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1  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: May 27, 2019, 10:15:12 PM
Could I take £50 or £100 if you still open?
Hope you have been keeping well.

Yay, great to hear from you, been an age since you last posted.

How are the family now? Kids at school yet?

£50 or £100 is absolutely fine, whatever you prefer. You are BOOKED, just let me know which you prefer please.  Will add you to the list now too.

I will take the £50 for interest and transfer for the end of the weekend. (details the same?) Many thanks and good luck.

Kids growing up fast 6 and 4. 1 a typical pink princess with a passion for maths and American you tube videos and the youngest just an independent spirit who ploughs he own furrow. So different but they love each others company and seem happy. I have been very lucky.

Away from home the last 12 months have been crazy, Dad has had 8 major surgery's including two leg amputations, which has changed all our lives but he has been remarkable through it all, and is finally home and slowly adjusting.
And work has been as demanding a huge cyber attack in January destroying complete IT infrastructure and even now not really recovered. So not exactly been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.

Not played any cards for about 2 years but have the itch so popped in a couple of weeks ago to catch up on what had happened to Stars/dtd and poker in general. The deteriation of Stars seems unbelievable in the time frame.

Glad you kept the diary going, will enjoy catching up with your musings.

Don't know where to begin with that Adam.

Your Dad has BOTH legs amputated? Was that due to diabetes? My Dad had 11 brothers & sisters, & 8 of them had legs amputated due to diabetes, though these days it's a rarity thanks to modern medicine. Family get together's in Church Halls were noisy & complicated affairs, especially during the Hokey-Cokey. 

That monster IT cyber attack must have been a mare. I avidly followed the TSB debacle, what a story that was, & of course I work for a wholly digital business, so I see at first hand how fraught it can be at times.

The 'Stars deterioration? Well strange as it may seem to you, & me even, I effectively work for 'Stars these days. Who'd have thought?

I went up to London & had coffee & a catch-up with James Hartigan last week, he's got himself a nice number at 'Stars. Bright bloke & very likeable.

Bet you are a doting Dad. Am I right?

Keep in touch Adam, great to hear from you.

Yes I dote on my kids, they make me laugh and smile and astound me everyday.  I enjoy being around them. I have aspirations for them of course, but if they can take pride and happiness from their surroundings and interactions no matter where they are we won't go far wrong.

Hack, when the Serious fraud office case is closed I will be happy to share.  But it was frightening, enlightening and although devastating could have been so much worse.

Stars deteriation maybe unfair,, I just can't believe how the game has changed. Turbos and rebuys {what has happened to tournament structure?) , extended late buy ins and lots more. Just didn't turn out like I expected.

Dad - I will try and keep it brief but the tale is in the telling as they say.
Yes he is diabetic, and had some foot pain due to poor circulation in his right leg. Decided to do an arterial graft and a stent in the leg. During pre op for this they found a heart murmur that turned out be a damaged valve.
Off to Papworth for a valve replacement and bypass, while on the table this turned into a triple bypass and they harvested the vain from his "good" leg.
Lots of complications in the 72 hours past surgery getting him off incubation.  Eventually into ICU and everything was good for about a day.  Surgery site for vain started to detriate and he was diagnosed with compartmental syndrome. Eventually they put 3 large open incisions into his calf to try and save the leg.  After recuperation and seemly in good health he was shipped back to Norwich.  Within 36 hours of transfer he had sepsis in the heart wound and calf wounds and just about every blood infection they tested him for. At this point they decided the tissue in his leg was dead and he would lose the leg. Concerns as the spesis wound on the leg would make up some of the stump. Within a week you could fit a fist in the chest cavity wound and the stump looked awful.  Lowest point, nobody thought he would make it and back to Papworth we went.
Papworth critical heart team and ICU worked on him tirelessly for 2 weeks and I remember leaving on the middle Sunday and thinking I would never see him again.  When I walked back in Tuesday night he was a different person. High, but lucid and talking. Infection markers dropped and we were soon shipped to Norwich after a couple of weeks. He went to amputatiom rehab with a healthy Morphine habit and new found wicked sense of humour late November and was discharged Christmas eve.
We set about updating the house and trying to keep Mum calm. Norwich and Papworth started blaming each other and each Hospital encouraged us to formally complain about the other. After being home for about a month and reducing his pain relief to a level he could function it became clear the original pain was still an issue.
Within 2 weeks he was back on the table for a graft and stent. A week later and 4 surgeries by "4 of the best vascular surgeons in UK" he had the second lag amputated.
Again he was amazingly stoic and the pain was obviously.so bad in the end he was happy to have the procedure.
He is angry, and still far from pain free.  His Morphine consumption has caused issues with his breathing, other pain relief causes confusion, Benny Hill like behaviour or just good old forgetfulness but he is grateful and seeking pleasure in little things -I would never have described my Dad as Brave or Determined or even.particcularly.strong but all that changed last October, he has been amazing so focused and determined he has faced all his decisions head on with so much bravery and dignity.
Talking of Bravery my Mum did almost 40 days straight at his bedside, I supported her where I could and we tagged teamed most nights but she was amazing, the love they showed for each other was wonderful and I will never be able to repay Papworth critical care team enough for they way they supported us all.

