It’s now two weeks after my op, and I can start a little cautious experimenting with fat in my diet.  So I bought some luxury chocolate chip biscuits. The first one was delicious, so I had another.  And another.  And a fourth. And then I was doubled up for half an hour with a pain just below my ribs.  Obviously four is too many. So the big English breakfast is…

October 7, 2011


Rally car zooming through San Jose, Breña Baja
October 6, 2011

The annual car rally takes place this weekend. On Friday night from 9 pm to midnight they’11 be racing in Breña Baja, from El lineal, past Monte Breña and San Jose to San Antonio. On Saturday from about 9 am to about 7 pm, it’s the same route in reverse. Meanwhile, also on Saturday, they’ll be racing around Martin Luis to Puntallana and around Tigalate. The prizes will be given…


Sputnik 1

1957: Sputnik 1
October 4, 2011

  The first ever artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched by the Russians on October 4th, 1957. It weighed just 83.6 kg (184.3 lb) (less than me, I’m sorry to say) compared to the International Space Station which weighs 450 tonnes (rather more than I do.) Sputnik 1 had a very elliptical orbit, taking 96 minutes to complete one orbit, which means that it averaged a little higher than the…


Post Op: Saturday 24th

Saturday was boring until they set me free, just before lunch. Rather rashly, I asked to go to the farmers’ market in Mazo, partly to get some of my favourite bread, but mostly to see something outside the hospital before I had to stay home for a while.

October 2, 2011

Post Op: Friday

[WARNING!  If you’re squeamish about medical details, this post might make you squeam.] Well Friday was the day I thought I might just be able to go home.  Certainly I woke up feeling much more human.  Muzzy, and weak, but human.  I actually felt well enough to read fiction, as long as it was short.  The nurse took off the compression bandages of my legs, I got out of bed (with…

October 1, 2011