Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Best Eaten Cold


"He showed me no respect." Capo di tutti capi no more.

So what of plummeting poll ratings? Nothing could slake his thirst for vengence. Family vengence. Cold and brutal.

The Prioress crossed herself and left them alone in the dimly lit chamber. Raising himself on one elbow, he pulled the younger man close and rasped out what they both knew would be his final order:

"Marco...find Cambelli and ice him. Slowly."

The younger man was close to tears. "I will do it Godfather. On the grave of Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, I will teach him his manners...and the proper respect."


To be continued- hopefully over many weeks.

5 Comments:

Blogger Dr John Crippen said...

Nasty, nasty, nasty boy Wat.

Let's get away from the Mafia and look at some facts. Relatively young, intelligent alcoholics with motivation and help do very well indeed.

The prognosis, however, for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is much worse. We all wish Ming well, but it would be wise for him to start drinking the 1961's and 1966's - so he should get down the cellar fairly soon (probably best if he started in Charlie's cellar, come to think of it - I mean otherwise, now it is just going to go to waste.)

Over a glass of your excellent claret, Wat, have a look at the figures for survival times with non-hodgkins lymphoma. And just remind me, when was Ming diagnosed:



* 57% of white people survive 5 years for NHL in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
* 47% of African American people survive 5 years for NHL in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
* 56% survive 5 years for NHL in the US 1992-99 (Cancer Facts and Figures, American Cancer Society, 2004)
* 52.0% of people with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survive after 5 years in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
* 5-year survival rate for black people with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is 45.4% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
* 5-year survival rate for people with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is 52.0% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
* 5-year survival rate for white people with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is 52.6% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
* 5-year survival rate for white children under 15-years old with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is 72.0% in the US 1983-90 (SEER)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 15-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 64.6% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 15-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 43.3% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 15-39 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 76% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 15-39 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 62% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 40-49 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 80% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 40-49 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 62% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 50-59 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 76% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 50-59 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 54% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 60-69 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 67% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 60-69 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 45% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 70-79 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 57% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 70-79 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 33% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for men aged 80-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 44% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for men aged 80-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 24% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 15-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 68.5% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 15-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 49.2% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 15-39 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 83% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 15-39 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 69% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 40-49 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 86% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 40-49 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 68% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 50-59 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 80% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 50-59 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 62% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 60-69 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 72% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 60-69 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 51% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 70-79 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 60% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 70-79 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 38% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 1-year survival rate for women aged 80-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 45% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)
* 5-year survival rate for women aged 80-99 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 28% in England and Wales 1991-95 (Cancer Survival, National Statistics)


Average life years lost from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 14.8 years (SEER)1
Deaths from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: 22,802 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)

11:57 AM  
Blogger Wat Tyler said...

Doc- once again, I'm shocked.

So Ming was diagnosed in 2003, and therefore has only a ststistical 50% chance of living until 2008.

Well, I'm sorry if my "joke" was in poor taste...but we non-medicos just don't know this stuff.

I wonder if LibDem MPs/members know.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

Brilliant. So brilliant I've just knocked Diet Coke all over my keyboard at work. I haven't laughed so much since I read yesterday that John Hemming was once beaten by a dog (no jokes about Jenny Tonge please) in an election.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Dr John Crippen said...

Wat, I am for once (some have said that Crippen takes the piss from anything to do with healtcare!) making a serious point.

There has been a lot of sanctimonious bottywipe talked about poor old Charlie. His mistake was not being a lush, but not coming clean about it earlier. Had he done that, he could have got away with it. Look at President George W. Meanwhile, Ming is taking full advantage of Charlie's health problems. But Ming is telling porkies too. He has not "beaten" cancer as the press delight in saying. He is (I hope) in remission. Frankly, looking at him as a doctor, I have my doubts about his health. He looks pretty emaciated to me - he is beginning to resemble Sir Alec Douglas Doom.

If he becomes leader, and then in 6 months relapses, that is not going to do the Lib Dems a power of good.

In the USA we get all the medical details of political leaders. If Bush farts, there is a medical report on the internet.

We need a declaration from Ming's oncologists that he is fit to become leader.

We need to know what the odds are that he will alive/fit to fight the next election. I am not a bookmaker. But medically I would say less than 50%

This is quite spectacular political dishonesty and hypocrisy

1:06 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Definition of "five-year survival rates", please.

7:37 AM  

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