I have been a fan of Big Clive’s YouTube channel for some time. He specialises in tear-downs and reverse engineering of electrical and electronic gadgets, often revealing the clever (and occasionally hideously dangerous) tricks designers use to cut costs in mass-produced products. Big Clive has what I call the “Orwell gift”—the ability to observe and describe precisely what he is seeing without any filter based on preconceived notions. He deliberately does not monetise his YouTube channel to avoid pressure which might cause him to pull punches when something deserves scorn and mockery.
Here is something very different. For a number of years Clive and his brother, both self-employed, cared for their mother who was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. They decided to care for her in her home and not place her in a care facility as things became difficult. She recently died after the disease progressed to the final stage in which she was unable to swallow food. Here Clive describes his experience, the progression of the disease, the practical reality of caring for someone with it, and how Alzheimer’s reverts those afflicted to basic human characteristics.