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Another midweek moan…

What do you think of today’s photo? I used this picture for yesterday’s post on a Zillion Ideas – fun with photos. If you would like to edit your photos like that and maybe create art, why not click that link? My art and photography posts are always popular with other bloggers and writers.

The Guardian

There are a lot of good writers on the internet, blogging on WordPress, their own sites, Blogspot and other sites. Most of them write in a fairly relaxed style and many also take photos. In contrast, I read a ‘blog’ on the Guardian newspaper website earlier that was appalling. The writing was terrible. To be fair though, the Guardian is usually very good. I liked their post about making fertiliser from human excrement. I think that could catch on. Where there’s muck there’s money.

Mark Twain

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. ― Mark Twain

It’s not just adjectives that give away a man’s character. I notice words a lot. On one website they use the words ‘what’s more’ and ‘indeed’ to start many paragraphs. Are they keywords for the search bots? It sounds arrogant to me. A ‘what’s more’ I know best mentality. Bad writing.

Walsall NHS

We are all familiar with NHS-speak. It’s politically correct nonsense, but I received an email yesterday that badly written too. This is just an except:

Meetings have been held between MyNHS Walsall Portfolio Leads and Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) to discuss ways of working collaboratively together. A number of potential work streams were considered at the MyNHS Walsall Parliament meeting on Tuesday 15th October and Parliament agreed that the wider membership should be offered the opportunity to join the following work groups:

Access to GPs – A report was commissioned a few years ago by Walsall NHS and now, WCCG wish to have an updated assessment to see if there are any changes to the previous findings. MyNHS is now being commissioned to plan and undertake this assessment.

I think MyNHS Walsall is what used to be called the Primary care trust (GPs, etc) but my email came from the hospital which is Walsall Healthcare NHS trust. Confused? You’re not the only one…


I’ve been having problems with email. A data file was corrupted or something and so I lost all my email and list of contacts, including the email address of the Chief Executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS trust. I wish there was another alternative to Microsoft Outlook. Anyway, I can’t forward this email full of acronyms and BS to the CEO of the trust now. I met him a couple of years ago, he would have probably taken notice. He could be CEO of a different trust though… Who knows?

My point is that there are a lot of writers writing blogs and other stuff who could put their talents to good use if they were given the chance. I asked about voluntary work in the hospital a couple of years ago, but got a less than enthusiastic response. I’ve looked at local organisations that need volunteers recently. One wanted someone to work reception, do typing, answer the phone and general duties. They needed someone 9 to 5 for 5 days a week. That’s a bloody full time job and they expected someone to do it for nothing!

Who will pay that?

My other moan this week was the Labour plan to put some kind of special tax on Payday loan companies. Who would pay the tax? The bosses? The shareholders? The poor buggers who go to payday loan companies because they are hungry, cold and desperate? Yes, we all know who would pay under Labour’s plan.

That’s it for today. Have your moan in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.

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