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Tony, I told you to leave the opium out…

Mr Manchester, Tony Wilson, has kidney cancer. Manchester Confidential wishes him all the best.

Published on February 14th 2007.

Tony, I told you to leave the opium out…

Tony Wilson is poorly. Kidney cancer by all accounts. Tony, my brother Chris had the same problem, two years ago; he smokes sixty fags a day, has one lung and not much of a diaphragm left. If he can, you can.

Your comments today in the MEN about how great the NHS actually is, particularly the staff, gets my full backing. Having spent the first forty years of my life molly coddled, or so I thought, by private medicine and having eyes and knees and embarrassing stuff sorted out, my first visit to the MRI came as something of a revelation.

Having had my head used as a football by five likely lads on Oxford Street one night I found myself in A&E with a head the size of a pumpkin but not as tasty; I asked the doctor if I should go private. “Mr Garner, if you are going to get shot, then get shot outside Belfast General; they have plenty of practice at that kind of injury. If you are insistent on getting every bone in your face broken along with a fractured skull, believe me, the MRI is the place to come”.

Like Tony, I will never again “go private”. The way those people looked after me and some of the poor buggers on my ward, results in my having nothing but admiration for them. Kind, jovial, sympathetic, massively efficient. The NHS is alive and well, its all about the people. I also fell in love at least twice. The Nurses are dead fit….

So Tony, this publisher wishes you all the best, along with the rest of Manchester Confidential. Next time you are in my flat though, its no more opium for you me old mate. You will have to get used to the Chateau Haut Brion ’70.

Mark Garner
Manchester Confidential

Ps Can the fuckin’ beard you knob!

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