British-based broadcaster Clive James fears he will never set foot in his native Australia again after conceding he is losing his battle with cancer.
The critic, poet and writer was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010, and in a moving interview on Bbc's Radio 4, he reveals he has died nearly four times and is so sick he can't make the flight to Sydney, the city where he was born Down Under.
He says, "I've been really ill for two-and-a-half years. I was diagnosed with leukaemia then I had (lung disease) Copd which is a fancy name for emphysema and my immune system packed up (failed). And that's just the start. I almost died four times and I swore to myself if I can just get through this winter, I'd feel better. And I got through the winter and here it is a lovely sunny day and guess what, I don't feel better. I'm getting near the end. I'm a man who is approaching his terminus."
James adds, "I've been so sick I'm not allowed to fly. You couldn't get enough oxygen aboard a plane to get me to Sydney. I used to be in Australia for five or six times a year but now I can't go. The wistfulness is really building up and I'm facing the possibility I might never see Sydney again."
The 72 year old currently resides in Cambridge, England, and the radio documentary Meeting Myself Coming Back will air in the U.K. on Saturday (23Jun12).
We help you decide who to give your money to.
Nature-inspired songs we just can't get enough of.
Artists are coming up with different ways to entertain and help out this year.
Put these British films about music at the top of your watch list.
The Mifo O5 PROs are some of the most durable wireless earbuds on the market and we can't recommend them enough.
These songs were written for times like these.
Live musicians take a financial hit during the worst health crisis of a generation.