Monday, October 31, 2011


I will have an operation in the not too distant future. I will spare you the details. It isn't major or for anything life-threatening and that's all you need to know.

I have been given a form to fill in as a pre-assessment. It has questions I would expect such as

But also odd ones, such as

The answer I would like to give for all three of those is "it depends". It depends on how thick and firm the pillows are, how tall and steep the stairs, and how active is active. Some people obviously have a problem if they are puffed walking to the kitchen but even the fittest people are panting if they've just run a marathon.

Bloody daft questionnaire.

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Movember diary - day zero 

Tomorrow is the first day of November. I am taking part in Movember, the grow a moustache for charity thing and so, today, for the first time in years, I have shaved.
We're supposed to start from scratch and start tomorrow clean-shaven. I trimmed away my beard yesterday but today was the first I'd shaved around my mouth for a long time.
It feels weird. It looks weirder. My face lacks definition and my mouth is too small.
Yesterday I marvelled at how much younger I looked without the damning white facial hair. I am only 47 but my upper lip hair is mainly white. The rest of my beard and head hair is dark. Shaving it all off made me think, yesterday, that I had lost 10 years, perhaps more.
Today I think I look like I am made out of plastic, like Bruce Willis in Surrogates or Barry Manilow in anything.
So, for the next month I will let my moustache grow and regrow my head hair (I've been shaving that for the last couple of months) and try not to look like an ageing porn star.
The end of the month will tell whether I shave the tache again or regrow the beard. Vanity or practicality?

Movember is a cause that espouses research into illnesses that affect men. Things like prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Because they're illnesses that affect males, they don't get the coverage that other illnesses get. Go to the Movember website and read about it.
While you're there, if you find my page (and there is only one Robert Williams in the UK doing this - how sad is that?) and you can spare it, bung me a couple of quid.
Better yet. Grow a moustache and raise money yourself. Now, I know the ladies will find this a bit of a challenge but you should at least try!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Today I got to Orpington and found the 07:57 had been cancelled. No big deal. The 08:01 was sitting on platform 6 waiting to go.

But wait! Announcement ... the 08:01 was also cancelled.

The driver for the 08:01 was on the train that would become the 07:57.

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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Movember and me 

I have written about Movember and moustaches before in this blog. I have let Movembers come and go each year without taking part. This year will be different!

I have registered with the Movember website and plan, at the end of October, to shave off my beard and grow a moustache throughout November. I'm doing this for the fun of it but would like to raise a decent amount of money in the process.

Movember raises money for research into men's illnesses, particularly prostate cancer by encouraging men to do something intrinsically male, grow facial hair.

I know moustaches aren't popular these days. Straight men still think they are gay and gay men think they're something that died out in the eighties ... but when does it ever matter what anyone thinks?

This is a good cause, so click here to sponsor me. Better yet, if you're a man, take part! Raise some money yourself and add another moustache to the world.

Throughout Movember I plan to post regular updates to my blog, my Movember page and to Facebook. You're going to get sick of my face.

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