Post-FES and buses

My appointment went well and everyone is happy.

The only issue was that I had to get the bus up to the hospital, and it happened to be running about 15 minutes late. Unfortunately I couldn’t build in any slack (the buses only run every 90 minutes, and I made the appointment months ago, when I assumed my wife would be able to drop me off). But with no issues to complicate things, we were finished within half an hour, so the guy was easily on time for his next appointment.

I apologised, of course, for being late, but beyond apologising I just have to shrug my shoulders and explain that I’m at the mercy of our public transport system. People either understand or they don’t – but mostly they’re fine.

It’s funny – Google insist that the plural of “bus” is “busses”, but it looks wrong to me!


If you detect a political slant to this blog, I must admit to being a member of the Green Party. This pre-dates my stroke slightly (by a couple of months), but is really quite recent in terms of the length of time I have been politically aware.

I’ve always leaned slightly to the left, I suppose, and I decided that the British Labour Party was (depending mostly on it’s leader) either too right-wing on certain issues, or too eager to bring internal disagreements into public. I still think this – I think that the parliamentary party has it’s knives out for Jeremy Corbyn, they will launch a coup just as soon as they feel they can succeed. And I think electoral reform is a biggie. So I was attracted by the Green message. I must admit, however, that I don’t really find that any political glove truly fits my hand perfectly. For example, the Greens are very pro-EU, whereas I supported Brexit on the grounds that the EU is not very democratic. I think as a basis, even before we start building on it, that the EU organisation itself needs to be something which is transparent and citizen-centric – how, for example, would I get rid of someone who’s pretty useless? And so, I reserve the right to disagree with the Greens.

But I’ll try to keep things on here rational – I was always pretty good at logic, although my wife may disagree! I suppose it is helpful to support a party which is known the world over, rather than the international reader having to work out whereabouts on the spectrum that I sit.