A BIT of a rant this week (so what’s new, I hear you say!) First off, a nursing graduate claiming to be a doctor secured a management job with the NHS and fraudulently earned almost £350,000. What? Didn’t HR do any checks? Then, we have the completely unqualified psychiatrist who ‘treated’ NHS patients for 22 years. (Maybe she raised suspicions because she provided the best psychiatric care ever encountered in the NHS?) Isn’t it amazing what people can get away with, if they’re brash enough and nobody checks? I mean, just look at my own qualifications: -- Advertisement -- Nora Johnson FRCS, PhD, QC! And guess what: I regularly carry out heart surgery with only a Girl Guide certificate in embroidery (plus my stitching of vital organs is so artistic – incredibly underrated these days). Next we learn that residents in Belgravia, London and Chigwell, Essex pay for private “bobbies on the beat” and community groups in Hartlepool, … [Read more...] about Brexodus … can anyone put the great back into Britain?
IAN FLEMING, the creator of James Bond, owned a Bentley and the car is thought to have inspired him to equip his secret agent with such a car in his 1961 novel, Thunderball. The car that James Bond ‘loved more than all the women at present in his life’ is one of Bentley’s most iconic and is said to be the design inspiration behind the all-new Continental GT Convertible, the sister to the new Coupe and priced to start with at just £175,000. While the official launch has been pushed back to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the marque in 2019, the convertible has been revealed. -- Advertisement -- The convertible’s roof sweeps open in just 19 seconds to reveal the luxurious handcrafted interior. Heated seats, heated armrests , neckwarmers and even a heated steering wheel option provide for a luxurious driving experience in all but the harshest environments at which point the stylish Z-fold roof may have to be deployed. Unmistakably a Bentley, … [Read more...] about No secret at all
I DON’T normally quote favourably from religious publications, but a while back I set aside an unusually intelligent piece written for the Salvation Army’s The War Cry by Rivera Su who called for calm and civil language ahead of the US presidential election. Sun wrote: “Discourse is the foundation of democracy. The ability to have a respectful and informed conversation about politics – in the post office, our homes, on the media, with friends, family or with total strangers – is essential for a society that prizes the ideals of liberty and freedom. “If we are not free to converse without being verbally assaulted, insulted and screamed at, what does that say about the content of our character? Is it really so hard to engage in the practices of being curious about our differences, asking questions, listening and responding in a sane and civil manner?” -- Advertisement -- Already things were hotting up, with Trump using the most obnoxious … [Read more...] about Whatever happened to civil discourse?
APART from me who is fed up going into restaurants and, when ordering a soft drink like a coke, getting served a 200ml mixer sized bottle that’s the size you use for rum and coke or gin and tonic instead of a 330ml can or bottle and being charged ‘full’ price? It’s a diabolical liberty and a raving con. Don’t give me the old tosh that you can only get them direct from Coca Cola. I don’t care. Go in to the local supermarket and buy some. I don’t care if they cost 30 cents and you sell them for €2.20 – just give me a proper size drink OK! One place told me that if you use cans it lowers the tone of the establishment. Listen mate, I’ve got news for you – your place, as brilliant as it is and I love eating there, is an up market cafe serving people in T-shirts, swimming shorts and flip flops in the summer. -- Advertisement -- All the staff are walking about in T-shirts, jeans and trainers, not dinner suits and bow ties. … [Read more...] about A diabolical liberty
DANCERS from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Christmas production The Nutcracker brought some fairytale magic to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Children and families were joined by dancers Rosanna Ely, Eilis Small and Hamish Scott and first artist Aitor Galende, dressed in full costume for the Christmas lights switch on. As dusk fell at the Selly Oak hospice, visitors came together for the annual ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas celebrations. Joining them were Chris Reed, head of care at Acorns in Birmingham, who said: “Christmas is a magical time at the hospice, but it can be hard for our families. “The support we get at Christmas and throughout the year is really appreciated and ensures that we can continue our vital work.” In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved. David Watson, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s director of brand and advocacy, said: … [Read more...] about Christmas Nutcracker production brought magic to Acorn’s Children Hospice