Snow sheets

Another storm due tomorrow, when this amazing snow sheet will probably disappear. It is stretched across a wall on High Street, so very beautiful.  

‘Replete with folly and injustice’ – Hammond follows in Osborne’s footsteps

Originally posted on Bristol Business School:
Author Jo Michell, Senior Lecturer in Economics The media response to the Budget is always reliably low on content and high on hyperbole. Even by these exacting standards, 2017 has been a vintage year. Coverage has focused almost exclusively on the decision to raise National Insurance contributions for self-employed…

The Good News

I have been really busy since I returned to Block Island two weeks ago – resuming walks and talks etc. I take a reflection group, very positive outcome from emotional education talks earlier in the year; I am doing an online course that is the best of these offerings yet – I have even had … More The Good News

Poverty Medicine: A GP and medical educator’s journey

Originally posted on A Better NHS:
(Notes for my lecture to the North and East London GP Educators’ conference) At my last appraisal, I was criticised for not having more clinical conditions in my CPD (Continuing Professional Development) – “where” my appraiser asked, “was kidney disease, asthma, Diabetes, and Heart Failure?” I couldn’t think of…

Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year has been and gone, and from next week I will be spending the rooster year elsewhere, with memories. Louis had his first painting class of this year this evening, so here is the rooster he painted. It is hard to believe he is only 9 years old, his talent is truly amazing, … More Year of the Rooster

Song and dance, celebration and struggle!

Chinese New Year celebrations this morning: A “lion dance” outside the supermarket that is of course open for business. I am not looking [much] at news from elsewhere. Ugh noises. But I am thinking about economics [again], how to eradicate the dreadful inequalities, how to look after this wonderful earth, etc. Scroll down for a … More Song and dance, celebration and struggle!


It could be anywhere. I am having coffee and croissant, the barista offered the choices, americano, cappuccino, … but when I sit to write before finding my way to a cash point that will accept my card, the voices around are speaking Chinese. (Barista switched effortlessly to English when I reached the counter.)   This … More Anywhere

Poetry Out Loud at BI

Thanks to Nancy Greenaway who enthuses Block island School students in so many ways, one of which is Poetry Out Loud. My eldest grand-daughter and her friends are now old enough to join in, and on Thursday we heard five wonderful young people recite two poems each. They make their own choice from hundreds on … More Poetry Out Loud at BI