Author Archives: odeboyz

Why it’s better to have a general anaesthetic

A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling. I’m OK but I didn’t like the four letter-words the doctor used in surgery,’ he answered. What did he say,’ asked the … Continue reading

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Games Lessons in the 1950s at Sir Philip Magnus school, London

I have never liked sporting events, especially team games. Every Wednesday afternoon my class, of around 28 pupils from Sir Philip Magnus school in North London had to muster outside the school gates for the obligatory torture session. All or … Continue reading

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Irish Famine Memorial

The Irish famine of 1845-9 caused a million deaths out of a population of about 8.3M. There were a further million refugees from Ireland who went mainly to mainland Britain and the USA.

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Book Review: Boris Akunin ~ The Coronation (Translated by Andrew Bromfield)

Boris Akunin is Russia’s top-selling thriller writer. He writes historical mystery novels which are securely placed within a factual context. This one in his in Erast Fandorin series and is loosely in the Sherlock Holmes genre. It has wit, intelligence, … Continue reading

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So Surreal

Just an idle dream, I’m Floating in an empty room No ambition no ultimate goal It’s a nice sensation But lacks something. No one to talk to Without any stimulation How long was I there? Does it matter I really … Continue reading

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Professional standards are so cruel

A friend of mine, after seven years of medical school and training has been fired for one minor discretion. He slept with one of his patients and can no longer work in the profession. What a waste of time, effort, … Continue reading

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Neville Chamberlain: the unsung hero of the battle of Britain

Chamberlain was the towering political figure in Britain in the 1930s. From late 1931 to May 1940 Chamberlain shaped Britain’s domestic and foreign policy. He was tough-minded, adroit and successful. Without Chamberlain’s political courage the battle of Britain would have … Continue reading

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