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You have to be Skidding me

It’s hard to feel any sort of sympathy for politicians at the best of times. These days, being so far removed from anything remotely resembling the best of times, even the most compassionate hearts are hardening towards the people who are supposed to represent us. So, just when you thought your flabber could not be…

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40 years on

If the 1960’s was something of a sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll-fuelled party, the 1970’s was the head splitting hangover. It was not a happy decade. Hard to believe now that we had to go shopping with a lighted candle or torchlight because of the sudden and unscheduled power cuts. Worse, all TV broadcasting…

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Testing the temperature at Health+Care 2019

To my eyes, this year’s Health+Care was as huge an event as ever – but was I alone in thinking that the healthcare section was a bit smaller than in previous years, and that the residential and home care section was a bit bigger? If I’m right, then perhaps it’s analogous of the way things…

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NHS – Trump doesn’t buy it

Reports circulating this week suggested that President Trump was eyeing up the NHS. Well, at least it wasn’t him eyeing up a female member of the Royal Household. So, on the basis that he really did mean NHS and not BHS, what was it all about? Rather like the State visit itself, the NHS-for-sale story…

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We’re all doomed

There’s been a very consistent theme that’s pervaded the news this week. No, not Brexit. It’s far more serious than that. It’s about the disappearance of many of the things that we hold dear. In short, extinction. There’s a lot of it about to happen. Let’s start with the birds – and possibly more worrying,…

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Once victim, always victim. That’s the law!*

It could almost have been planned. This week, two stories, one fictional, one frighteningly real, plus a road trip to the North, have conspired to set the mind whirring on the subjects of victims, forgiveness and redemption. The fiction, BBC2’s four-parter, The Victim, was quite simply one of the best bits of telly this year –…

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Digitise or disappear?

You can’t go a day without reading or hearing about some new development in ‘digital health’. Just this week we’ve heard how digital technologies can help reduce loneliness in over-50s; that an NHS-funded insomnia app will soon be helping sleep-deprived Londoners get some shut-eye; and that Matt Hancock is awarding £9 million to a host…

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Keeping things in proportion

“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life…”. So said Yoko Ono. “I try very hard to thank my lucky stars and keep it all in proportion and perspective – but it can be tiring having a smiley face all day.” So said the…

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