Obesity: Part 2

So, I went to a top London Hospital yesterday morning, booked in and at 10am, had my gastric band operation. The procedure went well, although finding a vein that would behave itself was rather difficult.  I spent the day in and out of consciousness, fighting the effects of the anesthetic, whilst fighting with my brain to shut up…it’s rather hard to know what it’s saying when a mask is helping to regulate the oxygen levels in your blood and your body has resigned itself to the sleepy bliss of the anesthesia.

I’m on a liquid only diet now for 2 weeks whilst the band and my stomach settles down to their new partnership. Tomato soup for breakfast is rather strange, but if it does what I need it to do, I’m all for waking up to soup every day!

I’m still very sore from the single incision, but after braving public transport and coming home today, I’m feeling rather positive about the days ahead and of what is expected of me.  My mind still thinks KFC would be heavenly, but thankfully, my brain is in charge here and is glad for the fluids that make sure my pain meds get into my system without a hitch.

I have to wear some rather unfashionable socks too to reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis…I’m looking at them right now and know what they scream – “Get off the PC before your feet swell so badly that we’ll have to cut off your blood supply!!” – that is my cue to go…although fat, I rather love these feet.

Free Events in the UK

With all of the doom and gloom going on around us, it’s important we balance the depressive with equal amounts of enjoyment and based upon the fact we’re all now having to tighten the purse strings, I thought I’d scour the net for a few FREE upcoming events all around the UK.



1000 Years Of The Art Of Japanese Books

Thursday 18th April 2013 – Saturday 22nd June 2013

At the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London WC1 H

For tickets call 020 7898 4046/4915



A Million Brushstrokes 2013: New Collection

Friday 5th April 2013 – Friday 31st May 2013

At Llewellyn Alexander, London SE1

For details call 020 7620 1322/1324



10th Anniversary Of The Invasion Of Iraq

Friday 5th April 2013 – Saturday 1st February 2014

At Imperial War Museum north, Manchester

For tickets call 0161 836 4000/4007



Images Of Industry: Talk

Friday 19th April 2013 at 7pm-9pm

At Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Pontypool

For tickets call 01495 742 333



19th–21st Century British Drawings, Paintings, Prints and Sculpture

Friday 5th April 2013 – Friday 31st May 2013

At Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow

For Tickets Call 0141 221 3095



Mirrorball Showcase 1

Saturday 18th May 2013 at 7pm

At The Poetry Club, Glasgow

For details Email: jim@carruth.freeserve.co.uk



2013 artrepublic Visual Arts Prize Exhibition

(Part of Brighton Fringe Festival)

Saturday 1st June 2013 12pm-5pm

At Brighton Unitarian Church, Brighton

For Tickets Call 01273 917272



Paddy McCann: New Paintings

Friday 5th April 2013 – Saturday 20th April 2013

At Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

For details call 028 9023 5245



360’ Cinema and Shows for Kids

(Part of Brighton Fringe Festival)

First show Sunday 19th May 2013 at 5.05pm

At Jubilee Square Brighton

For details of ALL shows, click here:




Grande Boucle

Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Saturday 1st June 1013

At Kemistry Gallery, London

For details call 020 7729 3636



Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition

Thursday 11th April 2013 – Saturday 29th June 2013

At Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

For Tickets call 01224 523700



Patti Keane: The Song Of Los

Saturday 6th April 2013 – Saturday 27th April 2013

At Y Tabernacle, Machynlleth

For details call 01654 703355



Bare Bones Boogie Band

Saturday 4th May 2013 at 9.30pm

At the Brasenose Arms, Banbury

For details call 01295 750244



Sarah Pickstone: The Writers Series

Saturday 6th April 2013 – Sunday 12th May 2013

At New Art Centre, Sculpture Park and Gallery, Salisbury

For details call 01980 862244



Hannah Robbins: Verdi, Wagner, Poulenc

Thursday 18th April 2013 at 12.45pm

At Firth Hall, Sheffield University, Sheffield

For tickets call 0114 222 0499



Rahila Gupta: The Shining Path

Friday the 19th April 2013 at 2.30pm

Studio at St James Theatre, London SW1E

For details call 0844 264 2140



Abie Longstaff: Reading

Saturday 27th April 2013 at 11am

At Waterstones, Barnet

For more details call 020 8449 8229



It’s A Wonderful Life

Saturday 13th July 2013 – Sunday 25th August 2013

At The Gallery, Ripon

For details call 01765 689554



Call The World Brother

Saturday 27th April 2013 – Friday 14th June 2013

At Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

For details call 01686 625041



Lubomyr Martinuk

Monday 8th April 2013 – Saturday 1st June 2013

At Balman Gallery, Corbridge

For details call 01434 634629



Absense versus Presence

Monday 8th April 2013 – Saturday 20th April 2013

At Frameless Gallery, London EC1 R

For details call 07974 976736



Eduardo Stupia: Reinventing Landscape

Friday 5th April 2013 – Saturday 27th April 2013

At Rosenfeld Porcini, London W1T

For details call 020 7637 1133



Africa: Exhibition

Saturday 18th May 2013 – Thursday 30th May 2013

At Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

For tickets call 0191 261 5618



Storytelling For Families: Kid In A Sweetshop (Over 3’s)

Saturday 30th April 2013 at 10.30am and 1.30pm

Room 31 at National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H

For details call 020 7312 2463


Danny Bryant’s Redeye Band

Friday 10th May 2013 at 10pm

At Bootleggers, 24 Finkle Street, Kendal

For details call 01539 723824



Stories From The Sea

Saturday 27th April 2013 at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

At Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

For details call 0151 478 4499


Degree Show 2013

Friday 14th June 2013 – Thursday 27th June 2013

At Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University, Plymouth

For tickets call 01752 585050



Figuratively Speaking

Friday 5th April 2013 – Sunday 21st April 2013

At Byard Art, Cambridge

For details call 01223 464646



Script This

Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 6.30pm

At Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln

For tickets call 01522 882000



For more events, I discovered a good website that allows you to search your local area: http://www.list.co.uk/events/



Petitions Against Austerity & Other Useful Links:

It isn’t enough anymore to sit and drink tea and dunk biscuits you can ill afford.  Complaining to your neighbours won’t change anything.  If we don’t stand up and be counted, there’ll be no one left to count, except the wealthier folks of our society of course and their hefty tax rebates.  There are plenty of e-petitions circulating the internet that would benefit from having your name added to them…100k signatures each means they can be presented to parliament and our collective voice will be heard.  So below are some such links…click them, read the blurb and finally, get off your arses and actually DO something about the cruel situation many of us find ourselves in.











For advice on how to avoid paying your Bedroom Tax:





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Rumour has it, on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, that our public posts are being “watched” by government employees wishing to minimise any damage our “honesty” might cause them.  Whilst I know not the truth about these rumours, I can confirm that several of my posts have already vanished and thus, I have decided to write here more often instead.  One was never given a voice to remain silent.

And while benefits are slashed by billions and wages are frozen, MP’s have requested a 32% pay increase at the expense of the taxpayer…and that’s after claiming over £89m in expenses already this year.


They induce fear with their rules so the general public obey them; they demote any politician who stands up against the cuts and Great British mentality is allowing them to get away with such atrocities.  You won’t be able to obey or disobey when they’ve taken every penny off you, when you’ve sold your belongings in order to survive, when you’re homeless because you couldn’t afford to pay your rent, your Bedroom Tax, your Council Tax.  The way I see it…what have you to lose by backing the campaigns against the Tories other than what they’re forcing you to lose already?  At least fall with your dignity instead of by their dictation.



A little something for your amusement: