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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

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........ John Muir

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........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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#1 final drain
#2 the extraction
#3 and there it is
#4 at home in get-well-present socks

the nurses I met this time were competent, pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. What a shame they weren't on the ward!

beth says:

welcome home :) have a NICE day :)

15th May 2009, 07:57

boet says:

some photos (hospital series) makes me sick/dizzy :S
hope your getting better real soon.

15th May 2009, 07:57

daz says:

Welcome home. :)

15th May 2009, 08:19

paintist says:

you appear to have had some bad nurse experiences in hospital? thats sad :-(
Well done who ever took the photos, a steadier hand than I would have....
Love the socks

15th May 2009, 08:39

thanks guys

not just the nurses I'm afraid. A few of the nurses were actually lovely, but they tended to be the junior ones who, if they didn't know an answer wouldn't bullsh*t but would tell me they didn't know, then go off and find the answer was and come back to tell me when they had done so.

I really am trying to save the messages for articles that doctors will read as that will do more good than ranting here

15th May 2009, 08:48

so good to hear that things are going well.

15th May 2009, 09:43

Viv says:

glad they are all gone and the pain is lessened

excellent pressie

15th May 2009, 10:10

So much to write - and photo commissions too... I've started work 2 days earlier than I planned (not full time, don't worry) because of the old things that need doing and new opportunities that have come up. Unfortunately just before diagnosis I had been offered a contract to write a good portion of the new Time Out Guide to Argentina and I had to turn that down as the op meant I wasn't going to be able to travel there in time to hit the deadline :(

15th May 2009, 10:21

Puddlepuff says:

YeeeeeY!! No more weird foreign objects in your body! ;)


15th May 2009, 10:23


15th May 2009, 10:23

Sprocket says:

nice slippers - are they standard NHS issue?

15th May 2009, 12:15

minkey says:

Not surprised to hear that hospital stay not great...Now feet up (just a little bit) and enjoy the weekend. Sorry you won't be there in person tomorrow.btw I like the pink socks

15th May 2009, 13:10

SLG says:

glad the drains are out. nothing really changes on the wards (over the last 30yrs)

Great idea to write about it where it will be read.

15th May 2009, 13:34

Javama says:

Glad the drain is out, and that you have lovely pink socks!

15th May 2009, 14:27

jle says:


15th May 2009, 16:54

Caine says:

I'm glad that's out and gone now. I know you love your blue, but you look lovely in pink. :)

15th May 2009, 18:35

yourhermione says:

I covet your fuzzy pink socks. They are awesome.

15th May 2009, 19:31

JEsson says:

No matter where you go in the world... there are pink fuzzy socks- thank goodness for home comforts!

D- all the best with the writing. Words don't just empower the writer but all those who can't speak for themselves. So many of the adults I've taught over the years couldn't communicate their message- made me realise that I should never miss an opportunity to do the most good I can when I can. (no patronising intended, only being a cheer-squad in the background:-) )

16th May 2009, 04:42

PrincessJun says:

Glad to hear that the drain is out - and I'm loving the pink socks!

16th May 2009, 11:12


16th May 2009, 13:42

cariadus says:

Bet you're glad not to have that pipe in you any more. :)
Glad you're home and love the socks.

16th May 2009, 18:13

thank you both
and absolutely cariadus

went to see the Shoot London mobloggers this morning before they wet off to compete too, which was great

16th May 2009, 18:23

cariadus says:

Wish I could have been there to meet you and the other mobloggers too. Maybe next year...

16th May 2009, 18:41

that would be fantastic

16th May 2009, 18:43

Suzi Shoes says:

Gosh Carole! Only just realised you've had this whole experience, so sorry. Will email you right away.

Good to have your surgery behind you, and the 'closure' the last drain coming out can give. Can then focus on healing,

Sending positive vibes XX

17th May 2009, 00:48

:) - thanks Suzi - don't see that email yet...

17th May 2009, 02:08

bronxelf says:

Welcome home. :)

17th May 2009, 07:40

EVILMINK269 says:

Cute fuzzy socks :)

18th May 2009, 04:28

midlife says:

Hello Dhamaka(First Day Without Pain Killer) I'm glad you are back home and recovering well. The fluffy white socks, and leather couch looks sooo comfortable: great capture. Snuggle up with all the friends and family you love soon.

19th May 2009, 03:36