Guinea Pig Awareness Week | NHS procedures postponed | Mourning Charles de Gaulle | The making of a republican
My six-year-old granddaughter has been solemnly informed that Guinea Pig Awareness Week has been postponed as a mark of respect. She is distraught and I cannot help but think that, as an animal lover, Her Majesty would not have approved. Perhaps a constitutional expert or someone close to the royals could prevail on the organisers to reconsider?
• The minor, but long-awaited, heart procedure that I was due to have on Monday has been rescheduled to November. I can cope, but many others waiting in pain for surgery will find it hard to do so, and NHS waiting lists will lengthen. The Queen lived a long, healthy life, thanks to good genes, but also due to the instant medical care she received. No waiting weeks to see a GP or having procedures cancelled at short notice.