Thank you for all the kind emails and IMs you have sent regarding the death of Marjorie Braund yesterday morning. I am very touched at quite how many people cared about her. Thank you all from the bottom of my rather battered heart. I am going to keep them and pass them on to Kaye and her family when the dust has settled a bit. I know that David usually reads the blog each day and will take comfort in the fact that so many people cared about his beloved grandmother.
Thank you also for your kind emails regarding my state of health. Just as I thought it would, the rumour mill of the Internet has already worked overtime and I am meant to be having "major chest surgery" in January. It is, I guess, chest surgery as it is the removal of a lump from my chest, but it is external rather than thoracic, and it is by no stretch of the imagination `major`. Indeed it is being carried out by the `Minor Surgical Procedures Team` and if all things are equal I shall be out the same day. However, I am a confirmed coward, and am not looking forward to it.
Syd, bless him, read me a lecture about not going barefoot when you are a diabetic. He is (of course) right, and both nurses and my dear wife have been telling me that for ages. I now wish that I had listened to them because my left foot is still bloody sore after friday morning's incident. But it seems to be healing slowly. Lawrie (bless him as well) also gave me a lecture about my health. Thank you, my dears. It is heartening to know that people care.