Who Won the Week (29 August 2021)

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.

Just a pleasant feel-good story today. Our news is still dominated by Afghanistan but I wanted to look for something cheery instead. The UK’s oldest surviving heart transplant patient, Ted Warner, was 90 back in June,but because of COVID, is not having his party until today. I’m just trying to imagine all those candles!

He got the new heart back in 1990, at the Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. The Papworth pioneered the operation from the first transplant in 1979.

image from BBC


Life through the Lens (29 August 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

This is the Pont Gustav Flaubert in Rouen, France. The city was Flaubert’s birthplace (the author of Madame Bovary) and one of my favourite haunts. It is only 50km/30mi from the port so we would often weekend there. Though the city is industrial now, it has a wonderful old centre.

This bridge is unique because the whole thing raises, roadway and all, on those columns, to allow tall ships to pass underneath, but the reason I took this photo was also that array of bollards stretching off into the distance – I’ve obviously tried to squeeze both in to the frame. The river you see is the Seine, wending its way from Paris, through Rouen, up to the coast at Le Havre.

A photo of a bridge, taken by the side of the River Seine in Rouen

Highs and Lows

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 29 August 2021, falling.

A writer could not find a noun,
So drank bottle or rum, golden brown,
He had hoped he might write,
Tale of dizzying height,
But found all that he did was fall down.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt