What is MND/ALS?

What is MND/ALS?
MND/ALS is characterised by progressive degeneration of the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The motor cells (neurones) control the muscles that enable us to move around, speak, breathe, and swallow. With no nerves to activate them, muscles gradually weaken and waste. Symptoms may include muscle weakness and paralysis, as well as impaired speaking, swallowing, and breathing. In most cases, it does not affect intellect, memory or the senses. Progress is relentless and generally rapid, with a life expectancy of between 2 and 5 years from the onset of symptoms. There is no known cause and there is no known cure. See links on the right for further information.

Thursday, 28 April 2016


It has been a week now since the unexpected news of Prince's untimely death and I still can't get my head around it. I'm no super fan but, as a child of the 80's, its impossible not to have at least one favourite Prince song, mine being Alphabet Street amongst many others. 

'Sometimes It Snows In April'. One of Princes critically acclaimed masterpieces from the classic 1986 album 'Parade'.

But what is shocking about Prince's death is that unlike Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, who were in my opinion ticking time bombs of wasted talent, vulnerable and unstable in later years, controlled by the people around them, Prince seemed to be in control of his life , career and legacy. A true artist, mysterious musician and icon who made his own decisions himself rather than be a pop puppet. I guess it is just yet another reminder of our mortality no matter who we are.

Thank U Prince 4 being part of the soundtrack of my life.

If 2016 is my year to move onto pastures new too, judging by the below, it seems like I will be in bloody good company and definitely entertained!

RIP Michael Jackson, the King of Pop
RIP Whitney Houston, the Princess of Pop
RIP Prince, the Prince of Pop
Long Live Madonna, the Queen of Pop