In Support of Junior Doctors

nhs junior doctors

As I write this, the website of the British Medical Association is utterly failing to load.  I’ve sat and poked it, hit refresh, and no, it’s not coming up.  And I wonder whether this is in any way connected with the announced strike for junior doctors on December 1st? Juniors doctors are striking over new contracts that the Tory government and its ever-delightful Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, are attempting to impose.  The intention of these contracts sounds noble: a 7-day NHS, fewer working hours for doctors (who can easily, easily do upwards of 72 hours a week), and a simplified …

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Baby Baby Teachers


There is an old phrase – “those who can: do. Those who can’t: teach.” It’s a dubious sentiment for many reasons, but one which has been on my mind recently.  I’ve now been learning escrima for nearly four years, and have taught a little bit of women’s self-defence via its organisation.  Also in the last few months I took the first of some very, very baby steps down the road of becoming an assistant instructor, and it’s… … a little intimidating, to be honest. First things first: I enjoy teaching.  I enjoy watching people learn, and get a real kick …

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The Fence

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Tim Minchin has a wonderful song called ‘The Fence’.  I recommend you all go listen and buy.  Without wanting to spoil too much, the chorus is a rallying cry to ambivalence.  Turns out that sometimes thing aren’t just wrong, and aren’t just right, and the world isn’t as binary as you thought and that really, sitting in the middle of things going ‘well yes but I can see both sides’ might actually be a noble calling. Ah Tim Minchin; what words of truth you speak. Complexity!  Ambivalence!  Whoopee!!! There are very few things I absolutely believe in.  They probably boil …

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New Old New New Old Labour

big ben

Dear The Green Party, I’m really sorry about this, but I think I might be voting Labour in the next election.  I know, I know, I only joined last year, but in fairness, I did join with a lifetime membership owing to having done a job of such corporate evil that it felt necessary to give a significant chunk of that cash to a good cause, and it was you – so whatever happens, please be happy that you’ve got my money regardless.  I still believe in everything you do, honestly, it’s just that… well… Corbyn’s happened. This is going …

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I sometimes sorta meditate. I say this with a great deal of caution, for several reasons. 1.  I ascribe to no spiritual view of the universe.  I believe that death is death, e-coli is e-coli and ignorance is more wondrous when taken as an invitation for exploration and possibility, than when it’s put on a plinth to be marveled at.  For me to use the word ‘meditation’ with all its connotations of Buddhism and eastern spiritual traditions, seems a bit harsh on the dead mystic dudes. 2.  I associate meditation, as practiced in London, with a certain amount of bullshit. …

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