Death is Overrated

I’ve not seen A for a while. I’m trying to remember the last time, and if the conversation I recall having some time ago was face to face or over the ‘phone.

But late last night I got a text from Nicola telling me A is in hospital and giving me the directions should I wish to see her. Nic said A had been very unwell, so I sent off another text saying I’d like to come and visit and when would suit.

Further texts from Nic made me realise the extent of very unwell. Dying. Cancer, though what type I do not know. Maybe that does not matter.

No reply from A to my text, but today a flurry of exchanged messages with Nic who had been to see her and found it hard. Near the end was a phrase she used in one of these messages. I brought forward my plans from Wednesday to tomorrow. Continue reading


I have seen these hands at Guy’s Hospital many times.
They are part of large piece comprising three panels at Guy’s Hospital. The is the central one.

Centrepiece Hands

Centrepiece Hands

All three panels take their theme from the hospital motto: Dare Quam Accipere – It is Better to Give than to Receive. This one represents how staff give to the hospital. The hands are for the care given by the nurses and doctors, the hourglass for the time people give, the book signifies medical knowledge, the microscope, scientific endeavour and the mortar and pestle the medicines made from the herbs shown, Rosemary, Thyme and Basil. In the distance, the third panel represents Thomas Guy’s generosity. He paid for the building of the hospital and it shows him ahnding over the plans. The first panel shows the generosity of visitors. In this piece, they have given the patient lying in the bed so many grapes that the grapes have taken root. Continue reading