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Milner Tower, Bradda Head, Isle of Man

Landscape and Classic TT Photographs from Isle of Man August 2017

While on the Isle of Man recently for a family event, we took some timeout to visit the sights and do some hiking (well, gentle stroll for me due to my recovery from illness).  It’s a bit odd for me not to have many pictures from the Isle of Man considering I lived there for 7.5 years! Pictures are from Peel Beach, a stroll from Bradda Glen up to Milner tower on Bradda Head, a reasonably gentle cliff top walk…

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Hairy Cell Leukaemia Recovery Week 3

A short report this week (… and there was much rejoicing…)  Sunday was pretty chilled, a relaxing breakfast and morning in our sun trap back garden.  Health wise, feeling good after a restful few days after being discharged from hospital.  Nothing much exciting to do as I was “focused on chilling” in preparation for returning to work on Monday.  We did dip into the Royal Marsden Cookbook to make evening meal on Sunday, this time Angela Hartnett’s  Pea and Pancetta…

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Hairy Cell Leukaemia Recovery Week 1 and 2

I had intended for this to be a weekly blog detailing my recovery, but the unpredictability of being neutropenic put play to that.  There is a very fine line between, “I’m doing grand…” and “Eh, temp is up.. time to go to A&E” – 1.5 degrees Celsius. Friday 4th August Waking up in my own bed for the first time in over a week, without having nurses wake you to attach you to a drip, without nurses lying through their…

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Hairy Cell Leukaemia my Treatment experience

In a previous post, I stated that my treatment would be 5 days of chemotherapy, specifically daily injections of the Cladribine.  Three out of five days, this was the case… but we took a detour in between treatments three and four.  Many of my family and close friends will be already aware of my journey to an extent, as I did update with some details on Facebook, and of course I had my “support groups” on WhatsApp for instant communication…

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Hairy Cell Leukaemia – Treatment Eve – twas the night before chemo…

twas the night before chemo….. So, treatment starts tomorrow… something we’ve been building up to in the last 7 days.  Since being diagnosed, Mrs Q and I have tried to have as normal a week as possible.  After leaving the hospital last Monday, we popped into a coffee shop in Southgate to take it all in and make some calls to close family to update them of the situation.  Then, it was home, and back to work. Mrs Q has…

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Hairy Cell Leukaemia

Hairy Cell Leukaemia

Today I was diagnosed with a cancer known as “Hairy Cell Leukaemia”  (yes, I would get the one with the amusing name).   After struggling with gaining fitness recently for a couple of 10k runs, and some other physical symptoms and just feeling run down in general I went and had some tests.  Arguably, in the best shape of my life, (despite!) having just turned 45, practising Yoga weekly, participating in local Park Runs, entering several 10k runs each year…

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Paris – April 2017 – Easter Break

I’ve had the fortune to visit Paris on a number of occasions, until recently, always either destination for, or passing through some band related trip, so it was great to return as a tourist and spend some time in the city. (I’m not including spending hours waiting in Gare du Nord waiting to catch snow train to Moutier…. that is another story!) The first time I visited was in 1985 when as part of an epic trip by our school…

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Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness

Fontebussi Tuscan Fitness Holiday

This year for our summer holiday Mrs Q and I decided to split our holiday between two destinations.  Both of us practice Yoga so we thought it would be a good time to go on a Yoga / Fitness break.  After some searches on the web Mrs Q found a company that offered short term fitness breaks including Yoga in Tuscany.  As neither of us had visited Tuscany before, this was a good opportunity for us to experience it’s food,…

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Prudential Ride London

Prudential Ride London 2016

This year I won a place in the ballot to ride in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile bike ride.  Having previously participated in the London to Brighton rides on my Marin Nail Trail, for this ride I thought it would be much better and more comfortable to purchase a proper road bike.  After some research and online browsing I chose an entry level Chris Boardman bike from local Halfords, quite a bargain too as it was on sale, being last years…

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Recording Session for Helen Power’s Debut Album

On Saturday 27th I had the pleasure of spending some time in the studio to record some trumpet lines for Mrs Q’s debut album.  After much delaying, Helen has finally got around to kicking off this project big time.  I am not going to spoil anything by revealing much about the album content, that wouldn’t be fair, you can probably guess if you know Mrs Q’s vocals, that they will be impeccable, and there will be a fair chunk of…

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