“I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required,”
“I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.”
I really don’t need to comment further, do I?
It’s a shame that “First, do no harm” is merely an urban myth, and not actually part of the oath.
I have just heard that TDK Lambda has, once again, agreed to support the Ilfracombe Victorian and Steampunk Celebration by financing the firework display towards the end of the event. They have supported the town in this way for several years, and I think we all owe them a big vote of thanks.
The Starter Bar has now started serving breakfast from 7.30am. When I went there on Saturday morning, they were offering a full English, omelettes, kedgeree, Eggs Benedict, pancakes, vegetarian options and probably a lot more. That makes four local establishments that I know of which serve breakfast at what I would consider a reasonable time. Down at the harbour, along with the Starter Bar, there’s Adele’s; like the Starter Bar, they open at 7.30am. In the High Street, there’s the Deli, and in Church Street (the High Street in all but name) there’s Manor House café, both of which open at 8am. If you know of any others opening around 7-8am, please let me know.
When I go to the Starter Bar, I normally sit at the table by the door. Sitting there, I have a view along Broad Street towards the Ship & Pilot and beyond. In the evening, I always think it looks incredibly romantic, rather like something out of the pre-First World War Middle Europe. Of course, almost any movement from that one position destroys the illusion!
Still talking food, I had dinner at 71 on Friday. Partridge is back on the menu and, as I have said before, this is one of my all-time favourite dishes. As a starter, I had the venison sausage with lentils, which, again, I have mentioned before. Washed down with their Old Vines Chenin Blanc, followed by a New Zealand Pinot Noir. What more could anyone want?
Oddly, on almost every bottle of that Chenin Blanc that I have had (and I've had a good many over the years), the labels have been wrinkled or creased. Badly applied labels are very rare nowadays and I have never before come across any wine where you can expect that the labels will be mucked up. Very odd.
Peter and Jane are off on holiday soon and so I understand that 71 will be closed for much of November. I believe they expect to reopen on 2nd December. If you want to go, better check with them their opening hours.
I have been asked to pass this on from the North Devon Journal:
You can nominate anyone in North Devon, but this is a fantastic chance for us to recognise and applaud the work of Ilfracombe’s unsung heroes.
People can nominate online at www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/ndjcommunityawards.
Here are the categories.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION: An outstanding and selfless individual who makes their community a better place to live through their actions. Someone who has shown true commitment and gone to extraordinary lengths over time to improve community life.
YOUNG HERO: A child (aged 14 or under) who makes you want to burst with pride. Someone who, in his or her young life, has already displayed remarkable courage and provides an example for others to follow.
YOUNG COMMUNITY CHAMPION: An individual, aged 19 years or under, who has gone to great lengths to improve the community in which they live. They will be an exceptional advocate of what the youth of today should be.
HERO OF THE YEAR: An individual who has improved the lives of those around them and battled against the odds to fight for something they believe in. This award recognises an individual who has put themselves in danger to help or to save the life of another through a selfless act of bravery.
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER: An individual or group who has made a real difference to people’s lives in their charity fundraising efforts. These people consistently go the extra mile for others.
COMMUNITY GROUP: This award recognises and rewards a community group which has made an exceptional contribution to North Devon. Their not-for-profit work will have involved local people. Small or large, all groups will be considered in respect of their value to the community.
ENVIRONMENTAL HERO: An individual who has improved the lives of their community through a commitment to environmental issues and who is a great example to residents of all ages about the positive impact we can have by working together and making changes, big and small, to how we live.
GOOD NEIGHBOUR: Taking care of a neighbour’s child and looking out for our neighbours when they need help may seem like simple acts but these are part and parcel of what a good neighbour should do. These, among many other acts which require greater sacrifice of time and effort, will be considered in finding our Good Neighbour. This award is for the person whose acts of neighbourliness and graciousness have touched those around them.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR: An individual who, through their enthusiasm and genuine commitment, can truly inspire their pupils.