Olympics, reflections…and a remembrance

It was much harder than usual to choose the title for the Week 31 Weekly Blog Club summary. I will leave the post that made it so tough till the last, although it was not quite the last published during the week.

We had 16 contributions to Week 31, which is excellent considering those not on holiday are visiting the Olympics or are glued to the television, watching the Olympics. Many did take up the suggested (entirely optional)’ theme of Olympics for sports, but I will start this summary with the most work-related posts.

Andrew Moore wrote about person-centred approach to care and how reflective practice can help clinicians in Reflection …. the key to achieving person centred care. This could also be useful in other public services besides the health services. Andy Wilson wrote about Use of Force – Decision Making, including a very interesting model of decision-making.

Kate Bentham was reflecting this week in Frontline LocalGov – A Blog for Families on how the blog has developed that she set up as part of the Shropshire Family Information Service’s #WeAre12 social media campaign. It sounds like a really great way of getting people involved and helping each other through social media, and could be used in other public services.

Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor wrote another useful post together this week: Internal Social Media: “Scary Monsters”? This is the one to help those in public services (or similar types of organisations) who are still struggling to get social media used in the workplace. Mark and Sasha tackle the arguments brought up against its use and provide useful points to help argue the case for its use.

I wrote a short post for Week 31 about an event that happens on the last Friday of a month  in Newcastle: SuperMondays July 2012. It is a gathering of people involved in digital work, with talks and a bit of socialising at the beginning and the end, and is part of the North East’s supportive digital network. It helps to share knowledge and experience in a still quite new and rapidly-moving industry.

Sasha Taylor shared his experience of private sector service standards in a solo post for Week 31: Is Customer Service important in today’s world. I was genuinely surprised at the response he got. I thought people in car dealerships had got the customer service message by now.

The Olympics-themed posts this week were all wonderfully different. Richard Overy had found a rather odd picture (probably from the early 1900s) of a very muscular Young man in his bathing costume, standing a river, and reflected on the differences between swimmers’ attire then and today’s Olympic swimmers. Irena Souroup’s splendidly sharp humour was especially evident as she started a marathon of Olympics posts with Work No 1: All the Bellends, about Jeremy Hunt’s incident with the bell. The bell sub-theme continued in Wiggo’s Big Bong, in which Irena shared what were the highlights for her in the opening ceremony and her experiences during her first couple of days as an Olympics volunteer. We will return to Irena’s next post anon.

More about the Olympic Opening Ceremony came in posts by Paul Coxon, Carol Woolley, and Simon Hope. Paul was concerned about Muhammad Ali’s state of health, especially at his mental state, from what he had seen at the opening ceremony: My Lasting Memory of the #Olympic Opening Ceremony. Carol Woolley was pleased to see the National Health Service being shown off to the world by Danny Boyle, and was especially interested in the Mary Poppins figures, in If you reach for the stars…. She wrote of a newer musical of the story with a new song that would be encouraging for athletes.

Simon Hope wrote about his enjoyable experience which started out with a concert at Hyde Park with live broadcasts of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in My 24 hour Olympics and included volleyball on Horse Guards Parade (sounds surreal!). Louise Brown was Going for Gold when she finally got a ticket to watch an event live. Meanwhile, Irena Souroup was back with a post about the Olympic athletes’ (male and female, but especially female) lack of body hair, and one noticeable exception in The Hairy Armpit Revolution?

Weekly Blog Club first-timer Gina A Alexander (of Patient Opinion) also had an Olympic slant in her health service guest post on the Ayrshire Health blog: Going for Gold – patient coaching NHS to deliver top results. Her post contains some interesting ideas that could work for other areas of public services besides the National Health Service.

Finally, the reason why this summary was difficult to write. There was very sad news this week of the death of a young man who was well known and well liked in the UK public sector and London digital community: Dan Harris, also known as @gecko84. Peter Olding wrote a lovely commemorative post: Khao Soi Recipe by Dan Harris. Words seem so inadequate in such a situation, but I am sure that the members of Weekly Blog Club all join us in sending their heartfelt sympathy to Dan’s family and friends.

Week 32 of Weekly Blog Club will have the (entirely optional) theme of precious things. This could, of course, be a reflection on the medals won at the Olympics, what we consider to be good about Team GB (and Northern Ireland), or about the people and principles we hold dear.

As always, thank you to all who read, comment and Like posts, as well as to those who write them. If you are thinking of writing a post for the first time, our About page tells you what you need to know. New contributors are always warmly welcomed.

Have a good week, and keep safe and well.


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 31 posts

Reflection …. the key to achieving person centred care by Andrew Moore (aka @maidenturret).

Internal Social Media: “Scary Monsters”? by Mark Braggins and Sasha Taylor on #logovsm website.

Work No 1: All the Bellends by Irena Souroup.

My Lasting Memory of the #Olympic Opening Ceremony by Paul Coxon.

Young man in his bathing costume by Richard Overy.

If you reach for the stars… by Carol Woolley.

Wiggo’s Big Bong by Irena Souroup.

SuperMondays July 2012  by Janet E Davis.

The Hairy Armpit Revolution? by Irena Souroup.

Is Customer Service important in today’s world by Sasha Taylor.

Frontline LocalGov – A Blog for Families by Kate Bentham.

Use of Force – Decision Making by Andy Wilson aka Police Geek.

Going for Gold by Louise Brown.

My 24 hour Olympics by Simon Hope.

Going for Gold – patient coaching NHS to deliver top results by Gina A Alexander on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Khao Soi Recipe by Dan Harris – a tribute by Peter Olding.

Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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