Living With Mesothelioma-My Diary- A summers day., A nice Artical about Richard Elliott, Flying and dangerous fumes,BBC1 DIY SOS do care about Asbestos

I have had a busy day again here on my computer. I have been doing my support group and helping Mesowarriors that need help or just someone to talk to.

I had to stay in for my meat order to arrive. Its the second time and the meat is really very good. im so sorry if Im not going local but sometimes its just nice to sit on the computer and shop and have it come to the door.

 I was tracing the order since early morning and it finally came at 12 so i was able to get it all in the freezer. It comes in special packaging so it was all good.

We went shopping then for vegetables and yogurts and now I feel all good and enjoy cooking healthy its silly what pleases you sometimes.

The weather was brilliant all day, washing blowing in the warm wind and saving me a fortune i by not using the dryer.

We had this lovely write up dedicated to Richard so wanted to share what a great man he was.

Richard Elliott, virologist

16 June 2015

Vincent and Richard ElliottVirologist Richard Elliott passed away on 5 June 2015. I have known Richard since 1979 and I would like to provide some personal recollections of this outstanding virologist. A summary of his work can be found at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research science blog.

I first met Richard in 1979 when he joined Peter Palese’s laboratory at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. We overlapped for only about a year but it was enough to get to know him: he was a hard-working, enthusiastic virologists and a good friend. We shared many beers in New York City. At the end of 1979 I went off to David Baltimore’s laboratory where in 1981 I produced an infectious DNA clone of poliovirus. It proved very difficult to make infectious DNAs of negative strand RNA viruses, and it was Richard who was the first to accomplish this feat in 1996 for a virus with a segmented genome. This work was very important as it showed that infectious DNA clones were not limited to RNA viruses with monopartite genomes.

I remained in contact with Richard over the years but I did not see him in person until the 2010 meeting in Edinburgh of the Society for General Microbiology. The following year he joined me, Connor Bamford, Wendy Barclay, and Ron Fouchier for TWiV #177 recorded in Dublin. Schmallenberg virus had just emerged as a new pathogen of livestock, and he discussed his work on this virus.

I next saw Richard in a 2011 meeting of the Brazilian Society for Virology. When I arrived in Brazil it was quite hot, and I found Richard sitting by the pool, reviewing manuscripts in his bathing suit. I snapped a few photos of him and put them on Facebook. Later that evening he said his laboratory had asked why pornographic photos of him were on the internet – he was shirtless in my pictures (with Grant McFadden in the photo).

Richard Elliott and Grant McFadden

Richard visited New York in the summer of 2014 but we were unable to connect. Early this year Richard had agreed to join TWiV again for an episode from Glasgow. Sadly he became too ill to participate and died on the Friday before I traveled to Scotland. While there I briefly visited the Elliott lab at the University of Glasgow MRC-Centre for Virus Research, nearly a week after his death. I’m happy that I made the lab members smile:

Very sad to hear of the passing of Richard Elliott. However, you are incorrect in stating that he was the first to develop a reverse-genetics system for a negative-sense RNA virus. This distinction instead belongs to Schnell et al 1994 in which they developed an infectious cDNA clone for rabies virus. In addition, reverse-genetics systems several other negative-sense viruses including VSV, Sendai virus, measles virus, and RSV were developed between 1994 and 1995, pre-dating the work by Bridgen and Elliott.

This is not to take away from the significance of his achievement. He was indeed the first to develop a cDNA infectious clone for a SEGMENTED negative-sense RNA virus, Bunyamwera virus.

Thursday June 18

How Safe Is Your Cabin Air? (ITV1, 7.30pm) Is now on while I write this blog. This is why I dont fly. It is known that recycled air goes round and round and it also drags in the air from the engine

An investigation into the safety of aeroplane cabin air. After two separate instances in which the autopsies of a pilot and an air steward revealed toxic levels of chemicals in the men’s systems, a British coroner has raised concerns and suggested that action must be taken. Reporter Joel Hills examines the evidence and talks to the family and friends of those who have died.

The Government must “tackle the scourge of asbestos in schools” to prevent the “unnecessary deaths” of teachers and former pupils, a teaching union has warned.

The National Union of Teachers has accused the Government of failing “to address the legacy of asbestos in schools” – and said it is a “scandal” that the substance remains present in about 86 per cent of schools.

The Government has now been called upon to protect teachers and pupils from asbestos in school buildings, which the union says is believed to be the cause of an estimated 200 to 300 adult deaths each year.

Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work related deaths in the UK. On average 20 tradesmen die per week from asbestos related illness.

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material for a number of years, notably from the late 1940s to the 1980s. Any buildings made before 2000, either commercial or residential can contain asbestos.

DIY SOS and the BBC take the danger of asbestos very seriously. Prior to the arrival of Nick and the team we conduct a complete and comprehensive asbestos survey of the site. This is undertaken by an approved BBC supplier who is fully compliant with all the necessary regulations covering asbestos.

Once we have the report we then organise for all the asbestos to be removed prior to any work taking place. Again the asbestos removal is done by an established and fully licensed asbestos removal company.

Anyone about to embark on DIY project of their own and concerned about the danger of asbestos should look at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for advice or consult with a fully licensed asbestos removal company.

BBCI DIY SOS answer our Question about Asbestos

I find this a sad story as it is getting harder to prove where you are contaminated as people dont actually work with Asbestos like in the 60’s

THE FAMILY of a Crewkerne man who died of an asbestos-related illness have been advised by solicitors not to pursue legal action against former employers who may have exposed him to the risk.

An inquest held at Taunton Register Office found that Richard Munday, 76, of Redgate Park, Crewkerne, died on March 30, 2014 from mesothelemia – a cancer related to asbestos exposure.

However, acting senior coroner Tony Williams concluded that it was impossible to identify the times and places where the man may have been exposed to the deadly substance.

Munday worked in brewery and related industries, and for 30 years as an engineer in tobacco related industries.

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