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On Caring For Mum (Sylvia)

Me and Sylvia (Mum} at Christmas last year

Me and Sylvia (Mum} at Christmas last year

Hi Folks!

I would like to say to you before you read this that I think it is common courtesy that you either leave a comment of your views/opinions or likes/dislikes. it’s called FEEDBACK.

How can I/this winging moron know what your views are?

It’s been many months since my last blog because I’ve had other important priorities to deal with including moving house and opening up a High street shop in Chorley, but most importantly my 91 year old mother’s health.


Mum is now 93 and still going strong. She goes for her daily walk along our local High street for about 20 minutes.

I am her registered Carer and she has not been well. It was discovered that she had a rare muscle cancer (we first had to discover what the epithelioid mesothelioma was, though) on her forearm and she was due to have a series of biopsies on it. Days before they were due she had a fall and broke the same forearm just above the wrist. As a result she was in a plaster cast for six weeks before the biopsies could be done.


After numerous x-rays and MRI scans she was advised to undergo radiotherapy because she was too old and frail for chemotherapy.

In the UK, anyone who is over the age of 50 years is not generally advised to have chemotherapy because the side effects can actually do more harm than good!

My mother finished a  schedule of sixteen treatments of radiotherapy at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at The Royal Preston Hospital and the prognosis was favourable as the lump had decreased in size considerably and she is now awaiting a review. I will keep you posted. I would however like to express my thanks and gratitude to all the staff including the Ambulance and Volunteer Drivers and also the Radiotherapy staff at the Rosemere Cancer Centre.


Since my last blog concerning mum she has had a further 15 sessions of radiotherapy because the lump grew in size. The treatment seemed to reduce the lump again but 12 months down the line another lump has appeared which is very painful for her.

Tomorrow 5 Nov 2015 she has an appointment at Rosemere  Royal Preston Hospital. She will then begin a further 15 radiotherapy sessions. Thankfully the new lump is smaller than the previous one, so fingers crossed that the treatment works.

I can empathise with all Carers of elderly relatives – they must save the Government millions of pounds whilst they only receive a pittance  in comparison to the actual cost of nursing or residential care. The “FAT CATS” sit on “millionaire row” in the Cabinet and haven’t got a clue with the exception of David Cameron who (sadly) did have a disabled son, but then again, he didn’t have to manage solely on a state pension and Carer’s Allowance!

Before I close I will say that I am totally committed to the health and welfare of Sylvia (My Mum). She will never be put into care whilst I am alive.

I do not know the details of the Blairs (ex Prime Minister) and his wife Cherie but I remember recently hearing that the mother of one of them was being placed in some kind of residential care. Surely with their reputed MILLIONS they could have afforded a granny flat within their home so they could be within close contact on a daily basis, therefore putting her mind at rest and hopefully prolonging her quality of life.

Why is it easier to farm elderly parents out to care when they can be looked after at home with their family, when after all they brought their kids up, and it is now the turn of the grown up kids to step up to the plate and accept being responsible  for their future care.

Mum has a lovely carer called Angie who takes her out for 3 hours shopping and going down the local Astley Park each Thursday which we pay for. Sadly she has had to miss the last 2 Thursdays because of her appointments.

Thursday 5 Nov update.

Mum has been to Rosemere for further scans as recommended by Cancer Specialist  Dr. Parihk who recommends a 3rd session of radiotherapy beginning next Wednesday 11Nov and will consist of 15 consecutive sessions excluding weekends.

Monday 23 Nov update

Sylvia has just had her first session of radiotherapy which is ongoing for another 14 treatments.

My thanks go out to all the staff who do such a wonderful job in caring for their patients. One in particular was a nurse who noticed a patient in a wheelchair with his head slumped and with an oxygen mask on. She asked him if he was ok and he told her he was just fed up of waiting for transport to take him home. She offered to arrange some food and drink but he declined. At least she noticed and cared enough for him. It’s just a pity that he had been waiting over 2 hours for transport.

My next comment is not directly aimed at the transport/appointments departments but there has to be better organisation from management.

One drawback from using transport run by the NHS is that the patient is required to be ready for pickup approximately 90 minutes prior to their appointment and can be as early as 8:30am. We tried the system but decided to make alternative arrangements because at Mums’ age she was getting ready  at 7:30am which is an unreasonable time to have to get ready and then sit for the next 90 minutes with her coat on not knowing when she was going. I suggested that the drivers should have the patients phone number on their pickup sheet so that they could phone maybe 10 minutes ahead to let them prepare themselves but I was told that it wasn’t feasible.

I’m aware that the appointments department has a difficult job but surely it’s the patients care which comes first.

Is the appointments/transport department undoing the great work of Rosemere Cancer Clinic?

Surely the management can finetune their system for the patients and not for how easy it is for them.

That’s all for now so take care

Old Git Jimbo

PS. Sadly I’m still a fan of both Blackburn Rovers and Chorley Magpies.

Someone has to be. Let’s see what Rovers’ new manager Paul Lambert can do and if he can get on with ‘chicken farmers’ the Venkies cos no one else has.




Hi Guys.

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I believe in speaking my mind, regardless of the people or subject.

I don’t hide behind a mask. That is my Fizzog that you can see, so what you see and also read is what you get.

I believe in being contentious because it’s likely to invite a reaction/response.

Rarely do the guilty parties respond. Although when you think about it, their lack of response is sometimes considered as an admission of fault/guilt.


A few days ago my mobile phone was stolen. I reported it to the police. They said they could do nothing about it, but would inform me if it was handed in.

I have a problem with why we can’t get our mobile phones returned.

Motorola V66 mobile phone

Motorola V66 mobile phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If rogue reporters can HACK into our phones, then surely the police can MAP the LOCATION of our phones.



The Police have a duty to the citizens of the UK.

The mobile companies sell/rent the phones to us.

The Insurance Companies receive/accept our money to cover the loss of our mobile phones.


The mobile phone business is a MULTI-BILLION pound industry.

I think it’s time that all 3 groups get their heads together and resolve how they can help to return the phones to us.

The Police will say that they have better things to do than tracking a mobile phone.

The Mobile Companies will be wringing their hands with GLEE because it means a HIGHER TURNOVER of phones being purchased/rented.

Presumably the Insurance Companies will gain the most, because they will receive more £££’s from us for  insuring our phones because to own/lease a phone is less than our insurance costs.


Anyone who has lost or had their mobile phone stolen knows just how demoralising and incovenient it is.

All our contacts have gone. Our pictures of family, friends and special occasions have gone, and in some cases VERY PERSONAL INFORMATION.

I was fortunate that after I contacted my Virgin Media 

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provider to inform them of my loss I checked my account online and was relieved to find that there hadn’t been any calls made, except for a couple of blank texts’ sent to a friend who happened to be in Tenerife. I saw the transactions online and called him. That is when he told that he had received 2 blank text’s from my mobile phone. It’s a pity the thief/thieves didn’t make a call to one of his/their  friends instead because then I would have had a chance, through the police of tracking him/them down.

If I had been a suspected criminal or terrorist, I’m sure the police would have known of my whereabouts and noticed after a few days that I wasn’t following the usual pattern of activity.

I can just see the scenario of a criminal or terrorists’ phone falling into the hands of a small time mobile phone thief/thieves and the armed Police SWAT squad raiding his/their home at the crack of dawn while still believing him/them to be the terrorist they had been tracking.

He/they would probably be screaming, “IT WASN’T ME GUV“!!!

That would be great because, to you thieve’s  ‘WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND’.

That would be ‘POETIC JUSTICE’.

While on the subject of mobile phones, I am moving house in a weeks time, and my provider is Virgin Media.

The company that Sir Richard Branson bought is a company that has changed ownership and  ‘brand names’ over the years. I have been  loyal to the same company  that he bought for 18 yrs.

I have the full package with Virgin Media which consists of, Broadband, full TV package, landline phone and 2 mobile phones which all cost about £110 per month.

