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Update on Fred the Snake books

Some exciting developments. Since teaming up with Bublish (www.Bublish.com) we have revamped Freds 1-3 and 5, and are just completing changes to Fred 4 (adding other sights around Charleston). All in hardback, softback and ebooks. Available at decent stores and (signed) at www.petercottontales.com Selling childrens books is tough. There are so many excellent ones on…
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Goodbye to a special friend, Margaret Gunn

I first met Margaret in 1960, wow 60 years ago, when Paddy and I set up as newlyweds in a flat in Balham, London, prior to my starting clinical studies at St Thomas’s Hospital. Margaret and her sister Elizabeth lived downstairs with their lovely parents. They became surrogate family, especially to Paddy while I was…
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Holiday greetings

Hello all, Reflecting on a great year, and looking forward to 2020. Wow 2020! I remember worrying about surviving 1984 (George Orwell’s book The Animal Farm), and how the electronic world would collapse on January 1st 2000. And now 20 years on! I have written on this blog about many of our adventures this year,…
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A giant- Meinhard Classen – has fallen.

I just received the sad news that Meinhard Classen has passed at the age of 83. It is not possible to overstate his impact on the field of flexible endoscopy and gastroenterology, which have framed my career and passion. He was an inspiration to me and many other Brits in the early days when we…
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From Indian inspiration to Middlesex memories (and dodging Dorian)

Sorry, me again, but it has been an eventful week. From Hyderabad I flew overnight to London, and went, after a BA shower and breakfast, to attend a celebration of The Middlesex Hospital, at University College. I was on the staff of The Middlesex from 1973-1986 as a Consultant Physician (Internist in US speak) “with…
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Highs in Hyderabad

This one is for fellow gastroenterologists (stomach doctors). I have just returned from a brief visit to Hyderabad, participating in an endoscopy conference at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) hosted by its famous founder, Nagi Reddy, and his surgical partner, GV Rao. I was privileged to join an impressive international faculty Having experienced many…
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Summer fun photos

New GI and Hepatology conference

For anyone interested, the next annual MUSC Gastroenterology and Hepatology update will be held here in Charleston on Saturday September 28. Here is the brochure http://ddc.musc.edu/professional/education/conferences/gi-hep-update/gi-hep-update_2019_brochure.pdf

Down memory lanes to 80…part four, back to England

Nicky kindly collected us at Heathrow, and took us to Andy’s at Bury St Edmunds, with a brief stop to see Margaret Gunn (AKA “Kins”). She was a teenager in the house in Balham where Paddy and I rented a flat in 1970, and has remained a staunch family friend ever since. A wonderful 80th…
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Down memory lanes to 80…part three, in Ireland

We had 2 days in Dublin, staying at the Hibernian Club on St Stephen’s Green, meeting up with special Australian friends, Tim and Susy Heap from Sydney, and Tony and Michelle Clarke from Canberra. Readers of my previous meanderings will have met them before. The club had well placed security boxes in the rooms, with…
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