Blood Donation

Well I've just come back from my 5th Blood Donor session!  For many years I never did this, the mere thought of it was absolutely awful; my blood was very precious to me and didn't really want to loose it.

But it's very precious to somebody else as well. somebody quite probably in a far worse state than me. I can make more it; they might be alive to.

The worse part of donating yet hasn't happened yet... later on this evening I need to take the plaster from my arm. Now that is going to hurt!!!

Some people can't give blood, and for some it is quite a shock to the system. But if  you then I would really urge you to do so. If you look on the National Blood Donation website you can see the level of blood stocks.

For some types that is just a few days and at the best 11 days. That is hardly anything at all......

As it says in the adverts "Do something amazing today".

The usefulness of things… or why things do come in handy

I'm a horder (or should that be an horder?) It pains me to see things thrown away, that to me have no value, but still retain something about them that could be useful in the right context. Of course by this definition nothing would be thrown away. This is a state that we should be in. Landfils are getting very full.

In the part "the old days" of computers when I first started using them, floppy disks could be 5.25" wide - and really floppy. There was a notch on the side of the disk that you could cover up with a small sticky label. This had the effect of making the disk protected against being overwritten.

Time of course moves on, and the systems that used this disk have gone by (or collecting dust in my garage). But I still kept those labels in an envelope full of various different types of labels. 15 years later we were packaging up some greetings card to sell for charity. We needed some small sticky labels to seel the packets. Those old 5.25" labels came out.

So next time you think "that might just have a use" save it, but be prepared to wait for 15 years!