Living With Mesothelioma -My Diary- A Day that will go down in Air Travel History -The saatchi Bill given another airing

Question Time came to Canterbury last night and what a boxing match that was I will say no more.

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage on Question Time

The night last night was so windy as we tried to sleep. The rain lashed down so heavy. So this is what they call a weather bomb !!!

Lucky enough as we got up it all calmed down.

I decided to spring clean the Bedroom and with Rays help we emptied and pulled the wardrobes out so I could wash all the walls and we are nice and sparkly clean for Christmas and then a parcel was laying on the bed. It came from the top of the wardrobe and there was items I had bought in the sales in January for presents this year. Why do I do that its not been the first time.

I really ought to make a list when I do that but I would lose the list, I just know I will.

I spent the day running my home support group. So many newly diagnosed people. My Australian Friend Rod who runs Bernie Banton Foundation was saying that he to had more numbers. We hope its not because figures are rising but because people re finding us on Google etc etc.

Then we had the news this afternoon that aircraft were all grounded in our airports due to a Computer fault.

Map: Airspace temporarily closed

Oh dear the chaos must be so bad at the airports. I went out into the garden and there wasnt any vapour trails in the sky and no sounds of planes flying to Europe and beyond.

House of Lords

The Saatchi Bill was back in the House of Lords today. Boy I get so frustrated with how things work in the Law of the Land. I know they have to be careful and sort out all the amendments but it goes on and on. Now its gone into 2015.


  • What happens next?

    Posted at 09:59

    The BBC’s Mark D’Arcy asks what will be the fate of Lord Saatchi’s bill?

    Today there were 15 amendments to be considered at report stage, including from the fertility expert Lord Winston, the Labour front-bencher Lord Hunt of King’s Heath and several from Lord Saatchi himself (this last is not at all unusual – the promoters of bills, including ministers, often bring in amendments to respond to points raised in earlier debates).

    But what happens then? The bill may well get a third reading at some point in the new year, but it must also get through the Commons to become law…

    House of Lords


    What’s the bill about?

    Posted at 09:58

    The first item of business today is Lord Saatchi’s controversial Medical Innovation Bill.

    Lord Saatchi’s bill calls for laws relating to cancer treatment to be changed.

    The bill aims to create a policy which will allow medical practitioners to depart from standard practice.

    Lord Saatchi hopes to encourage innovative treatment within medical practice when other options are limited. The bill states that it is not negligent for a doctor to depart from standard practice under certain conditions.

    Lord Saatchi argues that progress in cancer treatments and other diseases is limited by restrictive existing rules.

    And so it goes on and in the mean time there are so many people needing the answer now.

    This is all the red tape we are always complaining about.

    There are several asbestos dumps in close proximity to the town of Bulembu. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

    The Dangers of asbestos is still around the world as we know but just look at this photo

    Bulembu is home to about 350 orphans. The town is adjacent to a deadly asbestos dump and is run by Bulembu Ministries which claims to have rehabilitated a full 2 hectares. The image shows the extent and seriousness of their rehabilitation, the 2 red squares being approximately 2 hectares.

    The word asbestos can clear a room, but in the case of Bulembu – a small town in northern Swaziland – it was the end of its production that cleared an entire town. Once used in thousands of products, from brake pads to putty and cement, the fibrous mineral has been outlawed in more than 50 countries in the two decades since it was linked to a range of deadly lung diseases, including asbestosis and cancer.

    Bulembu is positioned among stark, grey 150m-high asbestos dumps that experts say could poison the lungs of residents, and kill them slowly and painfully over decades. Today the town is home to about 350 Aids orphans and, according to its website, there could be 1 000 by 2020.

    Between 1939 and 2001, Bulembu operated as a chrysotile, or white asbestos, mine. In the 1960s Havelock Mine, as it was then known, was one the biggest producers of asbestos in the world, churning out 42 000 tonnes a year at its peak in 1976.

    By 1991, Turner & Newall, the United Kingdom-based conglomerate that operated the mine, was facing massive compensation claims from lawyers in South Africa and Britain as evidence of the danger of working in its mines and factories became undeniable. Payouts of these claims, combined with plummeting demand for asbestos, eventually saw the company fold.

    HVL Asbestos Swaziland then took over the operations, but went insolvent in 2001 after 10 years of operation. All but about 50 of the 10 000 residents left the town in a matter of days, according to several people who lived there, and it became a ghost town. Over the following years, schools, hundreds of houses, a members’ club and a movie theatre stood empty and slowly decayed.

    But all that changed five years later in 2006 when the town, with all its infrastructure and 1 700ha of surrounding land, was taken over by Bulembu Ministries Swaziland, a nonprofit Christian organisation.

    The Asbestos story goes on and on and a never ending fight to sort it.

    Rays Blog




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