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  1. The Location of this little bugger (neck) means I will be getting a RIG feeding tube as the ability to swallow is diminished during the treatment and for a while after. On the one hand my age is against me in the speedy recovery stakes. On the other progress in medicine and treatments for this seem to be going along at quite a pace to the point where I was told that 80% of those that come out of this effectively treated are still alive 20 years later and that any issues that show later from the radio therapy may in that time have new procedures developed by then. I have to give up smoking within 2 weeks now after a lifetime of the weed They want to do some dental work to ensure no infection during the period of treatment whilst the immune system is depressed. In fact lots of small things that one must assume are done through experience over the years. It sure isn't going to be much fun but I am focusing on the family. For me life is all about family.
  2. A colleague of mine found out too late that his had spread all over I found out about his condition second hand and not from the horses mouth so to speak. This made me feel awkward and preferring not to broach the subject with him. I have said to all of my work mates that they should feel able to talk to me any time. I don't want anyone to feel awkward as I did Your news @MildredM brings a smile to my face and a positive feeling to the possibilities for me
  3. Probably eating with the family so could be time of day dependent Have you tried The Mad Merchant on New Street the Barbican? Got a thumbs up from a couple of folks on here
  4. Thanks for the positive thoughts folks This will be a one day at a time deal for the next few months with a simple target.... Waking up on the green side of the grass. Please don't send flowers.... I don't want to be thinking they might last longer than me. You might be wondering so..... Cancer jokes are good. (By PM if you are squeamish). In about a month from now I will need all the humour to buoy me up I reckon. They say laughter is the best Medicine except now maybe. Chemo might win in this instance but jokes are strong too BTW Just spoke to Dave (coffeechap) and his opening line.....? "Hi Mike, how are you doing?" Brilliant, just brilliant. I must have laughed for a minute.
  5. Some weeks ago I wanted to discuss a number of issues I have with others deciding how I should think and behave. How I have an aversion to some groups that is not with malice rather akin to those of you who are uncomfortable around snakes and spiders. This time if you are still not wanting to encourage open conversation and you want to take the high ground and say that this is wholly about lifestyle choice etc then F*%k you. I have cancer in my neck and am looking forward to the next 8 weeks of treatment and perhaps a similar period of recovery. Caught fairly soon so chances of successful treatment are good but the location is going to make this a biatch. I will try not to post during this time on matters other than technical because as a Boomer and feeling the strain of the treatment I might offend some poor thing So, I might be back sometime after Christmas if all goes well for me, meanwhile, Love to all of you helpful types who assist others on here and to those with an open mind. Grumpy
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    New Phone?

    Just going to throw this into the conversation. https://e.foundation/about-e/ You get a Galaxy S9+ Grade A with /e/OS 64 Gb – dual SIM 1 year warranty Unlocked Price: 479€ .....and some privacy There are other ways to do this like send them your phone or do it yourself and even though it is based on good privacy that does not preclude you using other apps if you really want. You can even see just how much personal info is required by apps outside this ecosystem. Might be worth a read for some as, if we are to believe certain Governments, this is the antithesis of Huawei
  7. Now at day 5 since roast these beans I bought are vacc'd and packed in freezer. I started on day 1 with a trial of a fine grind through the L1 that resulted in about 30 seconds pre without dripping and the another 60 seconds to exhaust completely the L1. Doing this I get it all, both good and bad but with flavour I get a great idea of where this will end up. As I said 5 days on and I made a cappuccino for other half saying no more than "Try this, these are new" Her reaction was "What am I tasting?...... I want to say berries but which? Blackberry? Blueberry, yes blueberry. and it has a zing too" Now for someone that is not "in to" coffee I reckon Hasbean should be quite pleased with that as they are saying : https://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/ethiopia-ana-sora-n?mc_cid=912ad3f819&mc_eid=748b5b2d77 These 5Kg will be my take to work mug of cappuccino that uses 2* 18g shots of coffee which is usually pulled so that 50% of the time this pours for it is actually still dripping which in turn accentuates the flavour. I add a little sugar anyway so I notice no bitterness. So a Guji region Ethiopian Natural that is exactly as described and where the flavour improves as it cools. That as both latte and cappuccino. Sorry, I don't do espresso much any more.
