Here’s hoping storyline was not just a fantasy
Henry Kelly, DJ and game show host, Jan Hammer, composer, Olivia Hussey, actress,
Pete Shelley, singer/guitarist Nick Hornby, novelist, Sean Bean, actor
Muttiah Muralitharan, former cricketer, Victoria Beckham, singer, fashion designer, businesswoman Rooney Mara, actress, A RECENT episode of Holby City revealed a very strong storyline involving the newly released from prison surgeon Mr Ric Griffin.
He is competing for funds for a very exciting project, namely growing a new bladder for people who have lost theirs.
Many people have bladder loss mainly through cancer and have endured a lengthy operation called a radical cystectomy.
I had this operation more than eight years ago which has been a total success and I adjusted to the urostomy bag quite easily.
This is because I am elderly, have children, grandchildren, been to university and am well travelled.
However, for younger people it is more important to keep their bladders as it means they retain a normal appearance and can dress how they please and do not have the hassle of ordering necessary products and embarrassing moments going through airport security.
Thus I hope the medical researchers at the BBC have some evidence to support this storyline as it will have given hope to many patients and their families.
If it is fantasy then the BBC must look more closely at what they are putting out there. Be hopeful by all means but above all be truthful - and avoid la la land! RACISM was rife in the UK during the 1960s with a colour bar and discrimination in housing and employment.
The 1968 Race Relations act was brought in by a Labour Government to counter this racism.
Fifty years ago Enoch Powell made his speech against immigration and Europe to a meeting of Tories in the West Midlands in what became known as his ‘rivers of blood’ speech.
He was sacked by Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath and even today there are people who argue that ‘Enoch was right.’
Powell’s speech made racism look respectable and in 1968, shortly after his speech, the far right National Front marched through Huddersfield and, according to their organisers, gained eight new members on the back of Powell’s speech. We then saw an upsurge of violence against immigrants.
Powell was an opportunist who was hoping one day to lead the Conservative Party. He failed miserably. Racism still exists among some people but we have made advances in race relations by being far more tolerant with each other than we were in the days of Enoch Powell