Reflections on 2019

2019-08-29 18.15.18It’s a bit late I know but it’s still important to reflect on a year just gone.

From my personal point of view it’s been dominated by my big op. Actually it wasn’t really that big, ‘just’ an angioplasty to insert a stent into my right coronary artery which only took about 30 minutes, but it did signal a change in my life. I’d never thought before that I might have a life threatening condition and although that’s now been sorted I have had to change my life style if I’m going to make 90. Go to https://wp.me/phtcF-Qr for the full story.

That was at the end of August and by year end my blood pressure was low and stable, I’ve got plenty of energy and I’ve completed a couple of fairly strenuously walks. My weight is down to 65kg which may be good but it does mean that I no longer avoid snacking. And I now follow a healthy diet and have reduced my alcohol consumption by about 30%.

Fortunately the big op left room for lots of other activity during the year. Juni and I enjoyed a week in Sicily in May (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDjmWNs), five days in Wales just before the op in August (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGDcsAU) and then four weeks in Indonesia at year end (https://wp.me/phtcF-R7). I also had a few days in Manchester in June when I was invited to a wedding party and used the opportunity to reacquaint myself with a city I’d lived close to in the 90s (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmE8Rkhf).

Along the way we stayed in some super hotels including Gwesty Cymru in Aberystwyth, Brown’s Hotel in Laugharne and Mason Pine in Bandung, Indonesia. We’ve also been fortunate to eat at several excellent restaurants including the St John’s Chop House and the Senate in Cambridge, Sicily in Palermo and Sea Sound in Giardini Naxos, both in Sicily, the Penderyn in Laugharne and Seasoned in Ubud and Cinnamon in Tanjung Benar, both in Bali, Indonesia.

In the country at large the year ended badly. It appeared at sone time that there was sufficient momentum building up which would result in a second Euro referendum. But it was not to be and in December the Tories triumphed at the general election and we head into 2020 looking at a certain Brexit with no idea what form it will take. I fear the worst.

As we head into 2020 prospects are not great. There’s Brexit in prospect, the Corona virus rampant and terrifying bushfires in Australia. Despite my op I’m in good shape but when I was interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgehire recently I said that I was really worried about what the future holds for my grandchildren.

 

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