why isn’t mental health taken seriously?

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?

bad things continue to happen

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 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

things are not what they seem

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