Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Please Sponsor Me!

I am organising and taking part in the Cambridge Lindy Hopathon. It's a sponsored eight hour dance marathon, from 4pm til midnight on Saturday 17th March 2007. I won't be dancing for the whole time, otherwise my lungs will object... but I am going to do the first and last hours. So if you would like to sponsor me, and you know you do, then you can either fill in the form I'll be carrying around with me or go to and pledge lots of money! For more information about the Hopathon go to to blog I have set up for the event (theres a link on my list)

Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Thought for the day....

A Christmas Poem, by Wendy Cope

At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle,
The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle
And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle
And the business is unbelievably dreadful, if you're bloody single.

I wanted to change the last line to 'if you are still in love with your ex' but it doesn't really scan!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Ros's Soap Box

I apologise in advance as this is me jumping up and down on my soapbox again and ranting very loudly.....

Well yet again I am stunned by new proposals for the NHS, but surely this time they have reached the absolute limit of total human goofiness. The plans are for Doctors and local health centres to survey their patients and then those with a 'sedentary lifestyle' will be given free dance leassons or other activities! There will be no extra money allocated for these classes, they will be funded by the already over stretched NHS trust budgets. I really think that whoever's idea this is must be totally mad, and for once I agree with Ann Widicombe who calls this scheme 'ludicrous'. The idea that people are being given free dance lessons whilst people suffering from Cancer or Alzheimers are being denied life saving drugs because of the cost is quite frankly disgusting. This implies that obesity and unhealthy lifestyles have the same importance in the NHS as genuine illness and injury. Everyone is free to choose what they eat and how they live and I do not see why the genuinely ill should have to loose out on drugs and services to pay for dance lessons for people who are not ill, but who have an unhealhty lifestyle that they are unwilling to change.

If people need to take excercise they are free to do so, and should be encouraged to. They could simply go for a brisk walk everyday which is free and would not cost anyone anything, or they could be refered to a dietician and physio to recomend changes to their diet and lifestyle that would be better for their health. But the idea that the NHS is responsible for keeping people fit and paying for them to have the privlege, is ludicrous. I will not be recieving free dance lessons of seeing a personal trainer, I pay for my own dance lessons and my drug prescriptions myself thank you! I could easily argue that as I have CF I need these activities to help my lung capactiy. Not wishing to sound mean, but if I don't qualify for these freebies why should these other people, who as far as I can see are just lazy and do not eat properly or excercise enough be getting handouts at the NHS's expense???

The NHS is there to care for the sick and injured not to baby sit the country's lifestyle. It is already overstretched to the point of collapse, and they are closing wards, whole hospitals and nurses and doctors and essential staff are being laid off. Surely the NHS have better things to spend their limited money on than dance lessons for lazy people??? It is about time the government stopped trying to nanny us all, and stopped trying to run the NHS like it was a business to make money, and let it get back to its main function, that of caring for its patients. I am now going to go and write a leter to my MP, please do the same as the NHS will completely collapse and many ill people will suffer if this sort of idiotic idea is allowed to continue.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Please sign a petition!

Well once again the government wants to tax us even more and restrict our civil liberties at the same time. This time they want to tax Road mileage and 'Drivers could pay up to £1.34 a mile in "pay-as-you go" road charges under new government plans'(BBC News). Not only that but every car would have a satelite tracker that would record all your journeys, Big Brother is now watching your car!

Whilst I have no objection to Congestion Charging or even tolls on motorways this new idea will once again have no effect on the richer end of the population or major city dwellers, who can afford this charge or can just take public transport, but will be a total disaster for people in small towns and rural areas and those of a lower income. Where I live public transport is simply not an option if you want to go anywhere but London (and even then there is only one train an hour and it costs nearly £20). If you need to go and food shop the bus is not an option, as they are so infrequent and unreliable, and totally unsuitable for disabled people. If you do not have a car in rural areas you would be completely cut off, and taxing every mile you travel will make it impossible to own a car considering just how expensive petrol already is. By all menas encourage people to use cars less, especially where public transport is an option, but not in a way that penalises rural areas and has little affect in cities (again).

To try and stop this happening please sign the petition here-

We should try and reduce congestion and carbon emissions, but in a sensible and fair way. How about increasing tax on gas guzzlers? Motor way tolls work in Europe why can't we manage it? How about reducing food miles? And what about Air travel? It makes no sense that I can travel to Europe for less than £10 and can't get to London for that!!!!