No wiz­ard – but there’s no place like like home

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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?

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