, and other times in the past...I have checked out "women only" car insurance, and for the older driver, they actually worked out dearer.
One thing I would love to know though, if they are going to be obliged to put premiums up for young women, will they split the difference, and cut young men's car insurance? You half way? Or will the insurance companies just get rich from bumping the young women's insurance up to the same level as the young men's? Is anyone going to be monitoring this at all? Or will insurance companies be boasting huge profits in the near future?
I feel sorry for my daughter, Sam, and Edwin's girlfriend, Becki, as they will both suffer from this. Although Oliver passed his test shortly after he was 17, he has not had his own car to date, as the insurance is prohibitive for him, plus probably higher premiums because he lives in Manchester.
Is the barmy court going to pass a ruling that people living in rural areas should not have lower premiums than those living in urban areas with higher crime rates? I would say these crazy ideas being bandied around lately would be a good enough reason to opt out of the EU, but..unfortunately..the people who make these decisions are all on high wages, and don't think of the lower wage earners when they accept these summary rulings.
Sorry for going on a bit, but sometimes things catch my eye that incense me.

Last Sunday's post

Good news, the crazy idea that the government had, (the subject of my post last Sunday,) has been decided against, and as I predicted, it was opposition from the North of the UK that swung it. I glad that for once the government has seen sense.

TV ad

I like this one!
The little girl is so cute! :)