Feeding the Bed Blockers

1st November 2014 0

I have been a voluntary hospital visitor at a big London teaching hospital for the last three years. I only go in one day a week, it is not much in the way of ‘putting something back,’ but even in those few short hours I have seen quite a lot. At first I was outraged by some of the things … [Read on]

Fear and Loathing in A & E

1st November 2014 0

Patrolling the wards of a big London hospital this week, as a chaplaincy worker, trying not to get up the noses of the nursing staff I settled down by an elderly man, Mr T who seemed very keen to chat. I quickly realised that though the NHS is a great and brilliant institution which we all love, it’s easy to … [Read on]

Good News & Bad

1st November 2014 0

I had to go to hospital today for my six months check up after having cancer in 2010. The wait in the corridor for the results is never pleasant, as with just a few words a doctor can change your whole world and predict very accurately when it’s going to end. No matter how many times you go through this … [Read on]

*END OF ARTICLE MISSING*** Pocket of God

24th October 2014 0

After months of negotiation, prevarication and delay I am about to exchange contracts and move from a one bedroomed flat in London, where I have lived since 1996, to a small house, in a small town.

*ARTICLE MISSING*** Dements for sale

24th October 2014 0

A couple of years ago I went to the doctor because I was afraid I had Alzheimer’s. Suddenly names, facts and bits of poetry I thought I knew were not there anymore. I reached for them automatically and found – nothing. It was alarming.My doctor, a young Indian woman, looked at me sceptically and fired off some questions. I was … [Read on]

***END OF ARTICLE MISSING*** Sharing Dave’s Pain

24th October 2014 0

I can really empathise when I see David Cameron’s deep pink face on the front pages, looking even more pained and constipated than usual. That is the face of someone facing the shock and misery of a tax bill which has come out of the blue and seems to have no

***ARTICLE MISSING*** Back to Turkey’s Kurdish Killing Fields. President Erdogan takes a leaf from Stalin’s Book

14th October 2014 0

Turkey is now killing Kurds, surely the most depressing bit of news in a long time. Today 14/10/14 Turkish F-16 and F-4 warplanes bombed Kurdish PKK rebel targets near the Iraqi border. Meanwhile, in Europe, some good news as it was reported that many Jews are leaving Israel and returning to their lost city of Berlin. By leaving Israel, the … [Read on]

***ARTICLE MISSING*** The BBC, a hiding place for witches?

8th October 2014 0

BBC R4 this morning had a news report about some children in the UK being savagely abused after being accused of witchcraft. These infant ‘witches’ are beaten, secluded, forced to drink strange, noxious substances, abandoned, and some sent back to Kinshasah where they live on the streets. The BBC said the perpetrators live in, ‘faith communities.’ They did not mention … [Read on]

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