Douglas Goldring

posted 11 Apr 2013, 12:33 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 19:48 ]

Having moved to York - I am perhaps sensitive to seeing local place names popping up.  

So whilst looking through the text version of my family tree I spotted 'Askham Bryan' - a local village of York.  Constance Anne Morris was married by her uncle, the Rev John Morris of Askham Bryan in 1877.  Rev. John Morris is therefore my great great great uncle. As a matter of course I had a look who Constance Morris was marrying and it was to a Frank Goldring... they had 5 children.  One of these children born in 1887 was Douglas Goldring.

Funnily I notice he is also, like myself, an old student of Magdalen College School, Oxford... and on the Wikipedia list of names of people who went to MCS above Goldring is Ben Goldacre... he must have been a little wee thing whilst I was there - being 4 years younger..

DipHealthSci(Open) +

posted 29 Mar 2013, 09:53 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 29 Mar 2013, 09:55 ]

I have now finished my Diploma of Health Sciences * with the Open University... which enables me to use the above letters after my name...

I chose modules: Human Biology (SK277)Biological Psychology (SD226)Science of the Mind: Investigating Mental Health (SDK228), and Infectious Diseases and Public Health (SK320).

I have several family history links to these courses... my mother's godfather, Professor J. Z. Young, was a well-known neurologist who discovered the giant squid axon... and my great grandfather, Humphrey Morris, was Chairman of the Port of London Health Authority (see earlier posts) - mentioned in this lecture about Infectious Diseases by John Averns, Port Health Director of LPHA.

I'm now moving in deeper to the study of cells and the molecules of cells... in Cell Biology and Molecular Cell Biology.  It has not been enough to understand that 'cells use glucose and oxygen' .. I want to know how and why... what happens when a cell becomes hypoxic?  what causes a cell to ignore signals and proliferate or die?  what is oxygen actually doing? (turns out, its role is to accept electrons at the end of a long series of events that break glucose down into energy and CO2.)  and finally I see where Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10) is required in that process.. and riboflavin (Vitamin B2) in FAD is also required...)  

I also found a subway map of the cell developed by Roche... Online Biochemical Pathway Map - and they do a hard copy which has arrived in the post... I wonder if biochemists and cell biologists understand even half of all these interactions!!

the link to the E21 is dead - which I think is bad administration by the OU - they may have scrapped the diploma, but many people have just achieved this qualification only to have all the information about the qualification removed from their website.  What does that say about the qualification to you?  I think there should always be a record of what the course entailed accessible to anyone who wishes to look into someone's CV...

Humphrey Morris Cutter - 2

posted 16 Aug 2011, 10:14 by Oliver Slay

I did a quick search on Humphrey Morris and Cutter today and found this from

When Humphrey met Chris

There's no indication when the article was written... so at some point Boatshed Essex acquired the 'dodgy' "Humphrey Morris Cutter" which they note is one of the more 'interesting and unusual vessels' on their lists.

The Medical Officers' Cutter, "Humphrey Morris" is an old boat.  Boatshed write that it was built in 1966 (but this is not possible because the BMJ printed their article about its launch in 1961) "by James Pollock & Co in Faversham, Kent for the City of London Port Health Authority, the boat's original functions were to meet incoming passenger liners at the North Foreland, conduct health checks, remove casualties and to give the ship health clearance inwards". It was converted to a private yacht in 1997.

The "Humphrey Morris" has 25 berths in 10 cabins.  It's been totally re-fitted with a bar.  "Further alterations have guaranteed that the floating Florence Nightingale will most likely find her next calling as a sailing club's dream clubhouse, or the perfect live-aboard for the large boat enthusiast."

I can't find the listing on their website - I've emailed so I'll wait... Perhaps this news item is quite old... why don't people think to put the date of the news item on their 'News' web page?

Human Biology (SK277)

posted 3 Aug 2011, 09:03 by Oliver Slay

The results are in for my Open University 'Human Biology' course... Grade 2 Pass...

Also I have just signed up to SDK228 The Science of the Mind - from Oct 2011... to keep me occupied over the winter and spring months :-)

The Humphrey Morris cutter

posted 12 Oct 2010, 09:53 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 12 Oct 2010, 10:56 ]

"A new quarantine cutter for the Port of London Health Authority, the Humphrey Morris, was launched recently.  This cutter, which is being built at a cost of about £70,000, will be the latest weapon in the fight to prevent infectious diseases entering London from overseas: 28,000 ships of over 44m. net tons enter the Port of London every year, and the Humphrey Morris will be able to go alongside any ship in all weathers to enable medical officers to carry out examinations or to take suspected cases to the isolation
hospital at Gravesend. Its equipment includes a radio-telephone to allow interrogation of ships without necessarily boarding them, and its 240-volt electrical system will link it to the ordinary land supply when it is on stand-by duty.

