PM beggars belief
A picture paints a thousand words, the old saying goes. The picture of Boris drinking with all his cohorts, while most of us were hiding under the bedsheets, I was not, beggars belief.
The most draconian measures to our freedom in my living memory. Hitler never shut our pubs, clubs, you name it, too long to detail. When our civilian population's houses were being carpet-bombed by the Nazis. But Boris did.
We all as human beings tell the odd white lie. Perhaps to enhance a past event, or be kind to a friend where the truth would hurt. But we are not running the country. He is.
A bit of advice to that spineless lot at the House of Commons, including our two Tory MPs. Get rid of him, or we will get rid of you. Self-preservation is a primary instinct. I sometimes contribute to these pages with a slight innuendo to upset the left-wing brigade.
But I pen this on my seventy-ninth birthday. This time, I am not kidding.
Black swan memories
I can and always remember when my husband and I went fishing at a lake near Farringdon. We would sit on the bank. There was a black swan that would swim across the lake and sit on the bank with us! I would feed it maggots and bread from the bait box. I could stroke it and it was very affectionate. It would stay for hours!
We went several times to the lake and it would always sit with us. We went one day and it was not there. I think that someone must have taken it to a place where there were more black swans. I loved going fishing and always put the fish back unharmed. Too old to go now!, but my boys still go. My first baby went fishing at two weeks old!
Help for dementia
This year’s Dementia Action Week’s theme of diagnosis will have struck a chord with many people. Hopefully more people will now recognise the symptoms of dementia and the importance of seeking a timely diagnosis.
I want to thank everyone in Swindon who got involved, whether it was by publicly sharing their own personal experience of a dementia diagnosis, engaging with events, social media activity or just talking with family and friends.
On the first day the Alzheimer’s Society recorded a 70 percent increase in calls to its Dementia Connect support line (0333 150 3456), compared to the same timeframe the previous week.
Diagnosis rates are at a five-year low due to the pandemic, and tens of thousands are living with undiagnosed dementia. In Swindon there are 2,700 people estimated to be living with dementia.
Some are putting off a diagnosis because they think memory loss is a normal part of ageing, they don’t recognise the signs, or are just too afraid. A new survey by the society, found in the South West, 23 percent of people were more likely to visit their GP if they found a lump than if they experienced dementia symptoms.
I would encourage anyone who has concerns for themselves or that of a loved one, to visit Alzheimer’s Society’s website, alzheimers.org.uk/memoryloss, where they have a new symptoms checklist that can be printed off and taken with to help discussions with a GP. A diagnosis can be daunting but it’s crucial to help people manage symptoms. It can allow more time to plan for the future and unlock the door to treatment and support.
If you’ve been inspired to support Alzheimer’s Society, why not get involved in its Forget Me Not Appeal this June. For more visit alzheimers.org.uk/forgetmenot
Sir Tony Robinson
Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador
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