A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma Peter Rabbit shows Mr McGregor scrapping #Asbestos from walls while eating ?Really?

peter rabbitI have just been told by a Mesowarrior  who went to watch Peter Rabbit film yesterday with her boys.

mr mc gregor

She told me there is a scene following the death of old grumpy man Mr McGregor. he has a heart attack…but it went onto say it wasn’t Peter who was to blame as Mr McGregor had made wrong life style choices…..it showed him eating unhealthy foods, no exercise and then scrapping off Asbestos from walls while eating .

The wall was labelled clearly to make the point.
She failed to see humour in that ! and why add it to a children’s film

Her eldest son realised it was wrong !!!
She heard people laugh and mutter Asbestos. and the comment “bad lifestyle choice” As if our loved ones knowingly breathed this in through choice.
She said – I was so angry!!

Now that’s Just not right.

So far it has been controversial because of taking the mickey out of some character with a food allergy but I hadn’t heard about the asbestos aspect. On the one hand anything which raises knowledge of the danger is I suppose useful but is it raising awareness and is it right  to do it in a cartoon film of such a well loved story.

And  to do so by making it seem that people chose to get this condition is wildly unfair-

I want to invite the distributors to cut it out on the grounds that the families of the 2500 dying each year (some of whom will have had their diagnosis and died in the period between the film’s release and subsequent sale as a dvd in the supermarkets) will consider this to be grossly insensitive.
I would like to make clear that the point about the diagnosis and death between film and dvd is just a way to bring home to these people in terms they will understand just how swiftly this disease can appear, disable and then kill!




A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos – Saturday Night Live Bill Hader said Asbestos was Sexy form that could cause a disease

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William Thomas Hader Jr. is a U.S. actor, comedian, producer, and writer. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, for which he has received three Emmy nominations, South Park, and his parody series Documentary Now!. Wikipedia

Just an ordinary regular guy — wrong!!

He said on Saturday Night Live that Asbestos was Sexy form that could cause a disease —Meso me-so-horny-oma (Mesothelioma)

Bill Nader we The Meswarriors demand an Apology Asbestos can never be called sexy and Mesothelioma (however you say it ) is not a sex game it is a Terminal Illness that thousand’s have died with and thousands will still die in the future until it is banned from this world and the USA needs to rethink the banning of it.
So I ask you please redeem yourself and Donate to the cause of Banning Asbestos and to the Finding of a cure and pray you will never need to find out just how Horrible the disease is.


Do we find that funny ?? Mesowarriors do not.

Mavis Nye Mesothelioma is a Terminal illness it isnt sexy- would he make the same joke about cancer ????? he is a funny man Yes! but there are somethings you do not make fun of.

Asbestos kills nothing sexy about that.


Andrea Hastie I have no words this 😡😡😡

James Dean It’s comedy. Cool it.


Mavis Nye James Dean I’m dying along side Thousands of Mesowarriors with Mesothelioma I don’t find it Comical we can’t Cool it sorry 😦


Vik Bennett Mesothelioma UK I am sure the programme producers would benefit from some information about this subject


Kerry Annt James Dean, it’s not comedy, it’s real life! My Dad is also dying from mesothelioma. Trust me, there’s nothing comedic about it, you imbecile!


Timothy Jay Sorry about your illness. Life sucks for no reason, sometimes. Bad things happen to good people. I hope your health improves.

Also, nothing is off-limits, in comedy.

Mavis Nye Does he make fun of all disabilities ?


Kerry Annt Timothy Jay impending death due to terminal illness should be off limits. There’s nothing comedic about it. Shame on him and shame on everyone who finds it funny.


Jo Smith You and your producers are ignorant beyond belief. Mesothelioma is a horrendous cancer. I saw my dad die of this cancer and it is no joke. I’m sure all those first responders to the twin towers who are now dying if this disease found this in very bad taste too. Try screen this to all those fire fighters who were your heroes. You should give a public apology to the world you disgusting people.


Morag Morrison James Dean please remind yourself of your comment when there’s a sketch about a condition that has seriously affected your family 😡

Jennifer Gelsick It truly breaks my heart when anyone tells me that Mesothelioma isn’t a real issue or that asbestos isn’t dangerous. Now to see a character on national television mocking what took my father from my family… absolutely devastating.

Doreen Sadler Having recently lost my husband to Mesothelioma. I find it outrageous that someone would joke about it. It is not funny to me and thousands of others that have lost their loved ones through this and to all the many people still fighting it. You should hang your head in shame.