The Humphrey Morris will replace the 30-year-old Howard Deighton and will be faster, larger, and have comfortable accommodation for three stretcher and four sitting cases. It will be of 130 tons, with an overall length of 97 ft. 2 in., a depth of 9 ft. 6 in., and an operational speed of 12 knots. There will be a crew of five. The vessel is named after the late Humphrey Morris, who was chairman of the Port of London Health Authority from 1957-1959."

Br Med J 1961;2:305 doi:10.1136/bmj.2.5247.305 (Published 29 July 1961) (access here)

It turns out that my great grandfather, Humphrey William Carlile Morris, died in 1961... and worked for the City of London... so I have to guess that this ship was named after him...  fancy that!

And now the more I look for Humphrey Morris and 'cutter' the more I can find about it... 

The last spotting of this ship that I can find was by Gerolf Drebes... on the River Medway nr Sheerness in 2007

And it's the one on the left here on GoogleMaps


posted 21 Sep 2010, 07:59 by Oliver Slay

I have now finished my Certificate in Health Sciences with the Open University... which enables me to use the above letters after my name...

I chose modules: Human Genetics, Understanding Cancers, Introducing Health Sciences (using Case Studies) and Nutrition.

Introducing Health Sciences was a very good course... beginning in October and ending in June with an exam.  It taught health from 7 different (topical) cases (Water, Pain, Alcohol, COPD, Breast Cancer, Trauma/Recovery, Eyesight).

I thoroughly recommend studying anything you can in the evenings... 

Or try their free-to-the-public to learn something new and see if you might want to study more:

And now I am beginning on the next level... the Diploma of Health Sciences...  beginning with Human Biology...

Robert the Bruce, King of Scots

posted 18 Aug 2010, 09:58 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 29 Mar 2013, 09:11 ]

It's not often I find a history book that really captures my interest... But I picked up this one in the shop at Edinburgh Castle a couple of months ago, and it is an eye-opener of a story...

Little bits of information...  the Isle of Mann was given to Scotland by the Norwegians in return for money... the Flemish had an early Embassy, the 'Red Hall' in Berwick-upon-Tweed in return for keeping the British out... and Aberdeen having been a virtual Flemish enclave...

Small pieces of info about the different languages spoken around Scotland and the North of England / Yorkshire etc...

And how the Normans managed to get a footing as major landholders...

Ronald McNair Scott's book is a very interesting read so far... 

I may be a little biased however... according to historical records, my great-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandmother was Robert's sister, Margaret Bruce...

On BBC2 this week, I managed to also catch The Normans (iPlayer in the UK)... which went over some of the same ground as in the book...

k40 (1967-2007) - book

posted 17 Aug 2010, 09:33 by Oliver Slay

More Social Networking tools have been added by for sharing books you have created...

There's a cool widget but it won't work in Google Sites... maybe in the future eh?

If anyone knows how to get the Flash widget to work in Sites.. please let me know...

k40 (1967-2007) is viewable on


Some quotes...

posted 17 Aug 2010, 09:27 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 21 Aug 2011, 19:43 ]

From my original homepage...

Teach Yourself Human Anatomy & Physiology"From the physiological view, the brain is only the centre of a glorified reflex arc, to which consciousness has been added as an incidental by-product.  It does nothing independently, only in response to stimulation from outside." 

Camus - Rebel"If our time admits with equanimity that murder has its justification, this is because of the indifference to life which is the mark of nihilism."

Krishnamurti - The First & Last Freedom"Surely the present crisis is different, is it not? It is different first because we are dealing not with money nor with tangible things but with ideas [in this case democracy - o]. The crisis is exceptional because it is in the field of ideation. We are quarrelling with ideas, we are justifying murder; everywhere in the world we are justifying murder as a means to a righteous end, which is itself is unprecedented. Before, evil was recognised to be evil, murder was recognised to be murder, but now murder is a means to achieve a noble result [spread of democracy -o]. Murder, whether of one person or of a group of people, is justified, because the murderer, or the group that the murderer represents, justifies it as a means of achieving a result which will be beneficial to man. That is, we sacrifice the present for the future - and it does not matter what means we employ as long as our declared purpose is to produce a result which we say will be beneficial to man. Therefore, the implication is that a wrong means will produce a right end and you justify the wrong means through ideation [democracy-o]."

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