Sorrento on my mind

Our big trip of the year is looming closer and we are getting very excited, in fact painfully so at times. In just around 5 weeks time (it may be 6 but sod it) we’ll be heading for Gatwick at a crazy hour of the morning but I don’t care for the trip ahead is more than worth it. Our flight touches down in Naples around lunchtime and then we make our way along the Sorrentine coast to Sorrento. There we shall be based for 2 luxurious weeks. I will be taking my camera and a maximum of 3 lenses. Flight restrictions these days are difficult as you’ll know.

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Writers Block

I have to confess that I am suffering from this condition at the moment, so just maybe if I were to write about it, it may not only help me get back into the swing of things but perhaps help other people too. I’ve always believed that blogging should ideally be a two way thing. I know that as a blogger myself, we all sometimes fall into the ego trap, surely everyone is keen to know about my (rather than “your”) new phone? Camera? Cat? Yes? No? Well, perhaps not. However if you write about your new phone in such a way that it may be interesting for at least one other human being, then you’re going to have an audience, of one, two, ten or maybe hundreds. Peoples’ ears are open and you have their attention. It’s just keeping it there, that is the hard part. I am sure many of you have watched your Google Analytics rise and fall like the North Sea more times than you’d care to mention. In desparation you find yourselves either reaching for the keyboard to throw something half meaningful together or running away from it all. Continue reading →

Dr Bending and Tenors UnLimited

I got to know Dr Bending during my time as a patient at St Helier hospital as a renal patient. He was one of the doctors who took care of me during the post-op period and we got to know each other a little bit. I soon learnt that he was a sharp witted individual whom his peers revered. He told me a great deal about the 40 years he had spent in the NHS and how the computer system in the hospital had not changed in many years…. I think I wrote quite a lot about him on my “Transplant Diary” last year. So he certainly left a lasting impression on me…

Mike Bending retired on Monday and was give a tremendous send off on Monday night this week. The event took place at the Globe Theatre (in the exhibition centre) and featured a number of guests including Lord Rix of Whitehall and Theo Paphitis who are all supporters of the South West Thames Kidney Fund whom I am also a member.

The highlight of the evening was the music performed by Tenors UnLimited who are seen in the photos attached to this post. They performed popular opera classics such as Nessun Dorma to a highly appreciative audience. I was going to leave my camera in the bag but just had to leap into action at this point. My music photography skills were suddenly called for! We had no idea who was going to be there as it had all been kept secret.