No wizard – but there’s no place like like home
DID you read about Carl Thompson who was 65 stone, desperate to lose weight, but seemingly unable to detach himself from his 10,000 calorie daily diet of pizzas?
Before his recent death he had appealed for help via the internet – today’s Wizard of Oz – but ‘friends’ out there couldn’t help Mr Thompson where medics had failed.
These days Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion wouldn’t bother fighting witches and flying monkeys to find brains, a heart and courage. They’d google for self-help tips, and Dorothy would get back to Kansas with the aid of a satnav.
There’s been much comment about how Mr Thompson just needed to stop phoning for takeaways but of course emotional problems that usually contribute to eating disorders cannot always be so easily solved.
I was at a talk at Winchester Writers’ Festival last week, in which surprise twists and endings were discussed, such as in The Usual Suspects for which the author won an Academy award.
The speaker surprised us all – and gave me a nice link – by saying one of the best twists ever written was in The Wizard of Oz, as he turned out be a little man behind a screen. Dorothy and her friends eventually had to find answers within themselves.
The same advice could be given to the morbidly obese and anorexics. Stop feeding your body/ feed your body. If only it were so simple to treat cancer.
It may be simplistic to say life and death is in their own hands but, for whatever reasons, their bodies have become ravaged – by starving or stuffing – it’s true. So why do we show understanding for anorexics who kill themselves with immense self-control, but pour scorn on the fatties who die because they have none?
Mr F and I are looking forward to a very special event: The Hillingdon 50 Gala Concert on July 18 at Brunel University.
The programme will include Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s stunning 9th Symphony with massed choirs.
Before that local people will celebrate Hillingdon with scripted pieces about the borough as a place to live and work. Information and tickets from www.brunel.ac.uk/ galaconcert and www. hillingdonphil.btck.co.uk or phone 01895 674223. See you there?