Category Archives: Health

Grenfell Tower, sprinkler systems and decision-making

          Tower block living is problematical whether it’s social or private. The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy was a massive wake-up call for everyone associated with tower blocks either as residents or managers. The proposal to retro-fit … Continue reading

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Book Review: Adam Kay~ This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Expectations are heightened when secret and diaries are juxtaposed. Samuel Pepys partially wrote his in code and James Boswell’s revelations were fiercely guarded for very good reasons. Neither of those diaries were published during their lifetimes so they really were … Continue reading

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A Natural Garden adjacent to our Tower Block

This photograph was taken just fifty yards from a twelve story block of council flats, where 146 people live. A wild life garden, abundant with wild flowers and berries in autumn with small animals and insects throughout the year. It … Continue reading

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British Social Care and Home Ownership

The British family home has iconic status. Home ownership is longed-for and anyone not owning a house is silently thought of as, in some way, second class. Parents often give large amounts of cash to their adult children for deposits, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paul McGrath~ Back from the brink: The Autobiography

Paul McGrath’s autobiography is a must read. It’s honest, brutally honest and oh-my-god honest. McGrath was brought up in a children’s home where discipline was ‘robust’. As a black boy, in racist Catholic Ireland, McGrath suffered tremendously. His natural athleticism … Continue reading

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Our intolerant society: a rough sleeper in our tower block

On our Council estate in north-east London we have a diverse group of people including some very obnoxious individuals. At the repulsive end of the spectrum our caretaker came across a woman sleeping rough in the basement of one of … Continue reading

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