After three years in the UK, I needed to use the National Health System. I’ve got a really bad lower back pain after lifting my motorbike to put it in a van. The reason why I did that is another story, but it was stupid and the damage is done.
So, in the beginning, I just innocently thought it will go away after a few days, because I thought I was young and strong but this illusion faded away completely when I saw myself in the mirror and realised I couldn’t even stand straight.
All the muscles in my back went to spasm to protect me from snapping in two, it seems.
And so let the NHS saga begin.
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So, exactly one year ago, I arrived in London Stansted Airport. But this time it was a single ticket.
I went to Baker Street via easyBus. I didn’t have an oyster card, I was in a rush and I was afraid of not catching a train before the underground closes. I didn’t have a clue when the last train was. So I overpaid a single ticket to Earl’s Court.
Earl’s Court is a place I don’t particularly like but I had to visit for various reasons all of the times I was in London. It still works as an index of my progress as a man. It is all the nice and bad moments summarized together. It still hurts sometimes…
So, back September the 12th, 2012. I didn’t have a smartphone, GPS or internet. I only had a printed street map of the area around the station and my hotel reservation along with clothes, a laptop and one thousand quid that fed me for 3 months.
I clearly remember that I was thinking the following: (I still do today)
“That’s it. This is your opportunity. No more lies. Prove yourself now.”
I didn’t really know what I was going to do. But I knew that I had to do something.
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And then there was PAT.
PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing
Yeah, as I’ve read, it’s pretty common here in Britain. I have to confess though, that it is a bit annoying. As I was living into University’s halls, I had to open the door to the PAT guys to test my appliance.
I will also cite this from the previous Wikipedia article, because I can.
“Misleading advice and advertising, often by companies who offer the testing, is contributing to low-risk businesses such as offices, shops and hotels paying unnecessarily for over-the-top maintenance regimes.
The law simply requires an employer to ensure that electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger – it does not state that every item has to be tested or how often testing needs to be carried out.”
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