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14 August 2018

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March 1, 2018
Thinking of you this St David's Day.

Rwy'n dy garu di.

Your Lady x
February 5, 2018
I still think of you every day x Nos da bach x TC
February 4, 2018
I knew David Mackenzie, for over 15 years first as a colleague and then of course as a friend. There is so much I can say about him that I struggle. How can you sum up a person?
He was a superlative in so many ways, intelligent beyond most people's ken, knowledgeable, and well-read, quoting Keats, Shakespeare and Voltaire in the course of an everyday exchange. He had an adroit wit, & extensive vocabulary, (he'd've been proud of me for getting adroit in there), a polymath, an everyman, who saw and heard and felt everything.
He had served in the Army, where he trained as a radiographer, and had served overseas, particularly of note, being Northern Ireland during the troubles. He suffered back injuries during that time that would be his cross to bear (he would not be proud of me for the biblical reference). He then served the rest of his career in the NHS, which he saw as a continuation of his service to Queen and country, notably St. Peter's in Chertsey & at Charing Cross Hospital in London for the last 15 years. He brought with him, high standards, Army discipline, a crisp white tunic, polished shoes, knowledge & kindness. He had an extensive library of x-rays, (still on film), & would lend them to colleagues who needed them either for student training or for their own child's Show & Tell' at school, his x-ray of a snake, always being a favourite at the latter.

Though much experienced he never lost the love of Accident & Emergency and caring for old ladies, & also keeping a watchful eye on the students, to make sure the standards didn't slip, but usually with humour. A favourite witticism of his, still in use, was, would you like to x-ray this lady's Swiss mountain range?' The punchline? - Pair a knees!'

We had a number of parallels in our lives, born in the Sixties, the loss of a parent in childhood, discipline, humour, acknowledgement of our imperfections. He became like a brother, the modern phrase I've got your back', is on the money.
David was loyal and kind, intelligent, funny, and soulful, with the faults and flaws that make up a human being, any of us, all of us. That he has been taken prematurely is a tragedy. He was not one for the spiritual hocus pocus, that an indoctrinated Catholic like myself, could come up with, so I will respect his viewpoint not say God rest him, or some such, that would appal him. I would just say, please remember the goodness of the man, that's what he would say, I think. He would part me, when feeling particularly close, with the phrase firm handshake'. Which I hope is self-explanatory. Firm Handshake David, Firm Handshake.
January 3, 2018