Amazingly, the headline on the 07.00 radio 4 news this morning was about the shortage of mental health beds. There was more detail on the BBC website, including details of a patient being admitted to a ward for deaf people, other patients in London being sent to B&B accommodation, and patients being sent hundreds of… Continue reading why isn’t mental health taken seriously?
Surprisingly good weather for a bank holiday weekend, and therefore time to chat and think about various things on a good walk. I find that the whole Gerry Adams, IRA, Northern Ireland situation is still very much at the forefront of my mind. Today’s news is full of talk of retribution and revenge from both… Continue reading bank holiday monday
I was pleased to hear the news that Gerry Adams has been released from police custody before the 20.00h deadline imposed on the police. Without taking the side of either party in the long history of trouble in Northern Ireland it is surely possible to be horrified by the prospect of a return to the… Continue reading bad things continue to happen
I was horrified, but not surprised, to hear this morning’s news that the number of rape cases referred for prosecution in the UK has fallen by a third since 2011 – despite an increase in the number of rapes being reported to the police. The conviction rate for rape remains very low – 6%. Leaving… Continue reading retribution
I had already thought about the ethics of autoethnographic writing, and discussed it in a research ethics seminar. However, yesterday’s writing made me think all over again. My husband was clearly put out by my comments that ‘he had understood the film from beginning to end’ and obviously felt that I had somehow portrayed him… Continue reading communication
A curious collection of events in the past 24h that struck as being linked by one thing only – that what one sees on the surface can often be very different from what is actually going on. I woke to the familiar voices of the radio 4 Today presenters, discussing a forthcoming Panorama programme about… Continue reading things are not what they seem
I think that I read the Booker prize winning novel by John Banville the following year (2006). So much has happened since then that I couldn’t remember the details (although curiously I could picture the paperback cover quite clearly), but I did remember that I’d enjoyed the poetic qualities of the book. Last night we… Continue reading the sea