Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Follow the link and yes, I know it's childish but it's cheaper than missiles!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

During my travels aound the county today I made good use of the excellent sunny weather. I had my lunch break amidst the ruins of Bolingbroke Castle, soaking up the sun and enjoying the peace and quiet apart from some Eider ducks hoping for crumbs. Plenty of hikers and ramblers in evidence about the Wolds although my 140 mile round trip and various assessments sadly kept me too busy to enjoy more than thirty minutes of tranquility. Several years back I took No.1 son to the castle ruins to see an English Civil War re-enactment. I thoroughly enjoyed it but he found it boring although he liked the cannons. Hopefully there will be some more of that this year around the county. I did briefly consider joining The Sealed Knot but haphazard work shift patterns always interfered. I'll stick to enjoying the shows...
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am enjoying a lazy Sunday although this mornings lie in was only until 07.15. It's a bright day and spring, despite some overnight frosts and fogs over the past week, really does seem to have arrived. Daffodils, lots of bird life and some weak sunshine. Even the cats appear more lively and showing more of an inclination to go outside.
 Happily I wasn't called out the other night and slept like a baby. We don't often get called out but when we are it is usually an all nighter beginning with an assessment in A&E (ER in the States). It can end up in an admission to a mental health unit and this is often where the fun and games begin. If a bed is not available in our usual in-patient unit which is 26 miles away, we have to look further afield including one unit which involves a round trip of 100 miles. Arranging a mental health act assessment at 2 or 3 am, plus police and ambulance,working with the family, etc... can take several hours although the AMHP will have to deal with the practicalities if a mental health act assessment is required. But most of the emergency services will generally take someone to the police cells if it is warranted or one of the bigger A&E departments which has a MH unit on site. The A&E our team covers is small and there is no MH unit attached to the hospital.  However, covering 600 square miles and being the only mental health nurse on call at night with no access to doctors, etc... means we have become very adept at managing mental health crises. The paperwork also has to be done with the usual equation of 1 hour assessment = 2-3 hours completing paperwork, even if the assessment results in no further contact.

 The fun and games continue the following day because we are a small team with only seven nurses and having been out all night one is not allowed to work the following shift (European work time directive). Finding staff to cover at short notice and once again we enter the fantasy realm occupied by management. If I am up all night and I can't find a replacement for the following ten hour shift, I can't leave my colleagues short staffed especially if I am the only senior nurse available. But if I stay on duty and a mishap occurs because I am tired, it is my responsibility and managers are very quick to pin the blame on the individual practitioner... me. They will point to policies pointing out my responsibility. Amongst the team we identified the easiest option: the two immediate managers are qualified practitioners so we hand the responsibility to them. After all, if I have worked a ten hour shift followed by several more hours overnight without sleep I can't make a rational decision. Their latest wheeze is that we have "already worked that shift overnight for which you will be paid or take time off in lieu" which is fair enough. I am more than happy to shaft managers who will not allow the team to fill the three job vacancies so as to save money on the orders of the senior trust managers, so I gleefully hand over the responsibility to them and I head for my bed and sleep. So much for not cutting front line staff because they aren't but, they aren't replacing staff who leave so they can happily state no jobs cut. String, chewing gum and staffs goodwill are now keeping things going. It doesn't bode well... rant now over. No wonder lots of long served staff are seeking early retirement. Why stay in a job where managers, the public, politicians and the media are keen to throw ordure at you whilst also threatening to cut pay, pensions, etc... Funnily enough there is no sign of any managers jobs or their large empires of administrators being rationalised.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Whoop and Whoo!
A brand new wireless modem... how very twenty first century! It looks stylish as well increasing our broadband capability. I received it two days ago but I finally had a chance to set it up this evening after an extremely busy week at work. No.1 son doesn't know about it so this will cheer him up. I'd like to say I've finished work for the week but I am on call tonight until 09.00 hours tomorrow. So strong tea is the preferred beverage this evening and surfing the net the chosen activity.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

For anyone interested in a rational msm free explanation of the 'nuclear meltdown'...

Sadly, many people will take the mainstream media at face value.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blimey! With all that is happening in the world where does one start.
As the UN and  Western leaders scratch their collective arses Ghaddafi is destroying the rebels. Earthquakes, tsunami and now an apparent nuclear meltdown in Japan. All of this against a backdrop of economic and financial woes as well as the increasing discontent and anger throughout the Middle East. Meanwhile, wars in various foreign lands continue and are likely to increase.
Mrs C. keeps quoting the Mayan prophecies at me "It'll all end in 2012" but I believe the collapse of our current civilization will be a long drawn out process. Mind you, in the UK with little in the way of producing power apart from a glut of barely spinning wind turbines the lights may go out very quickly. Undoubtedly the latest news from Japan of  "nuclear meltdown armageddon" will ensure increased opposition to building any new nuclear power stations in the UK and a greater emphasis on green technology. I tried talking to friends about this but most people prefer to bury their heads in the TV schedules.

 I studied modern history at university but the so called Dark Ages ( now renamed early mediaeval / post Roman, etc...) is one area I have always been fascinated by. I used to try and imagine what it was like to live during the twilight years of the western Roman empire. Increasing inflation, increasing public spending, tax evasion and avoidance plus avoidance of civic responsibilty and barbarians both within and at the borders of the empire. Although a superficial parallel with our current situation I now have an increasing belief that I no longer have to imagine what it was like to live in those twilight years. It is possibly more pertinent to apply this to the USA as Britain is merely a vassal state to the USA. As for the new Roman Empire of the EU... it may not survive in it's current state and a Diocletian response may be adopted, the irony being that the Germans decide this with the support of the French whilst Britain rebels against imperial power. Again, parallels of the then (late third century A.D.) and now. Sadly, the teaching of much that is useful, in this case proper history, is dumbed down as it's popularity on TV increases, albeit as drama.
  "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".
   The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905 George Satayana.

I would order in extra popcorn but I don't think I will have the luxury of sitting in the two and nine seats as Pearl and Dean blast out from the speakers and we anticipate the main show. I'll be third bearded pleb from the left in the first crowd scene as befits my lowly position and I won't be named in the credits, whichever language they'll be written in.

Monday, March 07, 2011

The local media over the past few days have reported on the discovery of body parts near a river in a local village. I initially considered whether it might be someone known to our team  but imagine my shock today to discover it is someone I have known for 13 years. We lived next door to his parents and regularly socialised with the chap. We lost contact as he slid into drugs and petty crime and caught sight of him last year when he moved in nearby. Not a bad lad but addiction to hard drugs eventually led to many doors being closed to him. His death and the discovery of dismembered body parts is truly horrible.There have been arrests but locally people are pointing at drug dealers and users. An awful and sad end to a young life and puts our general day to day worries into perspective. I had intended to post on another topic but this news just blew me away. Another lost soul...