An Aberration of Nature?

Just read a fascinating and well-researched blog by Lara Starr at   (there didn’t seem to be any way of re-blogging it unfortunately) regarding the 15% of the population who have Rh negative blood.  I just so happen to be one of those people (I am O negative).

People with Rh positive blood can be traced back to Rhesus monkeys, but us negatives cannot. I do believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, but negatives cannot be traced back to anywhere else in nature. So did we come from a different ancestor (my mother always joked that I was an alien child!)?  Ms Starr’s blog states that some people think Rh negatives are the survivors of Atlantis.  Hmm… I don’t know about that – perhaps that’s why I’m not keen on being on the sea!

Us Rh negative mothers can produce a first baby, which always has the same blood group as us, but we cannot produce subsequent children without medical help.  After my first baby was born I had to have a ‘Gamma D’ injection to stop me making antibodies and aborting further babies who might have had Sam’s Rh positive blood group.  Ms Starr states that this is because Rh negatives and Rh positives are like two different species which cannot cross breed.

I read on the blog that the Basque people of Spain and France have the highest percentage of Rh negative blood.  A cousin of mine once researched the family tree on my father’s side of the family (I have the same blood group as my mother, although I do not know if my father was Rh negative too).  About three generations back was the very Spanish-sounding name of one of my ancestors.  From childhood to this day I have always been fascinated by Spanish music, especially Flamenco guitarists and dancers.

Also written on the blog was a list of 22 characteristics of people with Rh negative blood.  I have 12 of those characteristics:

  1.  A feeling of not belonging.
  2. Truth seeker.
  3. Sense of a ‘mission’ in life.
  4. Empathy and compassion for mankind.
  5. ESP ability.
  6. Love of space and science.
  7. More sensitive vision and other senses.
  8. Increased psychic/intuitive ability.
  9. Predominantly blue, green or hazel eyes (mine are hazel).
  10. Increased sensitivity to heat and light (you can say that again!).
  11. Experience strange unexplained phenomenon.
  12. Psychic dreams.

Type O negative keeps on striving until they achieve their goals, and are loyal.  Yes, I am both of those, but perhaps I am also an aberration of nature!  Also I can stop wristwatches with ease by just wearing them.

Where did I come from?

Do check out Ms Starr’s blog if you have a minute.

Fascinating, eh?  



Friday Roundup – 16th March

1.  Thanks to Chris Naish for these 3 book promotion ideas:

2. Thanks to Donna Galanti, guest blogger on Chris, the Story Reading Ape’s blog, for these tips on creating your author persona:

4 Ways to Create Your Author Persona…

3.  Thanks to Author Marketing Experts for this info on marketing books on YouTube:

4. Aui V shares lessons learned after writing a book:

5.  Michele Jones offers her services to Indie authors via C.S Boyack’s blog:

6.  Thanks to Rachel Poli for these blogging tools and for the 8 types of blog posts which get a lot of attention:

Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog [Blogging]

8 Types Of Blog Posts That Get Attention [Blogging]

7.  Janice Wald gives 12 ways to become a successful blogger:

8.  Thanks to The Maltese Tiger for these 30 sites that pay writers:

9. Rachel Poli gives the pros and cons of having an email list/newsletter:

The Pros And Cons Of Having An Email List [Blogging]

10.  Jean M. Cogdell blogs about writing with rhythm:

How to transform your writing into beautiful magic

11.  Some punctuation advice from Connie J. Jasperson:

Semicolon; Comma Splice, Comma #amwriting

12.  Alexis Chateau gives some tips on writing an interesting ‘About Me’ page:

4 Tips for Writing an Engaging “About Page” for your Website or Blog


A Little Light Reading…

I just thought I’d give you a bit of a laugh and show you the kind of words I have to deal with and have to figure out in my job as a medical secretary.  When the words are spoken by somebody with a heavy accent, it makes it all the more ‘interesting’!  All I can say is … thank goodness for Google.

I work in the Eye Clinic, and I must say that Eyes seem to have more medical terminology than any department I’ve ever worked in.  Here below is an example of what’s coming at me through the headphones.  It’s a nightmare when you start in a new department, because each department has its own terminology and what’s worse… you don’t know any of it.  Over a period of time you  get to learn what each word means, although as yet I haven’t been there long enough to get by without my trusty Google!

  1. YAG capsulotomy.
  2. Fluorescein angiography.
  3. Vitelliform macular dystrophy.
  4. Van Herick Grading.
  5. Uhthoff’s Phenomenon.
  6. Tarso-conjunctival diamond.
  7. Telangiectasia.
  8. Pseudoexfoliation.
  9. Posterior capsular opacification.
  10. Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome.
  11. Crocodile shagreen megalocornea & corectopia (my favourite!).
  12. Conjuntivochalasia.
  13. Exophthalmometry.
  14. Idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy.
  15. Iridotrabecular meshwork contact.
  16. Lagophthalmos.