I checked my post code to see if I could have my set up changed/moved to my new address. Unfortunately Virgin Media is not street cabled where I am moving to.

There are about 40 semi-detached and detached properties where I am moving to, and they are all business people who spend a considerable amount of money on similar systems that I have, but not with Virgin Media. I know because I have a few friends who live in the same close.

I recently watched the Parliament channel and the politicians were debating the future access of Broadband etc., into Rural areas. I live in the Town of Chorley and can’t get cable. Chorley has cable, but not where I am moving to.

I am having to arrange for BT to give me the same package that I have had with Virgin Media.

I wonder if Sir Richard is aware of neglected Urban areas that are not street cabled but that BT are.

All they do is run the cables along side BT’s so what’s holding them back? Is it the fact that his staff haven’t the foresight that he has?

I know that Sir Richard has read my blogs so hopefully he’ll read this one and realise that there must be many, many more areas that he doesn’t have cabled.  Having said all that  I sincerely think he is the right man to run the NATIONAL LOTTERY FRANCHISE.  

That’s it for now, so until the next blog, take care and stay healthy.

‘Old Git’ Jimbo




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I want to congratulate FLEETWOOD TOWN on their promotion to the FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

Without going into their complete football history (tho historical it has been) they have been Reincarnated (so to speak) 3 times. What a successfull roller coaster the club and ‘fans’ must have been on, and hopefully may the roller coaster continue in an upward direction, so below is some info’ on them.

They really have had a meteoric journey of success.

They must have an excellent management and backup team as well as a great football team, because their’s is not an overnight success story. It’s down to momentum and doing things right throughout the club at all levels.



Fleetwood Town Football Club is an English football club based in Fleetwood, Lancashire, on the North West coast of England and played their matches in the Conference National, the fifth tier of English football; they will now play in League Two of the Football League in 2012-13.

It is the first time in the club’s history that it has played in the Football League. They were re-incarnated in 1997 as Fleetwood Town F.C. They were first formed in 1908. Their home strip is red shirts with white sleeves and white shorts. Their home ground is Highbury Stadium in Fleetwood.


 RUNNERS UP (and play-off winners) – 2009–10

The Conference North also known as Blue Square Bet North for sponsorship reasons, is a division of the Football Conference in England, taking its place immediately below the Conference National. Along with Conference South it is at Step 2 of the National League System and the sixth overall tier of the English football league system. It consists of teams located in northern England, the English Midlands and North Wales.



The Premier Division is the top division of the Northern Premier League. It is at Step 3 (or level 7) of the National League System, placing it six divisions below the Premier League. For sponsorship reasons, it is often referred to as the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

The league was founded in 1968, as the northern equivalent of the Southern League, being the highest level non-League division below The Football League. In 1979, upon the creation of the Alliance Premier League, it became a feeder league and fell down one ‘level’ in the English football league system. Since then, its prestige has fallen further: there are now two levels between it and the Football League.

The division is at the same level as the Premier Divisions of the Southern League and the Isthmian League. At the end of each season two clubs are promoted to the Conference North: the league champions, and the winners of a play-off competition held between the 2nd through 5th placed clubs. The four lowest placed teams are relegated to the Northern Premier League Division One North or Northern Premier League Division One South, to be replaced by four promoted teams.

In my next blog I will include CHESTER CITY and CHORLEY MAGPIES.

Chester City have just won promotion to the division that Fleetwood have just won, and Chorley (the Town of my birth) are just about hanging on in the ‘play offs’ and look like they may be playing Bradford Park Avenue in one of the Semi-finals.

That’s my blog this time round so, as usual, take care and stay healthy.

‘Old Git’ Jimbo

Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a major restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are automatically promoted to Conference National. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place. The winners of the play-offs are also promoted to Conference National. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the Conference South, enter the FA Cup at the Second Qualifying Round. On the last day of the 2010–11 season, Eastwood Town set a new record of 19 games unbeaten in the league, passing Southport and Solihull Moors previous joint record of 18 games.[1]

From 2007–08, and for the next three years, it has been known officially as the Blue Square Bet North.

