Ivan Noble

I’ve linked to his diary on the BBC News site a couple of times over the past couple of years, today he signs off for the last time. I have written it ahead of time because I knew there would be a point when I was not well enough to continue. That time has now come. What I wanted to do with this column was try to prove that it was possible to survive and beat cancer and not to be crushed by it. Even though I have to take my leave now, I feel like I managed it. I have not been defeated.

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Oh Shush

Eh? Yes I know I said I was cutting down on my caffeine. What? Yes it IS my third cup in the last hour. Hmm? Well I was awake until 2am, and I really REALLY need to get this work done, so if you don’t mind… Err.. I dunno… go check out the Bloggies or something… yes they are online … and yes the voting deadline has been extended until Thursday February 3rd. Honestly, some people. *slams door*

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Trivial

Because I’m too busy for anything else… (via): # Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight. # Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man o n the moon in 1969.) # “Freelance” comes from a knight whose lance was free for hire, i.e. not pledged to one master.) # A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. # Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.” # The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light. # Goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils. # The correct response to the Irish greeting, “Top of the morning to you,” …

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Hit and run

Peter is considering a widescreen TV and reminded me of one of the advantages in owning one. Namely, on a news channel, you can watch the production assistant crawl in to view at one side and discretely push some papers up onto the desk all the while oblivious to the fact that he is ‘on screen’. OK, it only happened once but it was very funny. Dentist was fine, which is always a relief. I think this stems from my childhood trips where I’d receive, on every visit, a filling or three. Looking back I do wonder if the dentist was just in it for the money – you do hear these stories – and I do get a bit …

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Mr.K.Blain

“A healthy grown up busy busy bee” Deadlines, deadlines. Etymology aside it’s a simple little word that holds an awesome power. Well it must do, I mean I’ve just stopped working at 1.30am. NOT GOOD! Tomorrow, more manic work – in fact this trend will continue until the end of March – and a trip to the dentist that I’d forgotten about until Sadie, the receptionist, phoned earlier this evening to remind me. And then there is the depressing sight (site?) that are my to do lists. Bugger this. I’m off to bed.

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What's for dinner?

Tonight is the night then. Get your haggis in the oven, mash those neeps and tatties, open your best whisky and enjoy the company. O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us An foolish notion: What airs in dress an gait wad lea’es us, An ev’n devotion! To a louse – Robert Burns Not sure what I’m blethering on aboot? Thought: Is this the closest Scotland will get to rivalling the impact of St.Patrick’s Day? My Dad is currently president of the Dumbarton Burns Club* and also sings and recites at many a supper at this time of year. I think last year he attended …

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Walking by myself

Inspector Sands has bought himself a pedometer in an effort to measure if he walks the suggested 10,000 steps each day – he’s not far off as it turns out. Seemingly the average is around 3,000 steps, and I thought I’d analyse my average (work) day walking habits. Hell I may even buy a pedometer! So, if I average out the main “walking” parts of the day, and start with, say, 1000 steps for daily things (getting up, going to bathroom etc) what is MY average? In the morning I get a lift to the station – 0 steps Station to office – 4 minute walk – 200 steps Random trips around office – 100 steps Out for lunch – …

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(nice dream)

I hear her breathing but when I woke up, with a start, she wasn’t there. The breathing continued whilst I frantically pull at the covers searching for her, I can hear her, where is she? Suddenly she appeared, standing over me, panicked and sweating, something about my Dad… my heart racing I suddenly sit up and realise I had been asleep. I turn to my left and there she is, lying next to me, shallow breathing her way through her dream. Bit of a disturbed sleep last night, took me ages to get over as well, mind racing, make a list for that, start doing that, remember not to forget to do that. Amongst the triviality of my day I …

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Concerts

I forgot one other thing that I promised myself this year. More concerts. I’m toying with going to see Ed Harcourt in February, already got tickets for R.E.M. at Loch Lomond (couldn’t NOT go as it’s my spiritual home) and then U2 announce their dates. I’d LOVE to see them again but £45 a ticket is a bit steep if you ask me. Or is it? God, I just don’t know. Anyway it’s academic as I’m completely skint and the tickets will be gone by the time I have enough money for one.

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February

New Year has long since passed but it’s only now that I’m going to start focussing on the year ahead. With being away in Spain earlier in the month, and our nephew turning 18 – celebratory dinner/pissup this weekend – we’ve not really been looking any further than the end of this month. So what will 2005 hold? As ever the battle against the flab will be fought, although this year we are both determined in a way we’ve not been before. We both need to diet and both understand that you really need to have your head in the right place for a diet to work. Sure you can manage a week or three of controlled eating and exercise …

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