Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month

Today marks the end of DVT awareness month. This is a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition affecting 1 in 1000 people, with potentially fatal complications. I am disappointed that this month has not had more publicity. DVT awareness is a cause close to my heart, having suffered … Continue reading Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month

Walking the Queen Charlotte Track. New Zealand

DAY 1 200 years after Yorkshire man Captain Cook first landed in New Zealand on his ship The Endeavour, another Yorkshire man and his wife, landed at Ships Cove from Picton on the boat "Sounds Exciting", hoping that our trip lived up to the boat's name. James Cook was born and brought up in Yorkshire, … Continue reading Walking the Queen Charlotte Track. New Zealand

The Story of my Name. Part 2

  I was named after an old Irish song that was famously sung by John McCormack, Joseph Locke and my Grandad, John Tarpy. My grandfather made this song into a record, as far as I am aware, there are no longer any copies in existence. It was written by an Irish Poet, John Keegan Casey … Continue reading The Story of my Name. Part 2