Parkinson’s is bloody expensive

Yesterday I was talking to the CEO of Parkinson’s SA about a cycling fundraiser for Parkinson’s research. She’s keen to give something a go.

How many people out there would be interested in supporting it by riding, sponsoring, volunteering.

Parkinson’s needs more visibility in the community. Sure, it’s not cancer and it doesn’t kill people but its long term, degenerative physical disability and the gap payments for deep brain stimulation can be $14,000 or more.

How many of you know someone with Parkinson’s? That’s right, you probably don’t, because not even 0.3 % of Australia’s population have Parkinson’s.

Because of the high expense of the treatment people have to sell their houses and cars to afford the cost of treatment. These are people who have been paying private health insurance their entire lives. What’s with that?

Something has to change.

Oxford Libraries

Oxford

Oxford is a lovely town and I have to admit that I’m a little in awe of the University experience that people get when they attend the University of Oxford. My main reason to go there was to visit the Bodleian Library and go on an extended tour of the library. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was a little disappointed with the tour. Perhaps it was because I’m a librarian and have a different perspective..? Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the original Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Camera. I was astonished to discovered that each college has its own library as well! In fact, I just found a list of over 100 Oxford University Libraries and College libraries. If a job swap opportunity ever came up, I’d been keen to live there for 6 months (over summer please :).

Oxford

Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library was a highlight. Lunch at The Ashmolean Museum was fantastic. Great food and some wonderful exhibits. Talking shop and trading work stories is always great. Sarah’s working on the Oxford University Research Archive and wasn’t impressed to hear about Higher Education Research Data Collection codes. I did point her in the direction of the Swinburne repository and CRO.

 

Singapore, from a cyclists perspective

I didn’t ride a bike in Singapore and to be honest I didn’t want to. Spending three days in Singapore made me grateful to live in a great cycling city like Adelaide. While I do sometimes complain about the infrastructure that we do have, at least we have it, and we have a political structure that gives us a voice.

Of the people that I did see riding bikes, I only saw one person wearing a helmet and they were riding a reasonable looking road bike. Who was it that said that mandatory helmet laws stop people from cycling?

I saw one bike shop, and I saw a heck of a lot of other types of shops and shopping centres in Singapore.

Singapore’s population at the 2012 census was  5,312,400, that’s 7,315 people per km2 (wikipedia). If Singapore invested time and money into planning it’s transport infrastructure then imagine how many cars would be off the roads?!

A cleaner greener Singapore would be amazing!

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