I love words!  Aren’t they wonderful!


Some social scientists have predicted that certain scenarios could mean your marriage is more likely to end in divorce.  I’ll list a few of them below, but will spare the obvious ones such as adultery and physical or sexual abuse:

1.  Marrying in your teens or after the age of 32.

I know one marriage that failed and one that survived where both brides were 18.  My best friend was 33 when she married, and she is still married to the same guy.  Teenagers still need to mature emotionally, and may find after a few years that the young person they married is now totally different.  Some I suppose cannot cope with this.  Older people in their thirties may be too set in their ways to live with a partner, and may be unable to compromise.

2.  One partner doesn’t have a full time job.

If one partner is at home looking after children and money is tight, they may resent their other half ‘getting under their feet’ at home when he/she should be out working and providing for the family.

3.  Not finishing senior school.

Without a basic education, trying to survive in an increasingly competitive world will be full of pitfalls.  How can somebody gain decent employment which pays enough to provide for a family if he/she cannot read and write properly?

4.  Being overly affectionate as newlyweds.

Passion fades to companionship in time, and this may be a shock for a couple ‘joined-at-the-hip-and-other places’ so to speak…

5.  Weathering daily stress.

Stress either brings couples closer together or tears them apart.

6.  Withdrawing during conflict.

If one partner refuses to talk about the problem and clams up or walks off, then the other one is going to become mightily angry!

7.  Turning a behaviour into a statement about a partner’s character.

They told a little white lie to spare your feelings, and now they’re a pathological liar…


Sam and I married when we were both 22.  We had both finished senior school and Sam had also completed a 4 year apprenticeship.  Sam has had about 5 days off sick from his full time job since I’ve known him (40 years), and weathering financial hardship in the 1980s and industrial stress/conflict in our early fifties brought us closer together.  Hence I suppose that’s why we are still married after nearly 38 years! However, other marriages I’ve known have not fared so well.

What do you think helps a marriage to survive?  


Smorgasbord Health Column- Turning Back The Clock – Chapter Six -Are you in danger of becoming an old fogey!!

I’ve certainly done some of the things on Sally’s ‘Getting Old’ list. How about you? My body definitely tells me it wants to eat at the same times every day, and I quite enjoy sitting out on my decking on the Isle of Wight!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Over the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my book on anti-aging.. Turning Back the Clock. Some of the strategies have been included in other posts on the various areas of health that can accelerate the natural aging process, but in this book I bring them all together. Some of you may have already followed the series that I posts in February 2016, but I hope enough time has passed for you to find it worth another look.

This is a natural anti-aging programme. We all age but many of us are assisting the process with diet and lifestyle choices. This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!

Turning Back The Clock – Chapter Six -Are you in danger of becoming an old fogey!!

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Monday Memories-The Cartwheel Catastrophe of 2016

Are you ageing gracefully, or can you still do a cartwheel? I’ve never been able to do a cartwheel and I had to give up jogging, but I’m a common sight around my village as I walk and wear out pairs of trainers!

From Michigan to Germany

Today was a beautiful day!  I got to get outside and really enjoy it as I made my way to the tram station.  The sun was shining and it was rather warm outside considering we just had snow 2 days ago.  Spring is coming.  I got to thinking about working in the garden, and how much I loved my garden in Michigan.  As I was walking down the tree lined path, I started to think about the last garden I planted in Michigan.  I can remember the day so clearly.

It was early Spring 2016, Dirk and Cheyenne spent the entire afternoon with me, clearing the weeds and starting to turn the soil. That year we were lucky and had an early Spring. I wanted to be sure we took full advantage and get the garden in early.  We worked really hard that day and got the entire garden ready…

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Free Loaders

In the past we’ve all heard of free loaders who for example are about to give birth and then travel to the UK in order to have their baby at an NHS hospital and pay no fee.  I’ve recently read that this and many other examples of NHS abuse are being clamped down upon by hospital administrators, who will now charge a foreign patient for treatment unless that patient can produce a UK passport.  I’m going to give my own example of free loading that I witnessed first hand, and then I will write of another example where I think the administrators have actually gone too far…

In 2004 I was working as a ward clerk.  The NHS wanted to stop high agency nursing fees and so encouraged many foreign nurses to come over to the UK with their immediate families to work permanent contracts – 6 of which arrived on the ward where I worked.  They were smiling, polite, biddable, and it looked as though the strategy had worked.  However, within a few months all 6 were pregnant and off on a year’s paid maternity leave.  Why take the job on when you know you’re trying for a baby? Agency staff were called in again, and now the NHS had to pay agency staff and maternity pay! I was promoted and left the ward, so am not sure whether they ever returned to work or not.

