Monday, 13 August 2012

Striking gold

gold medal for Lorne
Being in the UK at present, it is hard to escape the Olympic Games. The UK has struck gold time and time again and seems destined (as I write) to finish in third place behind the USA and China. It is a wonderful achievement – last week I mused about Bradley Wiggins’ success and how he might owe some part of it to his blood platelets.

Well, I am going to stick my neck on the line and predict a gold medal for Lorne. OK! Maybe, there isn’t an Olympic category for blood grouping reagents, but that may change some day. This time around, the Olympics have seen some new categories, like women’s boxing. It has also seen some categories have a final outing, like wind-surfing. So, you never know what categories might crop up at some future games.

I can imagine the individual and team medals – best blood reagent (individual), best blood type test kit (team effort), longest reagent shelf life, fastest reagent delivery, highest reagent quality – the list goes on. The main difference, of course, is that I do not see Lorne coming third in any medals table. I like to think it will be gold all the way.

So, until the International Olympic Committee wakes up to the possibility, we will just have to keep on carrying our own torch. Faster deliveries, higher standards and stronger reagents - it’s the Olympic ideal and our everyday promise.

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