  8. Trump has a heart attack and dies. He goes to Hell where the Devil is waiting for him."I don't know what to do," says the Devil. "You're on my list but I have no room for you. But you definitely have to stay here, so I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I've got three people here who weren't quite as bad as you. I'll let one of them go, but you have to take their place. I'll even let YOU decide who leaves." Trump thought that sounded pretty good so he agreed.The devil opened the first room. In it was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in and surfacing empty handed over and over and over, such was his fate in Hell. "No!" Trump said. "I don't think so. I'm not a good swimmer and I don't think I could do that all day long."The Devil led him to the next room. In it was the 17th president, Andrew Johnson with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time after time. "No! I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day!" commented Trump.The Devil opened a third door. In it, Trump saw Bill Clinton lying naked on the floor with his arms pinned over his head and his legs staked in spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky, doing what she does best.Trump looked at this in disbelief for a while and finally said, "Yeah, I can handle this."The Devil smiled and said, "Monica, you're free to go".......
  9. Oh good grief.... Try this then: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477153/Disabled-pensioner-banned-using-Sainsburys-home-delivery-service-calling-driver-coloured-gentleman.html
  10. Woooo and as I was saying, there are those who feel they have the higher ground. Such a post should not be here huh? I proposed that the modern way forces me to behave in a certain way which quite often I am uncomfortable with. I suggested that some of the time I would rather excuse myself from a situation than continue it I asked why it was that people make decisions for me over which I am not allowed any input (in the form of a vote) Here, among I suspect a diverse collection of folk, I expected the thoughts of others to convey whether or not they too feel pressured by the system and perhaps too to hear from any that are directly connected by way of race or religion etc to vocalise on whether my way of thinking seems off or offensive to them. I guess I would prefer living in something of a meritocracy where only those were incapable were supported by the state long term but that is another story. If there are to be no off topic conversations OK. If they are to continue this is just another one.
  11. I guess there are a few things that might clarify beyond the text with the photo in the FP Consider for a moment Prince Harry referring to his "Paki mate" The press and the folk of whom I speak go nuts with variations of "You can't say that" Had he said his Aussie mate nothing would have been said but somehow whilst still descriptive in this instance, Paki is being considered off limits. It comes back to me thinking "who gave you the right to tell me" My interaction with openly homosexual folk at work is no different in that we share jokes etc. but I get uncomfortable with those that are camp and tend to avoid where possible. My preference and I have no issues with how they carry on in private. It may be my age but being told they have the same rights as everybody else is fine too provided I do not see the pendulum swing the other way and bias against the greater populace become the norm I think colour is a non issue for me but again certain folks are restricting my vocabulary to the point where I am only sure of "non-Caucasian" I found that "foreigners" being bumped up the queue for housing ahead of those UK citizens who had waited years was just plain wrong. I guess in the minds of some I am racist or something to which I say bollocks. Religion is a far more delicate area for me, I dislike all of it and the freedoms it gets. We have laws which in my mind must come foremost. So Rastas cannot smoke weed OK but covering the face (security), FGM, Sharia councils and a whole bunch of other stuff seems not to be pursued with any vigour My boy recently asked me why I thought that the older generation leaned more toward Brexit whilst the young were generally remainers. My reply was that I thought it is because they remember how it was before foreigners were telling us what was right and wrong and limiting what we can do Maybe that is how I feel since, No matter the political leadership of this country, we have been increasingly liberal towards everybody but ourselves Now then. we are all supposed to be allowed to have an opinion even today so: NO FLAMING! If you see things differently let's hear it
  12. This modern world that we live in..... I wonder does anyone else feel under pressure to comply with some of the hugely liberal attitudes that have come to the fore? I do not consider myself to be in any way extreme and yet I am being told that holding certain opinions is wrong, in some instances unlawful. How did this happen? People telling us what to think? Are we in a time when some people are more equal than others especially when the subject being discussed is Equality A certain Politician referred to this as Liberal Tyranny and, whilst I do not want to turn this into a political discussion, I believe she hit the nail on the head. Let me show you something I saw that made a lot of sense to me
  13. One of the issues in using a built in filter, including the bwt additive one, is that unless you connect to kitchen tap as well as your coffee machine it is likely that overnight it will create a plug of overly treated water which will need flushing before potable use. Connecting to the tap makes this easy. The major issue with jug filters is that of cartridge cost when changing as often as is necessary to be efficient Going down the osmosis route might mean you do not need to pre filter where you live but may need to add back some hardness afterwards in order to develop better flavours in some coffees. All the above thoughts are proffered as a result of extensive reading in preparation of an install for me here in Plymouth, not from experience.
  14. I got this from Crankhouse in the form of a link about taking part in his first competition https://www.crankhousecoffee.co.uk/blogs/news/competition-and-growth If you read it through there is a discount code at the end One point of interest for me was in the results: The 4th placed guy was from Roastworks. They were the outfit that were supplying some rather good beans I found at Waitrose this year
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