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The importance of a good lunch

Rejoice in this election and Prince Andrew-free zone.Instead, I have to pass on a snippet of conversation that might amuse and delight you as much as it did me. My 16 month old nephew came over from France where he lives with English mum and French dad.He attends a nursery and, this being France, is already…

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How many sleeps till it’s all over?

It’s around 54 sleeps till Christmas. Which makes it around 41 sleeps until Election Day. And, from the minute the December election seemed to be a certainty, the parties have been squaring up over who is the real guardian of the NHS.   Taking away for a minute the fact that there will never be…

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Keep calm – we can’t carry on

Have we at last come to the end of the fad in which “Keep calm and….” is printed on every conceivable everyday object? Well done the entrepreneur who saw fit to resurrect the old wartime poster onto every mug, tea towel and drinks mat. But it’s time to move on.  Mind you, the sentiment is…

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It’s behind you…!

The end of the party conferences provided an early panto experience. The party conference season is over for another year and we can all now get back to being confused about whether we’re leaving / remaining / voting again. Still, the few weeks’ worth of rousing speeches that begins with the Lib Dems, and ends with…

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Sunny uplands ahead?

Uphill struggles – actual and metaphorical – are something of a theme this week: I’ve been huffing and puffing my way up and down some actual (and very steep) Pyrenean mountains. It’s an annual thing. A group of around seven blokes with wildly mixed levels of fitness, we’ve kept the hike going for 27 years. The…

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Northern EXPOsure

The end of the affair So, that’s it then for the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo for this year – and indeed, for ever. Next year’s Expo will be a joint affair with NHS Confederation called, imaginatively, ConfedExpo. The Expo started around ten years ago and was held at London Dockland’s vast ExCel conference…

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Eat, bray, love

Are you Eeyore or Tigger? A selflessly positive Pollyanna or a right Debbie Downer? As Eeyore would say, who cares anyway? It turns out that we should all care because, earlier in the week, news broke that we must all try to retain an upbeat, positive frame of mind in order to live longer and healthier…

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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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