Frank Sidebottom, 150 Swedish tax inspectors and some physio

Thanks very much to everyone who contributed Week 10 posts – and apologies for my tardiness in writing the Week 10 summary. There was a strong health theme to the posts, not least since we had more healthcare professionals than usual contributing posts this week.

In #Physiotalk meets #PhysioDementia, Elaine Hunter wrote about an online discussion that she and her colleague Lynn Flannigan were hosting on the role of physiotherapy in the care of people with dementia. Susan Munro wrote about some of the best things about her week at work in mental health in Simply the Best: Nurture: helping someone to communicate, working with a student on placement, and helping a group of people to gain skills and be self-reliant.

Samantha McEwan wrote about putting the people requiring mental health care at the centre of their care, asking them what they think about medicine and safety issues, in Reflections of an Improvement Advisor on the Ayrshirehealth blog. Gordon Hay, writing Education and Revalidation for the dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog, explained his role as an NES (NHS Education for Scotland) Practice Educator, and the strengthening of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for nurses and midwives.

Health benefits were the first of Carol Woolley’s The three best things about walking. She also shared some lovely pictures of a specific walk she had enjoyed, exploring her local area. How well do you know your local area? I still find places I haven’t walked in the city after years of living in it. We have some lovely green spaces, and part of the community work I’m doing will include, over the next year or two, encouraging others to get involved with improving specific open and green spaces. I read with interest Dyfrig Williams’s Public Engagement in Audit on the Good Practice Exchange at the Welsh Audit Office blog (and he mentioned My Healthy Town as a nice example of jargon-free consultation). Making connections and encouraging people to participate in things that affect their community or their families is not particularly easy so I am always interested to read about how others do it.

Karen Hart wrote about making unexpected connections, including of the romantic kind at a Frank Sidebottom gig, and community participation (including guerrilla gardening and a Headless Chicken) in Ron Finley, Frank Sidebottom & a Headless Chicken …. I am now wondering if we could possibly get funds for a project in our area that reflects the community’s varied thoughts in a physical form for all to see.

Chris Bolton looked at the assertion that 150 is the maximum number you can have in a stable community: 150 Swedish Tax Inspectors, The Monkeysphere and Stable Work Groups. Things start getting unstable with more than 150 in a group, apparently. I can’t help but wonder if the instability caused by having more can be a benefit, particularly if it sparks off creativity or helps to foster it?

A lot of modern creativity has gone into creating video games, and Karl Green is doing a series of posts on his top favourite games. In My 7th Favourite Video Game of All Time, he reviews a game which has a central character that most of us would recognise (even if not necessarily name) as it has become so popular.

Diane Sims had some lovely illustrations in her post, Not putting away childish things. What are your earliest memories of books? How do you think they influenced you? Diane’s post certainly made me think (see the comments underneath her post).

It was good to read that Kate Bentham is Back to Blog on her own account. I’m always delighted when she offers to look after Weekly Blog Club and to write the weekly summary, but I also have missed her posts on her own blog. I do understand that hers is a job that makes blogging, even on a personal blog, quite difficult. I think she has been doing a great job in getting her content and tone right.

Finally, my own post was about the progress of a still life painting: Half a kiwi and a halved fig. It is very odd to step back from something I have created and to see something that I would not have expected. I think it’s good to surprise or even unsettle myself (and it is oddly very unsettling to see a painting in colours that I had not envisaged I’d use), but I was very glad of the positive response to the painting on social media.

If you want to have a go a writing a blog, then you can find out how on our About page. ‘Weekly’ is an aspiration, not an obligation.

Thank you very much to all who read, retweeted, Liked and commented on the posts this week. Your participation makes you valued members of Weekly Blog Club too.


Janet E Davis

Summary of week 10 posts

Simply the Best: Nurture by Susan D Munro.
My 7th Favourite Video Game of All Time by Karl S Green.
Public Engagement in Audit by Dyfrig Williams for Good Practice Exchange at the Welsh Audit Office.
150 Swedish Tax Inspectors, The Monkeysphere and Stable Work Groups by Chris Bolton.
#Physiotalk meets #PhysioDementia by Elaine Hunter.
Reflections of an Improvement Advisor by Samantha McEwan on the Ayrshirehealth blog.
The three best things about walking by Carol Woolley.
Ron Finley, Frank Sidebottom & a Headless Chicken … by Karen JK Hart.
Education and Revalidation by Gordon Hay on the dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog.
Back to Blog by Kate Bentham.
Half a kiwi and a halved fig by Janet E Davis.
Not putting away childish things by Diane Sims.

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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