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Phil Brooks

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  1. It's now nearly nine years since I was told, on my 70th birthday, that I had prostate cancer. I documented my experience in this thread. My aim was then, and is now, to encourage every man over 50 to seek a PSA test. OK, I know it's not 100% accurate, but it is the first step in a process that may just save your life. How many of us are going to refuse the option of a Covid-19 vaccine because it isn't guaranteed to give total immunity to every single recipient? I appreciate that the NHS is overloaded just now, and that it will be difficult to persuade a doctor to authorise a test at the moment, but this situation is temporary, and will pass. If you have any doubts at all, please discuss them with your doctor. In my own case my PSA began to rise some four years ago, but a course of radiation therapy at the Christie hospital was effective, and my now annual checks are consistently <0.01. The mantra used to be "Don't die of ignorance". To that can be added "Don't die of embarrassment".
  2. Posted by Ernie on 18/07/2020 13:13:46: Hi all, and especially Phil I hope this is of some use. I've mixed the two images, the painting, and the Photograph. It's about A3 size, and can be printed on paper or canvas. I can send a copy of the file, if you want to sort of replace the lost one ernie Ernie, that is quite brilliant! I'd love a copy if you can manage it, I'll PM you.
  3. Ascension turnaround, by Richard (or Robert) Wong. A very poor photograph of what was once my copy of a limited edition. It once hung inside our narrowboat, named "Wideawake", but was lost when the boat was burgled at its mooring and it and several other irreplaceable photos of Ascension were stolen. Have tried long and hard to find another copy, but never had any luck.
  4. Does anybody know which of these, if any, are able to operate in i/c powered models? I note that some, but not all, specifically say they're fit only for electric power, presumably because of vibration problems.
  5. Posted by Peter Miller on 10/03/2020 11:25:47: Eric Robson has just reminded me on another thread of a memory from my RAF days. When I was in the RAF at St Mawgan in the late 50s, we did some control line flying. Now we didn't have a lot of money then so anything that might save money was tried out. This chap turned up with a combat type model which he had covered with toilet paper (RAF issue) These were pretty small sheets in a hard glossy paper with "Government issue" on every sheet in green letters. He had covered it with the paper at different angles and then doped it. The first landing and it shattered everywhere. Never forgotten that. In my time, many years ago, as a member of the territorial army, I was told by the regimental quarter-master that the toilet paper ration he was allowed amounted to three sheets per man per day. How many men were denied relief and suffered in the interests of the hobby? From memory, I'm surprised that it needed doping, it was naturally impervious to anything!
  6. I went to work on Ascension Island in 1972. I bought a brand new Cortina MkIII, sans purchase tax, planning to bring it home after two years, and to use it as little as possible whilst on the island. To this end, shortly after arriving we acquired a Fiat 500 to use as a runabout. Among its peculiarities was a tendency to shake the exhaust manifold studs loose. This then meant that I had to get the cortina out of the garage and retrace my route to find the missing studs. This was essential as there were no spares available, and metric taps and dies were just non existent. Remarkably, I always found them. No amount of threadlock would keep them in. On returning to UK we bought our first house, then the bills started coming in and the cortina was traded in for something cheaper to release some equity! I learnt my lesson, on returning to the Island in 76 I took a MkI cortina that cost me £50. At the end of my tour I had it resprayed at a cost of £90, then sold it on the island for £450!
  7. Why not have a go at the (suggested, but never implemented) nuclear powered version? I'll get me coat.
  8. Double joy! Went to hospital this morning for my latest PSA result. Undetectable, "see you next year" and we were in and out so quickly (<20mins.) we didn't have to pay for parking! Just can't help thinking it could have all been very different if not for catching it early. If you're in any doubt at all, GET IT TESTED.
  9. It's almost exactly seven years since I started this thread. My PSA began to creep up four years ago, but a course of radiotherapy soon put a stop to it. I now have it checked every six months, due to get the result of the latest test tomorrow, but I'm still here and enjoying life. I've even started flying again! The moral is, get it diagnosed early. Don't die of embarrassment!
  10. Posted by Robin Etherton on 08/04/2019 08:30:17: If you are going to get a rectal examination try to get a lady doctor. They have smaller hands and it’s not so painful. Having watched my brother-in-law die slowly and painfully I would advise anyone to get tested and if necessary get examined, even if the doctor is built like a gorilla. A few minutes of discomfort does not compare with the pain and suffering he went through. I took the advice he gave me, had the PSA test and the examination, and my cancer was discovered and removed early. That was seven years ago, and I still think of him every day.
  11. I went to Southport airshow yesterday. I haven't had time to sort and edit the photographs, but I really don't want to lose any time in thanking the guys who put on such a great display of model flying during the morning. For some four hours before the full size show started they kept the growing crowd entertained with a superb display of flying. Jets, i.c., and electric power all featured in a fast moving and varied show over a wide range of disciplines, with several well flown formation displays. There was hardly a minute in the entire four hours when there wasn't a model in the sky. There were a couple of minor incidents, an electric flying wing spiralled in after going into a series of uncontrollable rolls (servo failure?) and a superb tiger moth suffered what I hope was minor damage from an unscheduled meeting with a planet, but the level of flying throughout was tremendous. Sadly, at the end of their display the event commentator did not thank them nor call for the round of applause they so richly deserved. In front of what must be one of the biggest non-model aware crowds to watch such a display they did much to raise the profile of the hobby and to show the general public that it's not all "drones over airports". Thank you gentlemen. Sadly we were not even told who you were, but as ambassadors for our hobby you did a great job. Once again, thank you.
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