Jo Smith James Dean if you think your heroe fire fighters who responded to 7/11 and are now dying of asbestos cancer Mesothelioma find this funny. Then you should be put in a room with their relatives just for one hour. I promise you you wouldn’t be coming out laughing. If you find this funny then there is something very sadly wrong with your head. It’s not funny, it’s not comedy. You think it’s funny that people die from this is a most agonising way, in immeasurable pain, slowly suffocating and starving to death for weeks. Then it says something about you character.

Liz Disbrow It’s not comedy when you are dying from it. Not funny SNL.

James Dean No, their plight isn’t funny but wordplay is. Also, it was 9/11.

Liz Disbrow James Dean not cool when I am dying from it. Do they joke about testicular cancer?

Jo Smith James Dean its not word play it’s ignorant there is nothing funny about this and the thousands dying from it. Let’s hope you get it and then we will be the one’s laughing and making comedy about it.

Vik Bennett As I said, I’ve lost three members of my family to mesothelioma. However, I urge people not to start personal attacks and certainly not to wish it upon anyone. Educate, inform, encourage understanding and awareness. They are right that anything is material in comedy. However, a good comedian knows what is funny and what is not. In this case, it wasn’t funny and it caused a lot of upset and adds to the lack of awareness of the condition and issue of asbestos safety.

Samantha McKee Neel Liz Disbrow Sometimes.

Samantha McKee Neel Jo Smith Of course it was word play. Do you not know the meaning of the term? They didn’t actually say “mesothelioma”…therefore, it was word play.

Sandra Koenig Samantha McKee Neel you are correct. I believe he said Me-so-horny-aloma.

Samantha McKee Neel The only reason that particular condition became fodder for something like this, is because thousands of vulture-like lawyers inundated television with ads about calling them if you have this condition. It’s not as if they pulled it out of thin air. They weren’t making light of the condition itself; they were mocking the ridiculous television spots.

Dawn Cunningham Lawson James Dean you jerk

Tony Rich James Dean Death and disease are not “comedy”.

Jennifer Delagrange You must be fun at parties. Lighten the hell up, sheesh


Robin J Richards James Dean as the lady who posted 7/11 is British she could have been referencing the London attacks by mistake. We don’t have a monopoly on terror attacks.

Katherine Taylor It’s a comedy show….it’s always been a show with no limits. Just don’t watch it if you don’t think it’s funny

Lindsey Peet Mestolimia is not funny or anything its a very horrible killer,i lost my dad to this he really needs be a public apology ,would he be laughing if was him with NO he wouldn’t

Dawn Cunningham Lawson My father died from mesothelioma, he suffered in agony for 11 months, how dare you make a joke from such a terrible disease, I suggest you research this disease and you might understand why this isn’t funny.


Cindy Hilbinger My brother DIED from mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. He left behind two young children. This is NOT funny. Please reconsider before making a joke of ANY terminal illness! 😡😢


Robin Lavimodiere This is the most disgusting thing I have ever watched we have partners
Suffering from mesothelioma and to make a joke of this and asbestos disgusting …..come spend a day with us and our family member.
This is in such poor taste I soooo disgusted.
This illness is terminal.

Cas Cass There’s nothing sexy about Mesothelioma you imbeciles! I bet you wouldn’t be laughing if you actually had it! Absolute dickheads! 😡 😠


Joanne Murray Vile creature making jokes about asbestos and the cancer Mesothelioma!!! Absolutely outraged 😡😡😡


Morag Morrison Very sad indeed to read so many people think this is funny, would they think a comedy sketch of a fatal car crash, murder or any other type of cancer or medical condition was funny. Mesothelioma is not so widely known about as other cancers & people like these need educated


Sharon Kember Brazier What on planet is this guy on joking about mesothelioma asbestos sexy. Well come talk to us that either have mesothelioma or have watched our loved ones die from this evil killer. Better still go witness someone dying from it yourself. Lost my mum at the age of 60 in 2012 after only 3 months from diagnosis. I certainly do not find this guy funny!!! Now go educate yourself!! 😡


David Staley As I am a 42year old with loving family & 2 kids, a person with a terminal illness with no cure called mesothelioma… someone please tell me how a death sentence is Sexy… I like comedy, but when it comes to any sort of cancer, illness not sure how that can be funny. SNL I really do think you need to make an apology on behalf of a so called comedian and your presenters..


