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Apr. 10th, 2017 03:39 pm
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It seems as though nearly all my friends are migrating to Dreamwidth, so it looks like I'll have to do it as well because, after all, that's why I keep up with LJ. I do already have a DW account. I'm 'jacey' over there (not birdsedge). Please link to my DW account if you haven't already. I'm not 100% comfortable with DW, so I'll probably run both that account and this in tandem for a while at least.

As I type DW is migrating 154 weeks of LJ posts - yes, that's correct, it's 3 years since I last called in there and migrated posts over
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] maryvictoria at Alma Alexander – appeal

Originally published at Mary Victoria. Please leave any comments there.

The US health care system isn’t all that, as we know. It charges you for dying.


There must be a Kafka story resembling this somewhere. Or at least, Kafka would have written the tale, had he been alive in our times, in the land of the free, home of the terminally ill. To confront one’s own mortality is one thing. To let a loved one go, quite another.


But to be charged $20000 for it, after a mere two days, is close to unconscionable.


Please read this appeal. Even if you can’t spare a dime, pass the word along. Alma is a storyteller of the first order. This time, unfortunately, the story is true.


THE STORY OF THE WHITE RABBIT


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Went all the way down to Pinner yesterday for Johnny Collins' funeral. What can I say about Johnny? He was a rock on the folk scene, a big character with a big voice and an irrepressible enthusiasm that never seemed to diminish. He'd had heart problems for years, but never let his health slow him down, and we all thought he'd go on forever. Unfortunately that wasn't to be and at the age of 71, whilst on a trip to Gdansk, Poland, singing sea shanties for the Tall Ships event, he was taken ill suddenly and died in hospital just a few hours later.

All that was in early July and it's taken until now to get through the formalities of a Polish post-mortem and getting the big man home again. There were far too many of us at the funeral to get everyone into the crematorium. We managed to squeeze in to standing room at the back, but there must have been another couple of hundred people outside. It wasn't a service - no prayers, just short tributes from friends and family and lots of singing. We all sang our socks off - a mix of shanties and couple of popular hymns. Of course the singing was magnificent - as it should have been. There were so many singers there that we should have been holding a festival not a funeral. In a way. of course, ot was a festival. A celebration of Johhny's life and what he meant to so many people.

RIP Johnny
Johnny Collins

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Went all the way down to Pinner yesterday for Johnny Collins' funeral. What can I say about Johnny? He was a rock on the folk scene, a big character with a big voice and an irrepressible enthusiasm that never seemed to diminish. He'd had heart problems for years, but never let his health slow him down, and we all thought he'd go on forever. Unfortunately that wasn't to be and at the age of 71, whilst on a trip to Gdansk, Poland, singing sea shanties for the Tall Ships event, he was taken ill suddenly and died in hospital just a few hours later.

All that was in early July and it's taken until now to get through the formalities of a Polish post-mortem and getting the big man home again. There were far too many of us at the funeral to get everyone into the crematorium. We managed to squeeze in to standing room at the back, but there must have been another couple of hundred people outside. It wasn't a service - no prayers, just short tributes from friends and family and lots of singing. We all sang our socks off - a mix of shanties and couple of popular hymns. Of course the singing was magnificent - as it should have been. There were so many singers there that we should have been holding a festival not a funeral. In a way. of course, ot was a festival. A celebration of Johhny's life and what he meant to so many people.

RIP Johnny
Johnny Collins

Pie Poem

Dec. 31st, 2008 11:03 am
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My chum Tom Bliss was on Radio 4's Word of Mouth with his Pie poem - a recipe made up entirely of English place names. It put a real smile on my face this morning.

If anyone wants to listen, The Pie Poem is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml

Scroll to 'word of mouth' and click on 'listen.' It's the very last item and you can fast forward by dragging the bar.

Pie Poem

Dec. 31st, 2008 11:03 am
jacey: (Default)
My chum Tom Bliss was on Radio 4's Word of Mouth with his Pie poem - a recipe made up entirely of English place names. It put a real smile on my face this morning.

If anyone wants to listen, The Pie Poem is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml

Scroll to 'word of mouth' and click on 'listen.' It's the very last item and you can fast forward by dragging the bar.
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I told you all about my young friend Jenny Best who was attempting to  be the first person with a colostomy to swim the channel. Well, this just in from her mum, S. Jenny did fantastically well in the water yesterday after training for months. I'm so proud of her for even trying this. She must be mad, but the right kind of mad.

Copy:

Just wanted to update you, although some already know, Jenny was pulled out of the water after a brilliant attempt, having swum 8.5 miles
and for 7 hours.

She left the water desperate to stay and go on but hypothermia was setting in and she was deemed to be in danger by Eddi Spelling the pilot.  He, the observer Irene and Dave who crewed could not praise her enough.  Apparently there was an Icelandic man who was pulled out after 1.5 miles and last week someone stopped at 6 hours.  She did the equivalent of two relay swims!  Above all she achieved what she set out to do, which was to help those who hear her story and are facing the same operations, by showing that life goes on and you can still swim or dance or whatever takes your fancy, the sky is the limit really.   8.5 miles in very cold water is no mean feat and I am very proud of her, especially her dignity in dealing with not getting to the other side.  Thank you all for your support, we are both very grateful and thank you for all the kind thoughts sent to her on her return.

