Birthdays, Values, Art and 1984

It would seem that you have all been out enjoying the fine weather this week and simply haven’t had the time to blog, or you might have heard that it was me Kate Bentham in as your rubbish host and you thought you’d give me a break. There were 6 fabulous blogs submitted for week 23 – at least I think there were 6 and I haven’t missed any, which has been known to happen before now, I didn’t get the title rubbish host by being any good that this you know.

Anyway, let’s have a look at that wonderful gaggle of blogs. We start with birthday corner and this week we need to eat extra cake and join  Karen Hart in saying Happy 50th Birthday Charlie Bucket. Karen celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the children’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and shares her connection with Charlie Bucket, with this particular Roald Dahl book being a constant throughout her life. Karen’s blog appears on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Next up in birthday corner is our very lovely usual weekly blog club host Janet Davis. It was Janet’s birthday this week so a big hip hip hooray to Janet. This week Janet updates us on Ouseburn Community Art project week 10, which is the final week for this project. Janet not only talks about the outcomes of the project both for the community and for her personally, but also looks at the socio-economic, cultural and architectural history of the Ouseburn Valley, all of which present Janet with plenty of possible subjects for art projects in the future.

I absolutely loved Nineteen Eighty-Four as lived by Karl by  Karl S Green.The blog includes extracts from a message book between home and nursery when it was 1984 and Karl was 3 years old. It highlights some of Karl’s interests at the time (trains) and some things he was a little less keen on (food). It offers Karl a wonderful insight into a time of his childhood.

In Practice as research: Digital Archives and the RAM Museum, Louise Atkinson shares with us the work of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Louise blogs about how the museums buildings have developed over the years and also how their approach to collections has changed over time, including an extensive digital documentation of collections, and also the methodology and framework to review quantities of collections in a timely and practical manner.

In our health section we have two blogs, first up is Reflections on #nhsscot14 by Selina Stephen and Jason Leitch on the Ayrshire Health blog. After two inspiring days at the NHS Scotland event, Selina and Jason have time to reflect on what they learnt from the event, and to also consider how everyone working within NHS Scotland can take the two key themes of strengthening and promoting the voices of patients and spreading quality across the organisation and partners forward into the future. The second health blog is The Value of Values  by Julie Booth on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog. Julie looks at Values within the NHS but begins by considering Disney as an organisation that provides excellent customer service, and how at the heart of the company is an enthusiastic and well motivated workforce who share the same values as the organisation. As 50% of NHS complaints are based on attitudes and behaviour Julie considers Value Based Recruitment as a solution to ensuring a workforce which is aligned to the values of the NHS.

So that’s it. Six perfectly formed blogs. Having read them all I can recommend reading them all. You’ll enjoy them and learn from them, promise. If you fancy writing a blog for week 24, then you can find out how on our About page.

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. The lovely Louise Brown is your host for week 24, so until next time, take care of yourself and keep blogging.

Kate x

Kate Bentham


  1. The Value of Values  by Julie Booth on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog
  2. Reflections on #nhsscot14 by Selina Stephen and Jason Leitch on the Ayrshire Health blog
  3. Happy 50th Birthday Charlie Bucket by  Karen Hart
  4. Practice as research: Digital Archives and the RAM Museum  by  Louise Atkinson
  5. Nineteen Eighty-Four as lived by Karl by  Karl S Green
  6. Ouseburn Community Art project week 10  by Janet Davis


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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