A mo, a splash, Houdini – and more

I must admit that I wished for a story that featured a crowd (or accumulating wealth) and one with a mat in it so I could have titled this post “A mo, a mass, a mat” because the start of the title that came out of the Week 44 posts reminded me of the first Latin verb I learnt to conjugate, amare: “amo, amas, amat” (I love, you love, he/she loves). At 12, it felt as if we were stepping into adult territory with that first verb. It always felt slightly embarrassing to chant “amo, amas, amat; amamus, amatis, amant.”

Chris Bolton dug into the more recent past to find an old Commando comic to illustrate his post about extending a military metaphor: Keep advancing until you take enemy fire…. how to measure impact. I was relieved that he recommended peaceful methods to resolve situations!

Samuel-James Wilson was reminded of his relatively recent past when he heard about the Prime Minister’s announcement of new work training schemes and his post title expressed succinctly his scepticism: A new era for apprenticeships…apparently.

I’ve probably mentioned before the fun of the apprentices awards day many years ago. English Heritage employed specialist craftspeople for carrying out some of the conservation work. It seemed like an excellent idea to me for the very experienced people to teach apprentices in proper workplaces. This apprenticeship scheme at English Heritage stopped when the government (which happened to be Conservative) decided that the craftspeople should be sold off in the early 1990s.

Joseph Conaghan brought some past to life in contemporary South Wales in his delightful post Houdini In Cardiff. He described where it was still possible to see the traces of what used to be a theatre where Houdini had got into a situation from which he could not escape without harm. Wherever you are, the traces of the past are often still to be found tucked away, on the less prestigious sides of buildings or structures. His post includes an autographed portrait of the Great Houdini.

Richard Overy featured a handsome man with a fine moustache in Texas Mo, to mark #movember. Richard is taking part and growing a mo again so if you want to donate, do visit his Movember 13 page, and help raise awareness of men’s health issues, and to raise funds for charities focusing on these issues.

In the medical blogs this week, there a focus on the work of Allied Health Professionals (or AHPs), specifically occupational therapists. These were all very readable blogs that made me wish I or people I know had the help of these professionals. Vicky Widdowson asked What does work mean to you? on dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog as she focused on the role of occupational therapists in helping people to continue working or to return to work. Lyn Flannigan wrote on the AHPScotBlog (Allied Health Professionals Scotland Blog) about her work – Being an AHP Working with People with Dementia – and wrote about experience of caring for her grandmother and how that helped her to understand. Kerry Gilligan remembered her early training in the 1980s and a case that made her realise how occupational therapy could make a big difference in Make a splash on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

There was mention in the comments on Chris Bolton’s second post of the week – Loving and Learning from Failure. Great idea, but how does it work? – of how the NHS could learn from its failures, but Chris’s post was not focused on the NHS but on work places generally, and could be especially useful for public sector where people have not been encouraged to admit even the most  minor failures.

I sometimes fail to work out sums involving percentages because I forget some when I haven’t had to use them for a long time. I think I need to bookmark Louise’s Can you calculate percentage increases and decreases? She shows what she did in her micro teach session that she did as part of her GCSE teaching mathematics course, and it seems her teaching was successful.

Karl Green remembered when he was about 8 and first learned a bit about France and met a Frenchman in Fifty Shades of Green: Part 7 – My First Encounter With a Frenchman. I first met a French woman when I was a baby. She seemed extraordinarily old, older than my grandparents, and she taught me to say a few French words, such as ‘bonjour’ and ‘mercy beaucoup’ when I was an infant.

If you want somewhere more exotic than Paris or Calais to explore on holiday, you should come up to Northumberland. Ross Wigham wrote using a social campaign to back-up a tv show on the comms2point0 blog to explain how he had been helping to promote an ITV series in which Robson Green explores the county. Tourism is essential for the county’s economy and the local authority is working on ways of encouraging the growth in tourism so there are more jobs for those who live there. Northumberland is fabulous. From Latin inscriptions on the Wall to modern sports facilities, there is something for most people. Do visit if you can!

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Week 45 was already completed by the time I wrote this blog so the suggested [entirely optional!] theme for Week 46 is cold weather.


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 44 posts

Keep advancing until you take enemy fire…. how to measure impact by Chris Bolton.

A new era for apprenticeships…apparently by Samuel-James Wilson.

Being an AHP Working with People with Dementia by Lynn Flannigan on the AHPScotBlog.

Texas Mo by Richard Overy.

Make a splash by Kerry Gilligan on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

Fifty Shades of Green: Part 7 – My First Encounter With a Frenchman by Karl S Green.

Loving and Learning from Failure. Great idea, but how does it work? by Chris Bolton.

Houdini In Cardiff by Joseph Conaghan.

Can you calculate percentage increases and decreases? by Louise.

using a social campaign to back-up a tv show by Ross Wigham on the comms2point0 blog.

What does work mean to you? by Vicky Widdowson on dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

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