Hubs, Health and Happy Shoes

Week 18? Already? Well I never. It’s true that time flies when you’re enjoying yourself and this week has flown by for me because I’ve been enjoying the 11 fabulous blogs submitted.

I especially liked the blog post by Karen Hart who blogs about her daughter’s friendships, studies and plans for the future. Everything you would hope from a 17 year old. Karen also shares the shock and anger both she and her daughter have felt when hearing that 200 Nigeria girls, also aged 17, have been kidnapped. They too would have friendships, studies and plans for the future, Just like my daughter.

I also really enjoyed the wonderful blog from Diane Sims this week who shares the love and history of a willow tree in her garden. The tree sadly took a massive hit from a storm at the end of last year. In The grey and the green  Diane talks about the attempts to clear the wreckage and how neighbouring plants have adapted to life around the unmovable section, which is now sprouting new life of its own.

The very talented Janet Davis shares with us her latest still life compositions she has been working on. In A pear on a plate on 1950s fabric the painting includes some delightful fabric which dates back to the 1950s and which adorns the top of an ottoman which belonged to Janet’s grandparents. The fabric forms the perfect background to add some delicate china and fruit. Also sharing some fantastic images is Carol Woolley who has sent us all  A postcard from Mumbles. Carol shares some lovely photos of a family holiday to Mumbles on the Gower Peninsular in Wales, including castles, piers, a lighthouse and sea views. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

Over recent weeks Karl S Green has been counting down his favourite video games. This week he shares with us what he considers to be The Worst Video Game of All Time, one called Night Trap. Karl explains the story, the features and why he doesn’t think it offers the gamer much in the way of fun.

A very interesting blog from Peter Sharples for week 18, looking at the growth of more and more young adults choosing to interact with their social networks privately. Peter looks at the impact this has on customer relations and also the ability to engage and co-design services with this particular group. The growing private and public social media split   reminds us that we need to make sure we are aware of future platforms, how groups will use those platforms, and how we can respond to that.

In our health selection of blogs we start with a blog on Ayrshire Health  by Janice Mcalister  who writes about Dementia. Janice talks about how certain triggers such as a smell, song or even The Memory of Happy Shoes can help to revive precious memories for Dementia suffers. Janice also blogs about the programmes which are taking place to ensure dementia care is a priority at NHSaaa. We also have a fascinating blog post this week from David Clark on the Dumfries and Galloway Health Blog. David and colleagues wanted to establish what proportion of people in hospital at any one time are in the last year of life. The study looked at inpatient numbers in 25 hospitals across Scotland on one single day and compared this with data from national death registers. The results are very interesting, as are the implications and also the media reaction to the research in Reaching out to hospital patients at the end of life.

We also have two blogs about hubs submitted this week, first of all we’re delighted to be able to share an update from Samuel-James Wilson, a regular blogger before a trip to the Australian outback and lack of internet got in the way. In this post Samuel-James tells us about his latest project the  Apprentice-Ship Hub to offer an online place where aspiring apprentices can ask questions, share stories and get support, but also a place where industry professionals can come and talk to young people. Samuel-James has started a crowd funding campaign to help with this project and would appreciate your support. Our second hub post is from Mark Braggins on the Hampshire Hub  blog. Mark updates us on some exciting developments. After spending the summer of 2013 working with Blom Aerofilm capturing aerial photography of Hampshire, the high resolution imagery and data is now available as open data. Mark’s blog details how this has already been used during recent floods, and how it was going to be useful at the Blue Light Camp hack event. The blog includes details of how you can access the data.  Well done to all involved in Hampshire publishes Aerial Photography as open data (finally!) the project.

The final post this week is from Carolyne Mitchell who continues her series of blogs on behavioural economics by looking at paying and mental accounting. In Do you want ibuprofen with the bill sir?  Carolyne examines the pain we feel when we pay for something and how we can decrease any pain so enjoyment of the experience is greater. Carolyne also suggests we compartmentalise our funds, assigning them to non-transferable categories of use. This is all really important when we examine how local councils are expecting its customers to pay for its services, and how we need to offer solutions to the more vulnerable in our community when cash is the only option, and there are so many competing categories.

So that’s your mighty fine lot. They are all worth a read, a like, a share or a comment.  If you want to have a go a writing a blog for week 19, then you can find out how on our About page.

The [entirely optional] theme for week 19 is colour – you can blog about Blue Light Camp, or share a picture of some bluebells, or blog about why Shropshire Blue is the best cheese in the world, ever. Fact. No returns.

If you want to have a go at being the Weekly Blog Club host and curator for a week, and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you, there’s an easy step by step guide on how to on our Admin info page. Go on, give it a go.

Until next time, take care of yourself and keep blogging

Kate x

Kate Bentham

Summary of week 18 posts

  1. Just like my daughter  by Karen Hart
  2. Hampshire publishes Aerial Photography as open data (finally!)  by  Mark Braggins  on the Hampshire Hub  blog
  3. Reaching out to hospital patients at the end of life  by David Clark  on the Dumfries and Galloway Health Blog
  4. A postcard from Mumbles by Carol Woolley
  5. A pear on a plate on 1950s fabric  by Janet Davis
  6. The grey and the green   by Diane Sims
  7. Apprentice-Ship Hub  by Samuel-James Wilson
  8. Do you want ibuprofen with the bill sir?   by  Carolyne Mitchell
  9. The Memory of Happy Shoes by Janice Mcalister  on the Ayrshire Health blog
  10. The Worst Video Game of All Time  by Karl S Green
  11. The growing private and public social media split   by  Peter Sharples


Working in local gov, managing a frontline service for families. I love Shropshire, love family and love information and blog about all three. There is also the occasional mention of cake and caek.

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