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18th October 2013

How are you doing now?
Hi Mike, Have just read your blog about the comings and goings of the hospital. Very observant and amusing as usual! I hope you are feeling better now and that you have fully recovered. Hope all us ex Faculty-types can meet up again some time soon! Rosechick (now a battery hen - you should see the office!) x
20th October 2013

With no telly and no Wi-Fi, I had to smile at some of the things that occurred during my sleepless hours and, while not true TravelBlog material, thought others might find amusement in them too. Still taking the tablets - and keeping smiling!
11th October 2013

Hi Mike, Hope it was nothing too serious and you're well on your way to recovery. Our Australian public hospital system receives a lot of unfair criticism too, I am sure there are a few cases where mistakes are made and things could of been better, but a majority of the time the staff and facilities are absolutely brilliant and people don't realise how lucky we are. Anyway, hope to see some more travel stories soon.
12th October 2013

Thanks for your good wishes. I can't fault the British NHS either but time in any hospital passes so slowly. Thank goodness for a laptop to make notes of all the comings and goings!
25th September 2013

Yes, Bangor University...
He should be there attending orientation week, but the British Consulate in Bangkok denied his student visa (wanted original college diploma, not a copy, and a TB test, but rather than asking for them they just denied the visa). So he flew here last Saturday to apply again for another 300 pounds. Maybe that's how they will afford to pay for his health care! Anyway, the university said he could miss up to two weeks of classes and still continue the semester. So there is hope.
25th September 2013

Oh dear...
The British authorities are getting really tough on student entry to the country - we've had a big problem with illegal immigrants posing as students in recent years. There are so many applications that they seem to have adopted the stance of 'read the requirements, fill the form properly and send what's asked for - or be denied entry!' Not good PR, but I know from working at a big uni here that students don't take much notice if you handle them gently! Anyhow, I do hope all ends well. His biggest problem will probably be missing introductions to female students during fresher's week!
23rd September 2013

only you could make a hospital visit so amusing!!
Absolutely brilliant Mike.I was in splendid isolation in my private room(courtesy of the NHS) but I think you had more fun people watching on your visit.
24th September 2013

...people watching, with a laptop
I was in pole position facing the entrance to the ward and couldn't avoid observing every to-ing and fro-ing - which was then noted on the laptop! Time moves slowly in hospital doesn't it?!
23rd September 2013

A trip to the hospital is a trip...
and I'm glad to hear that it was a round trip. That "morass of thick yellow custard" must have been Byrd's custard, which I became familiar with when going to school in Malaysia. We have a can in our pantry for old times sake. My son is going to school in Bangor, Wales, and as he will be there more than 6 months is eligible for free health at the NHS. I'm pleased to hear that he will be treated well, if necessary!
24th September 2013

...and a blog is a blog!
Bob, I don't think our NHS could afford Bird's Custard these days! Interesting to hear that your son is in Bangor (Wales) - Bangor University? One of my two granddaughters was born there. My son and his family have only recently moved back from Snowdonia to Hertfordshire.
23rd September 2013

Get well soon!
Hi little brother, We know you're out now, back home, into the caring hands of Pat, your lovely wife. Thinking of you. Keep smiling and get well soon. David and Janice - The Grey haired nomads.
23rd September 2013

Travel to a hospital
Sorry to hear that you had to stay in hospital, hope that you are fully recovered. A very interesting read even though it is not directly about travel. FYI, Australian citizens have reciprocal healthcare arrangements in the UK (due to an arrangement between the NHS and Medicare). Thus if UK nationals are in Australia, they can obtain free treatment from Medicare.
23rd September 2013

The blog was tongue-in-cheek
Thanks for the info about the reciprocal arrangements, Shane. Perhaps I should continue treatment in sunny Oz! Yes, you're right: the blog wasn't really about travel, but I had time on my hands and thought a few others here (on my only blog site) might like cheering up too!
23rd September 2013

Hospital
Hi Mike, hope you are well and that your hospital stay wasn't too long. Another great blog, maybe you should send this to the PM. Take care hope everyone is well. Love Janet x
4th June 2013

Very relaxing stay
Me and my friend did a one day/ night trip in the backwaters. Both of us were very pleased with the boat and crew, they really did their upper best to give us a pleasant stay. Food was outstanding and the views amazing. The peace and quiet was great, very nice people, we can defenitely recommend a stay with southern backwaters houseboat.
4th June 2013

Southern Backwaters
Only very relaxing? 'Horizontal' is what I would call the backwaters. I'd love to go back - right now!
22nd May 2013
The Golden Temple

I love both photos (plus many more in this blog). It would be so interesting to see him take out one of the weapons . . . would the turban stay on? One could say it's intimidating, but there's really an aesthetic element to it as well! Great shot~~ :D
23rd May 2013
The Golden Temple

I think he's harmless - his arms aren't long enough to reach the weapons!
21st May 2013
The Golden Temple

Truly impressive! I wonder if he needed help putting it on?
21st May 2013
The Golden Temple

The turban is armed!
Yes, it was an amazing turban. I've just added another picture to the blog showing that it was also very high as well as very wide. I have no idea how he managed to put it on (or take it off), but he must have very strong neck muscles as it clearly weighed a ton. I've also now learnt that he is a Nihang, a famous and prestigious armed Sikh order. The metal bits on his turban are weapons!
21st May 2013

Silly Walks
We couldn't have put it better! David and Janice The Grey-haired-nomads
16th May 2013

Lunch reincarnated
Lovely blog Mike and just shows one can always write about something! Love your description of dinner!
From Blog: Pong stinks!
16th May 2013

Dinner was the last straw - almost...
...we still had breakfast to contend with! It was unlike me to write such a whinge but it was a story that was waiting to be told. Sadly, this hotel hasn't got its act together - great location, great view, a pity about everything else.
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

Pong pongs!
Come on Mike. Don't be hard on yourself. One duff moment amongst so many great delights in our 35 days is a pretty good record, I'd say. Fond memories of the other 34! David - the rear half of the grey-haired-nomads
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

Thanks David. Fortunately, that old birders' saying: 'one Hirundo rustica does not a summer make' proved more or less true!
From Blog: Pong stinks!

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