Saturday, 7 October 2017

Oops

Age is said to bring wisdom, but, sadly, this is no guarantee that we stop making stupid mistakes as we get older. DZ is no exception. In the last few years, among other poor decisions, he has used his teeth as a wire stripper on a live wire, and used a power saw on a ceiling panel that had an asbestos warning attached. He is currently carrying some minor scars from an unfortunate encounter with a motorcyclist. One of his offspring has commented that he has "more lives than a cat"

He is also not immune from gaffs in the area of social interaction. There is a lady who DZ is quiet close too. She has recently and relatively late in life for a congenital condition been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. DZ response to this news was perhaps a little tactless. "Oh," I said "I once had a dog with that problem". The lady asked me what treatment had been given for the condition. Perhaps DZ should have thought before answering. "There was nothing for it, we had him put down"


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Logic?

I think It's fair to say that Jeremy Hunt is at least on the shortlist for being the most despised health secretary ever. He has a reputation among NHS staff for being aloof, unthinking and callous when it comes to patients. And exploitative and belligerent when it comes to his staff. 


To my mind however his worst failings are that he is demonstrably illogical and unintelligent. As a prime example;

He was warned that if he abolished bursaries then applications for nurse training would plummet. DZ is old enough to remember when nurse training was not only free, but the students got a wage, and has commented before on how converting nurse training to a degree course was a con, a trap into which the nursing profession fell willingly. Abolition of bursaries is just the next step on the road to getting nursing on the cheap.

But true to form Hunt ignored the warnings and went ahead anyway. And the warnings proved accurate. So, what is his response to a 23% slump in applications for nurse training. It's a 25% increase in nurse training places of course. Perhaps I'm missing something here, but it seems logical to me that, if a quarter of places remain unfilled, then that is not addressed by creating more places. Is it? What sort of pigheaded fuckwit could possibly imagine that this is a solution. It is clear that this man refuses to acknowledge that the problem is of his making.

I note also he "He will also pledge funding for a further 5,500 “nursing associates” each year – who will “earn and learn”, rather than study full-time through a traditional university degree."  Return of the SEN then, which, frankly I think is no bad thing, as long as their non degree status is not used as an excuse to pay them a pittance.


Is it any wonder that the NHS is in the state it's in with this man at the helm?






Saturday, 23 September 2017

Nails?

While casually surfing the net recently this popped up on DZ' screen. Having thought about it I've decided to give an accurate answer to the question.

"What does your nail shape say about your personality?"



Fuck all actually

Monday, 17 July 2017

Death

DZ was a little bemused to see this headline on an advert recently  "Stinging funeral costs avoided by canny over 65s" DZ fully anticipates avoiding funeral costs altogether by being dead. Very canny. It's like the ads you see on daytime TV. "Do you worry about how your loved ones will pay for your funeral?" No. I fucking don't. It'll be their problem won't it? It'll be nice, finally to see them pay for something. Currently the only way to get a drink out of one of my offspring is to stick your fingers down their throat. Or "Do you want to leave your loved ones something when you die?" No, I don't. I earned it & I'm going to fucking well spend it. And I'll be doing them a favour. If I leave nothing, they'll have nothing to fight over.


And to further irritate them I intend to hang on as long as possible



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Pricey

Not far from where DZ lives is a place which advertises venison for sale. DZ is no vegetarian and quite fancied a couple of venison carcasses for the freezer. So he popped in. But he didn't buy any.


It was too dear






Sunday, 23 April 2017

Vital 3 scam

It's quite a while since DZ posted on yet another scam product, or anything for that matter, so what's prompted him to take to the keyboard again over this scam product?
These things pop up so often these days  I hardly notice them. If the punters out there don't know how this scam works by now then I'm beginning to think I'm pissing into the wind.
So what caught my eye on this one?
Is it the audacity of the claims presented, and the pseudo scientific crap purported to be behind it?  No.
Is it the lack of any evidence presented? Although clinical trials are mentioned no links or references are provided. All there is is lots (and lots) of anecdotes. Which may or may not be genuine. No. Nothing unusual there.
Is it the statement tucked away in a corner of the site."These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
** Individual results may vary."
No.
Is it the qualifications of the guy no doubt making a great deal of money out of this scam,  Dr. Eugene R. Zampieron, Licensed Naturopathic Physician and authority on chronic pain, a "doctor of naturopathic medicine"? Not actually a doctor then. No, pretty standard fare.
Is it the ubiquitous nature of the advertising lead in on the web, or the swamping of google with links to the site? No, again nothing notable.
And the statement "your credit card will be automatically debited" is the absolute signature of the fact you're about to be screwed financially.
How about the ingredients? This sums it up nicely.


So what was it that attracted DZ to this particular unremarkable scam? Well call me a juvenile, but one of the adds features a picture of a knee joint. Perhaps it's just me, but at first glance it looks to me like a pair of tits.



Sunday, 15 January 2017

Shitting the bed

DZ has just been having a look at one of these quackery infested health & diet sites. One bit of advice he found related to some drink product they're trying to peddle, claiming "DRINK THIS MIXTURE BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP AND YOU’LL EMPTY YOUR COLON OF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EATEN DURING THE DAY" 
Not something you want to wake up to