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1% Pay Rise for NHS Staff is Insulting. But What About Private Healthcare workers?

A furore has built in the wake of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s dispiriting budget last week, where NHS staff have been promised a paltry 1% pay rise following the hardest year ever faced by the health service. Questions among staff are now being asked; Where’s our thanks? Where’s the solidarity? Where’s our bleedin’ money? But these … Continue reading 1% Pay Rise for NHS Staff is Insulting. But What About Private Healthcare workers?

Spring Cleaning the Website (At Last!)

I’m always singing about the virtues of spring cleaning. Well, not always, that would make me kind of dull to be around. And I don’t sing about the virtues, either. Not, as such, anyway. But there is a lot to be said for a good old fashioned pre-summer sort out. I’m singing about (all right – writing about it) … Continue reading Spring Cleaning the Website (At Last!)

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS: 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know

Most people know somebody who is a care worker, or knows somebody who needs care from one of these amazing support workers but how much do we really know about what they do? #1.  Care Workers often work for minimum wage and have to pay for the maintenance of the vehicles they use to reach … Continue reading HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS: 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know

DailyAudio: The Death of Grass narrated by David Mitchell

THE DEATH OF GRASS narrated by David Mitchell By John Christopher >>> Full cast drama >>> First broadcast 2009 5x15 minute segments >>>  Total running time: 70 mins approx. A grass virus from China spreads all over the world, sparking a food shortage crises that's so dire governments resort to atom bombs to prevent their … Continue reading DailyAudio: The Death of Grass narrated by David Mitchell

DailyAudio: Why a show about statistics is helping me cope with lockdown

We’re all searching (and hopefully finding) little things to help us through these difficult times, but why do I find this radio show that lays bare the stark reality of what we face so comforting? More or Less (BBc Radio 4, Wednesdays 9am) is a show about statistics. But it isn’t anywhere near as dry as … Continue reading DailyAudio: Why a show about statistics is helping me cope with lockdown

The First Step Is Often The Hardest – How Not To Prevaricate

Are you like me? I aspire to earn a crust from writing so I have to write a lot of words, put in a lot of hours and basically fail a lot. But I love to write. And I don’t have much else to do at the moment. But getting started, sitting down to actually … Continue reading The First Step Is Often The Hardest – How Not To Prevaricate