The Last Furlong

Comments on the race of life.


What the hell is THIS – Education?

I know I’m old-fashioned. I was a teacher all my life. A TEACHER, NOT A ‘FACILITATOR’! Continue reading


Why I like men/cigarettes/pipes/cigars and snooker

My mother told us stories about my father and her going to America for a year in 1946 aboard a war time troop carrier. It was an uncomfortable experience, evidently. And coming back was equally entertaining. Continue reading


Reality for Charlie

Arturito Estopiñan , the American child with ‘Charlie Gard’s’ mitochondrial disease RRM2B – has a different form of the disease. He developed symptoms at fourteen months – he was already an active, walking child. Charlie Gard stopped developing at two months. Continue reading


Oh for Gard’s sake

It’s a frightfully tragic thing that, say, in the case of Madeleine McCann, there has been publicity, promotion – and even government intervention and assistance. But, in the UK alone, there are THOUSANDS of missing children.

No one is particularly “interested” in them. The press never mention them. They get no power, money or influence. They are forgotten, unknown, except by their grieving parents and relatives. Continue reading


What is wrong with these people?

I cannot understand the arrogance and stubbornness of these two young people who have been SO DETERMINED to keep their child alive at all costs.

The cost is mostly the child’s! Continue reading


This might solve the number of prems with physical problems?

It always seems so dreadful to me, that once, when I was young, premature babies usually died. Now they are rescued very early and put into incubators and a lot of them come out with awful deformities and life debilitating conditions. It seems that quality of life is not considered in our desperate drive to keep things alive. Continue reading

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One of the Furlong daughters is into kites.

Kites are nothing like the tatty kind with paper tails and sticky tape that we flew as poor people when I was a kid. Kites, nowadays are technologically marvellous – and expensive! Continue reading