For me it's been the beurucracy that has hurt the most. Aside from the provision of a wheel chair they have got little. Finding practical help for advise on building, funding, care allowances, car choices, district nurses and so much more has been shameful at.times has left.Mum.and I broken. And then occasionally a builder or OT or neighbour or taxi driver does something you will never forget.

Booder said you just deal with it, and you do. Reading the above back it seems so much but in the moment it's day by day and in some cases minute by minute and it will never be "right" but it can still be enjoyable, life is for the living.

They were moments of real joy and humour in it all.  Most due to non typical Dad behaviour "gallows humour" I guess and obviously each milestone reached has been celebrated as appropriate. Im thankful for everyday we have together.
2  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: May 25, 2019, 09:39:18 PM
Could I take £50 or £100 if you still open?
Hope you have been keeping well.

Yay, great to hear from you, been an age since you last posted.

How are the family now? Kids at school yet?

£50 or £100 is absolutely fine, whatever you prefer. You are BOOKED, just let me know which you prefer please.  Will add you to the list now too.

I will take the £50 for interest and transfer for the end of the weekend. (details the same?) Many thanks and good luck.

Kids growing up fast 6 and 4. 1 a typical pink princess with a passion for maths and American you tube videos and the youngest just an independent spirit who ploughs he own furrow. So different but they love each others company and seem happy. I have been very lucky.

Away from home the last 12 months have been crazy, Dad has had 8 major surgery's including two leg amputations, which has changed all our lives but he has been remarkable through it all, and is finally home and slowly adjusting.
And work has been as demanding a huge cyber attack in January destroying complete IT infrastructure and even now not really recovered. So not exactly been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.

Not played any cards for about 2 years but have the itch so popped in a couple of weeks ago to catch up on what had happened to Stars/dtd and poker in general. The deteriation of Stars seems unbelievable in the time frame.

Glad you kept the diary going, will enjoy catching up with your musings.
3  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vegas & The Aftermath - Diary on: May 25, 2019, 08:56:26 PM
Could I take £50 or £100 if you still open?
Hope you have been keeping well.
4  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Diary of a retired internet policeman. on: August 23, 2018, 05:15:41 PM
So many legends in the thread.

Congrats Woodsey and Sov.

Cos - great to see you have some long term run good at the tables and in life. Brilliant writing as ever.
5  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: July 30, 2018, 04:10:57 PM
About 60 years late on this one but... just watched 12 Angry Men (1957). Timeless themes and great writing, amazing how a movie about 12 guys talking in a room can hold your attention for 90 minutes.

Number 1 for me, brilliant film.

