Stress, emergency services, healthcare, and art featured in Week 8’s posts but we will start with music.
Carol Woolley’s post about a choral evening A Valentines musical treat (I’ve included a video of Thank You for the Music by Abba because it was included in the programme) struck a chord with me. I was a member of choirs from about 10 years old to about 20; and in the past couple of years, I have enjoyed going to occasional performances by choirs to which a couple of my friends belong.
I was moved this week by Carol’s post, and by the news that one of the most extraordinary people of the 20th century died on 23rd February: Alice Herz-Sommer. She was 110 years old, a concert pianist, survived two years in a concentration camp in World War 2, and was remarkably optimistic. If you have not previously seen one of the documentaries about her, I do recommend watching, and to start with some reading and photographs: Alice Herz-Sommer obituary, an article Alice Herz-Sommer, 1903-2014: remembered by Ed Vulliamy, and pictures Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer – a life in pictures.
If only we could all deal with the stress of difficult experiences as Alice seems to have done. Stress is a difficult thing to understand. Joseph Conaghan wrote about stress and paramedics in Ambulance Stress Survey ………………… A Paramedic’s Thoughts and gave a link to a UNISON survey that seeks information to find out more about how it affects ambulance staff.
Perhaps stress in emergency teams will be an issue that comes up at the next BlueLightCamp? Sasha Taylor is one of the people preparing for this year’s event and wrote this week that BlueLightCamp 2014 has a venue (which should have a relevance to the campers).
If you listen to and read the news a lot, it can seem as if the only thing that matters in public services and charities is money, and that people and their problems have to come second (at best). Katy Lewis wrote Quality versus Finance – Do the grey suits run the NHS? on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog about one Director of Finance’s view (and her gaze was focused very much on people). Sometimes, the ridiculously high value of land in central London can benefit the most needy, as Dawn Reeves revealed in A different story about welfare – connected, collaborative and a catalyst for change. It’s a good example of how a charity can work in ways that the public sector finds quite difficult because of the need to scrutinise accounts and demonstrate value-for-money to the Treasury.
More scrutiny! by Sarah Ball on the Participation Cymru blog told of a regional participation network event for public and third sector workers – focused on scrutiny – that involved a graffiti wall, a tie, a magnifying glass, a ping-pong ball and goal posts. I think it would be fair to say that scrutiny is not generally considered one of the most exciting elements of public and third sector work, though essential.
A sentence in Jennie Ross’s post on the Ayrshirehealth blog stood out and made me smile at her recognition of how her passion could be seen by others. “Gone was the stuck record that continually flew the flag of what can only be described as some of the less sexy areas of patient safety.” In My sojourn in a foreign land, she wrote about moving from Scotland to Texas and her passion for patient safety, a subject in which she now lectures. Thank goodness there are people like Jennie who are passionate about such things.
Bush fires and new adventures was Samuel-James Wilson’s update on what has been happening in his new life over in Australia, and how he plans to break an old pattern (albeit with fire instead of water causing problems) with new adventures.
My favourite computer games, when I played them regularly, were adventure ones. Karl Green revealed My 9th Favourite Video Game of All Time this week, and explained why this particular platform game was a favourite. I do still play games a bit but mostly just Scrabble against the computer on my iThingy when I’m waiting in hospitals or at bus stops. I used to get quite stressed at times playing games with a start and an end.
Diane Sims had a bad day. Have a look at Grrrr to see what caused her to smile at the end of it, and why the post she wrote made me smile (at the same time as sympathising). My Old unfinished railway paintings 1 caused me to miss travelling on the British rail network, but I was in a much happier mood a little later when I started work on Daffodil on recycled sari scarf. Having enjoyed the yellows in that painting, I thought I would do a still life with more colours, including warm ones, in the next piece Pear, satsuma and scarf but I feel that it looks a little darker than I would like, possibly because I had some disappointing news just before I started painting the colours. I will start another today, and hope to return to a brighter palette. I’ve included something about the music I was listening to whilst painting. I need music to paint.
Karen Hart’s post reflected my own experience recently of days in two halves: A Tale of Two Blog Posts. I was delighted to read how well the second half of her day had gone.
If any of you have problems, like Karen had, deciding on what to write about and we haven’t set a topic, do just say “Hey @WeeklyBlogClub, I need inspiration!” over on Twitter and we’ll try to help you find a suitable topic. My suggestion for this week’s [entirely optional] theme is colour – one colour or many.
Thank you very much to the fabulous Louise Brown for looking after Weekly Blog Club during Week 7. She added the posts to our List of posts by week page but ran out of time to do the summary post during her week, so add it later. She had celebrating to do in Week 8 because it was her birthday, so Happy Birthday (somewhat belated now) to Louise!
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Wishing you blue sky to go with Kate’s sunny tweets this week,
Summary of week 8 posts
Quality versus Finance – Do the grey suits run the NHS? by Katy Lewis on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.