Remember Bevan’s Run? If you do, it’s no thanks to the mainstream media, who mostly ignored it, as I blogged at the time. In brief: in January 2012 a doctor ran from the statue of Aneurin Bevan in Cardiff all the way to the Prime Minister’s constituency office in Witney, via the Ministry of Health in London, to protest against NHS privatisation.
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Think about all the times you’ve bought something online. Now see if you can remember how many times you were asked for a “contact phone number” (as opposed to, er, a non-contact phone number?) so that the seller can get in touch if there are any problems with your order.
Take a look at this photo of a summer shoe sale at Next.
For the benefit of people who’ve never bought shoes in the sale: it’s the norm for sale shoes to be organised by size rather than by style. That’s basically because all the sale stock is out on the shelves, so there’s no point finding a shoe you like in the wrong size and then asking if they have it in a 5. They won’t. It’s a jungle out there.
I recently got an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, from a name I didn’t recognise. I clicked through to the profile and the penny dropped: this person works for a company where I applied for a job quite a long time ago. It all came back to me then: I spent hours jumping through the application hoops, but wasn’t even given the courtesy of a rejection letter.
I recently attended the NUJ’s Reporting on our health services masterclass. It was about how to carry out quality reporting on health issues, at a time when the cuts and restructuring in our health service are mirrored by cuts and restructuring in our newsrooms.