Thursday, 17 August 2017

Boys Dining Club Dinner August 2017


Crostini of Foie Gras


A Beetroot & Carrot Rosti with Smoked Salmon and Oscietre Caviar


Open Ravioli with Scallops, Lobster Tail and Prawns, Sauce Vin Blancs and Gruyere


Barbecued Prime Rib of Beef with Sauce Choron
Roasted Chunky Wedges
Warn Salad of Assorted Mushrooms


Blue Cheese Souffle


White chocolate and Honeycomb Mousse coated with Dark Chocolate Fondant and served with Balsamic marinated Strawberries



Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Water or Coke


#1.  75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated..
(Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.    In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.   Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.

#4.  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
  for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.

#5.    Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.   Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
   water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers. 

#7.   A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
    memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8..  Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
  colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?


#1.   In many states the highway patrol carries
    two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident. 

#2.    You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3.   To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
  toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4.   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
    Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminium foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.   To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
   a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6.  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.   To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminium foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8.  To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle.. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1    the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?  or Coke?
Quick!  Send this helpful info on to your friends health conscious or not!!!!    

Friday, 28 October 2016

West Mid University Hospital - Isleworth - West London

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For sure I know I have no control over two aspects of my life, that of arrival and the other departure. The time in between is undetermined and I guess we all have a rather indoctrinated sense of self preservation and survival coping with our daily routines.

That survival and control of course is shattered when an unlikely event and without understanding illness arrives. Whether minor or severe – suddenly we have to depend on others goodwill and professionalism to try and guide us through what we don’t understand.

Every day we are surrounded by danger and hopefully never succumb to its consequences but for those who do the journey becomes a whirlwind of fear and sometimes angst.

Of course friends and neighbours rally, offering to supply anything they can provide, or to provide warmth of care and support. Then we have to give ourselves up to the Medical professionals.

A team of dedicated people that includes Doctors, Nurses and ancillary staff who work tirelessly with passion and devotion, trying to make the world a better and healthier place for us all. None of them enter the profession wishing to intentionally harm anyone and are forever mindful that life itself balances on a very fine thread.

Medicine has evolved to such complexity now, the expectations are ever higher of what we layman expect we are entitled to, and all for free.

No person is infallible but oh how we complain when our own selfishness is not satisfied, or we lose control of our very being.

My recent experience at WMUH has to be one of extreme gratitude and admiration for the teams in A & E, AEC and AMU for their joviality and persistence in striving to keep their moral fibre intact and getting the job done against a constant barrage of criticism from patients, media and press. It’s an irony isn’t it; hospitals could be great places if it didn’t have patients.

It takes no effort to be grateful, share a smile and to say ‘Thank you’ as many do, but it only takes one person to take the “cream off the cake”

I am a firm advocate of ‘Random Acts of Kindness’. A gift or a gesture offered to a deserving person or group who try by their very actions to make a difference to others lives selflessly and without expectation of a receipt of gratitude. If we all appreciated and respected each other, what a lovely world we would live in.

So to all the teams on A&E, AEC and AMU - a huge ‘Thank you’ for a job well done.

Thankfully you have enabled me to go out once more and do my work.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, 
and even elephants lumber after safety.

When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence,
their senses eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile.

We breathe, briefly. 
Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity.

Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid,
promised walks never taken.

Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us.

Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away.

We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold caves.

And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always

Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed. 

We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.

Maya Angelou

Thursday, 14 July 2016

All Things Crustacean - July 2016

Our Third Gathering for Good Food - 
Good Wine and Good Company

All Things Crustacean

Champagne Deutz Rose 2008

Gazpacho Andaluz with Tiger Prawns

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Private Bin, The Exquisite Collection. NZ.

King Scallops with Prime Smoked Streaky & Mushrooms

Chateau l’Hospitalet 2013
Coteaux du Languedoc

Lambs Lettuce with Asparagus and Nelson Road Walnuts dressed with Hazelnut Oil and Balsamic

Vigneto du Lot Soave Classico 2013 Inama, Veneto Italy

Lobster Newburg and Mousseline of Fish
Wilja Rosties

Sancerre 2014, Cedrick Bardin

Toasted Shropshire Blue with Melon and Tomato Chutney

Cotes du Rhone 2015, Pierre Chanau

Summer Fruit Compote, Madagascar Vanilla Custard and Meringue

Weinrieder 2011, Eiswein Riesling Schneiderberg, Austria

Ariyanas Dulce 2008, Bodegas Bentomiz, Spain

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Confucius Did Not Say

             but would have, if he had thought a bit more!

Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of car gets tired... Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes gets good run for money.

War does not determine who is right; it determines who is left.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It takes many nails to build a crib but only one screw to fill it.

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.


"A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!"