Yesterday I entered the Day Surgery Unit of Darlington Memorial Hospital for a hernia operation. The op. was a success, but the wound is of course still painful. On the other hand I feel a lot better now (24 hours after the op.) than I did eight years ago when I had a similar operation by the same surgeon. Maybe in the intervening years the mix of gases in the anaesthesia has improved or the surgeon with 8 years extra practice has become even better or the knives are sharper!
I have been told on good authority that there are some concerned Catholics who do not want to sign the online petition about Ushaw College for fear that if the College continues to stay open it will be on the terms that it has existed for the past twenty/thirty years. This is certainly not the intention of the petition; indeed the petition, and the proposals which I have heard about. all envisage the present teaching structure of the College being swept away and a new and more traditional regime installed. I would ask everyone who is concerned about the possible closure of Ushaw College to sign the petition at the address below.
And - Oh! - the closure of the Conference Centre business may be more apparent than real!