Rip Off ‘Standing Charges’

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Energy costs have increased. A survey of 2021 power prices, by price comparison site cable.co.uk , put the UK 191st out of 230 countries on price per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity. Across 60 tariffs, Britain came in at $0.25 per kWh – only beaten in Europe by Germany ($0.32 per kWh) and Denmark ($0.35 perContinue reading “Rip Off ‘Standing Charges’”

Metastasising – Preventing The Spreading of Cancer Cells 

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Cancer Vaccines, the potential for the prevention of  ‘Spreading of Cancer Cells’ are a hot topic at the moment. It seems like every week there is another newspaper and or media article on the latest, potential, miracle cure for cancer patients, a viable vaccine that prevents cancer Metastases. Cancer Vaccines [of many kinds] have beenContinue reading “Metastasising – Preventing The Spreading of Cancer Cells “

Dear Mark

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Today, at 8.00am a dear friend died. When nearing the end of life, it is impossible not to reflect on a life lived. One of life’s truths – Life is difficult, more so for some than for others, “engaging in the full range of experience – living and dying, love and loss –Continue reading “Dear Mark”

INDEPENDENT? Pay Review Bodies

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death The pay review bodies, which cover 2.5mn public sector workers, have until now had the support of both unions and the government. But disputes this year have left trust in the system at breaking point. Are the pay review bodies independent? Pay body members are appointed by ministers but according to Cope theyContinue reading “INDEPENDENT? Pay Review Bodies”

Ask Franc

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death 7.00pm -A none listed [no name] call to my mobile ‘Alright mate how’s it going? A Guildford number and an unmistakeable scouse accent, Mark Markham? An old new friend? Mark and I were very close growing up together in Downing Road, Bootle and [somehow] we lost touch for 50 years and more. WeContinue reading “Ask Franc”

THE ZERO RATE EXPERIMENT

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Millennials Confront High Inflation for the First Time. Years of relaxed Bank of England policy have created a bitter generational divide and stoked a huge bubble – now the bill is falling due. We have lived in a world of near-zero interest rates for 14 years now. We have become so used toContinue reading “THE ZERO RATE EXPERIMENT”

7 from 10

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death 10th December 2022 -Exactly, forty six years ago my band, Berlin played a gig at Eric’s, Liverpool. 46 years on I am on another night out with three of my oldest friends. The timing is coincidental however, the four of us were also together in Eric’s all those years ago. What has changed?Continue reading “7 from 10”

Scanxiety

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death It’s that time again, blood tests, a round of scans and the short, stressful, wait to see how much worse my cancer is. No matter how many times I go thru this it is always the most stressful of times within my treatment cycle. SCANXIETY The wait between having a scan and gettingContinue reading “Scanxiety”

UK Child Hunger – A 21st Century Shame

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death Children in the UK are hungry. Old news. You knew that already, right? We have heard it all before, Child poverty, child hunger. No matter how many times I see this written down or said [not as often as it should be] by UK media I still have to remind myself that weContinue reading “UK Child Hunger – A 21st Century Shame”

Lest We Forget

Life – Terror. Ecstasy. Fight. Denial. Flight. Failure. PAIN. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Hope. Love. Peace – Death If you finish reading this post and still believe we should NOT have a general election and or Johnson should be re-elected Prime Minister, then you are a complete moron. Former chancellor Nadhim Zahawi resigned while Johnson was prime minister and in his parting remarks urged him to “leave with dignity” and saidContinue reading Lest We Forget