February 7th, 2012

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Please help save our NHS

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My parents have been GPs in the NHS for the past 40 plus years. I used to work in the NHS as a manager. This needs to be said loud and clear:

This song and the stills that go with it try to explain the anger and dismay that we - along with most people connected with English healthcare - feel about the Health and Social Care Bill. This parliamentary Bill threatens to destroy the NHS by stealth.

It has its faults our NHS, but still it's up there with the best
We didn't vote you in for you to leave it such a mess
In Europe and the poor U.S. they pay much more and get much less
Your Bill will kill our public health and make us like the rest
We'll never re-elect you if you wreck our NHS.

At the end of the video are some suggestions about how you can help stop this destructive Bill becoming law.

What makes politicians stop and listen to us the general public is the ballot box. So the key message for me is:
We'll never re-elect you if you wreck our NHS.
End of!

Photo credit: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/
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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Photo credit: http://www.digitaldickens.com/

Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. I am going to this to celebrate (unfortunately fully booked now):

Dickens 200th Birthday Event + World Premiere: Dickens in London

To mark the occasion of Dickens' actual 200th birthday, a host of special guests will come together in a celebration of one of the world's most loved authors, whose life and writing continues to inspire artists and filmmakers today.

Working with partners of Dickens 2012, including the British Council, this event will tie into the Dickens birthday events around the world.

Dickens 2012
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

Dickens 2012 is an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens to mark the bicentenary of his birth, which falls on 7 February 2012.

Although a writer from the Victorian era, Dickens’s work transcends his time, language and culture. He remains a massive contemporary influence throughout the world and his writings continue to inspire film, TV, art, literature, artists and academia.

Follow the link for all the details on Dickens 2012:

Cut and pasted from the Telegraph website:

The best Charles Dickens characters
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens this month, a host of Telegraph writers pick their favourite Dickens character.

Charles Dickens, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this month, still has a remarkable appeal for readers and writers alike. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe and Somerset Maugham are among the writers who have lavished praised on a master storyteller, of whom T.S. Eliot wrote: “Charles Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.”

Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in Portsmouth and to celebrate his double centenary we have asked 29 Telegraph writers to pick their favourite Dickens character and we will be publishing one every day online throughout February.

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38 degrees. People. Power. Change. Save Our NHS.

If you want to help Save Our NHS, I am recommending the 38 degrees website.

Cut and pasted from the 38 degrees website:

Save Our NHS Action Centre

Hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members are campaigning to save the NHS.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, from signing the petition, to writing to your MP, to finding out where your MP stands, to writing to a Lord, to putting up a poster at your home, school or work.

Follow the link to find out more: