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Thank you to three readers, now please get involved

Posted on 19 June 2009 | 9:06am

This blog comes courtesy of three readers of previous blogs, whose ideas will hopefully spark debate and involvement from others. First, thanks to Jane Appleton who had the idea of trying to make ‘Facebook friends of AC’ one of the fifty £50k donors to Leukaemia Research for the charity’s fiftieth anniversary.We launched this yesterday in honour […]

A tribute to a lovely man

Posted on 18 June 2009 | 5:06pm

I make no apology for renewing so soon the appeal I made here yesterday for donations towards Leukaemia Research’s Big 5-0 campaign, in which we are trying to get fifty donations of fifty thousand pounds to celebrate the charity’s fiftieth anniversary next year. If you remember, I said at the end of the blog about […]

Bad times in Belfast, great day for Burnley, odd statement from Ed Balls

Posted on 18 June 2009 | 10:06am

A changed, more peaceful Northern Ireland is one of Labour’s proudest achievements. It has been wonderful, in recent times, to visit the place and find yourself talking to people about the weather, football, books, house prices, not the bombings and hatreds that defined Northern Ireland for so long. So there is something really depressing about the […]

A plea for five-figure cyber-donations

Posted on 17 June 2009 | 7:06am

I am determined to get my first big cyber-donation for Leukaemia Research, so please pass this among any rich friends and relatives you think might have a spare fifty grand, or any businesses who are doing ok despite the recession and looking for new Corporate Social Responsibility schemes. Then I will get them along to the kind […]

On two inquiries

Posted on 16 June 2009 | 8:06am

What with the extraordinary events unfolding in Iran, and the announcement of the inquiry into the war in Iraq, there was no room on the main news last night for the case of Christine Laird, who was accused of lying about her history of depression when she applied for a job with Cheltenham Borough Council. […]

From India to Iran to Labour wit

Posted on 15 June 2009 | 10:06am

If diplomacy is war by other means, sometimes the same can be said of sport, which is why an India-Pakistan cricket match has long been on my list of ‘must see before I die’ sporting events. The appetite was further whetted by the sight and sound of the Indian support at the Twenty20 clash with England […]

Memories of Princess Diana

Posted on 14 June 2009 | 9:06am

We had a nice time at the Althorp literary festival, the first that Fiona and I have done with separate his’n’hers sessions on our books, me on All In The Mind, Fiona on her Secret World of the Working Mother. The festivals I have done have tended to be very white, middle-aged, middle-class events, and […]

A House Divided?

Posted on 13 June 2009 | 2:06am

There has been a good response to the latest email I sent out to Go Fourth supporters this week. I know there will be some crossover between Go Fourth subscribers and people who visit here, but thought those who are not Go Fourthers might like to see it anyway.  Dear Go Fourth A long one […]

A humbling NHS experience, a media row and a good GB speech

Posted on 12 June 2009 | 10:06am

What a truly inspiring and humbling time I had at the new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Rathbone hospital in Liverpool yesterday.  It was not just the evident quality of care being provided for a small number of seriously ill men. It was also the clear emphasis that was put on making sure the views […]

Psychiatrists heading for relegation in ‘disease prestige’ league table

Posted on 11 June 2009 | 10:06am

I promised an update on my morning with the psychiatrists in Sedgefield, and I really really tried to get it to you yesterday. Don’t blame me. Blame something called Globetrotter Connect on my laptop. Whichever bits of the globe it was connected to, they didn’t include any of the bits where I was trotting and […]