Watched The Kaiser - the greatest footballer never to play football over the weekend.
If it wasn't real you would never believe it, awesome soundtrack.  Well worth watching.
6  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: ***THE OFFICIAL TV SHOW THREAD*** on: July 25, 2018, 01:02:08 PM
Alone Season 5 (Alone Retribution) has started on History in US but cannot find any indication of start date on History UK.  Anyone know if it has started over here and I have missed it?  Or if its not started, when it does?
Thanks in advance.
7  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: who what when and why? on: July 25, 2018, 12:46:39 PM



Assuming he didn't wear that kit too often, so 1984, Keith Burkinshaws testimonial?  I have a programme somewhere.
Was also my first visit to the Lane I think.
8  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: *** 'THE OFFICIAL MOVIE THREAD' *** on: January 15, 2018, 03:23:09 PM
Anyone seen The Darkest Hour yet? I gather Gary Oldman does a good Churchill

Really strange in a way - the film is good not brilliant imo.  Interesting, well paced and shows the pressure of the time on both WC and family very well.  Sure there are some messages in their for todays leaders as well but  . . . .
Oldman is simply mesmerising, can't ever remember coming out of a film and it being so overshadowed by one performance (the wife is very good also, just not Oldman good) - its difficult to explain but there are moments when if you were told it was archive footage I am not sure you would be surprised (digital clarity aside).  Not sure how you get nominated for Oscars and the like but if he doesn't I will be very surprised.  Its like watching Robert Shaw do the Indianapolis speech in Jaws, Pacino inches speech in AGS or watching Hopper and Walkin do the Italian piece in True Romance except it lasts for 2 hours, it is perfect in that regard.

Would recommend but Billboards is the best film I saw this weekend.
9  Community Forums / The Lounge / Re: Is the forum slow? on: December 06, 2017, 10:20:49 AM
Very slow last couple days

This.
Both IE on Desktop and Chrome on Phone behaving the same way.
10  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: December 01, 2017, 03:22:46 PM
Cheers mate.


I saw this and thought of you.


 Click to see full-size image.


Played sir - you memory is obviously most excellent.
I actually downloaded Stars the other day, maybe TheTench will ride again.
11  Poker Forums / Diaries and Blogs / Re: Vagueness and the Aftermath - A sporadic diary on: December 01, 2017, 01:36:00 PM
Saw this, thought of you Wink

http://store.jackdaniels.co.uk/gifts/recommended-gifts/best-selling/jack-daniels-red-dog-saloon
12  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Darts Betting and discussion on: November 27, 2017, 08:42:31 PM
Mervyn King v Zoran Lerchbacher

Dave Chisnall v Vincent van de Voort

Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena

Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist

James Wade v Keegan Brown

Steve Beaton v William O'Connor

Alan Norris v Kim Vilanen

Rob Cross v Siego Asada/Gordon Mathers

Kyle Anderson v Peter Jaques

Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch

Michael Smith v Steve Lennon

Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts

Peter Wright v Diogo Portela

Robert Thornton v Brendan Dolan/ Alan Ljubic

Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker

Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler

Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts

Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis

James Wilson v Krzystof Ratajski

Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith

Cristo Reyes v Antonio Alcinas

Darren Webster v Devon Petersen

Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim

Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris

Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson

John Henderson v Marko Kantele

Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey

Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter

Stephen Bunting v Dimitri van den Bergh

Benito van de Pas v Steve West

Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries

Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
13  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Darts Betting and discussion on: November 27, 2017, 08:29:22 PM
Taylor vs  Dobey first round.
14  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Darts Betting and discussion on: November 24, 2017, 11:28:04 AM
Love the darts, not got Sky Sports?

Now TV got a black Friday offer for 2 months of Sky Sports for 1 (£33.99).
Get it today and will cover you for the world championships.
15  Community Forums / Betting Tips and Sport Discussion / Re: Darts Betting and discussion on: November 19, 2017, 04:29:01 PM
Really hope he doesn't retire if only to keep him out of punditry for another year.


We'll that thought takes the shine off his retirement.
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