Sad to hear that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has died today. I have always loved his ‘Farewell to Stromness’ – a haunting and beautiful piece. This version is particularly emotive and seems a fitting requiem.
a slight departure from blogging
At the risk of seeming obsessed with footballers convicted of sex offences I have decided to write about this case, not least because it has provoked a lot of discussion in my own family. I should say at the outset that adult men should always be held responsible for their actions, especially when interacting with… Continue reading adam johnson
despair about duality
I have grappled with dual thinking about physical and mental illness for years, both professionally and personally. I had dared to hope that things were improving slowly, that mental illness was better accepted, if not understood, by the general population in the UK, even if not by the medical profession. Unfortunately I feel forced to… Continue reading despair about duality
doctors’ contracts, jeremy hunt & the NHS
It is difficult to know where to start. I feel angry, disappointed and saddened in almost equal measure, although anger and disbelief predominate. The long running dispute between the doctors (represented by the BMA) and the government has come to a head in recent months, and following the second day of industrial action on Wednesday,… Continue reading doctors’ contracts, jeremy hunt & the NHS
Where does one even begin? It is depressing to think that our media is, for the next four months, going to be dominated by whether Britain should stay in the EU. It is even more depressing to think that the outcome could possibly be influenced by the views of a man who has virtually admitted… Continue reading europe
I have belatedly got involved in this exercise Will be interesting to see how it works out.
Several different topics have come together this week – refugees, healthcare, social care of the elderly, English as a second language, and religion – that I realise have a common theme. The theme is ‘otherness’. I use otherness because it is a gentler and more forgiving word than dehumanisation, but both words are in the… Continue reading otherness
The NHS, doctors on strike & other things
It feels as though we are reaching the end game with the NHS. The Guardian has launched a month-long ‘special’ looking at all aspects of the NHS, and something about the NHS features in the media nearly every day. The official narratives diverge more and more with the publication of each new set of figures.… Continue reading The NHS, doctors on strike & other things
Paris 13 November 2015
It is difficult to know where to begin; so many thousands of words have already been written about the horror of Friday night, when so many people died or were injured in a cluster of separate terrorist attacks in the centre of Paris. Politicians have spoken and continue to do so. Social media has had… Continue reading Paris 13 November 2015