Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Care for the dying

Most of the daily papers are carrying articles on the inadequacies of care of the dying within the NHS - click here.
We need a proper debate on what medical research is necessary/feasible and desirable. Every different group; prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, liver disease, heart. lung etc etc is busy researching away on methods and drugs that will eradicate the disease and/or mitigate the effects of the problem. These all cost ever increasing amounts of money. Are we prepared to write an open ended cheque? Currently we seem to want to prolong life so that people can get dementia and then have euthanasia to polish us off. Perhaps we should focus ore on quality of life rather than prolonging life. We need a reasoned debate on these issues but as politicians will be involved this looks very unlikely.

Monday, 4 May 2015

It's over!

Well the five days of living on a £1 per day are over. I must admit that the bacon sarnie for breakfast this morning was really great. If nothing else the past five days has taught me how lucky I am. i did this as a challenge and to raise awareness of the 1.2 billion people who have to live on the equivalent of £1 per day. For them the reality is that there will never be a bacon sarnie for breakfast. It has made me feel very humble.
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Friday, 1 May 2015

Living below the line - last day!

Last day of living below the line. I can look forward to a fry-up for breakfast tomorrow. But for 1.2 billion people it will be the same food tomorrow as it was yesterday and the the day before, etc etc. It does make me realise how lucky I am. The tough part yesterday was being at a conference and watching the others eat lovely food whilst I had a sandwich with a meagre filling on basic bread. It has been a worthwhile exercise and has made me think differently about those less fortunate.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Living below the line

Day 3 of Living Below the Line just starting. So far so good. Whilst doing this as an exercise is rather fun for many it is the reality of their everyday lives. For me the risk is that I put in treats that we have in the larder. For many the larder is bare. Yesterday the menu was porridge, scrambled eggs on toast for lunch and pasta with a tomato & onion sauce.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Living Below the Line - Living on £1 per day for five days!

Taken from my Facebook page:

  • First day of "Living Below the Line" max spending on food is £1. Remember that 1.2 billion people live on the equivalent of this every day of their lives. Julia and i are just doing it for 5 days.
  • Stuart Mellish What's on the menu for today?
  • Barry Mellish Porridge for breakfast, rice and lentils for tea, lunch will be two slices of "basic" supermarket bread and soup.
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  • Richard 'Dickie' Dugdale Out of interest barry is that packet soup or homemade? Im interested in which would be cheeper i bet its the packet stuff
  • Barry Mellish This is Very cheap packet. Julia usually makes the soup - it is a good way of using vegetables that are on the point of "going off". No matter how well you plan meals and shopping there always seems to be something that you have too much off. That makes homemade soup difficult to cost and for the purposes of this five day exercise we decided to use packet.
  • Barry Mellish The important point to remember si that for 1.2billion people they have no choice. There are also thousands in this country that are counting every penny. We usually forget how lucky we are.
  • Richard 'Dickie' Dugdale Ah yes makes sense barry, did you do a shop all together for the week then? Im tempted at doing this myself you know its very intriguing
  • Barry Mellish We have bought most of the stuff in bulk - this makes it easier and cheaper. Again some do not have that luxury - we are also using herbs and spices that we have in the house and making a notional 10p a day charge against the budget - is this correct - I don't honestly know.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Why is Alex Salmond being kept under wraps?

If in the forthcoming election the SNP hold the balance of power I wonder what the role of their leader Nicola Sturgeon will be? She is not standing as a candidate - is that when they roll out our old friend Alex Salmond?