The plight of the Windrush families and their British naturalisation is a topic quite close to my heart.
My father was born in India, you see. When WW2 broke out, he came to Britain, joined the RNR and as a ship’s doctor had quite a bad war in the Pacific, North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He held a British passport and settled as a GP in Bermondsey once the war ended in 1947. He obtained British naturalisation without difficulty, because he was a British subject and that did not change until the immigration act of 1948.
Many will have heard of this
terrible, tragic case. The doctor involved was tried for manslaughter and
convicted despite serious Trust flaws which led to the tragedy.
My feeling here is rather different
to the majority. I do agree that a junior doctor, left unsupervised with two
juniors below her, each of whom had only a months’ experience of paediatrics,
and had herself just returned from 13 months maternity leave was particularly
vulnerable to a mistake being made. Where I depart from many people’s stated
views is that I do not think the registrar is culpable.
This is a typical Swedish recipe passed to me through my mum, who baked loads of stuff at Christmas. It makes really nice sweet bread that goes a treat with coffee especially on Christmas morning. The cardamom adds a hint of lemony fragrance.
Vätebröd- Swedish Buns - makes
24 buns or 2 loaves.
Fresh yeast or 15 g of dried
dl of milk
1 dl of
flour (Strong white)
using dried yeast use tepid water as on packet)
all this hike about Yorkshire puddings?
of you who live across the pond, Yorkshire is a county in the north east of
England. It has a history dating back way back when and seems to be the place the
classic ‘puds’ arose. Three or four hundred years ago when they roasted meat in
an oven, the fat and juices would drip off and be wasted unless caught in a
dish underneath. In mid-18century, the idea came to someone to
put a simple pudding underneath and the ‘dripping’ would drip and the batter
would rise – the first Yorkshire pudding!
20 6 16
5 am. Dog wakes me –
need to go out. Oooooh groan. Dressing gown, slippers stumble down stairs –
fresh air on my face.
Damned funny time to get
up. Start to think… Could I be more productive? Apportion my time…
Bed beckons. But… and there’s
always a ‘but’. Can I?
prolific medico-legal expert, published author, house person to my daughter or
was that slave? More productive?
But work never seemed to
be ‘work’. I always enjoyed it. Never felt that even at 3 am. opening someone’s
head that it was hard work.
I was recently invited to do a guest blog post. I felt it was worth placing here too:
Cyclist and an Inspiration
The early morning sunlight flickered
from behind the high clouds and reflected golden and crisp from the monument in
Bergerac’s market square. Around me, shoppers bustled and in the roadway a car
beeped its horn. The grey stone pillar rose fifteen feet above me, its shadow
pointing away towards the elm trees that line the roadway. A smell of garlic
wafted as I read those brave words that showed the strength of the French and
France’s indomitable leaders.
strike went well, I’m told. Rumour has it that there were no junior doctors and
the consultants had to do the routine and emergency work without the help of
Think again. A number of juniors are not in the BMA. They can’t
strike partly because they are afraid of losing their visas or their jobs. This
meant that there were juniors working on both strike days. Elective work was
cancelled – consultants can’t be in two places at once and there is no one
available to look after the operated patients during the night.
told that the three most stressful things you can do in life are: moving house,
losing someone close to you (grief) and getting divorced. The one I’d place
last is maybe moving house. Grief is grief – hard work that never ends but just
becomes less frequent.
is it Leonard Cohen says in that song? ‘Everybody’s broken, like their father
or the dog just died’. I’ve been an orphan for many years now, but I still miss
my folks. They are part of me and remain integral in my personality and my
If you’ve been following the thread so far, you should now
have the following assets:
1. PDF of your book
2. .mobi file of your book
3. .epub version
4. PDF of the cover
5. .jpeg of the cover.
You are now able to create an
Click ‘add new title’
Name your book and select
‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.
If you’ve read and done the previous two posts you will now
be in possession of three files: .pdf; .mobi; .epub. Next you design your
cover. What sort of cover you make depends on your individual preference. I
like dark/light relatively non-busy covers. On Kindle all you get is a small
avatar view of the cover, so why waste time putting a lot of writing in small
print that no one can read? That’s up to you though. The final print-ready
cover is a bit different though I think the less you put on the cover, the more
the picture stands out.