Tried to give blood again yesterday: I really did. Went back twice to flay open a vein in the cause of helping my fellow man.

I say tried because I fell foul of bureaucracy and bad management. After waiting for more than an hour at a “non-appointment” session, I got fed up with people walking past me because they had appontments.

Plus the fact that time was running out.

This must be the fifth time I’ve tried to give blood in the past 18 months, and for whatever reason it’s come to naught. It seems someone up there wants me to keep my eight pints. When I’ve calmed down I may try again.