COLUMNIST: Dozy’s Rambles on the election, skin cancer and BBC filming

Summer signals the start of sunbathing season and thoughts turn to skin cancer
Summer signals the start of sunbathing season and thoughts turn to skin cancer

BY the time you read this column, you should have voted and will know the result of the general election.

We may have a new MP, or retain the old one. Whichever way the results go, democracy has been seen to be done.

Many have said they did not get any candidates knocking at their door, others said they were fed up with candidates coming to their door. Some said they received no leaflets from candidates, others said they received too many, which is a perfect example of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’.

All that said, I for one did expect candidates to knock on my door, so at least I could ask questions, if only to see if the candidate was remotely interested in what I had to say.

The modern idea of holding hustings seems quite pointless to many, as its almost impossible to ask questions and most of the events appear very stage-managed.

• I have said several times over the past few weeks that summer appears to be here at long last and how nice to see the sun making an appearance, although at bank holiday time, the shiny thing in the sky appeared to be quite shy to show itself!

But, it is time also to think very carefully as to the dangers of the sun. How quickly we throw our clothes off just to sit in the sun, on the beach, in the garden or just walking around the streets.

I lived in Australia for many years and am very aware of Government-led campaigns warning of the dangers of exposing one’s body to too much sun. It’s a shame the UK Government, or even the NHS, does not take such a big lead on this, as skin cancer is a most awful condition to get and it is one that can so easily be protected against.

First up, remember that anyone can get skin cancer, although some people are at a greater risk than others. People with lighter skin colour, light hair and light eyes are more at risk, because they have less melanin in their skin to protect them. People who have long-term, unprotected sun exposure — chronic sun exposure — are at an increased risk.

Sunscreens that block both UVA and UVB rays are helpful, as are sun-protective clothes. In addition to sun protection, skin self-exams are important in detecting new, suspicious lesions. The earlier a skin cancer is identified, the easier it is to treat.

• I am delighted to see the dragon boat races are to return for the second year to the River Adur, during the River Fest weekend (August bank holiday).

The brainchild of James Parker from Suter’s Yard, the race was very funny and exciting last year and for an inaugural run, it was quite well supported.

For this year, bookings are already coming in with some grudges to be settled, certainly between a couple of the local pubs.

Businesses can get involved by making up a team and or sponsoring some of the boats. A professional company, Dragon Boat Events, oversees the entire programme, to ensure insurances, safety, etc., are well in place.

If you want more information, contact James at Suter’s Yard, in Shoreham High Street. It will be a really fun-filled event and if the weather is as good as last year, it will be extremely spectacular and, of course, colourful.

• Good to see the BBC active in and around Shoreham and Southwick, making the new police TV series called Cuffs.

The mock police station is at Adur Civic Centre, in Ham Road, just a few doors away from the real police station.

Many people think the police station is closed. Well, it is for most of the day, so I am surprised the BBC did not use actual police property.

Several roads were closed off during the past week for filming to take place, with car chases, etc. Let’s hope any money being paid for the closures will go to worthy local causes.