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  1. Modern day equivalent of the Victorian freak show. There are many other examples of the same genre on TV every day, e.g. that naked blind date show, various big brothers, love island, benefits street...
  2. I can agree with much of that, especially the undercooked bacon rind in 'caff' bacon baps. But I still don't like lamb fat, no matter how well frazzled it is. Nor beef, although that's preferable to lamb. Pork crackling however is divine.
  3. OK, the relationship is complex. If you've got an aneurysmal aorta that's about to blow, you need to keep your systolic BP down. But if your BP is otherwise reasonably normal, salt intake is not much of an issue. Nobody needs to take in much added salt, as it's plentiful in the regular foods we consume, but it's not the bad guy that it may be portrayed as. For that role I'd suggest sugar is the culprit.
  4. WRONG! Lamb fat is abominable, whereas pork fat, even if only slightly crispy, is delicious.
  5. Myth. Salt intake has been shown on a population basis to raise blood pressure, but not on an individual basis. As for fat, I suspect the medical profession have got this wrong for years. Sugar appears to be the enemy, rather than fat itself.
  6. Nice flavour and texture? This idea that they taste of piss is nonsense. Firstly, piss is essentially salty water, so if a kidney does taste of piss it'll save you adding salt to taste. Secondly, if rinsed properly, they won't. I don't understand why if you're a carnivore you'd turn your nose up at any particular tissue/organ. You may not like the texture of some (brain, I suspect is a bit greasy), but nothing inherently wrong with any bits if prepped properly.
  7. I've recently seen a very poorly worded FOI request. I think I know what question they meant to ask, but as a strong advocate of 'answer the question that is asked' (from years of doing maths exams) I'm going to answer the question as written. Personally I think people submitting these requests have a responsibility to ask specific questions. If they don't understand the subject matter they're asking about, what business do they have asking the question?
  8. Popped up on FB earlier, and seemed like I was offered an open goal to post it here.
  9. https://www.latinlife.com/article/2999/fellatio-cafe-where-customers-receive-oral-sex-while-they-drink-their-coffee There you go llap - bet you could spend thousands there. Would also solve the local vs comeover (pun intended) milk problem.
  10. There's a big difference between negligence and poor outcome. If the wrong leg gets cut off (although I think the case you're probably thinking of is the wrong kidney being removed) then no question, compensation is deserved and is paid out. But if a fracture doesn't heal, or a patient doesn't get back to playing football after a ligament reconstruction, or there's a poor result because of infection - what should happen then? In such cases the poor outcome is often multi-factorial, and is down to the inherent risk in dealing with biological systems. It's always possible to find an 'expert' with a different opinion who'll opine that something else should have been done, and hindsight is always 20/20. It's also almost always possible to criticise any particular episode of care, even the majority that go well (usually trivial such as observations not being taken on time, a drug being given a bit later than prescribed etc), and in cases where there is a poor outcome these things are picked up in a forensic analysis and can be cited as 'negligent care' and blamed for the poor result. The fact is that medicine is complex. Systems are designed with redundancy to build in as much safety as possible, but mistakes can happen. I was trying to find a video I'd seen of abdominal surgery where blood is hosing out from everywhere and several surgeons are throwing in packs to try and get control. It was impossible to keep count. I couldn't find it, but try this one instead, so you get the idea of how it might not be that easy to not lose a swab inside an abdomen.
  11. If the athletes, coaches, physios, doctors etc pay their own way, why not the politicians?
  12. I'm worried about the future of medical practice in the UK (and that includes here - please don't pick me up on constitutional semantics llap). Compensation culture is one aspect, but there seems to be a perfect storm that in my opinion risks the whole system. First there's salary. I'm certainly not going to argue that doctors are poor, certainly not once they're at my stage, but the lower training ranks are, relative to their peers who went into banking or accountancy etc. I heard of one yesterday that was going to lose £9K based on Jeremy Hunt's new contract imposition, so he quit. Approximately 50% of foundation doctors do not progress immediately to core training - when I was at that equivalent stage over 90% did. So salary capping is making recruitment and retention of doctors harder year on year. Many specialities cannot fill their training posts. Secondly there's litigation. Everyone is terrified that they'll make a mistake, or be complained about, leading to stress, sick leave, burnout. I know people who have given up because of these things. It used to be that doctors could get away with murder, sometimes literally, and it's right that regulation has tightened up, but it's gone too far. Thirdly there's respect. In the olden days, before John Major's 'patient's charter', being part of the medical profession was rewarded in the esteem in which you were held by your patients. I'm not talking about myself here, but many selfless individuals would go the extra mile and effectively work for free because simply doing the job was reward enough for them. Nowadays, particularly amongst the younger generations, some of that has gone. Patients often come with an agenda, and if they don't get what they want they threaten to complain, or demand further investigations with threats of litigation. This is still a relatively small issue thankfully, but definitely increasing year on year. And finally there's the insurance thing I referred to above - so once the Tories have finished their demolition job on the NHS don't think that the private sector will come in to pick up the pieces and we'll end up with the same set-up, albeit with charges. If we end up with an American system it'll be a disaster - most won't be able to afford health insurance. Those that can will get overtreated by the few remaining doctors who need to do as much work as possible to pay their indemnity costs. Those that can't will rely on charities, or simply be left to rot. We need a more European system - some charging rather than everything 'for free', a form of social insurance, some rationing, and litigation limitation along the lines JW said previously. Youngsters need encouragement to enter caring professions - not necessarily money in terms of salary, but certainly an inducement to start out rather than suspension of nursing school bursaries and having young doctors qualify with £75000 debt. I could go on. I think there are major problems ahead, and I don't see anyone around bold enough to start solving them.
  13. 7 seconds apparently - if you stop for less than that you're better off not. If I'm crawling forwards in a line of traffic I use the override switch.
  14. Don't think we do that anymore. The Medical Protection Society used to look after this for us, but that was removed several years ago. Hospital doctors don't have to have their own indemnity insurance, but you're strongly advised to do so. If you do any private work it's mandatory, and it's good to have cover for so-called 'good Samaritan' acts - the old 'is there a doctor on board' sort of thing. Indemnity insurance is rising fast, such that many doctors in the UK are giving up private practice. Recently the UK changed the official 'discount rate' (it's an actuarial thing used to calculate the present value of a future series of payments) from 2.5% to -0.7%, with the effect that payouts that cover future needs went up massively. The Medical Defence Union immediately withdrew all cover for private spinal surgery (one of the highest payout areas, because the rare payouts tend to be massive) resulting in many UK spinal surgeons stopping doing private surgery.
  15. You're right. In my current car, an auto, it works seamlessly - as soon as I release the brake the engine starts pretty much before I've had time to press the accelerator. When I had a stop-start system in a previous car it had to be in neutral, so unless you were a learner and did the handbrake-neutral thing at lights it never functioned.