Doctors’ notes

Drawing by Katherine

The patient is alive but without any signs

Her husband asked me to help him to get her pregnant. I’ve made them an appointments for tomorrow. Could you help?

She said that the marriage had never been consecrated. She is still an illegal virgin.

She was very hot in the living room but much cooler in bed her husband tells me

He said my temperature was 38.8 centigrade and I had to try harder to help myself. This morning I got up to 39 but feeling much worse. Is there any other treatment?

He came to the hospital with a broken toe but caught covid in the waiting room and died this morning as soon as we found a bed for him. It’s wrong to keep people waiting like that and expect them to die on a trolly.

The patient seems to be alive but is unwilling to give up his bed and work

He was deceived using a donated egg. Will it work with a shop-bought one?

He thought mobile phones would have legs but they’re too smart for that.

there is no map

there is no map that tells us where to go

we may not know our purpose nor our goal.

our senses fade and dimly we perceive

growing older cannot make us whole.

we try to do no harm but that is hard

struggling with our money and our minds.

being generous causes worry to

even so the poor are often kind.

we search the path for footprints as we walk.

As all the world grows misty and goes dark

The torch has broken now we have no light

I think I hear a noise, a small dog barks.

wandering in the desert like the Jews

we do not have a god but nor do they.

the Holocaust destroyed their holy views

we will walk on blindly like lost sheep

while on the ground the noxious rm insects creep.

What is the origin of the word map?

The term “map” derives from Latin “mappa,” a word meaning in antiquity a napkin, or a cloth or flag used to signal the start of games. By the ninth century at the latest the term “mappa mundi” could be used to describe a representation of the known world, either pictorial or a verbal text without any graphic design. › pdf

The term “map” derives from Latin “mappa,” a word meaning in …

Climbing cliffs  then caught by geese and God

I remember all the  funny things   we did
Peering into windows lit by lamps
Climbing cliffs  then chased by geese and dog

Walking down  from  Redcar,sea so still
 After Saltburn Pier, the cliffs high jump
I remember all the  funny things   we did

Wandering Whitby in a sea grey smog
Eating a pork pie cut into lumps
Climbing cliffs  then chased by geese and dog

Old Hunstanton ,white sands where we’d sit
The wild spikes of the gorse  spread out  unclamped
I remember all the   colours,scents and that

I feel the joy inside my heart is lit
Woe  is leavened by old nature’s stamp
Climbing  high  then chased through mud by dogs


We see in shadows shades are not so stark
In Studland Bay   astonished by skylarks
I remember all the  humour  and the love
Climbing cliffs then caught by geese and God





Still whanging? Dialect hunt aims to update prized English language archive

If you want a regional map of what a cowhouse or freckles or chip pan scraps were called across England, they are in the archive. In the case of scraps, there are 50 variants from craps and cratchings to scratch and scratchings.

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