Monthly Archives: October 2013

Say hello, hug, say goodbye?

The Week 42 posts made me think again about Weekly Blog Club, as people move on and things quieten down. Joseph Conaghan wrote a thought-provoking post Is Ambulance Reality TV …Insight or Voyeuristic? I can see an argument for producing such television

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Ouseburn viaduct scaffolding

This post is of a photograph from 2012 of a 19th century viaduct that carries the East Coast Mainline across the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle upon Tyne whilst major conservation work was underway. Ouseburn viaduct scaffolding by Janet E Davis.

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Let’s get back to our roots….

Joanne Payne’s enthusiasm in her new job comes across clearly in this post for the Ayrshirehealth blog. She is one of a team establishing a new Occupational Therapy service in Ayrshire and Arran, a service that focuses on patient needs.

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Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…

How well do you know your colleagues? How well do you know the people with whom you come into contact regularly at work? Ros Gray asks these questions, says why it’s important, and gives examples of what you can do

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Is Ambulance Reality TV …Insight or Voyeuristic?

Joseph Conaghan raises interesting questions about the kind of reality tv shows that I avoid watching – those that show what happens when the emergency services deal with a 999 call. Is Ambulance Reality TV …Insight or Voyeuristic? by Joseph Conaghan .

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Hugs have health benefits

Did you know there was a National Hugging Day? Nor did I! Georgia Parker recommends lots of hugging all year round in her Week 42 contribution to #WeeklyBlogClub. Hugs have health benefits by Georgia Parker.

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Update on my Historic Churches Website

Peter Olding likes photographing churches, so he decided to share them on a website. Then Peter decided to start adding open data. Now is the time when you can start adding pictures and information! It would be great to see

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The Rule of 1%. Why it matters to your online community.

If you’re involved in running or participating in an online community, do read Chris Bolton’s post. I hadn’t come across the Rule of 1% before but found his explanation of how this works for online communities interesting. The Rule of 1%.

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October regional participation networks: Accessible information and technology

This is a thought-provoking post to read, especially for any involved with staff training or communications. Sarah Ball includes some useful links and ideas for improving accessibility to written material. Having someone who needs information to be more accessible to

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Change of tempo – literally

Ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the official photographers at a big sporting event? Mark Wood shares his experience of photographing the BUPA Birmingham Half Marathon. Change of tempo – literally by Mark Wood.

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