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Second attempt at normality

May 12th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

So this is what has been going on with my little health issues.

On Easter Monday I was allowed home after my big operation. This represented a really quick recovery because it was a massive operation. Actually it was more like a stomach operation + a chest operation + a tracheostomy, all lasting about 12 hours. Only spending a week in intensive care afterwards, then a week on a normal ward was very quick.

It turned out to be a little too quick though. Two days after getting home I was whisked back to hospital again because I was in a lot of pain and had fevers. This was caused by a small anastomatic leak, leading to bilateral pneumonia and pleural effusions, none of which means much to me, except that it hurt. [Read more →]

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Back in one piece

April 21st, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

It looks like that cancer thing is over now. Still to be confirmed, but it is all looking good so far.

I went in for an operation to remove the tumour, along with a big chunk of my oesophagus, on April 10th. After that I spent about a week in intensive care before getting released to a normal ward. Right now I am still in the hospital but I might be able to get home tomorrow if I can have my lastdrain removed today.

It all seems like a long time to be stuck in here, but apparently my recovery has been remarkably rapid. It really is a big operation with quite a few potential complications and can require 3 or 4 weeks in hospital.

Of course, getting back home is only part of it. It will take a bit longer to get properly fit, and I will never be able to eat normally, but I would rather do that at home.

Apart from anything else I really miss the doggoes.

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False Alarm

April 9th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

Over the weekend our Jack Russell had us worried. He was having trouble eating, looking like he was choking when he had food or a treat. Although he can be a bit of a drama queen it was very disconcerting because that is exactly how I felt last year and that turned out to be cancer of the oesophagus. [Read more →]

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2010 – Drunk Girls

April 9th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

2010 was a bit of a blur for me. A busy year. There was a general election in May and I was standing against Francis Maude in Horsham. Although there was almost zero chance of winning (Fortunately. I don’t think I would like to be an MP!) I wanted to put in a good effort and use it as a way to generate more activity and membership in the Horsham party. I think people were quite surprised to see us pop up with a Labour street stall in Billingshurst. After all that, I moved house and that is always stressful.

It was possibly the Herculean task of packing all my books, CDs and DVDs that persuaded me I have too much stuff and led to me cutting back on buying too much more. At the beginning of the year my ginger kitten got run over and I got a replacement, Diego, who has had more luck and is still with us. [Read more →]

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2009 – Bonkers

April 8th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

I couldn’t pick anything other than Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal for the 2009 slot on my playlist. We are big fan of Mr Rascal (As Jeremy Paxman once called him) in this house. In fact our grandson is named after him – his real name of Dylan Mills and not his stage name of Dizzee Rascal obviously – so there is that connection, but this is also such a great tune, as anybody who has watched the footage of Dizzee at Glastonbury will know. [Read more →]

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2008 -Senior Twilight Stock Replacer

April 8th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

There have been several milestones or turning points in how I interact with music. There was the point where I started owning it so I wasn’t completely reliant on whatever the radio played, there was the portable tape machine letting me listen on the move, there was the MP3 player, and then the download which shifted ownership from physical product to just the music. 2008 saw, perhaps, the biggest change. It was the year Spotify came along. I’m glad it did because there was pratictally bugger all going on for me otherwise in this year. [Read more →]

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A Friday afternoon in Crawley

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Life

On Friday I had my last meeting at the Town Hall, a portfolio briefing to tie up some loose ends and approve a business case. After that I went out for some lunch with Jayne and we went to two new(ish) places in Crawley. [Read more →]

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2007 – Thou Shalt Always Kill

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Either not a lot happened in music in 2007 or I just can’t remember it. There were only a couple of albums released in the year that registered much with me and very few singles. Looking at the list of songs from the year on Wikipedia it seems like half the singles were by somebody-I-don’t-know featuring somebody-else-I-don’t know.

The only single I can remember buying was Starz In Their Eyes by Just Jack. A tremendously catchy tune. I can also remember rather liking the James Blunt single 1973 when I heard it on the album Jayne bought. [Read more →]

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2006 – Diablo Rojo

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

Some time last year I decided to put together a playlist with one song from each year of my life. Some time later I decided to write about it here. I expected that I would be writing about the tracks themselves, what I liked about them, why I picked them and so on. What has actually happened is something very different. I have been writing about my relationship with music and the history of that: not so much about the music itself but how I listened to to it, how I discovered it, and other peripheral things like that. [Read more →]

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2005 – Start Wearing Purple

April 7th, 2019 · Posted by Skuds in Music

In 2005 we got to hear the Kaiser Chiefs’ album, Employment, that was eagerly anticipated after a couple of big singles in 2004. The anticipation was displaced to Arctic Monkeys who released I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor but made us wait until 2006 for an album. Meanwhile Franz Ferdinand were already on their second album, You Could Have It So Much Better. Although not as exciting as the first one, it added to the momentum of the new scene of bands influenced by the post-punk bands like Gang of Four. Fittingly, I saw Gang of Four play live in 2005 with the reformed original line-up. [Read more →]

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