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1  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Broadgage unwell. on: January 23, 2023, 01:13:24 pm
Had seasonal flu injection yesterday and covid vaccination today. Head not yet exploded.
A neighbour was in the same hospital yesterday  but has now been released. They fell out of the loft at home, onto the floor below. Appeared unhurt but kept in for observation.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Broadgage unwell. on: January 22, 2023, 08:56:43 pm
Alcohol is not permitted in hospital, the odd very small supply might have been consumed, but not regularly.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Broadgage unwell. on: January 22, 2023, 05:46:03 pm
Still in hospital, being well cared for and FAIRLY well fed. Lost a fair bit of weight, not on a planned diet but by eating only a single course. Avoiding the puddings as all are much too sweet for my taste and presumably therefore fattening.

Roast beef, good
Roast lamb, good.
Lamb "farm steaks" which are basically burgers, acceptable.
Fried fish, disgusting. The only dish about which I complained.
Egg mayo salad, good.
Steamed or poached fish with sauce, good.

Bit of a drama today when one of the side rails of the bed came of when I leant on it. Engineer called who stated it was operator error by physiotherapy team who swapped the rails around.

Very glad of my own blanket. Many patients complained about the hospital blankets, small, thin, polyester, and not enough for more than two each.

Have had numerous scans and tests, and given many blood samples.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Railway accident near Barcelona injures many. on: December 13, 2022, 03:18:44 pm
Later reports confirm "more than 150 injured"  but confirm that most were not seriously hurt.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63884695


5  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Broadgage unwell. on: December 13, 2022, 01:29:42 pm
Nightwear seems to be tolerated these days. Many inmates are wearing proper night shirts and pajamas.

Bit surprised that I got away with my own blanket. However the Fire brigade bundled me up in the nearest blanket, and at the hospital no one queried it.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Broadgage unwell. on: December 12, 2022, 07:41:21 pm
I am sorry to report that I am in Musgrove park hospital near Taunton.

Let's book a pint in Minehead or Taunton when the weathers gets warmer.

Would you mind if I joined you both?

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P.S. I evaded the dreaded open back hospital gowns, by packing in advance several of my own nightshirts

Open back? I've just realised I was wearing them the wrong way around, which would explain some of the looks I got.

Yes you are welcome to join in.
And also, yes, hospital gowns are almost always worn with opening at the back. They CAN be worn open at the front, if so instructed, perhaps because medical staff need easy access to your front. Rare though.
Full sized persons sometimes wear two such gowns, one each way around. This reduces the degree of exposure.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Broadgage unwell. on: December 12, 2022, 11:28:36 am
I am sorry to report that I am in Musgrove park hospital near Taunton.

From Wednesday I suffered from severe lower back pain, to the extent of being unable to get up from the bed. As a consequence I wet myself, more than once.
On Friday morning I made another attempt to get up, fell and was unable to arise from the floor.

Rang 999 for an ambulance, This took about 5 hours to arrive. Meanwhile I had to arrange for a builder to force an entry, and also remove my bedroom door, as it opened inwards and I was wedged against the inside.

After very considerable faffing around I was finally removed to hospital.

At the hospitable they found a laundry list of faults with me. My mobility has worsened in hospital as they are very reluctant to supply painkillers beyond a few paracetamol.

Hopefully things will improve. IMHO (in my humble opinion) the hospital concentrated over much on the fall itself, which was very minor, and not on the more significant preceding events.

P.S. I evaded the dreaded open back hospital gowns, by packing in advance several of my own nightshirts
I also evaded the nasty NHS blankets, small, thin, and polyester. Fortunately the paramedics bundled me up in one of my own large wool blankets.  At least two other patients enquired as to why I was given a proper blanket and they were not.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Railway accident near Barcelona injures many. on: December 07, 2022, 11:32:29 am
Early reports suggest no loss of life, but as many as 150 injured.
Local reports suggest that both trains were travelling in the same direction and that one was stopped at a station when the second train struck the rear of the stopped train.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63884695
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: End date for Castles - initially a Rumour Mill thread on: December 02, 2022, 10:26:15 am
We keep hearing, in various threads, that there are extra/surplus/spare IETS. Yet short formed IETS are still a regular feature.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Growing Rail Revenue on: December 01, 2022, 06:41:22 am
Simpler fare structure would be, IMO (in my opinion), much better for passengers. But would it grow revenue? I note that "grow" is not identical to "increase" and a short term decrease in revenue might be more than compensated for (not only financially) by long term growth in railway usage.

My proposed simplification would produce some increases in revenue.

In particular, trains known to be busy would be open only to those with peak tickets. No more discounted advance tickets on services known to be over crowded.

And reduced super bargain fares on lightly used trains should attract more users. No more punitively high fares for wak up travel on a lightly used service.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Growing Rail Revenue on: December 01, 2022, 06:31:38 am
3 as stated cannot work on long distance trains.....otherwise you could go via PNZ to get to Newcastle/Edinburgh from London, and via Inverness to get to Glasgow from London

I disagree. I very much doubt that significant numbers of passengers would make the rather improbable journeys suggested above, if only due to the time taken. If large numbers DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) travel thus, then prohibit it by printing "NOT VIA PENZANCE" On the tickets.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Privately owned funicular railway. on: November 28, 2022, 05:34:03 am
Attached to a private house, to ease moving shopping etc up a steep incline. Ran until recently, but is currently awaiting repairs.
https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/uk-family-small-cable-railway-house

13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Growing Rail Revenue on: November 28, 2022, 04:45:22 am
I agree with the need for much simpler fares, and have previously posted in detail regarding this.
for almost all journeys, only three different fares.
Almost all tickets to be valid via any reasonable route.
When the permitted routing is restricted, this to be printed ON THE TICKET, "not via London" for example.

14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Railway History and related topics / Re: OTD - 1st February (2003) - Space Shuttle Columbia breaks up killing 7 on: November 24, 2022, 10:15:28 am
The link in the above post seems to have vanished.

Here is a new link to the vintage film about Australian railways.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usi4LM_iVuw
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: End date for Castles - initially a Rumour Mill thread on: November 23, 2022, 04:50:18 am
Any ideas what might happen to them? Scrap? Sold overseas (where)? Heritage diesel line?

I suspect that most will be scrapped. Hopefully some of those in best condition can be preserved. Not many preserved railways will want a short HST (High Speed Train), but that does not prevent saving vehicles to use in full length trains.

The earlier HSTs ran only a few years after the end of main line steam and ARE now heritage.
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