Tony Rich There are indeed comedic “boundaries” and limitations (e.g.- The Holocaust, terrorist attacks, 9/11, n-word usage, decapitated Trump, rape, child molestation, and so on).

In some cases, comedians/actors who’ve tested those controversial lines are sometimes publicly shamed and shunned, sacrifice their careers, make public apologies, blacklisted, etc.

There’s a very thin line between a “controversial” joke and a joke gone too far, a line that some try to grab for attention and shock value. SNL crossed the line by insulting countless victims and families of victims of asbestos-related disease.

It seems there may always be a deviant, ignorant, fringe element of society that are amused by mean-spirited attacks or finds humor in those who suffer. However, the vast majority of compassionate and humane people do not take pleasure in the misfortune of others or make light of agents of disease and death.

FACTS: Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has not been completely banned in the US. Asbestos is still imported into the US (reportedly, now from Russia) and remains a legal ingredient in many products and materials. Millions of tons of toxic asbestos exists in our nation’s buildings and public infrastructure. Millions of workers and the public worldwide face exposure risks to asbestos everyday. Thousands fall victim to asbestos-related diseases annually.

Asbestos is a deadly serious matter and prevention awareness saves lives. No joke.

Bill Nasder


A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos — That was the week that was.


Its been a busy week this week and Ray has not been well with this coughing virus. Cough cough cough day and night and it has really had me scared at times. I was hoping it wouldn’t change to pneumonia.

Tuesday we had to go to the House Of Commons for the asbestos sub-committee of the APPG on Occupational Health and Safety. It was in Portcullis House In the Boothroyd Room.

Ray was so ill and I said I would go on my own and he stayed in the warm but of course he wouldn’t allow that and he did look so ill.

It was a good meeting  I attend under the hat of Mesothelioma Patient Rep and I do mange to put my points over and many points were raised by the rest of the members present.

It was great to hear that Helen Wilkes has been appointed as the first mesothelioma nurse specialist in the UK to focus on helping armed forces personnel and veterans affected by the cancer related to asbestos exposure.

We came home and got in and 9pm a long day so Ray held up Ok.

Wednesday we travelled back to London for a meeting with The Moor Blatch team of the Foundation. We travelled to The Bank which is a huge underground station with many exits and of course we went the wrong way. We have never used the Northern Line to there before. Came out by the Monument and not Lombard Street. A nice young lady helped me to go the right way.

A good meeting took place and lots of ideas flying and problem solving. that was great.

Ray felt so much better so the sun was shinning and we were so relaxed.

Then today was making a film day.

Marcus Boocock  was the camera man and interviewer and I kept messing it up. Why can I give a speech yet at home with a camera sat right in front me I get the giggles.

Marcus was very patient.

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This was all because I have been asked to be at the Launch of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign. The next phase of the campaign will focus on raising awareness of asbestos. They wanted me to share my story though their campaign too?

So I will be included in http://www.notimetolose.org.uk/About-NTTL/Real-life-stories.aspx

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I hope it all goes OK Marcus has a lot of editing to do

This was the Launch but I will be at the Asbestos Launch At The Paget Room BMA House Tavistock Square London WC1 on the 9th April 2018 and as it is a breakfast launch we will then get on a train at Euston for Manchester to a meeting at GMAVS for a presentation.

That’s going to be a long day but so full of interest.

Tomorrow we have a new Freezer coming so life gets back to normal although snow is forecast for the weekend so not happy about that.

A Mesowarriors Diary Living With #Mesothelioma #Asbestos – A talk at a great support group in Watford Junction


With snow all gone we thought we would have a free from trouble journey to The Stanborough Conference Centre Watford Junction.

We got on the fast train and it pulled up into Whitstable but they change drivers and our new driver was late. We sat there waiting for him to arrive so we could travel onwards.

We were amazed to see the snow still in the fields in places.

Arriving at St Pancras and then a walk to Euston where a train was ready to take us to Watford Junction. I had taken hours planning the journey and they don’t say on google directions that every train goes to Watford Junction.

We were a little early so was sat at the station and had a coffee talking to a woman on the other table about the women tottering along in such high heels.

We carried on in a taxi and arrived at the venue but it was so funny she arrived just after us as she was waiting for a lift.

Gradually everyone arrived and they were a wonderful friendly group. We all got on so well nattering away.

A little squirrel came to the window he was after food in the bin.


The meeting started with exercises which was great to loosing us up and they were then ready for me to do my talk.

I couldn’t have done a better one as I  spoke of cancer survival. As a lovely man pointed out we are all survivors. Fear of recurrence is common amongst cancer survivors. As the year passes without the disease showing in the scans, the thought of recurrence is always with you.

You worry that every ache or pain thinking it is a sign of your cancer recurring.  These fears do fade, though they may never go away completely and each scan I get worked up that the Meso will be staring us back in our face again. I sometime think Mr Nasty will be there waving at us Mr Nasty.
So many Mesowarriors have died in the 9 years of my journey so many friends and their family have contacted me and we shared our journeys together. They have passed and left me behind. I Try not to feel guilty about my feelings or ignore them in hopes that they’ll go away I, acknowledge those fears. I Take control of those fears and I do what I can to influence my future health. and to help others. I want the Mesowarriors to survive but I keep having to light our candle. That breaks my heart.

I made Ray stand up and talk about being a carer and what his life was like. We had people laughing between us the atmosphere was just great.

I was presented with flowers and chocolates which was very sweet of them

I was a bit lost so I used notes as I haven’t done that for a long time. They didn’t have anywhere to show my presentation.

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I even met a Mesowarrior who is a friend of mine on Facebook so it was great to meet up.



Thank you everyone that was there and Linda Charalambous Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist  We had a great time you are running a great group. Thank you so much for the flowers and chocolates.









So we said our goodbyes and had a lift to the Station where a train was waiting and we were on our way.

But at St Pancras a Train was cancelled so we had 2 trains in one it was packed. We were crammed in at the door as there was no chance of a seat.

The driver told us that it was due to the trains being pulled into the workshops to men them as they had been damaged in the snow days last week.

Then they announced that Following damage to a number of trains caused by the snow and icy conditions last week, some trains are cancelled and other trains may have fewer coaches today trains with 12 coaches will be only 4 today. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and are working hard to repair the trains as quickly as possible. I don’t envy the travellers today in rush hour.

We were so pleased to get home and have dinner but it had been a wonderful day.


A Diary Of A Mesowarrior #Mesothelioma #Asbestos – Shut in with the Snow, Rare Disease Day -MIST Trial for Mesothelioma Announced

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What a week its been. All we have talked about is snow that is the word on every ones lips this week.

The photos have been wonderful and we have a brilliant photographer her in Whistable.

He uses his drone and that means we have views that are just great. The one above is one and I was enthralled the snow goes up to the waterline. The edges were frozen as well.

The snow gets thicker the more we go out of Whistable but the roads have been treacherous.



















































We live in the country side so but was amazed that the roads 

Were passable















There that is my photos we had to have snow pictures didn’t we.











Today Is Rare Disease Day


They call Mesothelioma rare I don’t understand why? But I suppose it’s because it is a hard one to conquer.

But the great news is that there is another trial for us this month. The MIST Trial.

British Lung Foundation‏ is funding a ‘world-first’ clinical trial for mesothelioma. Patients in who chemo has failed, will be split into different treatment groups based on the characteristics of their tumours. The trial opens for recruitment next month. http://www.mesothelioma-research-leicester.com/mist/ @Leic_hospital

I have had emails everyday arranging for me to be free to  speak in different conferences and meetings so my life is getting busier from now on. I seem to be travelling further afield so I just go with the flow.

This is the start of something big — Mesothelioma Stratified Therapy (MiST)
Drug based therapies are limited by variations in sensitivity within the population being treated. Some patients’ mesotheliomas are drug-sensitive, whilst others are resistant. In recent years, it has become clear that in order to maximize the benefit of anticancer drugs, a one-size-fits-all approach, is no longer applicable.
Identifying patients’ tumours likely to respond to a particular drug requires a predictive biomarker, coupled to a targeted therapy. So called, Personalised medicine. For patients with mesothelioma, personalised medicine is currently in its infancy.
With the support of a £2.5M donation from the British Lung Foundation, Leicester is leading the development of the world’s first molecularly stratified umbrella study, Mesothelioma Stratified Therapy (MisT).
This trial, set to open in the 1st quarter of 2018 will utilise as a first step, a molecular profiling panel to identify patients who are eligible for treatment. The second step will be to stratify patients for treatment, based on molecular eligibility. Patients would receive up to 4 different treatments sequentially. The third step will be to utilize genomic interrogation of the original biopsy tissue, in order to understand why patients respond (or not) to the trial drugs, and if they respond, what factors eventually lead to the emergence of drug resistance.
MiST will be a flagship, Leicester sponsored clinical trial. Initially located in a single centre, the expectation will be that the study will be able to expand to multiple UK centres, with the potential to add promising new treatment arms and additional molecular stratifications.








