Trojan horses, writing ghosts, and aiming for the Moon

The posts in Week 46 were as varied as ever but with a strong emphasis on healthcare and training, with some ghosts of writing (but no ghost writing), the odd Trojan horse and bovine brain, and some sport thrown in.

First, the bovine brain and a warning to those of a nervous disposition. Simon Harrington’s tale of a work trip, Namibia: Part 1, contains a vivid description of an uncomfortable journey, street food, and a photo of him in brightly-coloured Y-fronts.

Chris Bolton tackled exotic creatures rather than exotic places in his post: Trojan Horses are not Trojan Mice. 5 Questions to Spot the Difference. He looked at when pilot projects are not pilot projects. I was surprised to read that there are parts of the public sector that can afford multiple pilot projects – but I suspect that many public culture pilots would be classed as Trojan mice rather than horses by many.

Ken Donaldson, writing dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog, mentioned the austerity budgets and pressure on National Health Service resources but kept looking upwards. In We choose to go to the Moon, he took inspiration from some of John F Kennedy’s speeches and what happened in the early 1960s, and looked at how the ideas could be relevant to today’s health professionals. It is well worth reading and thinking about by those in other sectors too.

Audrey Birt’s post, Person Centred Care on the Ayrshirehealth blog, was inspiring and moving. She told of her own experiences as a friend of patients, as a health professional, and as a patient herself. She shared what she had learned over the years about the importance of person centred care, and encouraged others to be compassionate.

Elaine Hunter, in her contribution to Week 46 – #OTalk Meets #OTDementia – wrote about how all occupational therapists need to be aware of how they can help people with dementia. There was further focus on occupational therapy in Training courses: ’8 causes of reading difficulty’ & ‘Elklan’, as John Cane, an independent speech and language therapist who works in schools, shared his experiences of a couple of training courses he had attended, one being more useful than the other.

Andy Johnson considered what we could learn from Business lessons from a toddler! I must admit that I have found being creative and honest seem to have worked against me in my working life, but maybe I have been living in the wrong work. I do think that if more adults retained some of the fearlessness, curiosity and sense of fun that toddlers have, it would benefit most businesses and organisations.

Louise wrote about learning from her experience of teaching a GCSE level maths lesson, as well as about what she taught in Being observed. I wish I had had someone who had thought so much about how and whether we were learning when I did O Level maths.

Andrew Jacobs looked at an example in training and building a successful team from the world of rugby in  An easy way out post and how it could be applied to learning and development in a different type of workplace. I am not a rugby fan but found both Andrew’s post and the article that had inspired him surprisingly interesting and thought-provoking.

We had more sport this week from Peter Olding when he revealed that he was involved in the world of football: On the payroll of AFC Bournemouth. I hadn’t realised that timetable of matches could be so irregular these days.

Karl Green contributed one of a A Christmas Carol themed series of posts about his writing with  The Ghost of NaNoWriMo Past in which he described his novels produced during past Novembers as he joined in NaNoWriMo. Read his post to find out more about NaNoWriMo, and to marvel at the quantity of writing he has achieved in just a month in the past. It can take me most of a day to write one highly-researched/checked paragraph of polished prose at times, so I would be useless at aiming for high volumes of words within a month.

I feel that I failed with a drawing quite recently (don’t think that coloured pencils are really my type of medium) but decided that I should  write about it in Follow up to Hatton Gallery drawing session 3. My aim is to encourage others to draw. Ever since I was a child, I have heard others envying those who could draw and expressing the belief that a few people are born with the skill and the rest will never be able to do it. It requires a lot of hard work to gain such skills, and I have done nowhere near enough drawing in recent years.

Many thanks to all those who Liked, Followed and passed on links to this week’s posts. If you want to contribute, you are welcome to join at any time – more info is on our About page which tells you everything you probably need to know. If you would like to help by looking after Weekly Blog Club for a week (as lovely Kate Bentham is doing again for Weeks 47 and 48), there is more about what’s involved and an easy step by step guide on our Admin info page.

I am still thinking about how we take things forward in 2014 – see my Week 42 summary Say hello, hug, say goodbye? and also Um… half our space is used up… – and very interested to hear in ideas from others. If I could afford to buy some server space and the domain name, I’d simply propose moving to a self-hosted site.

I should add that we currently have published 1,415 posts, have 327 followers of this blog, 514 followers on Twitter; and people have shared posts from this blog 1,107 times (that doesn’t count the links shared directly from posts on contributors’ blogs, of course).

Keep blogging!


Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 46 posts

Namibia: Part 1 by Simon Harrington.

Trojan Horses are not Trojan Mice. 5 Questions to Spot the Difference by Chris Bolton.

#OTalk Meets #OTDementia by Elaine Hunter.

The Ghost of NaNoWriMo Past by Karl S Green.

Follow up to Hatton Gallery drawing session 3 by Janet E Davis.

Training courses: ’8 causes of reading difficulty’ & ‘Elklan’ by  John Cane.

Business lessons from a toddler! by Andy Johnson.

Person Centred Care by Audrey Birt on the Ayrshirehealth blog.

An easy way out post by Andrew Jacobs.

On the payroll of AFC Bournemouth by Peter Olding.

We choose to go to the Moon by Ken Donaldson on the dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.

Being observed by Louise.

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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