Greetings …

23rd October 2018 — 60 Comments

… to all my friends, subscribers and those who have wished me well. I stopped posting my blog when the cancer pain became unbearable. I had other things to think about but now, with the help of morphine and other drugs, I feel much better.

Alas. I have nothing new to say. The Muse has left me and until the situation improves further, that is how it will remain. Sorry.

Thank you to the NHS and all the other agencies who have helped me through a difficult time. I am at present attending the Florence Nightingale Hospice Out-Patients Day Care Unit at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury. Keeps me going …


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60 responses to Greetings …

  1. I wish you a speedy recovery john, take care and look after yourself…..we’re all here if you need owt.

  2. All the best John,wishing you well. xx

  3. nice to see you back writing john me old mate im pleased you are feeling a bit better, and mrs john
    hope she is feeling better too, stick in there john, cheers brian

  4. Really sorry to hear about your health problem, John. I had no idea that you were ill until I read this blog.

    Very best wishes for a speedy improvement.


  5. John – good of you to think of us when you have more important things in life to deal with. Wishing you all the best. Nick

  6. Good to hear from you…. Onwards and Upwards …. All the best x

  7. John, when the days are dark just remember you have a lot of supporters out there on the web. We may be somewhat hidden from sight, but be assured we are thinking of you, and have much appreciated your entertaining words of wisdom over the years… best wishes… Rob

  8. I did wonder… Best wishes John.

  9. Hello my dear friend,

    Nice to hear the pain is improving, Even nicer to see a blog post.

    It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.


  10. Good luck John and all the very best.

  11. Fight the good fight John,best wishes.

  12. Nice to see you putting pen to paper again or in this case finger to keyboard in this digital age John. Good to hear things have improved. Take care and I’ll be looking forward to your next post when you’re feeling up to it.

  13. We send you all our best. You are a loved man, John.

  14. 23rd October 2018 at 10:20 PM

    John,I’ve lost so many people lately, all to cancer.
    I wish you well buddy, wondered why I hadn’t seen your posts lately,
    All the best, alloverover, Phil

  15. Good to see you are putting pen to paper again John albeit digitally ! I’m sure you have lots more to say so keep it coming.

  16. John,

    Glad to see you feel up to post a short message. Take care my friend.

    Regards + HH


  17. John sorry to hear about you been ill ,I have loved reading your blogs ,you have passed your knowledge on to others and I thank you so much for that .Take care of yourself x

  18. All the best John – take that Muse in a new direction.

  19. Good hearing from you my friend…hang in there and you know how to reach me.

  20. stick in john all the best mate your a fighter so fight and win thinking of you mate

  21. Best Wishes John. I do have you in my thoughts quite often. Your old Mate, Jerry.

  22. So sorry to read this John.
    I know words came so easily for you, or seemed to, but I find it difficult to articulate my feelings. So I find them with the help of lyrics:

    You’re not alone.

  23. Get well soon. I was wondering why I had no mail from you. All the best & carry on.

  24. You’ll always be my Muse, John! …not that I consider you a goddess, you understand …oh you know what I mean… Umm… I hope Nox doesn’t get to hear of this… or Joan the Wad, for that matter…

  25. I feel for you John as l’m having lots of physical problems too. You have been missed with your blogs. I hope your pain will ease and wishing you the very best! Paul

  26. You take care John… you are never far from my thoughts.. I wish only the best for you and hope that this problem goes into remission and the pain gets under control

    My thoughts and prayers you and Lynda.


  27. I hope you eventually feel better John.

  28. good to hear from you john ..keep positive my friend

  29. All the very best John .you come across has a very nice person .

  30. Hello John my friend,

    It is so nice to see you putting pen to paper so to speak, I and many like me, have really missed your Blog, but I have had the pleasure of speaking to yourself and Lynda on the phone on a regular basis, and then giving updates to many of your regular Fans.

    I wish you well John.

  31. Didn t know wishing you a very speedy recovery

  32. So sorry, I didn’t know about the cancer. I love your posts, really been missing them. I learn so much from them as well as being hugely entertained by your wicked sense of humour. Stay strong and know that you are greatly loved by many people.

