New BBC1 drama series available on iPlayer now.. well worth a watch highly recommended but very violent and gory.
The year is 1605, Queen Elizabeth the first has died she persecuted the Catholics as Enemy number one.her successor is the Scottish King James the first who promptly sets about persecuting the Catholics also, as we were at war with Catholic Spain.
Pissed off with this Robert catesby and Guy Fawkes set about a plan with fellow Catholics to blow up the King and the Houses of Parliament at the next sitting.
As we all know he was caught at the last minute and the plot failed.
It really drives home the way that this country has persecuted religion in all its forms in the past . Even today in Northern Ireland the war between Catholics and Protestants still continues....why?
Have nt posted on here for a while...though I still help mod the site in the background.
The reason being I was diagnosed on 23rd June with cancer after a routine blood test. It was a bombshell to say the least.
It was discovered I had a large tumour of the colon...6.5cm
Upon further investigation the final results are in . Unfortunately, it has spread to the lymph nodes and metastasised onto the liver. I have a tennis ball,golf ball and two marble sized tumours of the liver.All this must have happened over a long period without me being aware of it.
So I am at stage 4 advanced cancer...having said that I still have no symptoms and am feeling mostly well and still active....even though the prognosis is not good...for most people with liver tumours it is about 6 to 9 months from being diagnosed.
I am trying many different therapies at the moment including radically changing my diet to mainly vegan and drinking freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices every hour or so with tons of water and supplements to flush everything out....many have had great success with alternative treatments ...as I said I still feel ok and exercise regularly no problem..Pen y fan mountain being a favourite.
Still got options open due to start chemo therapy soon then maybe surgery if they can shrink the tumour size....but 3 major operations and months of chemo and radiation is a big ask...
The main reason for writing this is get yourself screened...especially over 50s even over 40s these days...insist on a colonoscopy as this kind of cancer is on the increase for both men and women.
You will not get any symptoms most of the time in many cancers..until it s too late..thats why its called the silent killer.If its caught in the early stages you have a great chance of a cure...once it spreads to other parts of the body it is much more difficult. 1 in 3 of us will be affected during our lifetimes with the figure predicted to be 1 in 2 in a few years...
You have been warned...
Up the Swans and good luck to you all for the future....