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NHS needs our support more than ever

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I just got off the phone with my mum about her test results. She's awaiting surgery and needs some tests before a date can be confirmed.

Right now we don't know if its cancer but given the situation, the surgeon and nurse feel there is a high likelihood. Best operate now and deal with the illness fully.

How did we find out?

She went to a routine NHS colon screening check. One the NHS offers to people over a certain age to screen for bowel cancer. This is not a service that is mandatory. But thanks to this very screening the doctors and nurses we able to catch my mum's condition before she showed any out ward symptoms. They started treating her right away. A nurse has been checking up on my mum since.

We met with the nurse and surgeon last week to talk about what they found and the next steps.

I cannot praise the medical staff enough, they explained everything, answered our questions and immediately started booking the pre-surgery screenings.

Usually I'm rather private …

13. Gelateria 3BIS

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The silence is over, and it is OK, I've not been on a diet.
The summer is here and that means time for more gelato.
I had the pleasure of going for a Thames walk the other day with my friend Jo. While we may of had cake for dinner (it was scrumptious) I couldn't resist popping into the Gelateria 3BIS in London's famous Borough Market.

One of the best parts of this little shop is that it's open until 11pm, so there is no excuse not to give it a try. I used to go here when I worked in London Bridge, with the market buzz the queues could be rather long, but the staff are efficient and sort you out very fast. So if you do head down try a weekday evening after the main market has shut for the day. They have a decent amount of tables to sit at and enjoy your purchase and the river a hop away if you fancy a stroll.

On to the main event, I had a Kinder Bueno and Raspberry, not one of my best combination choices. Each worked well on their own but didn't really compliment e…

How you define yourself

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I'm OK. 

Which is something I didn't think I'd ever be able to say, at least not when I was a great deal younger.

Not being OK, or partly broken was so much a part of who I am and was it's hard to separate it out. But now I look at my life and while its not perfect I'm OK. And I wonder does it still define who I am now? So much so that when something good happens,  a part of me is always waiting for the bad to follow. Because deep down I don't think it can last. History has shown me otherwise, or is that just self fulfilling prophecy or worse some sort of warped coping mechanism.

I don't really have the answer.

However questions remain, more so because when I encountered others that have shared this kindred path of being so disconnected from life that you are fatalistic in all your outlooks. You know how to recognise it. And I think do they see it in me? Do I wear it like a badge or am I now normal?

When is it safe to be happy?

Like millions all over the world I …

12. Morelli's

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Morelli's Gelato

The good news is there is more Gelato out there. The bad news was, this isn't a good addition.

This place has the advantage of being right on my door step, so this was a dangerous prospect. I've no idea how long the Portobello Road branch has been there but I've certainly never noticed it. Being in a rush and happening on this place after I'd already eaten a huge lunch all I could manage was one scoop.

Given the high price it seems all I could afford was one scoop anyway. This might sound pedantic but that scoop did not fill the cup - like all the other places that really pack it in there. Nor were the staff particularly open to letting us try other flavours.


But I digress. I have to say while this wasn't the worst coconut I've had it was very disappointing. It was heavy and tasted more like a cheap ice cream then a light gelato. I was also overly cold. One of the things I enjoy about gelato is that it is lighter and a tad warmer, which mak…

GELATO FESTIVAL!

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When I heard the Gelato festival was coming to London I knew I had to go. So I spent yesterday evening at Old Spitalfields Market breaking my fast in style, with some equally excited friends.

Those of you wanting to attend the festival is on for the rest of the week so hurry up and get down there. Also they are open fairly late so plenty of time to go after work.

As it's not very clear on the site or at the event, buying a Gelato card let's you try 8 specific flavours - which is a pretty good way to spend an hour. Do note the more cards you buy the cheaper they get so take friends with you.

I'm not going to review all eight flavours but I will say that number 4 coffee and fig was divinity in a cup.


Samson had the right idea

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Yesterday my ponytail hit me in the face with a fair old whack, so after about 8 months I finally gave in and got a hair cut.

To most people this isn't a big deal, I absolutely HATE getting my hair cut - "With the Fire of a Thousand Suns".

Bear with me as a walk you through this trauma.

A few things to note, firstly I have no irrational attachment to long hair or anything like that. In fact once I'm in the chair I'm inclined to get everything taken off. Unless its winter, my ears get cold you see. I honestly don't know how men aren't in ear muffs all year round. The other thing stopping me going pixie short is that you then HAVE to get it cut more often, lest you resemble some type of Fraggle.

Secondly this has nothing to do with cost, well OK maybe a little, £50 a pop is a slight turn off. Sadly I don't have afternoons free anymore to attend the great £5 Vidal Sassoon Academy haircuts I used to get as a student - which were all fantastic so thank you…

11. Mantovani

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Mantovani



Just when I thought I'd run out of Gelato places to review my friend find this gem, It is so good that it is on a par with the best so far - Gelupo.

Firstly I am very pleased that this shop is open until 10pm on most days, because I'll usually visit after the cinema. Which is exactly what we did. While the film we saw was mediocre this was not. I had a Dark chocolate and Coconut, yes they let me have two flavours in a small cup. A small that is a decent size I should add. So essentially I ended up with the BEST Bounty you could have. And this was better than a place in Sardinia I ate the same combination in two weeks ago.
The Chocolate was beautifully rich which just enough bitterness. The coconut was frankly the best I've ever had, so I'll be back for more.

While we arrived late the staff were still friendly and the seats comfortable. The shop was warm and pleasant and the fact they do an afternoon tea did not go unnoticed.

They also had vegan friendly flavo…