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MYSELF, ONLY BETTER

Wed 16 October 2019

Of all plastic surgery procedures, breast reduction surgery brings the most patient satisfaction. Neck and back pain may reduce, posture improve and activity levels increase. One patient writes about her experience of Breast Reduction surgery under the care of Consultant Plastic Surgeon Miss Victoria Rose:

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CHARITY FUNDRAISING

Wed 9 October 2019

David Gateley is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support two vital charities: UNICEF, the world's leading organisation working for children in danger, and Child Action Nepal, of which he is a Trustee, regularly visiting to provide teaching and surgery, to support orphanages in Nepal.

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WHALE TO STARBOARD

Wed 9 October 2019

22nd Day: We changed from Yankee Staysail to Spinnaker overnight as the wind continues to back. This results in a slightly flatter boat allowing safer movement around deck. The weather remains blue skies with some cloud with an occasional squall. Crew now beginning to calculate possible arrival dates, counting the days down and talking about that first drink and that first meal. As we near land we start to see more bird life of different variety and today a whale surfaced off our starboard beam beating his tale on the surface as he submerged: a spectacular sight that had all awake crew emerge on deck to witness. We have some unpredictable weather ahead sitting just outside Punta del Este including a wind hole and gusting winds up to 40 knots. Our crossing has to date averaged winds of up to 17 knots so this will prove a sporty end to the first leg race two.

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OCEAN SPRINT

Wed 9 October 2019

Having finished the ocean sprint with speeds increasing towards the end we are setting our sights on Punta del Este now in earnest. The sky remains blue and heatstroke a real concern still as we head south. Breaks down below essential to rest and re-hydrate during our watches. We continue on port tack and the wind is now backing onto our beam. Our sails trimmed accordingly we are averaging 11-12 knots which is very healthy. The spirit on the boat continues to be high with everyone pulling together. Our skipper Guy continues to guide us through long days and nights. The southern trades are consistent so no sail changes have been required for days. The bilges need to be regularly emptied as in all boats there are inevitable leaks. Sleeping due to the heat is patchy but we all close our eyes and dream of Punta.

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