Securicare Putting you first card
Now I have a blue badge to park on double and single yellow lines so watch out as I’ll be in your way – although parking wardens fine you for any mistakes.
But I also have a Securicare Putting yourself first card which says ‘ I have a medical condition and anyone I present this card to must allow me immediate use of their toilet/’
I asked Annabel what she would do if I turned up on her doorstep in Tooting and presented her with this. ‘I’ve never heard of this and I don’t know what I’d do in London – there’s no picture on you. If you live on your own it’s a hard one/
Mark says ‘I’d be peeing on your doorstep while you check out the card on the internet.
The challenges of cancer move on apace and now we have to deal with toilet help. I never imagined a disease would confront our dignity so furiously. It makes leaving the house to have a change of scene such a provocation and trial. The Securicare card may never be used. I can’t envisage turning up at any of your doorsteps to beg for Mark to be let in to use the loo.
As a child on our family holidays we roamed Britain in our rented dormobile for two weeks and went wherever the weather forecast was fine. My wonderful grandmother came with us, but she had a phobia of thunderstorms. My job as an eight year old was to knock on doors when the thunder and lightning were at their height and ask if my grandmother could sit under their stairs until the storm subsided. That now seems no different to me offering the Securicare card at doors today. If anyone else had a relative with these special needs, let me know.
My reward for this trauma was to stay in a bed and breakfast for the night with her – I also had to go in and check out the room. One night we stayed in Whitby and I remember sitting at the breakfast table overlooking the sea which had a large decorated blue china pot in pride of place. The owner said it was Captain Cook’s apprenticeship award. Can that be true?
So here is another idea for you inventive foodies. What would be your final meal? I’ve collated your final hour and many of you were eating – you can find the details on this link.
Mark’s final meal
Ceviche of tuna and other fish
Bavette steak with mushrooms, tomatoes, allumette potatoes and bearnaise sauce
Chimichurri sauce made by the Rose and Crown Fletching
Vanilla Angel Delight
Katsu Curry and rice
Pavlova and summer fruit
Modern version of prawn cocktail with kindly caught prawns
Skate wing – cooked by me in Normandy hand churned butter
Mashed potato and spinach, cream and rosemary as cooked in Simpson’s in the Strand
My grandmother’s bread and butter pudding made with white bread and sultanas.
So let us know your meals!