Friday, 24 November 2017
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Friday, 17 November 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
I give money to homeless people fairly regularly (usually after i'm walking home from a night out), and we donate food to food banks when doing a big shop (although not nearly enough). But this one really got to me.
I got changed out of my work clothes and then thought about what he might need. There was nothing in the fridge so couldn't cook for him. In the end I filled a hot water bottle and emptied my wallet.
The poor lad was a little startled when I woke him up. Wouldn't you be? But he wasn't drunk, just had hit hard times. He was very appreciative but I still feel bad.
I'm very lucky to have a roof over my head and we have more rooms in our house than we know what to do with. Obviously we've got room to put him up but even with the added pressure of having a newborn I don't think inviting a stranger into our house would be the right solution. And then why just him. There are at least another 5 that live opposite the castle.
The tax that we pay as a community and what we do with it should be the solution. Unfortunately everything's been cut back to the bare bones as part of the conservative party's austerity measures. It's certainly not the rich that are effected, it's the poorest in society. I think this is wrong.
What else can I do about it? Not sure yet but am looking into it.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Apart from a little tantrum in the main Lloyd's reception and at the end of the visit on the 10th floor Florence was as good as gold.
Aerial view of April pushing Florence along Leadenhall Street on the way home
Monday, 13 November 2017
Not having rugby at the minute means that I need to find other things to do over the course of the weekend. That's for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's playing rugby. Sundays written off due to being too sort to do anything after playing rugby.
This Saturday we went to Penshurt with some friends for a lovely walk in the countryside with their tireless dog Bella, we then went to the Leicester Arms nearby for a very good pub lunch.
Friday, 10 November 2017
On the day that football manager 18 is released I thought I would share my idea.
Rather than 32 teams qualifying, have 31. The 32nd team could be a team of all stars from the rest of the world that did not qualify.
Gareth Bale would be available. Holland did not qualify. Italy may not qualify and until the last game of qualifying Argentina very nearly missed out.
Obviously one country would miss out but up to 22 would gain a steak in the competition which would generate much more income.
Fifa can have my idea for free but they must call it the Stuart Clark Barbarian All Stars.
The MRI was odd, I was in the whirly tube thing for 15 minutes or so. They put headphones on me and pumped Madonna from the 80s at me. Urgh! I should get an update in the next few days.
I went to see a specialist surgeon yesterday to confirm what was wrong with my arm. He confirmed it was a rupture of my long head tendon on my bicep. I'm booked in to get an MRI scan at 1:30 today so that he can see the exact extent of the injury.
If all goes to plan I should be in for the operation next week. After that it'll be a month in a sling (not ideal for someone with a month old baby, sorry April), then 3-4 months recovery.
Wish me luck.
At least i'll get a week or two off work.
Monday, 6 November 2017
We had a few more injuries during the game so I volunteered to come back on for the last 20. We very nearly won (they scored in the last 5). Shame.
I'm seeing a physio later this afternoon but in my conversation over the phone with BUPA's triage it sounds like i've ruptured a tendon. In addition to a lot of pain, when I tense my left arm the bicep goes in completely the wrong direction. Ouch.
If it's as bad as I think it is it will require an operation which will mean no rugby for 6 months. That's this season gone, and in reality will probably be my last.
It hasn't sunk in yet but sure it will hit me later.