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Choose Life. Choose PDAC.

With apologies to Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle.

Choose life. Choose geology. Choose engineering. Choose a family you see 50% of your working life. Choose a bigscreen television in the corner of the eating hall showing the sport everyone else likes but you don't. Choose flowcharts, scoops, scratch pens, and electrical mine winches. Choose hour long health and safety meetings, rice and potatoes with every meal and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments you just about keep up with. Choose a starter home you never see. Choose your friends you never see. Choose leisure wear you get to use two hours a week and luggage that's beaten to a pulp. Choose a three piece suite. Choose DIY and wondering where the hell you are on a Sunday morning as you get off shift. Choose sitting in that canteen watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing tuna bake into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an engineer or geologist embarrassment to the selfish brats you have spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life,  . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got PDAC?