It has been 5 full days since my last blog post, and during that time my engagement with all things NHS has been kept to a minimum. So what have I been doing? Well seeing as the bathroom scales have moved in the wrong direction, obviously I have eaten and drank too much, though I tried to counter this with a major increase in exercise through walking. The weather has been great and so we have been gardening, and the main discovery in that area has been ivy growing under my lawn which might explain why it can no longer be called grass but rather moss with ivy under it! I have spent some time reading the daily and weekend papers, an activity I don’t usually have time for and I have sneezed lots. I have significant hay fever right now which is to say the least irritating.
A few articles are appearing in the newspapers which suggest that real journalists are becoming increasingly nervous, and in some cases hostile to and contemptuous of bloggers. I guess the main problem with the blog is that the information contained within it is often pure opinion entwined with other opinion and the odd fact obtained through another media such as a newspaper, the TV or the internet. I am not sure this is a bad thing, just so long as you don’t place your complete faith in anything that you read on someone’s website. It is a bit rich though that journalists should be quite so pious when there are still tabloids out there calling anyone who has ever committed a crime ‘a lag’, every service man one of ‘our boys’ and which often seem to at best an exaggeration of the truth.
Blogs do seem to be a good place to make a good sweeping statement, often based on nothing but the author’s personal opinion, an example of this might be the assertion that all nurses who have jumped above their station are quactitioners, or that all doctors are rubbish because I encountered one that in my opinion was rubbish. I like to read the opinion of others, I don’t always agree with it and of course I don’t need to, just so long as I can tell the difference between that and hard facts. In any case doesn’t listening to the opinion of others make more fun than relying on the more boring aspects of the news which in themselves can often be flawed.