Category Archives: Health

The tragic death of Martin Walker: a Hackney Dustman

I first met Martin in 1977 when I was foreman plumber at the Defoe Road depot in Stoke Newington, Hackney. He was a plumbers mate on my team. He wasn’t a skilled man but he was essential to us plumbers … Continue reading

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Pollution in the ‘Good Old Days’: New York 1880

By 1880, there were at least a hundred and fifty thousand horses living in New York, and probably a great many more. Each one relieved itself of, on average, twenty-two pounds of manure a day, meaning that the city’s production … Continue reading

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Euthanasia: a civic right

They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow… They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. … Continue reading

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A Victoria Wood Joke

Everything was wonderful until some little bastard at school told my son that chips were vegetables. Chris

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To Whistle

In my younger days I used to hear various tradesmen like the milkman, coalman, knife sharpener etc. whistle as they went about their daily tasks. Drunks coming out of the pub late at night were either singing or whistling as they … Continue reading

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The 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act

Some readers of the blogs I post on these pages, might view my stories of “daring do” on building sites in my younger days as frivolous or even down-right stupid. To be honest, I would have to agree. I was … Continue reading

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Bette Midler (71) congratulates Mick Jagger (73) on the birth of his eighth child

“Congrats to Mick Jagger becoming a dad again at 73. Which reminds me, I need to pick up a pregnancy test, because I’m, like, 936 weeks late!” Chris

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