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(c)2016 T N Channon, licence, attribute but otherwise do whatever you want
Panorama over Thames Valley looking east; Didcot power station visible;Â Over field of flowering oil seed rape; fair weather clouds; camera about 200 metres from the north downs “Ridgeway”.
Bar at left and right is part of gate, a straight steel bar, photographic projection is cylindrical. LG Leon LTE camera phone. Images stitched by Hugin.
Why? Enjoy, or not. Many do not like the yellow fields, not overkeen myself.
A little later I sat for some time looking over the downs near Lambourn. Fabulous view. Unfortunately I was not well enough to photograph.
New Talkshop readers probably do not know who I am. My name is on over 700 blog articles. Over the past year and more I have been ill, with the work of diagnosis and the side effects of treatment shutting me down, I sleep a lot.
I intended to make this blog article about one of the many good things I have stored up waiting to be completed. Circumstances, the flesh is too weak, is not going to happen.
The surgeon has now given me a date, 3rd June, this Friday.
This is for a massive cancer operation. Fortunately, after a long story where much of what could go wrong  has a new surgeon and team have taken me under their wing, a team at one of the best cancer treatment centres, Churchill University Hospital, Oxford.
I’ve been an in-patient at various hospitals four times or was it five, oh well. Some were exploratory, 6 keyholes. Been “swallow this” cameras as well. (not as bad as it sounds, burp)
The last of these was for a week and a half being prepared for the operation on the 3rd. Unfortunately or not this included being fitted with a feeding tube, I can’t eat or drink. I’ve been at home since using a metered pump for 15 hours a day. Yum. Vanilla flavoured feed. Not that this matters a jot, the stuff goes direct into my insides after my stomach. The reason for feeding goes beyond the usual avoiding weight loss, they are trying to fatten me up. My BMI is unfortunately normal, heavier people apparently recover from surgery better. I feel bloated.
Medication has to go in via syringes on the same route, either to the pipe or via a tap point on the feed set. Oh, the pipe is about 3mm outside diameter, rather tiny. Avoiding blockages is a nightmare.
I asked for and was supplied with a special rucksack, makes me mobile when I am being fed. This rucksack is surprisingly heavy, anon though apart from a small pipe. The missus thinks I will get picked up an a bomber, rucksack and wire!
I wish everyone well. Farewell? Maybe a 10% chance since this is dire surgery. All being well I’ll be back home in a couple of weeks or so. Extra lucky this is a cure. 
If you feel awkward there is no need to comment. I, in common with probably most cancer patients do not look for sympathy but we do like to talk. The medical staff, professional or charities know this. Attitudes generally are superb, just get on with it, play straight. I don’t recall coming across any nasty or poisonous individuals, unlike in normal life. On my part I am a bit of a joker, life is rarely ordinary.🙂
The blog title.. watching my wife eating, seeing food and so on is surreal when you cannot touch it. Strangely I don’t mind, enjoy. Now the concept of putting things into your mouth seems odd.
I think I’ve cracked the AGW problem, turns out to be an instrumentation cockup, bad practices. The July 1st 2015 Heathrow spike provided telling information but the details are extensive, a lot of work producing articles.
The Mauna Loa CO2 data is fraudulent. I’ve known this for years. The evidence is compelling but there is additional weight added by indirect admission. I don’t know the right figures, doubt anyone does.
Thanks for the fish.
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1. Chemotherapy went badly and in the end seems to have failed, not doing what was intended. It’s left me in a poor state, I’m still suffering, perhaps permanent nerve damage. I can live with this. My hair is regrowing.
2 There is rarely a cure for cancer but cutting it out can work. The first two PET scans showed no spread. One scan is pending result. Operation delay or cancellation or failure, all TBD.