Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Career plan

After a long time quiet, this is my second post in a day. Whatever next?

DZ has recently revalidated, almost certainly for the last time. Regular readers here will not be surprised by my lack of enthusiasm or respect for the process, which has not abated. In particular I am amused, frustrated, and offended even by the pre-occupation with the "Personal Development Plan". DZ is now well past the age at which, all but the most tenacious of doctors will have retired, but still working at a level only those other kindred spirits with two avaricious ex wives could understand. My PDP revolves solely around retirement before death. The only "development" that might prick up his interest is possibly one of these.

But then, that might lead him back again down the very path that got him to his present predicament.

There is no shortage of work though. The long standing chronic shortage of Consultants has now been massively exacerbated by the total clusterfuck over pension contribution taxation, which has caused seniors to drop extra work, and even take early retirement. DZ is turning down over 70% of work offered and still working up to 60 hours a week. A bit like the old days of being a "junior doctor". You would have thought that the powers that be might finally have cottoned on that taking doctors from their work to spend days pointlessly naval gazing, or "reflecting" as they call it, is a luxury they can't afford or justify. But I'm not going to hold my breath.


DZ is going to say something that, in the past, he would have said was so unacceptable, so appalling, so vile, so ignorant, so utterly beyond the bounds of decency, that he could not have contemplated articulating. But circumstances change in ways that could not perhaps have been foreseen.

So here goes.

I sincerely hope that the upcoming leadership election for the conservative party is won by Jeremy fucking Hunt!
The shame of it!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


And the international prize for the stupidest, most ignorant man on the planet goes, by a massive margin, to this man.

Representative John Becker of Ohio

For his proposal that ectopic pregnancies could be removed, and reimplanted into the uterus.
Clearly a man so stupid he would be considered inadequate for the job of village idiot in a Norfolk village

Friday, 10 May 2019


I suspect many of you, like DZ have been noticing with stunned amazement the extraordinary and bizarre goings on across the Atlantic. Not content with electing a President who is clearly intellectually subnormal, dangerous and deranged, they have an entire political party that seems to have lost it's collective mind, morals and shame. Add to that the fact that about a third of the population seems to be perfectly happy with living in this asylum.

Encouraged by this dysfunctional environment the religious right, loons to a man are, frantically trying to alter the country in the most damaging way to it's citizens in a clear attempt at dominionism hoping to take the USA back to the sort of religious fundamental tyranny that their forefathers came to the continent to escape.

Nothing could illustrate this more than the war than seems to be waged against womens' reproductive rights. State after state seems to be passing more and more laws designed to take away, almost overnight the rights that have taken decades to win.

So deranged are some of these laws that those who pass them are clearly lost in their own world of misogynist hateful ignorance that they don't even pause to contemplate whether the laws they are passing are even feasible. My favourite here is the package of laws passed in Ohio, one of which mandates that ectopic pregnancies must be removed from the fallopian tube and REIMPLANTED IN THE UTERUS???!!!. WTFFF? Did it not occur to them to get some advice from the medical profession on this one. The ignorance and stupidity here is beyond comprehension. And these are the people in charge. In a country that has a Constitution that separates church and state.

Fuck me sideways! It puts Brexit into perspective.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Giving to the rich

Now, before I start, don't get me wrong. I think that the burning down of Notre Dame cathedral is a great loss despite my lack of religious gullibility.

But there is one thing that makes me queasy.
I have no idea how much it will cost to rebuild, restore or replace the building. But I note that already a fund raising campaign has been started. And I have no doubt that the French government will pitch in too.
But, correct me if I'm wrong, but the cathedral was(is) the property of the Roman Catholic Church. The total worth of this institution is impossible to calculate, but certainly runs into hundreds of billions of pounds.

So why is an organisation so hypocritically wealthy accepting charitable donations to rebuild something they could easily afford to fund themselves. It's a shame they couldn't have spared a few euros to at least insure the place.
Perhaps I'm being unfair. Maybe they are having to put aside huge sums of cash for other purposes.
Like compensating all the victims of their abuse over the years.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


OK. I haven't posted anything in six months. Been very distracted by an amazing lady. Remiss of me. Giving it some thought. But I'm still here.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

God's loophole

DZ has been very remiss, and hasn't written anything for some time now. Now in (semi) retirement you'd think wouldn't you that time would press heavily and he'd be on here non stop.

None of it. I'm busier now than I ever was when I was employed and can't keep up with everything on my ever expanding "to do" list. Also the appearance in his life of a new lady has been something of a distraction. I didn't see that coming.

So what has dragged him back to the word processor? Has he become deeply concerned about some new absurdity within the NHS? No. Has the GMC once again demonstrated their unfitness for purpose? Almost certainly but not that I've noticed. Brexit? No. Trump? No. Though both would be rich sources of material.

Regular readers here will be aware that I'm not averse to railing about the weird obsessions and control freakery of religions. In particular their obsession with sex. Specifically their consternation about people having it and enjoying it. Particularly women. Religions in general are terrified of female sexuality, and see women as having to be totally controlled in this area. Female genital mutilation is perhaps the most extreme example of how this control is enforced. Lest you think this is about to turn into a tirade against Islam it must be pointed out that John Kellogg (of corn flakes fame) strongly advocated ablation of the clitoris in young girls using phenol, in the USA in the 1880s.

FGM is of course illegal now in the USA, isn't it?  But that doesn't mean that they don't have their own means of trying to suppress sexuality. One of these is the "purity pledge", or "virginity pledge"

But where there's a will there's a way. And youngsters who want sex can find a way to circumvent the spirit of the pledge while technically abiding by the letter. And as this article shows many, including a former president of the USA, take the view that when it comes down to it, only vaginal sex counts as doing the deed. Even the bible seems to support this view.

And so it seems that a proportion of young people have found a loophole that they can exploit. Rather sweetly summed up in this little song.