Pancake day is fast approaching - Time for a story:

Freddie ‘Flipper’ Seal, had been in training for Shrove Tuesday.  He was adamant that he was going to win the Pancake race in the market square this year.  He had studied the training plans of Olympic athletes and knew that rigorous preparation was the route to success. Initially he wanted to get the batter mixture just right. He had spent weeks cooking nothing but pancakes with varied types of flour ranging from spelt to potato.  He had used a range of eggs from quail to goose and had even experimented with eggs of different freshness - working on the theory that if the egg was a little 'high' it would lift off the pan easier. Finally he had tried pasturised, skimmed, goat's and even curdled milk.  How did I, the singing Physiotherapist, know all this?  Well Freddie was sitting in my consulting room and I had asked what the problem was.  It had resulted in this information overload. However he did seem to be getting to the point, because he was now talking about road testing his mixtures. Apparently he had tried a variety of pans of different weights and his problems had started after one training session using a cast iron pan.  Since that day he had not been able to toss a pancake because of pain in his right wrist.  Sadly he was not ambidextrous and the day of the race was fast approaching. He was a worried man.
I had a look at his wrist.  It wasn’t swollen or red,  nor was it hot to the touch.  I commented that it didn't look very battered but that didn't raise even a suggestion of a smile.  I checked the active and passive movements of flexion, extension, supination, pronation, radial and ulnar deviation.  I palpated the forearm muscle groups, mobilised the individual carpel bones and checked the stability of the collateral ligaments. I reached a diagnosis: "Freddie" I said, for after all that was his name, "you have pulled your Extensor Carpi Radialis muscle".  I explained to him that the ECR muscle would be taking a lot of the weight of the pan and basically he had overloaded it. He asked me if there was a chance he would still be able to compete. I told him that we needed to decrease the localised inflammation, stretch the affected muscle and generally support the area, but yes, he could compete. “Thank goodness” he said “because at the moment I don’t give a toss about anything else!”

 

 

 The Quiz this year - American Cities - is now finished - and we were pleased to present a cheque for £1000 to the Nottingham city hospital breast cancer appeal.

 

               

 

Answers below:

American cities

 

1/ Not a landline(6)                                                                                                                                         Mobile

2/ Contained in ecosystem pea farms (5)                                                                                               Tempe

3/ It can be a trial to be a witch here(5)                                                                                                  Salem

4/ European strand of DNA (6)                                                                                                                   Eugene

5/ seasonal meadows (11)                                                                                                                            Springfield

6/ Runnin Wild flappers dance (10)                                                                                                           Charleston

7/ Issue of a sailor (7)                                                                                                                                     Jackson

8/ Scary Sue (8)                                                                                                                                                 Syracuse

9/ Christopher’s birthplace? (8)                                                                                                                  Columbus

10/ Glen Miller’s “Choo Choo”(11)                                                                                                         Chattanooga

11/ Stevhun ill? (10)                                                                                                                                        Huntsville

12/ Central whelking in a group of trees. (3,5)                                                                                     Elk Grove

13/ An ape sad (8)                                                                                                                                           Pasadena

14/ Ready to rise from the ashes (7)                                                                                                        Phoenix

15/ Previously known as Saul (5,4)                                                                                                            Saint Paul

16/ Rover and Powers prefix (6)                                                                                                                Austin

17/ Where I’m gonna lay down my sword & shield (9)                                                                      Riverside

18/ Spanish fields (3,5)                                                                                                                                  Las Vegas

19/ Same carton (10)                                                                                                                                      Sacramento

20/ In several eighths (7)                                                                                                                              Raleigh

21/ Extra portion of lamb curry (9)                                                                                                            Baltimore

22/ Windy City (7)                                                                                                                                            Chicago

23/ Wish for seashore (4,5)                                                                                                                         Long Beach

24/Spanish saint of lost property (3,7)                                                                                                     San Antonio

25/ Large fruit? (3,4)                                                                                                                                       New York

26/ The place to leave on a jet plane (6)                                                                                                 Denver

27/ Forever associated with John Ross (6)                                                                                             Dallas

28/ A meadow for Paul Hollywood? (11)                                                                                                Bakersfield

29/ Sex in the city character (9)                                                                                                                  Charlotte

30/ Where angels hang out (3,7)                                                                                                               Los Angeles

31/ Found in some sausages (4)                                                                                                                 Mesa

32/ A lot of insomniacs here (7)                                                                                                                 Seattle

33/ Seaside of Ms Woolf (8,5)                                                                                                                Virginia beach

34/ Visit here with floral embellished hair (3,9)                                                                              San Francisco

35/ Mary’s saintly husband (3,4)                                                                                                                                San Jose

36/ Heard to be doubly wicked, but smartly dressed (10)                                                                Cincinnati

37/ Small stone (6,4)                                                                                                                                      Little Rock

38/ Confused fiddle playing emperor (4)                                                                                                Reno

39/ Arthur Sullivan’s friend (7)                                                                                                                    Gilbert

40/ Shy love (7)                                                                                                                                                 Modesto

41/ Metropolis for sweaters (6,4)                                                                                                             Jersey City

42/ Mr Berlin - to be formal (6)                                                                                                                  Irving

43/ White water that is opulent (5,6)                                                                                                   Grand Rapids

44/ A friendly candle maker (8)                                                                                                                  Chandler

45/ Talked about article (7)                                                                                                                          Spokane

46/ Keyboard instrument I replace with L (5)                                                                                        Plano

47/ Red stick? (5,5)                                                                                                                                      Baton Rouge

48/ Laurel wreath (7)                                                                                                                                      Garland

49/ Berth place?(9)                                                                                                                                         Anchorage

50/ Merely a condiment conurbation (4,4,4)                                                                                   Salt Lake City