Wednesday, August 11, 2010

.....and this little piggy came to Singapore!

No, Lin did not have a turn with the inaugural Youth Olympic Games torch*. But he did have 2A of his chemotherapy programme yesterday! Only four and a half cycles to go.


On paper we are exactly one cycle behind schedule.


* The inaugural YOG is being held in Singapore from August 14-26 for young athletes from 14 to 18 years of age.


His dosage has been reduced slightly and we are keeping fingers crossed that this will enable his WBC and Neutrophils to come back to normal more quickly than they have been doing. Anyway, we live in hope!


Waiting at home last evening were Chris and Andrew Simmons, sons of 'Bill' Simmons who ran The Straits Times in the pre-SPH era. Then, The Straits Times was one company and the newspaper circulated both in Singapore AND Malaysia.


I remember Bill as Chris' and Andrew's father first and then as the 'Big Boss' of the Straits Times.


At that time I was working in advertising and public relations and freelancing as the motoring writer for the Sunday Times so I had very little to do with the likes of the Lin Holloways and Bill Simmonses of the world. Ah, the early '70s were a great time for us young people.


I'd better not say more as that would not only incriminate me, but lots of other people we ran around with at that time.


Today, Lin's lumbered with his heavy, black infusion pump and looking forward to turning it in tomorrow. In the meantime, it is working like a dream; maybe we should suggest to the manufacturer that they design it to use lighter batteries as I think that would save much of the weight and bulk.


In the meantime we will continue juicing fruit and vegetables and, in his case, staying off alcoholic beverages.


Thanks to Pat we can take consolation in nibbling on a shoulder of Jamon Iberico de Bellota which I am getting quite adept at slicing!  As you all can see the shoulder's almost gone..............


If you have not had the real thing, believe me, this little piggy will make an afficionado out of you.  


Believe me, even my non-pork eating friend (who shall remain nameless) enjoys the happy, organically raised pigs who roam free and munch on acorns!


And this fat is GOOD fat, see what Wikipedia has to say about it -

Extract from Wikipedia:
Bellota jamones are prized both for their smooth texture and rich savory taste. A good ibérico ham has regular flecks of intramuscular fat. Because of the pig's diet of acorns, much of the jamón's fat is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.

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