Kitchen

Food, Fitness, Health
Food is an important part of a balanced diet (Fran Lebowitz)

Urbs

By the way, if you’re American, please pronounce ‘basil’ as ‘basil’ and not ‘bayzel’, and ‘herb’ as ‘herb’ and not ‘urb’. It has an ‘h’. Haven’t you noticed??? Haven’t you????? While I’m on this subject… If you’re British, please note…

My Beautiful Laundrette

A happy ending to the washing machine saga, which I’m sure you’ll agree has been gripping beyond belief. It’s all plumbed in and working, thanks to Pete – my only practical friend. The house is now like an inner-city laundrette…

Gillian the Impaler

Dr Gillian McKeith I’m watching her on TV as I write. She’s currently showing her sobbing victim a choc-ice in the shape of a coffin. She’s the undead. She looks like a celery stick gone wrong. She ought to be…

Health Update

My neurologist has discharged me. Good feeling. It’s nice when doctors tell you to push off.

Cawthorne Cooksey

Cawthorne Cooksey sounds like a village in the Cotswolds, but it is in fact a type of exercise to help stop dizziness. As you may know, my brain decided to switch off its mission control for balance last year (cerebellar…

Bifidus Indigestivum

I bought some Activia yogurt the other day. Apparently, it contains friendly bacteria which boost your ‘intestinal transit time’. I thought this was a good idea, as I’m into healthy eating, even though I loathe Dr Gillian McKeith and would…

Health Update

I went to Harefield yesterday for a heart check-up and the consultant declared my heart was ‘perfect’. I was very pleased, and celebrated by visiting my friend’s horse Ding and sitting on him – the first time I’ve sat on…

Health Update

I’m now doing a daily physiotherapy exercise to stop the dizziness. This involves standing for a few minutes a day with one foot directly in front of the other, which is easy for most people but makes me wobble like…

One Year On

Gosh. This time last year, I was being rushed in an ambulance with a flashing blue light to Neurosurgery at the Royal Free Hospital. On arriving at acute observation, I was told I couldn’t move, as I’d probably had a…

Grunting

My pal H is new to the curious, verging-on-fictional world of gyms and is mystified by the grunting in the free weights area. This could be explained by the fact that H’s gym is in Essex. But there may be…

Health Update

Good news. I’m going to get physiotherapy for the dizziness. The latest theory is that the dizziness was caused not by antibiotics but by my brain, which had cerebellar infarcts last April. And I’ve now solved the mystery of the…