Very exciting things for 2018.

I start with a Conference  The 12KBW have the Annual Conference where Ray and I will be giving a short speech about the MNFoundation.
We are delighted to announce our Annual Asbestos Seminar on 21 March 2018 at the Barbican Centre.
The seminar will be chaired by Harry Steinberg QC with talks from 2pm to 6pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.
Members of our team have continued to act in the leading cases, including Bussey v Anglia Heating Ltd, in which Michael Rawlinson QC and Gemma Scott presented a challenge to the decision of the Court of Appeal in Williams v University of Birmingham.






4 Ways to Cope with Grief from #Mesothelioma, #Asbestos-Related Diseases

cope-mesothelioma-asbestos-related-diseasesThere is no one right way to grieve. It’s natural to experience feelings of pain and grief over the loss of a loved one.
People who are grieving the loss of someone from an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma or lung cancer usually feel:
A desire to be close to the deceased person
Social withdrawal
A deep sense of loss
Disrupted sleep
Poor appetite
Shock and disbelief (initially)
Memory and concentration difficulties (temporarily)
Adaptive Grief Versus Complicated Grief
While it would be incorrect to call any grief “normal,” the usual grieving process is one by which people mourn the loss of a loved one, feel the pain and anguish of that loss and, eventually, return to a state where they can function and even enjoy life again. Adaptive grief does not mean forgetting the person who died of mesothelioma, nor does it mean ignoring the pain that may reoccur when thinking about the loss of that person. That being said, adaptive grief does subside.
Unrelenting grief that becomes debilitating, on the other hand, is not constructive. Mental health professionals call this kind complicated grief.
Complicated grief is a prolonged, intense and disabling form of grief that emotionally paralyzes the sufferer, trapping them in a state filled with troubling thoughts, restless sleep and difficult emotions. People who suffer from complicated grief withdraw from friends and loved ones. They also have trouble fulfilling their obligations, such as tasks at school or work.
Complicated grief is not subtle, and is distinct from adaptive or “normal” grief.
Adaptive grief can become complicated grief with little to no warning. People who experience complicated grief should talk to a health professional. Likewise, anyone who experiences grief over the loss of someone to mesothelioma should find ways to effectively deal with that grief. Here are four ways to deal with adaptive grief from losing a loved one to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease.
Speak with a Mental Health Professional
If you feel you may not be dealing with mesothelioma grief effectively or the grief seems to be negatively affecting your life, remember that grief counselors and mental health professionals are always available to help you deal with these thoughts and emotions. Your hospice social worker or chaplain also offer bereavement counseling you may take advantage of. Many feel the comfort of reaching out to clergy during difficult times. At the least, it’s important to talk to someone you trust about your emotions. Sometimes just acknowledging the hurt and pain out loud can make a difference.
Remember, when your loved one had mesothelioma, you were there for support. You, too, deserve care and support as you deal with the loss of a loved one from an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma or lung cancer.
Reach out to Others Devastated by Mesothelioma and Asbestos
Those experiencing grief often withdraw from social contact. Unfortunately, social withdrawal can make things worse.
The loss of someone to mesothelioma hardly ever affects just one person. Try to reach out to family and friends who also feel your loss. It may help to discuss these feelings to support each other through this difficult time. Including loved ones in your grieving process may also help them share and address their own feelings of loss and sadness.
Another option, is to join online mesothelioma support groups. As charities supporting families and victims of asbestos diseases, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (The Meso Foundation) or the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) provide a community for those whose lives have been devastated by these diseases to join together in solidarity. Both organizations have active Facebook communities and host conferences and events throughout the year.
File an Asbestos Lawsuit
Another common feeling that stems from grief is anger. If you lose someone to mesothelioma, it is perfectly normal to be angry about it – especially when you realize that corporate greed and malfeasance in the asbestos industry directly led to your loved one’s cancer. When a person is responsible for another person’s death, the responsible party should expect to face criminal charges. When a corporation is responsible for someone’s death, however, the only recourse is to file a lawsuit against them and win a legal settlement or verdict. In the case of mesothelioma, this generally follows a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
In addition, as you likely know, mesothelioma is an extremely expensive disease. The cost of mesothelioma treatments, transportation, home care, lost wages and funeral expenses can be substantial. Filing a mesothelioma lawsuit may help cover medical expenses associated with specialized treatments not covered by health insurance.
Seeking justice for your loved one who has died from mesothelioma can help with the grieving process. If you are interested in filing an asbestos lawsuit, it is important to speak with an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. If you delay, the statute of limitations and other factors may prevent you from obtaining the full compensation you deserve.
Just making the first call can be an important step in addresses the grief of losing someone to mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease. Click here to schedule a free consultation about your potential mesothelioma case.
Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Many grieving people feel helpless about their situations. This feeling of helplessness can be quite overwhelming and self-perpetuating. In other words, when a person feels helpless to change their situation, they begin to feel as if nothing they do will change their situation.
One powerful way to counteract this feeling of helplessness is to help others. If you are grieving the loss of someone who died from mesothelioma, you can no longer change the course of his or her prognosis. Instead, you can help educate other people who may not yet know the risks of developing this destructive disease. Perhaps you can help in efforts to research, combat and overcome mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.
Start by contacting patient advocacy and research organizations dedicated to fighting mesothelioma. Mentioned above, the Meso Foundation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy for survivors and families dealing with mesothelioma. Likewise, ADAO is a nonprofit that advocates for awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
By supporting these organizations, you may find the strength to combat feelings of helplessness and better deal with the grief from losing someone. Your actions could make a difference for another patient or family grappling with a diagnosis of mesothelioma or asbestos-caused lung cancer or asbestosis.


