I’ve spent this weekend at a wedding in Suffolk and had the chance to watch a craftswoman at work! Betty had offered to make her cousin and his wife their wedding cake as their wedding gift. They were delighted to accept and had a particular idea about what they wanted – three tiers of chocolate … More The secret ingredient is love
I’ve been blogging since March 2010 and today I passed 10,000 views of my blog. I can’t quite believe it, even if you completely over-estimate spam bots and decide at least half of those visits didn’t result in a post being read, that’s still at least 5000 that did. Now I know some of you … More 10,000 views #cancer #servicedesign #networks #hope
This past week was an eventful one, it seemed to last forever and quite a lot happened. Thursday was by far the most poignant day. My sister and friends were in Wootton Bassett to welcome home Mark who was killed at the start of the week in Afghanistan, he was escorted to his flight home … More Gezellig: living not dying
On Monday this week Cpl Mark ‘Maldoon’ Palin was killed in Afghanistan. He was leading a patrol to recover component parts that would be used to make IEDs when he was killed by an IED. Mark was a young father to Lennon and married to Carla who is 5mths pregnant with their daughter. He was … More Semper fidelis – Always Faithful #RIP Maldoon
Last night as I was busy enjoying @PizzaCafeNewton and watching the Apprentice Final, I received a phonecall on my landline. The conversation went as follows: Me: Hello Caller: Hi, it’s Ben (cant remember his proper name) calling from Santander. Just to let you know this call may be recorded for training purposes. Me: Uh huh … More Santander customer service #fail
I’m up in Manchester for this year’s Joint Social Work Education Conference – this is the 13th year that it has been run but the first time I’ve attended. I’m talking about ChangeCards – what they are, where they came from and how they are being used in social care. I’ll post about my presentation … More #JSWEC Social Work Education Conference
This weekend I stumbled across Medical Harm – I believe I have @amcunningham to thank for bringing it to my attention. In a nutshell the blog is run by Dr Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield. It is a blog site that allows readers to submit information and documents to them, safely, which they may in turn … More To do no harm, first count the harm
Sheds are for real men, thinking, practical men, men who actively seek out their own company, men who make things, and do the job, have calloused, dirty hands, who would rather do than speak, who wouldn’t know the meaning of the terms ‘in the loop’, ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’, ‘touching base’, ‘breakout group’, … More Sheds are for real men…
I’m sat waiting for the Dilnot Commission to report – there are about 10mins left until it goes live on the Department of Health website. The few tweets that are leaking out of the press briefing, together with the media presence this weekend, suggest that Dilnot will be recommending that our politicians take some hard … More Waiting for #Dilnot – what is care and support?
I fully expect that over the next couple of days there will be many tweets sent and words written about the publication of the Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support; there is likely to be much musing about what it covers, what it doesn’t, whether its remit was right, how else we … More Déjà vu…or why most people don’t know who #Dilnot is and don’t care!