A good report from May Ayres, artist and sculptor in East London -
I was at the mass protest on Saturday, a very moving and inspiring experience.
It was such a huge relief to be amongst real people with friendly, warm animated faces. No masks, no social distancing, wonderful conversations, the first time I’ve enjoyed a commonality with so many others for over six months!
I walked to Trafalgar Square, took me just over an hour and my first stop were the toilets in Charing Cross Station. I joined the long queue waiting and what a pleasure to find most of those queuing were also on the way to the protest. The most enjoyable wait for a pee I’ve had! Lively discussions and a camaraderie that was food for the soul.
The square was already packed at 11.30am. The most diverse gathering of people I have witnessed since the massive march against the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Everyone incredibly friendly and an abundance of home made placards, a sure sign of the grassroots nature of the protest.
Yes, Kevin Corbet was a joy to listen to, as were all the other speakers.
There is no logic, nor reason based in medical science, for the wearing of paper or cloth masks in the context of the epidemic of this virus – Covid_19 (C19) . The virus, though likely altered in laboratories, is part of a family of viruses/virions first identified in the 1960’s – the corona viruses. Corona = crown, and hence the projected images seen on every BBC ‘news’ for months. It is often found, along with other classes of viruses, by chance – as in 15% of cases of the ‘common cold’.
I was a medical student at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington from 1958 to 1964. Amongst all of the subjects in my education there was bacteriology, virology, epidemiology (the study of disease in populations at large eg cholera in Soho – Dr Snow 1854), and immunology. The latter was taught very well by Professor Porter, who was later awarded a Nobel Prize, and his case deservedly! St Mary’s was the home of penicillin, Alexander Fleming having noted that a mould was killing colonies of bacteria on a culture plate. The hospital was expert in infection, and its Almoth Wright Institute had been at the centre of this since the early twenties. We were taught to use antibiotics wisely, and not wastefully nor dangerously.
As doctors, it is essential that we learn as much as possible about pathology in creatures, and especially the human. This is the study of things that go wrong and sometimes cause disease. Known in depth, and over time, this gives the doctor ‘X ray eyes’ when facing a sick person. It was taught very well at St Mary’s there being a ‘post-mortem’ demonstration at noon on every weekday. These were presentations of the history, preserved organs and slides of the tissues in the woman or man who had died. They took place in a lecture theatre and were given by the Professor in Pathology or one of several pathologists. We also witnessed actual post-mortems/autopsies. I absorbed all this, and gained a prize as a student in it. I am very grateful for this teaching and to St Mary’s – a hospital that was a family – for caring. I am sad, and angry also, to say that pathology has been sidelined, along with much else in OUR NHS. I read that of all deaths IN hospital only between 1 to 2% are subject to a post-mortem. It is known that at least 40% of diagnoses made on the ward are found to be wrong when the body and its tissues are studied in and after the post-mortem examination.
Unimaginable evil - to most of us. NOT imagined.
Friends, 2 'Romans' and countrymen,
There are, as the psychopath Rumsfeld said, 'many known unknowns'. Or was it the other way round? There is much unknown re C19 but it is known that Luciferan labs round this world have been splitting, splicing, inserting pieces of the origin of life for many years.
Take lectins. Take some DNA of the snowdrop - Galanthus - (snowdrop; Greek gála "milk", ánthos "flower") Insert it having shocked the chromosomes of the potato with an electric current, and you can make it resist or actually kill insects on its leaves. So aphids will not help spread the potato blight fungus - a species of Phytophora - infestans - another - ramorum responsible for 'Sudden Oak Death'. Affects many plant species - beech, viburnum, rhodo etc. Very few oaks affected here in Britain!
Pigs will avoid snowdrops in an orchard. They 'know' they are poisonous.
A good saying is ‘think global, act local’. So I start with the headline in last weeks MDA – Transforming Town’s Centre. That is after the lovely environs of Newton Abbot have been transformed and mostly by central government diktat; more houses owned by banks and the certain prospect of even less paid employment.
I read of grand schemes and see ‘socially distanced’ mannequins in the artist’s impression on the front page. “A new eating quarter, a new cinema, a remodelled entertainment and events venue, and a high quality market space.” The stimulus for this is The Future High Streets Fund, launched I see by HMG in December 2018. Although the Money Tree I spoke of is bare of fruit, ‘multi-million plans’ are being considered by our august Teignbridge District Council and decisions made later this year. I note the reassurance that when the Alexandra is bulldozed, there will be room for local theatre and congregation; the Greeks and Romans had such in plenty 2000 years ago and beyond.
I am no enthusiast for John Major, and his privatisation of our permanent way for instance. You will recall we had to separate the wheels from the track to suit EU competition law so that ridiculous ruling made sure complexity, inefficiency and constant bickering were certain. But he said ‘back to basics’.
To Hugh Pym, Health Editor BBC, and other BBC journalists - a list gathered from previous correspondence,
I have not had a reply from yourself as Health Editor or from the other BBC journalists I addressed. I assume that at least a few of you read this anonymous testimony by an NHS consultant in Surrey.
One might ask how free you areto think, to analyse and then put your conclusions to an editor with a view to broadcasting. I have in mind the book by Kevin Marsh 'Stumbling over the Truth', and all the machinations to conjure up the WMDs that PM Blair required to back the US and Israel in setting upon Iraq 'like wolves'. A ''war'' the BBC sponsored whilst it ensured that opposing voices were hardly heard.
The same for your coverage re the 'civil war' in ancient Syria. You put a man, currently and extraordinarily our PM, on our screens daily which many now avoid. As Foreign Secretary he said Britain's purpose was to 'topple Assad'. This was in ignorance, or wilful, against the Charter of the UN which GB was an early signatory to. To conspire for the destruction of a sovereign nation is a crime. Has the BBC reported that? He went on to say that £90 million of our taxes had been given to several of the 'rebel' groups - mostly terrorists infiltrated with Saudi assistance and bribes. That money went to criminals, the names of the various gangs transmuting weekly. One known to de-capitate a 13 year old for refusing to serve coffee to one of their number.