What sustains Clarke and Francis in their work is the inspiration of colleagues, and the bravery of their patients. Francis offers insight from John Berger’s book on the life of a GP, A Fortunate Man. Berger, having observed a succession of patients in a GP surgery, concluded that what most impressed him was “their everyday bravery and tenacity” and that “the notion of endurance is fundamentally far more important than happiness”. These superb books make clear that the revelation of this plague has been twofold: our hubris has been shattered, yet there remains a staggering human capacity for bravery, courage and endurance. Clarke and Francis witness it daily in the kingdom of the sick. From it, they take heart, and urge us to do the same. … [Read more...] about Breathtaking by Rachel Clarke and Intensive Care by Gavin Francis review – two superb doctor-writers
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The Labour MP Yvette Cooper, the chair of the home office select committee, has consistently pressed the government over the lack of border controls. “If we had our time back again, and were thinking about January, February and the measures that could have been brought in and would have made a difference in helping to limit the scale of the pandemic in the first wave, border measures clearly should have been part of dealing with the crisis,” she said. … [Read more...] about Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border
The series proved to be a massive hit in Denmark in 2020 and now fans in the UK will get the chance to discover the ins and outs of the high-profile case. … [Read more...] about Is BBC crime drama The Investigation based on a true story?
Coronavirus: Politicians who've tested positive Abdelmadjid Tebboune Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was flown to Germany hospital for treatment after contracting the virus. The 74-year-old looked haggard and spent in his public appearance 47 days after testing positive. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Hong Kong declares first lockdown amid mounting cases
Right, thanks for that - so when is the blood moon happening? The next blood moon lunar eclipse visible in the UK will take place on the night of July 27 and the early hours of July 28 to get the best view. It shouldn't matter where you are in the UK - if you can get to an open space with a clear view of the sky, you should be able to see it. … [Read more...] about Capture this month’s ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse perfectly using these tips from a pro photographer