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It’s been a month

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It’s been a month since I last wrote a short story for my son.

I’ve wanted to but I’ve found myself blocked.

While in part its cause I get an idea but can’t get it down on paper before I forget it, It’s mostly because I’ve had a lot of pain to cope with.

I Have been struggling with Sciatica and two teeth we’re doing everything we can to avoid root canal in.

Being in pain that strong pills don’t help with really isn’t conductive to writing. Today is the first day I’ve been able to sit and spend any time typing at the laptop.

After writing an earlier longer post today i had to go lie down for a while while the knee pain from the Sciatica eased before trying again.

So a brief bit about Sciatica.

Its Bloody horrible. No matter what you do when it’s at its worse you can’t get comfortable for sleeping or just resting. Forget walking. That just sends pain up and down your leg and spine.

Sciatica is caused by trauma to the sciatic nerve, could be a bump or a slip disc, or any number of things. In my case it was trying to do exercise. That’s right exercise causes bad things to happen.

I’m quite a bit over weight and want to lose it and get fit. So to that end since i can’t afford to join a gym or go swimming on a regular basis I’ve been using things around the flat as aids to exercise. I buggered the nerve jumping about to music, on a cushion so Mrs downstairs didn’t come up and complain again. Possibly not the wisest choice, but it was getting the heart rate up and i could feel it working muscles that don’t normally get much of a workout.

So treatment for sciatica. Well apart from getting the good painkillers there isn’t much you can do for it. Cold and hot packs don’t really do anything but make the area their applied to feel hot or cold.

Bandaging legs, like above doesn’t really do much. It doesn’t help with the pain, but if you feel weak at the knee it does help make you feel a little more stable while up and about.

Sleep, that’s for the weak and not in pain. I spent three days not sleeping before I got the really good pain killers, But as soon as they wore off I was awake again, hunting for where I’d dumped my specs so i can see where I’ve dumped the pills and bottle of water to wash them down with.

Thankfully things are looking up. I’ve been able to cut back on the pain killers and sleep is almost back to normal.

Here’s a couple of links about sciatica

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sciatica

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sciatica/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Labour Party Conference

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Today is the start of the Labour Party Conference.

I myself wont be there. I’ll be honest with things that have happened during the last few months I forgot to apply to steward it, like I have done in the past. But my Grandmother as always is there. Yet again she’s working it and is working in the backstage area. There you have all the works for sound and video, but also an office for the Leader and Deputy leader to use where pretty much no one can get to.

As a steward your expected to work hard for min wage but you have fun doing it. Your pretty much all access ID lets you in the hottest events and often during the leader and deputy leader speeches every one working manages to be in the main room to watch.

This Conference really is the first chance that the leadership can properly put across their plans for the party and how they are going to make them happen.

This Conference is the “biggest one” for the party in a long time. Even more so then last years. Last year was about shooting the starting gun for the run up to the election. This one is about proving that the new left wing leadership voted into place in the last three weeks has what it takes to unite the party and lead us in to a bright future.

This isn’t helped by the likes of Simon Danczuk writing opinion pieces in the Daily Mail trying to tear apart the party. Complaining that Corbyn won. Saying that they themselves are being bullied for not being fully behind the new line up.

Well Mr Danczuk I’ve got news for you. I didn’t support you on a personal level while i was living in Rochdale. But that didn’t stop me from campaigning on your behalf. Using the basket on my three month old son’s pram to hold the leaflets you wanted putting out.

It didn’t stop me from coming to meetings to plan the next weeks events and taking part in them. Hell having bad post natal depression and being scared of going outside I still managed with a lift from someone you’ve now tried to drag through the mud to get to the Head office in Rochdale and help organise drinks and food for the people who where helping out on election day.

To me it was just what you did for your candidate. I can remember my mother eight months pregnant with a two year old in a pram and a nearly five year old me posting leaflets through doors during the 1992 election. My mother wasn’t impressed with the candidate we had then but she still did her bit.

So for the likes of Mr Danczuk this week at Conference is about pulling the party together, showing the world that the party can unite behind a leader who was fairly elected to the post and look to the future and what we can do to get elected and make the country better for every one.

The biggest Challenge this week will be on Tuesday when Corbyn gives his first ever Leaders speech at Conference. This is always the part where the party unites and hangs on the leaders every word. Hearing what their plans for the next year will be.

I was in the room when Tony Blair gave his last speech as leader. And I’ll admit I shed  a little tear at the end. It was moving and full of hope for the future.

I was in the room for John Prescotts last Deputy Leader’s speech. My main memory of that was of laughter. Just like all his past Deputy speeches it ended the conference on a high note to cheers from the crowd.

I was in the room for the first speeches of Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman. Neither where as moving or funny. But both where full of hope and setting out their vision for the future of the party.

For all Leader and Deputy speeches the lines to get into the room start forming at least two hours before bums on seats, which itself happens about an hour before the speech is due to start.

To get into the room if your not working you need a special ticket which is like gold dust. If you don’t have one of the tickets by the middle of the first day of Conference you aren’t getting in. Even the press have to have one of the tickets. The only reason i got to see the speeches I did was because i was working as a steward in the room on those days.

