So I went to Manchester yesterday, but I’m not sure if it was because of the early start or something else but by the time I got home I felt so sick that I immediately had to take some anti-nausea medication and some pain killers. The day itself wasn’t stressful or difficult, but by the end of it I just felt terrible. Fortunately I live really close to someone else who had been there and we got a taxi together back from the airport which meant I got home quite speedily but by then my hands were sweating and all I could think about was finding someway not to feel so awful. After taking various bits of medication and not doing a lot for a couple of hours I felt better and G came over anyway and cooked some dinner and made us both lunch for today, so I didn’t really have to do anything.
On the flight on the way home I was reading The Times, which incidentally I think has had some really good reporting on the current financial crisis, and I was amused by a letter which said:
“Sir, With the banks coming cap in hand to the taxpayer, shouldn’t we impose monthly penalty charges for administering an overdraft facility?”
Oh, wouldn’t that be poetic justice.
On an entirely different note, this year is 90 years since the end of the First World War. I have been reading a couple books connected to the First World War of late, most notably Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. Anyway, the Royal British legion will be doing something extra to the selling of poppies this year. You can fill out a dedication to appear on a poppy, which will be ‘planted’ at the Menin Gate in Flanders. I actually have a form that arrived via the post (which has the poppy in it so I can write the message myself) and whilst part of the purpose of the appeal is to honour the dead, it is also a way by which to raise money for current veterans. Whilst there is no obligation to give money, if you did make a tribute then you might want to consider a donation as well. I actually have no particular connection with the armed forces, but I am just sometimes reminded that we have many privileges as a result of the sacrifices of the generations that preceded us.