On April 10th 2012, Chester FC were crowned champions of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division and have gained promotion to the Conference North for the 2012-2013 season.


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Ok on to my blog.

I am quickly discovering from the comments that you send me, that you appreciate and are grateful for much of the content and facts  that I include in some of my blogs.

You have gone on further to say that you have found the facts very helpful and have put some to good use.

Previously I have included the facts, as I see them and have left you to decide what you do with the info.

This time in my blog I am just going to give you some common sense logical points that you should consider before you think about THROWING YOUR MONEY AWAY TO SCAMSTERS (SCUMSTERS).

Common Sense Ideas for Protecting Yourself against Scams

The best way to avoid getting taken in by a scam is to take heed of the age-old saying: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is“. A free lunch sounds great, but not when it ends up costing you 100 times the cost of a regular lunch. Many of the internet scams resolve around a few common concepts. By learning to recognize them you can easily avoid many scams.

  1. Earnings, wages, commissions, winnings, that are excessive.
  2. Getting something you never asked for; ie: winning a lottery you never entered, getting a job you never interviewed for, etc.
  3. Getting involved in an “easy” business that you have no background in that offers high profits.
  4. Receiving payments of any kind and returning part of them by Western Union, Wire Transfer etc.
  5. Purchasing something from a far-away country at a price that is very low.

The key element in all of these is that you believe you will make some quick easy money. In the end you will lose lots of time and money and receive nothing in exchange.

Use a little common sense, and keep in mind that the scammers try their scams on many people and can easily develop the skills to manipulate you into trusting them.

A few quick examples.

Promise of jobs abroad

Ask someone in the USA if they want a job for US$ 120,000 abroad  and how easy it is to get. I bet you’ll find a lot of people that want just a job and there are very few such jobs.

Do you really think you can get such a job in Africa without even completing an interview? Use some common sense and you’ll save the money you’re about to send for the visa processing fees. Yes, you’ll be told it will be completely refunded. The truth is there is no refund and if you pay that there will probably be another fee… and another one… until you run out of money or stop paying.

Do you really think it is common for a nanny to earn US$500 a week… or that nannies in the USA are paid in British Pounds? Same scam, you’ll be asked to contact a travel agency to arrange for your trip… whatever you pay is lost money. I got accepted as nanny just by emailing and not providing any qualifications. Think!

Animal sob stories

Do you really think someone is going to ship a pet from Africa for a couple hundred dollars? They may claim to be religious and have a sob story about the animal, but aside from the actual customs regulations in your country if you were to receive an animal, they will play on your emotions to extract all kinds of fees as the animal is supposedly being transported to you. Of course the sellers don’t have any animals, just a few photos and heart wrenching words.

Accepting scam payments

There are many excuses to send you a cheque, from buying something to processing payments for someone abroad. The essence of this scam is to overpay you for something or trick you into thinking you can earn a nice commission processing payments. A few weeks or months after you deposit the cheques, they will bounce (forged cheques) and you’ll be out the bank fees, and whatever cash you forwarded to the scammers and you might even get hassled by the police too!

Deposit Accounts

Another thing to watch out for is someone from overseas that is looking for you to purchase products on your credit card (or theirs) and then reship the merchandise to them. If you use your credit card you can be sure you’ll never actually get paid (see above about forged cheques). If you use their credit card you can pretty much bet on it being a stolen card. Either way, you’re going to be out the cost of the merchandise and the overseas shipping. I won’t even get into the hassles you open yourself up to if the stuff wasn’t bought with your credit card.

These are just a few pointers to look out for and to consider before you PAY FOR THE FREE LUNCH.

That’s it for another blog so take care and stay healthy

‘Old Git’ Jimbo

Blackburn Rovers are DOOMED while VENKY’S are the owners.

What do CHICKEN FARMERS know about how to run a football club?

What do I say when they are playing in the ‘Championship’?

I knew I would get my winge in somewhere.


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I’m ranting and wingeing again about footballers on EASY STREET.

