Day 816 – #9 Complete the BBC Top 100 books – another one down…

1 04 2012

The next novel on my list to be tackled was A Prayer for Owen Meany.  It took me a long time to get into this book.  I’m not sure why.  It may have been the style of writing or the fact that my kindle edition had the most bizarre editing I’ve seen so far or that it just took a while to get going.

Whatever it was, once I’d made it though the first third, I was hooked.  It was a good story and I cared about what happened Owen & John.  Hester I could take or leave quite frankly.  But she was the only character I didn’t really like.

I think I’d quite like to read this again at some point – I think the start might be easier to read now I know who everyone is.  We’ll see.





Day 816 – #95 Send 5 complimentary letters for good customer service

1 04 2012

It’s only taken 816 days for me to have a chance to thank someone for excellent service received.  Now, what does that tell us about the service industry?  Or are my standards too high?  I’ll let you draw your own conclusions….

Anyhow, my first Thank You was not the kind of thing I had in mind when I added this task to my list.  I sent a letter of thanks to the Endsocopy Team at Devizes NHS Treatment Centre.  I was admitted for a sigmoidoscopy and the team that looked after me were amazing.  Having failed to insert a canula, I underwent the procedure with no sedation at all.  BAD IDEA.  The pain was unbelievable.  But my nurse, Sharon, and the Doctor himself were really kind and looked after me and made a hideous experience bearable.  So much so that I felt compelled to write and thank them and make sure they knew that they’d made a difference.

I wish I could see them for my further treatments but I’ve now been referred to Swindon.  So in 3 months time (earliest I could get an appointment!)  I shall find out how they compare 🙂





Day 816 – #Learn a new piece of music on the piano

1 04 2012

I have always loved Flanders & Swann. Their lyrics are brilliant and the music is lovely. So when trying to work out what I was going to teach myself, I decided this would be it. I toyed with the idea of Clair de Lune by Debussy as I really like that. But I could only find really basic versions which I didn’t want. Plus I already had the Flanders & Swann music book. So The Gnu Song it is. Watch this space for the final version…