Sunday, 25 March 2018

Bass Tom Ashworth has a couple of stories

Tom is an accomplished WW1 author and speakerTom is an accomplished WW1 author and speaker. He also keeps us amused with personal stories. And he can sing. It's a pleasure to invite him to contribute to the website.
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Seen on the back of a Chimney Sweep’s white van recently:

Are you aged six years or under?
Have you ever considered an apprenticeship in the exciting world of chimney-sweeping?
Free gruel and a chance to meet Dick van Dyke!

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My mother died just before Christmas, 94 years old, bright as a button but her body had let her down.
A few weeks before she died she had a dreadful fall in the care home where she was living. She had toppled forward striking her head onto the edge of a metal radiator, completely splitting her forehead almost down to the bone and, before the staff could reach her, had crawled under her bed, somehow cutting her back on a protrusion and badly bruising her elbows and arms. She was rushed to hospital and by the time I got there her forehead was being glued back together and the nursing staff had started to clean the blood which covered her almost completely. They never fully managed to get the blood from her white hair and she remained red, and then brunette, for the next few days. After a morning doing a series of health checks on her the medic declared that apart from being 94, the existing bowel cancer and the split - now glued - forehead, there was basically nothing wrong with her and, thankfully, she could be discharged. The ambulance got her back to the home and she returned to her own bed where I helped put her teeth back in and then I asked: ‘Can I get you anything now before I go back to Yorkshire?’. And she said: ‘Yes, I’d like a cheese and onion pasty’. Accordingly, one of the carers was despatched directly to Greggs in the High Street and my mother ate every morsel.

I can’t help but feel that if I had had the same accident, I would have been in hospital for a week, off work for a month and probably receiving counselling for the rest of the year.


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