I LIKE David Beckham. He's clearly a doting and good father (my friend, who's met him and his children says they - the children - are impeccably mannered and polite), he has an engaging personality, and he's been a talented footballer.
OVER the years I have seen the inside of Furness General Hospital’s A&E department as a patient a bit more often than I would have liked, and I have always been grateful for the expert care I have received.
I DON’T want to spoil your dinner if you’re trying to avoid Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president. But if you’ve just fired up the cooker to warm up some baked beans, the fact that they’re shiny and orange won’t help.
IN the run-up to Christmas I heard any number of stories of patients having to wait for several hours in ambulances outside the hospital at Lancaster. The record was three hours and 45 minutes and ambulance staff tell me that two to three hours is not uncommon.
As a columnist, one gets used to writing sometimes provocative, whimsical, controversial or just plain bizarre things. But I never thought I would type the following sentence without being a) inebriated as a newt, b) residing in a padded cell or c) both of the above.