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Week 9 and a call to arms (literally)


Blood / Platelet Donation,

Let me start this by telling you what made me start donating.

On August the 11th 1999 during the solar eclipse my Grandma died, she had been battling various forms of cancer for the previous few years, during this time she needed a lot of blood & chemo and as she was the same blood type as me something clicked in my head and said I should be donating my blood to replace what she had needed.

Now my father had been a long time blood donor & latterly a Platelet donor, but my fear of needles had held me off following in his footsteps doing this.

This major event in my life made me power through and man up and for the next 15 years (with a couple of gaps for getting tattoos) I donated blood every 3-4 months, then in 2014 I made the change to platelet donation, this gave me the opportunity to donate almost every month as the red blood cells are returned into my body.

Platelet donation is used slightly differently to Whole Blood donation and is used mainly in the following ways;

  • Treatment for Chemotherapy
  • Organ / Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Life threatening bleeding
  • To treat severe blood disorders

Just 1 platelet donation can help 3 adults or 12 children!!

The only lifestyle change I had to make for platelet donation is to cut back on fatty foods & cheese around the donation date as it clouds the sample and they can’t tell if it’s good or not, which isn’t a bad change to my diet really.

It takes a little longer than normal donation (about 1-1½ hours) but there are great nurses on hand with Tea / Biscuits / Sandwiches and a chat if you want any of them.

If you’re not on the organ donation for whatever reason, then maybe think about either blood or platelet donation, just an hour out of your life every month or 30 minutes every 3 months and you can help lots of people.

They have even started to send you a text telling you what hospital your donation has been issued to which is a nice little touch.

They need blood & platelet donations 365 days a year and especially around Christmas so if you’re thinking about it now is a great time.

Find out more below & the location of your nearest donation session;

https://www.blood.co.uk/

http://platelets.blood.co.uk/

 

Have a good weekend, see you all next week!!

PoBz

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Week 8 and a small challenge / bit of fun for you.


Similar one to a couple of weeks ago Download the excel file and fill in the Artist & Song from the lyrics, the person with the most / 1st person to get all of them right and send it back to me will get a kindle copy of 50 Shades of Blonde on its release.

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Have a good weekend, good luck & see you all next week!!

PoBz

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Week 7 let’s go deep again.


Most of you have seen the Matrix (at least 1 of them) or The Truman show, doesn’t a little voice at the back of your head just wonder if they’re true?

 

Now while myself I’m agnostic and believe in a science / engineering based explanation for everything and I don’t believe in a Traditional God per say there is always the niggling doubt that maybe something is controlling destiny, the way certain things just seem to happen at the right time just when you think they won’t.

Could the solar system be a small plaything of an alien race, is it just an experiment on a giant game of celestial chess?

Why every time to we beat a disease / famine disaster does another one replace it, is this an external driven population control?

Are people who can see the future just people who saw glitches in the matrix?

Are we fully in the matrix and everything is just a computer simulation, when the world ends it just resets and starts again at level 3 with a new set of inhabitants? (Level 1 being the dinosaurs of course)

How did Nostradamus draw a light bulb 100’s of years before electricity, or the occupations and date of the Challenger Disaster?

How did the Simpsons predict Donald Trump for president, closely followed by Lisa Simpson who looks like Hilary Clinton?

If you take a minute and step back and say there is no freedom of choice, it’s already written and no matter what you do the outcome is what was going to happen anyway, it could explain these, but it’s a scary thought to have no control over destiny.

Maybe I’ve just played far too much Civilisation / Populous / Sim City growing up 🙂

If this is all one big TV show though I just hope its Morgan Freeman or David Attenborough doing the voice over.

Have a good weekend, see you all next week

(Unless the overlords read this and take me out of the Matrix!!)

PoBz

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Week 6 and a small challenge / bit of fun for you.


You’ll need a PC / Pad and an Excel Viewer to do this sorry!!

Everyone reckons they’re pretty good a recognising films, but how good are you when the image is missing something??

Download the excel file and fill in the film names, the person with the most / 1st person to get all 60 right and send it back to me will get a kindle copy of 50 Shades of Blonde on its release.

Under each image are 2 boxes, type your guess in the top one and a hint / correct or wrong will appear in the bottom one.

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Have a good weekend, good luck & see you all next week!!

PoBz

 

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We all have a group of friends / acquaintances that surround us.

With the rise of Facebook / Linkedin / Twitter people can say they have 1000’s of friends, but if you’re honest you haven’t really, you’ve got 100’s of people you went to school with / bumped into that one time in a meeting and haven’t actually spoken to in real life let alone on social media in years, but you like to keep an eye on what they’re doing, more stalking victims than friends. 🙂

 

Real friends are the sort that you can go months without seeing but a 2 hour phone call to them and your all caught up on things and set the world to rights.

They’re the ones that when your car is broken down they’re on the phone offering assistance or to even loan you a car / lifts until you get sorted.

The ones that no matter what’s going on in their life at the moment see you in need and come to the rescue.

They’re probably the God Parents to your kids / Best Man / Ushers / Bridesmaids.

 

Dictionary.com goes so far to define the word friend in some of the following ways;

  • A person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal
  • A person who gives assistance; patron;
  • A person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not
  • A person associated with another as a contact on a social-media

Your probably sat there now thinking about those people who are in this “top” list, when did you last see them / catch up … go on give them a ring / fire that message on Facebook, have that catch up etc.

Friends are a bit like Arseholes ….. We all have them even if we rarely see them, some of them even smell a bit funny but we all need them and would be screwed without them. 🙂

 

Have a good weekend, see you all next week!!

PoBz

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