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hutch0
Date: 2007-08-13 23:11
Subject: book plug
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I just finished War Stories by the BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen and I'd like to big it up for you. I've always thought Bowen was one of the outstanding journalists of my generation (we're the same age and he started at the BBC the same year as I started on Fleet Street, but there the similarities end) and here he writes with enormous candour about the experience of reporting from war zones and the addiction to danger and excitement that it can bring. He reported from El Salvador and Sarajevo and Jerusalem, among other places, which takes balls I do not possess. It's not a long book but it's scorchingly honest and searching and I can't recommend it highly enough.

It struck me while I was reading the book - and I don't expect anyone to agree with me - that, whatever Calvaries have struck the BBC recently, BBC news has been going through a golden age in recent years. When we have journalists of the calibre of John Simpson, Orla Guerin, Gavin Essler, Bowen himself, the now-retired Martin Bell, and many others, all I can do is tip my hat to them in astonishment and wish I had a fraction of their talent.
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jmward14: LizSmall
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-08-14 05:16 (UTC)
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Have you ever noticed "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times..." is often a statement of plain fact?
Hugs,
Jean Marie
*worrying about the Mother Person who's developed a whole new run of worrisome symptoms*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-08-14 22:08 (UTC)
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Aye, that's true enough. We could all do with a little less of the `worst of times' for a while though, I think.
I'm sorry to hear your Mum's not well again. What's going on? Big hugs to both of you.
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jmward14: LizSmall
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-08-15 04:50 (UTC)
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Unfortunately, I think The Worst of Times may be our default position. Now you know why I write comedy. :-)
The Iron Chipmunk is doing very poorly. On Sunday she managed to crack another vertebrae while brushing her hair (her fifth broken vertebrae in the space of four years). The technical term is "compression fracture". It happens a lot to the old and fragile. Not a big deal medically, but intensely painful until it heals, which it will do on its own in a few months.
Unfortunately, this time the doctor can't prescribe codeine or its derivatives. Seems Mom's also retaining fluid. It's in her lungs and her legs are horribly swollen. We don't know why she's retaining fluid, but the doctor put her on a diuretic and ordered a raft of tests. No results on them yet.
And today I arrived at the apartment to find, in the words of the classic commercial, she had fallen and couldn't get up. I couldn't move her on my own, so I called 911 (over her shrill protests), and four strapping lads appeared in about five minutes. (Mom lives close to the fire station, a hidden benefit of her apartment complex.)
Seeing how goodlooking they were, she immediately turned into the Charm Lady, oohing and cooing. (Thank heaven for small miracles.) The lads picked her up and deposited her gently in the bed, decided there were no broken bones or any worries about a concussion and left. After they were gone, I asked Mom why she hadn't used the "Link to Life" call button hanging around her neck. I mean, that's why I signed her up.
"Why should I hit the buzzer?" she wanted to know. "They'd only call 911."
Excuse me while I headdesk a few minutes. I obviously haven't abused myself enough today.
Tomorrow, I get to try to find her yet another caregiver. Here's hoping I can find a good one who doesn't set off her Bigot Buttons--and they are legion. The awful thing is she is failing, and there's nothing anybody can do to make it a pleasant experience.
But even so, it's nothing compare to what whitemunin has to deal with.
Hugs and headshakes,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-08-15 10:12 (UTC)
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Oh, Jean Marie... My heart goes out to you.
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jmward14: LizSmall
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-08-15 23:13 (UTC)
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Thanks {{{{{hutcho0}}}}}}. Hugs, Jean Marie
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