I’ve listened to the soccer pundits, ex-footballers by the way (Gary Neville, Gary Lineaker, Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer ((the best)) and Mark Lawrenson) commenting on why some teams are fading in team performance in the end of season ‘run in’.

They have all stated in their ‘opinions’ that footballers are playing matches too close together ie 2 games per week.

Stoke City for example have played (I believe) 51 games so far. What about the workers who are  doing 40 hours every week for 50 weeks for a fraction of their pay?

Come on guys get real and stop wrapping these so called ‘PRIMA DONNAS’ in cotton wool. (DONNA is a womans’ name, RIGHT)?

It’s a good job that I’m writing this behind closed doors ‘cos they’d have my ‘guts for garters’.

While I’m in this ‘rich vein’ of criticism, Football Managers have their own Union and meet from time to time. I have heard them complaining about the vast increases in transfer fees. These are grown men. Why don’t they ALL AGREE to put a CAP on transfer fees as they do in RUGBY LEAGUE and save their Clubs a fortune, which could be passed onto us, the fans by reducing admission prices? Makes sense to me, but then they only ‘manage’! They don’t balance the books do they?

Get rid of the ‘Mr 10% agents’ and increase the scouting to discover and nurture the home grown kids playing on the local park or playing fields.

I hate to see players ‘diving’ for various reasons, ie penalties, free kicks or to get a FELLOW PROFESSIONAL booked or sent off. In my book that is ‘CHEATING’.

They aren’t exactly good ‘role models’ for the kids who want to be players in the future.

Come back George Best. The cheats would have had to break his legs to put him on the deck because of his sheer ability to genuinely stay on his feet.

Footballers should go to watch a Rugby match and observe how ‘real men’ conduct themselves.

I watch several sports and I am amazed at their supreme fitness levels. Footballers do not even come close in fitness levels.

Tennis players Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic  at the Australian tennis open  earlier this year showed their superb and outstanding physical and mental fitness, but also their iron will and never-say-die spirit.

Murray and Nadal played out a thrilling Semi- Final match which lasted 4 hours-45 minutes. That is the equivilant of playing 3 football matches.

The Nadal v Djokovic Final lasted a mindblowing 5 hours and 50 minutes which is the equivilant of  10 minutes short of 4 football matches so Nadal played the equivilant of 7 football matches in 3 days.

I also saw on SKY TV Belgium (Flemish actually) Pro Cyclist Tom Boonan winning his 4th ‘Paris Roubaix’ cycle race. That race is is a one day Classic and lasts approx 6 HOURS. His time was 5 hours 55mins. Most of the race is over COBBLED STONES. Can you guys imagine having your ‘whatsits’ shaken for 6 hours? Ok, as the modern adage goes, ‘too much information’!

This is not meant to be ‘sexist ‘but, women are said to be the ‘weaker sex’, rubbish. Women tennis players and cyclists very often spend more than 2 hours in one session of their sport.

I’ve previously slagged off Pro footballers because they winge (that’s my job) so much at playing 2 matches in one week. That is why I’m highlighting the void in physical fitness levels  between  the sports. In fact it’s a chasm in my view.

I wonder if the football club managers are trying to figure out how these human dynamos have become so fit, because I am. Fitness level alone is not always enough tho’. I think the magic ingredient that ties physical and mental fitness together is the iron will and motivation.

It isn’t obvious to me that soccer players have any of these abilities apart from money motivation. Even a local derby match has lost a lot of it’s magic because there are so many foreign players around, although, they are the flair players.

Because I am a ‘Chorley fella’ I have sometimes spotted Chorley’s World famous boxer Michael Jennings setting off to run up the local fells and hills of the Pennines and it must play a part in his proven fitness, stamina and durability which is necessary in a sport to which he must be dedicated.

So I put it to all you sports fans out there, are the modern day soccer players WHIMPS or is it that other sports people are HUMAN DYNAMOS?

Ok I’m off my ‘soap box’ for now, until the next time.

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy

What a shambles  Blackburn Rovers 2 v 3 Liverpool (10 men)

Get owners Venky’s out

‘Old ‘Git’ Jimbo

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