On the other hand I just read on my iPad the sad tale of Jamaican Albert Thompson.  He came to the UK 44 years ago with his mother, who was a nurse and who dedicated much of her working life to the NHS.  He grew up and still lives in London, and was employed full time as a mechanic and did MOT work, paying taxes for more than 30 years.  However, he has never owned a British passport, and the Jamaican one he arrived with had been lost many years ago.

When Albert was diagnosed with prostate cancer he was given a form requesting a British passport.  When he told the hospital administrator he didn’t have one,  he was informed that to have a course of radiotherapy he would need to pay £54,000 in advance.  He has next to no money, having been off work since 2008 with the blood cancer lymphoma.  His protestations that he has lived in the UK most of his life are falling on deaf ears.

A spokesperson for the hospital in London where Albert needs treatment says that “Each NHS Trust in England is legally responsible for identifying and charging overseas visitors using NHS services, where the patient cannot prove that they are legally entitled to live in the UK.”

Albert’s case has been taken up by the migration charity Praxis, and so hopefully there might be a happy outcome for him.  I hope so.






Role-Models for Real Life

Well said Aurora! I’m 5ft 3ins and have curly hair which shrinks in the rain! I am anything but perfect, but to be honest… I really don’t care! No product will ever straighten my hair, but as I’m growing older I find I prefer it curly anyway.


March 12, 2018 – In years gone by, clothing stores, makeup manufacturers and the like have only used models with those perfect bodies and skin to show us their products.  How do you feel about this?  Would you like to see “real” people in ads?


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Open Book Blog Hop – March 12th

Here’s this week’s subject:

In years gone by, clothing stores, makeup manufacturers and the like have only used models with those perfect bodies and skin to show us their products. How do you feel about this? Would you like to see “real” people in ads?

I used to read dreadful stories of size zero models starving themselves on a lettuce leaf all day.  We all know that the average size of a woman today is size 14, and to me it just didn’t make sense that these models were forced to curb hunger pangs just so that they could parade up and down the catwalk in clothes that wouldn’t fit the majority of women anyway.  Okay, they were paid well for their trouble, but given the future health issues they might have been storing up, I would rather have seen more curvier models.  Some of them never looked very well at all.  Also, who in their right minds would have walked about in the strange clothes they were modelling?

I think it’s different now, and we do see older models and also less stick-thin models too, so times are changing for the better in the fashion world.

As regards skin products, it’s farcical that they show younger women with no wrinkles to advertise anti-wrinkle cream.  Do the manufacturers think the public are stupid?  We need to see middle-aged women in the adverts who have been around a few years!  However, as there is yet no cure for wrinkles, what’s the point of advertising it anyway?  Good old Aqueous cream has worked well for me for years.  It’s less than £5 per tub, and it moisturises the skin better than any overpriced cream can ever do.  I’ve got a few wrinkles, but hey, who cares?

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Review of ‘Different Class’ by Joanne Harris

I do like reading bestsellers, and ‘Different Class’ by Joanne Harris is usually ranked quite high on Amazon.


Apparently the author taught French at a boys’ school. I don’t know if this school was a state school or a private one, but Ms Harris describes the staff of St. Oswald’s private school very well.  There is Roy Straitley, dyed-in-the-wool Latin master of 30 years, and Harry Clarke, bohemian free spirit and friend of the boys to name but two.  When Johnny Harrington, the new headmaster, arrives at St. Oswald’s,  Roy realises he taught him years before and didn’t like him then.  Now Harrington is full of new ideas that do not appeal to Roy Straitley.  Over a period of time, Roy starts to wonder whether there is a conspiracy to edge him out.

There are the usual secrets between the boys just bubbling below the surface for the reader to try and discover.  There is even a murder or two for our delectation.  However, the book is long and rambling (over 400 pages).  It meanders along and is very slow to reach a conclusion. Boys are given nicknames of animals which I found quite confusing, and the story zig-zags back and forth from the past to the present.  There are also quite a lot of Latin phrases dotted about throughout the whole book, which I, not having had a classical education, found irritating as I had to keep finding out what they meant in  English.

On the whole I was rather disappointed with this book.  Actually I couldn’t even finish it as after reading 80% of it I’m afraid I just couldn’t concentrate on it anymore.  That doesn’t mean it was badly written; it wasn’t.  The author writes intelligently and obviously had the classical education that I have not.  It’s just that the book was over-long and didn’t hold my interest.  I’m going to give it three stars, as the original plot was well thought out, it’s just that the author took a rather long-winded route to get to the conclusion.

One day I may even go back and finish the story!