Monthly Archives: September 2011

Book Review: Our Man in Orlando by Hugh Hunter

The other day, I received a mysterious Amazon gift certificate. I thought it was a spam email, but a check of Amazon’s site revealed it to be genuine. The only thing is, I have no idea who it might be … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Paramedic’s Diary by Stuart Gray

My first experience of riding in an ambulance as a patient came when I was twenty. On a canal boat holiday with my parents, I had the first of a series of grand mal seizures, a complication of combining medication … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 3.25. I’m Sure It’ll Be Horrendous

Triage and Trauma, Nas Isca Infirmary ¬†Ashmuta 25, 4765 The Midnight Bell struck as Pada followed Dasciel through the infirmary triage area in what felt like a procession of deep shame. She tried to convince herself that none of the … Continue reading

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The 10 awful sins I’ve committed on Twitter

I’m in the middle of reading Grace Dent’s How To Leave Twitter. Aside from laughing so hard my stomach hurts and the neighbours think something dreadful is happening to me, it’s reminded me of all the times I’ve failed at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Diary of An On-Call Girl by EE Bloggs

If anything is going to be a touchy subject, it’s going to be a book about life as a police officer. I don’t think any public service comes in for more criticism on a regular basis. I spend a lot … Continue reading

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20 Reasons I’m not following you (or have unfollowed you) on Twitter

In a mood of deep snark, I posted this more privately on Google Plus. Since it proved popular, here it is for everybody else. Once upon a time, Twitter was the kind of place where you followed everybody who followed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Living Dolls by Natasha Walter

This post carries a warning: It may contain traces of feminism. It was written with a brain that was created in a world that featured feminism, and cannot be guaranteed to be free from feminism. Should you be in any … Continue reading

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Book Review: Second Opinion by Theodore Dalrymple

Sitting in a psychotherapy out-patients department is the perfect place to read a book by an eminent psychiatrist. It took me a while to get on with Dr Dalrymple, as it felt as though I was reading the work of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Generation F by Winston Smith

Way back in my mid-twenties (I can say ‘way-back’ now because I’m approaching my mid-thirties), I worked in secure mental health, a branch of the NHS which bridges with the penal service and houses people who have committed horrendous crimes … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sick Notes by Dr Tony Copperfield

Venturing further into “books by people about their interesting jobs”, it’s another GP and another insight into the world of general practice on the NHS. I will be moving into social services shortly, but here’s another book about being a … Continue reading

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