Reading my google alerts this morning over a bowl of bran flakes I came across a story that made me recoil in shock and fear - it was a story in the Wiltshire Times about a very brave man called Simon Guerrero.
I became a father on the 11th of June, 2008. My little boy, Oscar, needed a little extra help at the start of his life from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Bath's Royal United Hospital. The staff at NICU were fantastic and helped Oscar with the last little push he needed, so that he and his mum could come home.
So far, so reassuringly praise-worthy. But it's what he's doing, or rather *not* doing, to raise money that horrified me - giving up cheese for a whole month:
www.justgiving.com/nocheese (complete with an ode to cheese)
Yes, that's no cheese for the month of August.
Here's a picture of how that made me feel (next to the cheeses of the world poster that lives on the wall next to my desk):
Like many of us at Justgiving, I'm a massive fan of the Parmesan, always set for a Raclette and get fumin' without no Gouda with cumin (one of my top 5 European cheeses) - this you will see if you search for "uber tartiflette", my favourite Reblochon cheesy dish.
So I went as pale as Wensleydale when I saw what Simon was up to and his promise that...
All meals and snacks will be audited before consumption to ensure cheese is not involved in any way.
Simon, we Port Salute you.