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Costs of surgical procedures and operations

If you are due to go into hospital to have surgery then you might be interested in how much it costs regardless of whether you are going NHS or private. In can be hard to find out what your treatment actually costs but I’ve found out that many of the major health insurance companies publish lists of how much they will pay your hospital for [...]

Finnair vegetarian VLML in flight meals

Finnair vegetarian VLML in flight meals

Recently I took two Finnair flight. One was 10 hours and one 3 hours. I wanted the vegetarian (VLML Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal) meals. It was not possible to request them when booking the flight tickets on the Finnair website so I had to phone their call centre. I told the lady that I wanted the VLML meal. It is best to be specific and say VLML [...]

Knee pain, physio, MRI scans and lateral release surgery

Knee pain, physio, MRI scans and lateral release surgery

I've been having problems with my knees for many years. I get pain when I am in a seated position. I do a desk job which means I am in pain for much of the day. Sitting in a cinema, restaurant or car will cause me pain as well. I don't have pain when I'm standing, walking, lying down or exercising. The pain is mostly in my right knee - coming from [...]

Dance classes in London at Pineapple and Danceworks

Dance classes in London at Pineapple and Danceworks

The Mission Review a selection of dance classes that take place in London's Pineapple dance studios, and Danceworks dance studios. I've done a few dance classes in the past but I would still consider myself a beginner. I packed my trainers, top, tracksuit bottoms and headed off into London not quite sure of what awaited me. Pineapple [...]

Best Vegetarian restaurants in London

Best Vegetarian restaurants in London

Here is a list of my favourite places in London to get Vegetarian food. The first group are actual vegetarian restaurants. The second group are restaurants that just happen to have good vegetarian options. They are presented in no particular order. Vegetarian restaurants Tibbits Tibits is a vegetarian buffet restaurant that started in [...]

Lipoma and cyst removal surgery

Lipoma and cyst removal surgery

About 5 years ago I started developing a lump on my leg - on my thigh. It grew to the size of a small marble. It was below the surface of the skin and seemed fairly firm and quite spherical. Lumps growing under your skin can be bad news so I went to see my doctor. He told me it was a lipoma - a harmless build up of fat under the skin. He [...]

NHS vs private physiotherapy – and BUPA vs Cigna

I have had multiple sessions of physiotherapy over the years for various joint problems. I’ve experienced both NHS and private physiotherapy. For my private physiotherapy I've dealt with both BUPA and Cigna. NHS vs private physiotherapy If you need physiotherapy you have two basic choices, you can either try to get it for free on the NHS [...]

Stopping junk post, annoying phone calls, and unwanted faxes

Stopping junk post, annoying phone calls, and unwanted faxes

If you are in the UK and receive unsolicited post, phone calls or faxes there are several services you can sign up with to reduce these unwanted disturbances to your life. There is the telephone preference service, the fax preference service, and the mailing preference service. There is also a baby mailing preference service if you receive baby [...]

Telephone call log spreadsheet

It can be well worth keeping a log of phone calls to companies such as banks, utility companies and anyone else who you have an account with. You never know when it could be useful to have this information. For example this week I received some unsolicited credit card cheques from Natwest. I have previously been sent these by Natwest and I [...]

HMS Belfast visit in London

HMS Belfast visit in London

As it was a bank holiday weekend I decided to visit the HMS Belfast. It was a Royal Navy warship, which is now permanently moored in the Thames as a museum. You'll find it near London Bridge tube station. It served in World War II and for around 20 years afterwards. You can explore the ship seven days a week. On the day I visited it was [...]

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