FROM THELMA DOVER, GROVE COURT, DEDDINGTON
I have only just been able to read the DN and I feel a reply to Blissful Thinking (date?? K.T.) is warranted, regarding the use of M.P.sí blood to power hovercraft. There are, I believe, 550 Members each with 8 pints of blood. Obviously this amount could not be available unless each member was deprived of life. Surely, even in the best interests of keeping the population mobile,, this would be a criminal offence. 550 members could provide 550 gallons of blood or 3873 litres However, if each member was coerced into providing 1 pint of blood per annum (as an ex blood donor I believe it takes the body this time to recover, despite the tea and biscuit offered after the procedure) this would equate to 68.78 gallons or 484 litres. I doubt if a hovercraft could be modified to use blood it would get very far (with a full load of passengers even lift-off would be doubtful) and, even if successful, probably only one craft could be in service per annum.
Action of this kind could deprive the NHS of valuable supplies, especially for those injured in motor accidents, or possibly for several life-saving operations. Perhaps the use of two feet, with which most of us have been endowed, should be advocated where possible.