In a bid to improve their service, my local medical practice has taken to have a walk-in surgery running alongside the regular appointments system. And since they did so, I've noticed that when I arrive for my appointments (which I continue to make - I like the security a precise time and place gives me) it can take anything from fifteen minutes until a full hour after my actual appointment time before I'm seen - unlike before when I was seen on time or as near as damnit. Obviously this new system is not a good idea then...

Still it's not all bad though. There's a TV in there which meant that a couple of visits ago I was able to watch a whole episode of "Murder She Wrote" whilst waiting - not normally something I'd want to do, I'll admit, but it did have Andrew "Garak" Robinson in it, so was entertaining at least.



(Why does my head look so big in this picture?)

However, this morning it was just tuned to the Jeremy Kyle show which I'd never seen before - and hopefully will never see again.

At least I got seen in the end - and I finally got prescribed some antibiotics and was given a flu jab. Is this the end for my persistent cough?

I have a bad cough. And it occurs to me...

If, as they claim, the Non-drowsy versions of cough syrups work just as well as the Original versions (i.e. the drowsy versions) then why don't they stop making the Original?

I reckon it's because the Non-drowsy version actually is a bit crap in comparison.