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HAEUK patients day in Bristol

Last Saturday my wife and I attended a patients day for hereditary angioedema sufferers. It was hosted by HAEUK at a hotel in Bristol. I though I’d post a short report for other patients who I know sometimes read this blog.

The day was attended by around 100 – 120 people, many of whom were patients or family members, as well as doctors and other representatives of the medical profession.

A number of presentations were featured throughout the day. These included Dr Tariq El Shanawany speaking about new developments in HAE, Dr Mark Gompels speaking about sport and the HAE patient, Henrik Boysen speaking about HAEi (international) and Dr Scott Hackett speaking about HAE in the family.

We saw a short film that has been produced, in which several patients (myself included) were interviewed about their experiences with peripheral attacks.

Two patients told stories about their case history and how they had overcome many of the difficulties that the condition presented them with. Paul Carrol, told us about how he had started to run for fun a few years ago and is now a marathon runner and a triathlete and Dana Shapiro spoke about her recent trip to Kilimanjaro.

The afternoon saw is breaking up into small groups to meet each other and discuss our experiences, and Alex Graham (HAEUK’s youth ambassador) told us about some of the achievements of young patients.

It was a very successful and informative day, I met many old friends and some new ones. We came away, as always from an event like this, encouraged and refreshed.

If you’re just reading this and wondering what HAE is, you can read my case story here.

Well done to all the guys at HAEUK for a great event.


Music gear for sale

Hi all

A couple of friends of mine have some equipment for sale, details below. If you are interested in anything please contact the seller direct, I am just plugging it for them.

First of all a few bass amps from a fan of the band, Richard Harding. I’ve got no pictures of these, but you can contact Richard at


AH300SMC 300 Watt amplifier head with 7-band EQ, dual band compression.
1048H 4×10″ Celestion loudspeakers plus high-frequency horn cabinet.
1518 1×15″ Celestion loudspeaker cabinet.
All are rugged carpet covered with polished stainless steel protective corners.
Classic Trace Elliot sound, pre-Gibson/Peavey takeover.
Custom fitted padded covers included, plus manufacturer’s manual, speaker & mains leads.  £950 ono (less than half original new price!).



PJB M-500 720 Watt Head.

The M-500 is a single one channel power house with ultimate tone shaped by the 12-band graphic EQ and 3 band parametric EQ. It can power multiple speaker cabinets with ease. Our exclusive optical limiter circuit gives it a very smooth operation. Bass Player magazine in 2004 review quoted it “the best on board limiter found in a bass amp”.

2% silver solder connections; 2.5 mm steel chassis; heavy duty chrome plated corners; recessed Allen bolt mounted handle; custom machined metal and anodized aluminum knobs; and much more. No details left unattended; and they scream quality.

Speaker Cabinets:


Model 6T
Power 600 W
Speaker 6×5″  12Ω 50Hz-15KHz
Dimensions 20.5 x 18.7 x 13 inch 520 x 444 x 330 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 51lbs / 23kg
Color Black


Model 9B
Power 900 W
Speaker 9x5″  8Ω 40Hz-15KHz
Dimensions 20.5 x 18.7 x 18.1 inch 520 x 444 x 381 mm (W xD x H)
Weight 75lbs / 34kg
Color Black
 2 PJB Heavy Duty speaker leads. Mains lead. PJB Manual.
£1,000- ono for the older of the two stacks- slightly road warn but in good condition . Homemade waterproof speaker covers.
£2,000- ono for the newer one , as new condition. PJB Speaker Covers.
Photos on PJB website
Secondly a friend in work is selling this pair of speakers. £70 if anyone is interested. email
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God’s House Band will be on our new album!

We had a great time yesterday at Red Rock Studios.  Tim wrote a song awhile back called ‘Blues Like A Prayer’, which will be the title track of the new album and we really wanted to find a gospel choir to put some backing vocals on that particular song.  A couple of months ago we played at a church in Bristol called God’s House and we approached them to see if they would be interested in helping us out.

So yesterday a handful of their members came along and put some amazing vocals down.  There were just five of them, but the magic of studios and multi-tracking soon sorted that out.

Wait until you hear this track guys, it’s incredibly beautiful.

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