Somehow I do not think this is the end!
From a tired, proud mum.
S.
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I told you all about my young friend Jenny Best who was attempting to  be the first person with a colostomy to swim the channel. Well, this just in from her mum, S. Jenny did fantastically well in the water yesterday after training for months. I'm so proud of her for even trying this. She must be mad, but the right kind of mad.

Copy:

Just wanted to update you, although some already know, Jenny was pulled out of the water after a brilliant attempt, having swum 8.5 miles
and for 7 hours.

She left the water desperate to stay and go on but hypothermia was setting in and she was deemed to be in danger by Eddi Spelling the pilot.  He, the observer Irene and Dave who crewed could not praise her enough.  Apparently there was an Icelandic man who was pulled out after 1.5 miles and last week someone stopped at 6 hours.  She did the equivalent of two relay swims!  Above all she achieved what she set out to do, which was to help those who hear her story and are facing the same operations, by showing that life goes on and you can still swim or dance or whatever takes your fancy, the sky is the limit really.   8.5 miles in very cold water is no mean feat and I am very proud of her, especially her dignity in dealing with not getting to the other side.  Thank you all for your support, we are both very grateful and thank you for all the kind thoughts sent to her on her return.

Somehow I do not think this is the end!
From a tired, proud mum.
S.
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It seems mad but my young friend, Jenny Best, who had to have major surgery at the tender age of 30 because Crohn's Disease had destroyed her bowel and who will have to live the rest of her life with a colostomy, is all set to be the first person with a colostomy to swim the English Channel. It's challenging enough for someone who is in the peak of health, but Jenny is setting out to prove that having a colostomy needn't impose limitations. Apart from her swimming, she's just graduated with a 2.1 degree in archeology, obtained whilst working part time (at Stonehenge), having several bouts of major surgery and carrying on with being a wife and young mum to a lively little boy.

She's raising money for the colostomy and ileostomy charity and I've already sponsored her. I know you don't all know her, but if you are amazed and inspired by her madness and bravery and want to chuck a couple of quid in her direction, here's where to go to do it:
https://secure.justgiving.com/pages/?pid=1326386

Ferlonda, just in case you're wondering - yes she is Sarah's daughter.
jacey: (blue eyes)
It seems mad but my young friend, Jenny Best, who had to have major surgery at the tender age of 30 because Crohn's Disease had destroyed her bowel and who will have to live the rest of her life with a colostomy, is all set to be the first person with a colostomy to swim the English Channel. It's challenging enough for someone who is in the peak of health, but Jenny is setting out to prove that having a colostomy needn't impose limitations. Apart from her swimming, she's just graduated with a 2.1 degree in archeology, obtained whilst working part time (at Stonehenge), having several bouts of major surgery and carrying on with being a wife and young mum to a lively little boy.

She's raising money for the colostomy and ileostomy charity and I've already sponsored her. I know you don't all know her, but if you are amazed and inspired by her madness and bravery and want to chuck a couple of quid in her direction, here's where to go to do it:
https://secure.justgiving.com/pages/?pid=1326386

Ferlonda, just in case you're wondering - yes she is Sarah's daughter.
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Tonight.

The wedding itself was this afternoon and tonight is the party. The happy couple are William and Pippa Noble. They've been together a long time (their oldest child is 16) but I think Pippa finally decided that a girl should get married at least once in her life.

The date is not lost on us. Does this mean they only have to buy anniversary presents once every four years?
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Tonight.

The wedding itself was this afternoon and tonight is the party. The happy couple are William and Pippa Noble. They've been together a long time (their oldest child is 16) but I think Pippa finally decided that a girl should get married at least once in her life.

The date is not lost on us. Does this mean they only have to buy anniversary presents once every four years?
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I'd like to welcome [personal profile] ferlonda to my friends group. We've been friends for years  (since around 1992 I think) and she's an old hand at LJ, but I didn't know it.

[personal profile] ferlonda and [personal profile] mevennen, you might have a fair amout of pagan stuff in common if you don't already know each other.

[personal profile] ferlonda, you might also like to look at mevennen's other LJ the [profile] witchcraft_shop
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I'd like to welcome [personal profile] ferlonda to my friends group. We've been friends for years  (since around 1992 I think) and she's an old hand at LJ, but I didn't know it.

[personal profile] ferlonda and [personal profile] mevennen, you might have a fair amout of pagan stuff in common if you don't already know each other.

[personal profile] ferlonda, you might also like to look at mevennen's other LJ the [profile] witchcraft_shop
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Following an earlier post about friends health. Judy, stroke-victim, sadly passed away earlier today.
But the good news is that Les Barker is out of hospital and on his way to recovery.
So, okay 2008, that's enough doom and gloom. It all gets better from here on in, right?
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Following an earlier post about friends health. Judy, stroke-victim, sadly passed away earlier today.
But the good news is that Les Barker is out of hospital and on his way to recovery.
So, okay 2008, that's enough doom and gloom. It all gets better from here on in, right?

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