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The Winter of Discontent

The Winter of Discontent

Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by er, Someone? Anyone? It’s really cold and everyone’s striking, and all this sounds vaguely familiar. I was born in the middle of the Winter of Discontent, the cold, bleak winter of 1978-1979. I had […]

My wonderful moustachioed man at Heathrow.

My wonderful moustachioed man at Heathrow.

When I was 16 years old my big brother went off on a gap year, backpacking around Australia. I was jealous and wanted to go too but there was a problem – I was only 16. Eventually my parents compromised, I could go, but to […]

Part 2: Creative Commons: the best medicine?

Part 2: Creative Commons: the best medicine?

In Part 1: A rising tide floats all boats, I took my position on the side of Us v Them – free open access sharing v the old established order. Naive you may think but that’s led me to more discussions (and ranting) about Copyright […]

A rising tide floats all boats.

A rising tide floats all boats.

  I was having a discussion about disruptive technology in medical education (as you do) and in a reply one particular line stood out for me… I think the world is now mature enough to be sceptical about what we see and hear on the […]

It is your reaction that is the problem.

It is your reaction that is the problem.

I’ve been feeling a little uneasy about Scott Weingart’s opening talk from SMACC. It was an extraordinary talk, recorded live on stage for the EMCRIT podcast and it took quite a few people by surprise. He talked about meditation and negative contemplation….all good things, if they work […]

Small town excellence

Small town excellence

Sometimes you have to turn things on their head and look at them in another way. I was made to recently by the boss…who had a slightly different (and of course far more experienced) point of view. I was grumbling to some colleagues about a subject that seems to […]

We’ve always done it this way

We’ve always done it this way

There is not a phrase in existence that I could despise more. Please don’t get me wrong, as a junior doctor it is a phrase that has helped me out of a few sticky situations when uttered by an experienced nurse who’s watching my back. […]

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