2007 — 30 July: "duck" tape to the rescue

The new batch of catheters are "long tube". We need "short tube". Isn't it amazing what you can do1 with a surgical scalpel (initially used on paste-up duties on the camera-ready artwork for the CICS Primer back in 1984) and with wonderful "duck" tape to form a nice, flexible, water-tight join? So, today's picture shows not my attempt to re-design the London Transport signage but the section of tube that is very definitely surplus to current requirements...

Duck tape to the rescue

I may yet turn it into a "pee-shooter"! Now can I finally have some breakfast?

3:15 already?!

Time for the final (anti-)DVT injection, and then a leisurely spot of gentle hunter-gathering up in the Fryern Arcade, methinks. "The walk will do us good." I must say, also, I'd never realised the extent to which things like repeat prescriptions have become smoothly computerised semi-automated processes. Quite cool. Particularly when contrasted with the "op-ed" remarks in the New York Times on the parlous state of children's health cover in the US of A:

President Bush is threatening to veto any substantial increase in spending for a highly successful children's health program on the bizarre theory that expanding it would be the "beginning salvo" in establishing a government-run health care system.

Andrew Rosenthal? writing in the New York Times Opinion pages, 22 July 2007

What, pray tell, is wrong with a government-run health care system? Especially one aimed at children?? To what finer end could government money be spent??? There's a reason the old saying goes "Women and Children first" you know. It's to do with basic survival. Ask Robert Heinlein!

Meanwhile, when did Gary Kasparov (the former world chess champion) become a contributing editor of the Wall Street Journal, by the way? He's just published a piece suggesting that you need to read Mario Puzo's The Godfather should you seek to understand today's Russia.

I think I'll stick to "duck" tape — which is still holding things together nicely, by the way. And pop over the road for a soothing cuppa, too.

A Good Day?

On balance, and leaving to one side the early morning's minor "alarums and excursions", yes, it was a Good Day. Good Night!



1  I always suspected my basic engineering skills would come in handy one day!