  33. So sorry to hear of your problems John. My thoughts are with you in this fight.

  34. Crikey John, that came as quite a shock to learn that you were/are so unwell and under ‘the cosh’ so to speak. I too have been there (to some lesser degree) so I well understand the crap you are having to deal with just now.

    The only advice I can offer is to do as you are bloody-well told and do try to keep your ‘pecker-up’ (whatever that means).

    With much love and best wishes.


  35. Wishing you all the best John, glad to hear they are controlling things for you now we miss your posts……. Nigel

  36. Best wishes from South of Ireland John
    Can empathise with you somewhat being a chronic pain sufferer
    Fight the good fight

  37. Hello John, we were unaware of the situation too – sending you positive vibes and much love for a speedy return to normality. Take care, and give our love to Lynda.

    Love and all best wishes from Paul & Jackie

  38. Florence will do the job John , see ya soon

  39. Wishing you all the best John . Keep fighting on ,the web is not the same with out you .

  40. keep you chin up and overcome this John

  41. Been missing you interesting stories John, take care and good luck.

  42. So sorry to hear this. Yr blogs are very interesting to read. Thinking of you xx

  43. Mate, I felt sick when heard about your illness,
    You take it easy John and let them north east genes kick it’s arse.
    And I bet you have Mrs w running around getting things for you , looking after your every whim, good lad,treat em mean keeps them keen .

    Best wishes my friend,
    Sir G.Fox

  44. John,Very best wishes for a speedy improvement

  45. Hello John
    Glad to hear they are controlling the pain now and help to make things more manageable for you.
    It is the first time that I have not been notified of your blog post and found the connection through Dick Stouts blog.
    Plod on and keep going with your inner strength, I shall give you a bell shortly.
    God Bless.

  46. My sincere best wishes to you and Lynda. God bless ya!

  47. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 26th October 2018 at 3:42 AM

    John I am super pleased to hear that things are much more manageable now, and thrilled to see your email fill my inbox again.

    Les and Gary have been doing a wonderful job of keeping us up-to-date here in Canada, and are thankful for their friendship as well as yours.

    All the best to you and Mrs. John

  48. Sorry to hear of your health problems,John. I’ve missed your musings linked to the CMD site over here in the colony.Best wishes for continuing relief from the pain.

  49. wishing you the best john, lots of us at CMD thinking about ya pal. take care.

  50. Sorry to hear of your I’ll health John, miss your scribblings, keep on keeping on my friend

  51. Phil Johnson – (Johno on 26th October 2018 at 2:37 PM

    John, nice to hear from you again, I really miss your wit and knowledge of detecting stuff. God bless.

  52. John I’m delighted to see another scribbling from you, but even more delighted that you seem to have found some effective pain relief.

    I know through my own family experiences of the wonders of our hard working NHS, and other cancer groups. They do an amazing job and we’re so lucky to have them!

    Keep us informed how things are coming along mate. And my very best wishes to you and your Family.

    God bless you.


  53. Hello John, Just heard your news…Glad you are getting some good pain relief there.
    ‘The morphine will take over eventually, you know that right’
    Have really enjoyed reading some of your amusing and informative articles over the years… i probably would not have remembered the Fred Archer pencil top finds of late if i had not read your article and it jogged my memory about Jim’s article previous Searcher article. .
    Good Bye

  54. Wishing you a speedy recovery John. Never give up.

    John (aka bugface on the CMD)

  55. Stay strong, John. We are all in your corner. God bless.

  56. Hi John, It’s great to hear from you, and that you have found some respite from the pain. I’m sorry that your muse has fallen silent at this moment in time. Like so many others, I too miss your scribblings, perhaps, like Homer you should call upon your particular Muse for inspiration “Sing to me of the man, Muse”. I hope that your recovery continues and that we hear from you again soon, good luck and my kindest regards.

    AKA Dirtfisher

  57. I came across your site while looking up the Robert Raikes centenary medal asi got one off a market stall last week exactly the same as yours. Thanks for the info on the medal — and for the gold standard distraction that is the other pages. Time well wasted, as they say.
    I hope palliative care continues to allow you to do what you want to do for a long while.
    with thanks for an excellent site and best wishes,
    Carol Harris

  58. It must be fifteen years since I first ‘met’ you John. Although we’ve not always seen eye to eye, but it’s not all been bad and I have valued some of your input. You are in my thoughts and have my very best wishes…

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