A Diary Of a Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma and #Asbestos –Ray is 80 today we went to the top of the Shard !!

Happy Birthday Ray

ray on the naughty step

Love this card he had today xx

Yes he is 80 and we cant believe it. Mr Meldrew is 80.

Harminder Bains of Leigh Day had asked us ages ago would we like to go to the Shard for a meeting and we couldn’t go so she arranged it all for Rays birthday.

Harminder was my Lawyer 9 years ago when we couldn’t make a claim but we have been friends ever since. Her Father died with Mesothelioma that is why she is so dedicated to the cases of the Mesowarriors as she is a Mesowarrior as well.

So we travelled to Chatham where we caught a train direct to London Bridge. This station has been closed before Christmas and has had a rebuild.


Exiting from the station I asked Where is the Shard ? Oh dear the man just pointed up and look up and up and up and up !!!


In we went and into the first lift to floor 33. Out of that up then up to the top

Shard facts
The Shard is 309.6 metres, or 1,016 feet, high and is Western Europe’s tallest building.
It is 95 storeys tall, with level 72 the highest habitable floor.
The building is served by 36 lifts, some of which are double-decker.
Its exterior is covered by 11,000 glass panels – equivalent in area to eight football pitches or two and a half Trafalgar Squares.
The length of wiring in the building, 320km or 200 miles, would stretch from London to Paris.
At the busiest point during its construction, 1,450 workers from 60 countries were helping to build The Shard.
Lifts in The Shard travel at speeds of up to 6 metres a second.
A fox was found on the 72nd floor towards the end of construction. The fox, which was nicknamed Romeo by staff, is believed to have survived on food left by construction workers.

My ears popped in the speed of the lift ad when we got out I felt almost seasick but it must have been motion sickness. I walked around like I was on a boat. I said I feel like it’s swaying. Ray said “well it is”” It was windy.  the Shard moves up to 20 inches in high winds.

We walked all around the windows looking at London in Miniature. That’s how small everything looked. People were smaller than ants.


The Belfast, Tower Of London and Tower Bridge.


Looking to Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

I just loved it all and it was Rays birthday present.

Every one was walking around pointing things out one man pointed out Big Ben to me and Wembley Stadium. The sun came out which made it even more wonderful. The Tower London and Tower Bridge glowed.

We finally came back to earth and went to the restaurant that Harminder had booked on floor 32. It was all amazing the views were nearer then.

The waiter helped us to choose the food and he stayed with us and made sure everything was OK.

Then at the end he bought a candle for Ray to blow out and he and the Manager wished Ray a Happy Birthday and was he really 80 or 18. We had met a young lady with a happy 18 badge on and we all had a laugh Ray said no 80 and we have almost been married 60 years. Now telling a young waiter who is in his 20’s that had him laughing and it was hard for him to imagine that.

We finished and caught our train home It had been a good day. There were so many cards in doors from family and the Mesowarriors everyone has given him a great day xx








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