I don’t see it being any different this year. If anything the tickets must have run out earlier then normal. All MP’s have to be in the Leaders speech and are often seated before anyone else close to the stage. That sadly includes the likes of Mr Danczuk.

To be honest I think people like him who go running to the opposition news papers to make a few quid and tear apart the party should give up their seat to someone who is willing to work for the interests of the party no matter who the leader is. In politics as in life you might not like your boss but you show a united front against the world no matter what your opinion of them is.

I know a lot of people who aren’t happy that Corbyn won, but who’ll be watching his speach as avidly as any other by a leader. Who keep their opinion of him to themselves in public while working for the party and putting on a united front. We have a leader who was voted in with a vast majority by members of the party, so we have to respect that and work towards the future united and with one clear message.

Is that really too much to ask for?

I’d like to think it isn’t.

Home smear tests.

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Doing my normal reading free online newspapers and came across this.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3234197/Would-use-DIY-smear-test-New-kit-allows-women-cervical-cancer-test-home-poll-reveals-1-million-NEVER-tested-fearing-embarrassment-pain.html

I normally only read the Daily Mail for laughs. There’s normally a badly spelled and grammared article on there about how standards in schools are slipping and children don’t know basic spelling and grammar. I know mine isn’t up to much but I have a great excuse I’m dyslexic.

Anyway back to the point. The above link takes you to an article about a company that is offering home smear tests for around £129.

They hope that by offering a smaller do it at home kit more women will be willing to take a test.

There’s worrying stats on  how many women avoid having a test. 5 million are behind on testing, 1 million have never had a test.

The main excuse is that they worry about it hurting or don’t have time to have it done.

Bullshit.

As far as I’m concerned you owe it to yourself and your kids if you have them to get tested. It takes five minutes tops and while a little uncomfortable it doesn’t hurt and three years of peace of mind is more then worth it. And by doing it at the doctors it doesn’t cost anything.

I’m sure that it’s a great idea and it could possibly get more women to get themselves tested but at £129 a throw just how many women are really going to go for it. If there’s a way the company can bring the price of the tests down then maybe more would be tempted to try it.

I myself am more then happy to go have a nurse do it. when they do it, they look in there and can spot if anything is wrong, something which wouldn’t happen with a home kit.

At my last test last month instead of having waiting for the results playing on my mind I was comforted by the nurse saying that I had a good healthy looking cervix. So when the results came just over a week later it confirmed what the nurse. My cervix is healthy and theres nothing to worry about. So I’ll be back in three years for the next one. And now I know they can see the cervix when doing the test I’ll be asking if it looks healthy.

Corbyn Watson win.

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Well after three months of the labour party tearing itself apart led by the parliamentary party, we have a result.

Jeremy Corbyn won a resounding 59.5% of the voters first preference vote. That’s unheard of in the labour party. The party is made up of so many factions of the left brought together under one umbrella that its kinda amazing that the best part of 60% of the party could agree on one man for the job.

Before Corbyn got to the stage to give his winners speech two people had already resigned from the shadow cabinate. Now we’ll never know if Corbyn would have kept them in their jobs or given them others. Half the front bench quit within a few hours. stating that they wouldn’t work with some one as far left as Corbyn.

Well that to me just shows that they really don’t care about what grass roots members want. They only care about getting the biggest office and in front of the most cameras.

While Corbyn has chosen to put men in the three biggest jobs in the shadow cabinet, the rest of the cabinet is a nice mix of men and women from all parts of the party. In fact he has the highest number of women ever in any cabinet.

He has sent out emails to normal members asking what questions they would like him to put to Camaron at PMQ’s. Something no one has ever done before. Normally the questions are thought up behind closed doors by five or six people.

So far I’m impressed with what Corbyn has managed to pull off in 48 hours while preparing the oppositions response to an unfair trade union bill, and dealing with a parliamentary party that doesn’t want him there or respects the wishes of their grass roots supporters. The very people they relay on to work on their campaigns, taking time off from their normal lives to help return a labour member of parliament for their area.

One last note on Corbyn since he was announced as leader over 20.000 people have signed up as full members. There is now more members of the party then at any time in history. Something even the MP’s god Tony Blair couldn’t manage.

Tom Watson as deputy is going to cause some fire works. He only won the role after three of his rivals where eliminated from the running, using the preference system.

Watson isn’t known as a big Corbyn man but he said all through the never leadership race that he would find a way to work with whoever won the leader role.

Watson is mostly known for his work against the newspapers snooping and making things up. A lot of people outside the party only know him for that. Can’t really say what he’s known for inside the party as a lot of the people i talk to inside the party were supporting Angela Eagle or Caroline Flint.

And as Watson isn’t seen by them as a proper northener he doesn’t really register on their radar.

All in all so far while its not the outcome i voted for myself, i feel that the team so far is doing well against the odds and i look forward to seeing what happens at PMQ’s and what the team can manage in the days and weeks to come.