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Over the past month I have heard a senior traffic officer say, ‘It seems as if SA drivers have a  death wish’ at least 10 times. It is pointed out on radio, TV and in the printed media that we need to drive more carefully, reduce speed, don’t drink and drive, etc.  There are also plenty of campaigns such as Arrive Alive and Crisis on Call, roadblocks are held regularly and we even see situations where vehicles are stopped simply for the police to remind drivers to be sensible but these seem to have absolutely no effect whatsoever. Do we really have a death wish when on the road?

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As you all know, yesterday was Christmas Day so first I want to wish you all a blessed season and a very special 2013.  The world did not end last week so we have to just keep on going until our time is up. Ooops, I have ended the sentence with a preposition but, no problem as my Mum is no longer here to remind me of the correct grammar – ‘never end a sentence with a preposition’. Winston Churchill is purported to have responded to this correct grammar, “That is nonsense up with which I will not put.” Well, actually, according to the site linked, he used a slightly stronger couple of words which my mother would never have used but she still got the point across to us. Correct Queen’s/BBC English was what should be used.

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Last weekend it was clear that the time for getting my filing up to date had come around again. The basket into which everything is simply dropped on a daily basis was overflowing.  When I am organised it includes items from about the last month or so and  takes about 2 hours.  Unfortunately, this time, the task had been left for rather longer and there was a big pile of papers to be filed. One thing which keeps me going though is that, when everything is filed, it is so much easier to find documents or to follow a paper trail for proof of actions. I can hear many groans already and others who probably think that I am just too organised. Chatting with one of my sisters this morning she chuckeled when I described how I like to hang washing so that it can be taken off the line in an orderly way!

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It never ceases to amaze me how many people either do not have a valid Will or have not updated the one they have. If one only knew what misery and chaos can be avoided by having an up to date, valid Will. Anyone over the age of 16 and who owns anything of value should make a Will.

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For various reasons I am rather glad that I am not the Dean of a medical school but, knowing that if I were the Dean of a medical school in Taiwan, I would have to donate my body for research is not one of them. The belief is that having been such a valuable teacher in life, it is important to carry on with this work after death – ‘a silent mentor’ as it is known.

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