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YOURS (UK) - - Content - Valery McCon­nell, Ed­i­tor at Large

Winged wonders

Mem­o­rable oc­ca­sions are of­ten com­pletely un­ex­pected. On a trip to the Peak Dis­trict I stum­bled across a bud­dleia bush cov­ered in pea­cock but­ter­flies. It was a won­der­ful sight. How lucky we are to have such beau­ti­ful crea­tures liv­ing among us. Pat Lowther, Durham

Vi­tal health check

I found your ar­ti­cle on men’s health in is­sue 267 very in­ter­est­ing, but you missed one vi­tal is­sue – ab­dom­i­nal aor­tic aneurysm or triple A. My hus­band was hav­ing a scan for a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion when it was dis­cov­ered he had an aneurysm. It was so en­larged that he was kept in hospi­tal and op­er­ated on within 36 hours. Men over 65 should re­ceive a let­ter from their doc­tor ad­vis­ing them that they can have a scan, which only takes about 15 min­utes. Triple A doesn’t have any symp­toms, and can be life-threat­en­ing if it should burst. My hus­band and I are so grate­ful that it was found in time. Mavis Wal­lace, St Al­bans

Lit­tle white lies

Ac­cept­ing ev­ery so­cial in­vi­ta­tion can be ex­haust­ing and ex­pen­sive, but when peo­ple asked me over the phone, I found it dif­fi­cult to say no – un­til I thought of this. Now, if I don’t fancy do­ing some­thing I say: “Let me just check my cal­en­dar.” After a few mo­ments, I say: “Oh no, I’ve got some­thing else on that day/night.” If they ask: “Can’t you can­cel?” I say: “I haven’t seen them for ages and they’ll be up­set.” This way it sounds as if I don’t re­ally want to go, so the per­son won’t feel too bad about me turn­ing down their in­vi­ta­tion. Some may think this is dis­hon­est

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