Friday 27 January 2012

Visit to the Olympic Stadium - Your Personal Best Campaign

What a lovely experience we had yesterday. After taking part in the filming before Christmas, we were invited to be at the launch of the Glaxo Smith Kline initiative to encourage people with chronic conditions, and the over 55's to be more active to increase their quality of life.  Just click on the "Your Stories" button to see people's experiences with different conditions.

This is supported by the British Lung Foundation, which is how I became involved. Look at "Achieve your Best" on the BLF website.

Our hotel room looked out over the new Olympic Stadium and the Anish Kapur sculpture and the presentation took place in the John Lewis Stadium Suite where we were fed lovely light pastries and other yummy things.

We met Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman who are supporting the initiative. they were good fun, as you can see in one of the pictures.
We are really pleased and proud to have taken part in this Personal Best campaign and hope it encourages others to achieve more and get more out of life.

for more pictures go to Flickr on the BLF website

Friday 20 January 2012

The Grand Canyon

Polly Davies took us on a trip through the Grand Canyon, lots of lovely slides and loads of interesting information. It really is a beautiful and majestic formation, quite breath taking.
She also told us an interesting tale about the Mandan Indians, many of who are pale skinned, blond haired and blue eyed, and their Welsh origins. I couldn't help but look that up on Google which found an interesting tale. Use the link below to see for yourself.  

Monday 16 January 2012

Flying with oxygen

I don't usually put personal stuff on this blog, it's normally just Breathe Easy news, but I thought this experience to be interesting and useful knowledge to pass on. We have just come back from a week's cruise round the Canaries and to Agadir, flying with Thomson Airways to Tenerife from Cardiff airport. First of all Airport Assistance at both airports was terrific. We pre-booked it when we booked the holiday and they came out to meet the bus as we arrived and took me right to my plane seat. It wasn't quite so smooth in Tenerife but it worked OK.
I need oxygen during the flight and this was provided free of charge by Thomson Airways. I had to pre-book that when we booked the holiday. This was just a phone call, then I had to get my GP to sign a letter to say that I was fit to fly and needed oxygen during the flight. That had to be done no more than four weeks prior to the flight. I have my own portable concentrator for use while I am abroad but found the airline service a real help as the flight is four hours which means my batteries are running very low, if not actually run out, if used from home to cruise ship. The cabin crew on the plane were really helpful and caring - they kept checking that I was OK. With this support I was able to enjoy a week in the sun in January and here I am in Agadir, with my Airsep Freestyle. 
Have O² will travel !!