TOUGHEST PLACE TO BE … some reflections on the art of giving

We’ve started watching this series, ‘Toughest place to be …’. (BBC 2)    Last week it was ‘toughest place to be a miner’, where a mines safety inspector from the UK went out to Mongolia and spent a week with a gold miner there. He was shocked at the complete absence of safety precautions, and […]

POTHOLES

A quote from a friend of mine, who has just come back from working in Tanzania for 10 years as a physiotherapist: ‘Just seen on the news about people being compensated by the local council for car damage due to potholes. They are NOT potholes, merely slight irregularities in an otherwise delightfully smooth road surface. […]

DYING TO LIVE – OR LIVING TO DIE?

Following on from yesterday’s sad story about Tony Nicklinson, my mind went back to the story of Michael Wenham, who has motor neurone disease. but whose attitude is the opposite of Nicklinson’s despair. Michael  queried in an article recently the understanding of ‘dignity’ in the media. He says “‘Dignity’ itself is another word which is […]

TONY NICKLINSON AND THE RIGHT TO DIE

So Tony Nicklinson has died. He fought for the right to have his ‘locked-in’ life terminated, but lost the case. After that, he stopped eating, and developed pneumonia, which I assume was not treated. Such a sad, tragic story. My heart and my prayers go out to his family and indeed to all those who […]