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mitip
London UK
A creative innovator who craves change in our society
Interests: society, the arts, healthcare, technology, everything that allows us to see the world in a new light, vintage harleys, being a nerd about everything, a skills junkie
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THE FUTURE OF HEALTH 2009 As the fervor over health reform ratchets it is hard not to perceive it as a storm in a teacup where at worst the teaspoon gets damp or a few drops hit the tablecloth. Because this great debate about what is best for UK health hinges on a belief that another major shake up of the NHS is not only needed but capable of unlocking massive savings; sufficient, it is hoped, to offset the cost hike of an ageing population. After a career of practical engagement with the NHS I say this is a dream... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Another Way...
It seems we don’t care. Put another way we either decide to care only for those we care for or believe we care for everybody, but don't care very much. If we care only for those we care for, we suggest a limit on how far out our Circles of Care radiate, and that may not be far. I care for family street and community but I don’t care beyond that. Or we think we care for everybody, but just don’t care that much. I am fatigued by care. Which reaches the equivalent limit. Is it inevitable that in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Another Way...
My daughter is letting 100 people use her garden for a wedding anniversary. Its like a mini Glastonbury, tents kids and people having fun together. MMMM Thats a thought. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Another Way...
As sent to the Telegraph Letters page yesterday, it wont get published. I watched with pleasure as the plucky Brit Sir Ben took on crews from around the world in the America’s Cup qualifying races. In a post Brexit atmosphere the UK demonstrated its ability to compete and win at the highest levels, something we need to reassure ourselves is still possible. It therefore jarred when the American commentator described how the boats raced around the boooeees. This word, developed from French German and English origins is being given an entirely new pronunciation. We may disagree over the pronunciation of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Another Way...
How do we wean people off sweet things? What about a little trial? I wonder what would happen if you stopped everybody coming out of the newsagents with a can of cola and, before they drink it, give them the sweetest peach you can find. And a little towel afterwards to wipe their hands on. Firstly, check if there is a grin on their face. Then ask them which they would prefer. All you need is a few % preferring the peach, as long as they knew where to get hold of one like that, easily. I think you will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Another Way...
I don’t see any solution to this problem, the genie is out of the lamp, premiership football is a massive business played out in the public spotlight. The opportunity to instil in its players the sort of passion and commitment exemplified by successful English rugby and cricket teams has passed. But I detest football so does it matter? What matters is the derision the rest of Europe must be feeling about the English as our team crashed out against a nation the size of Coventry. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Another Way...
'It was horrible at the time, I wouldn't wish it on anyone else, and I wouldn't change it for the world'. I hope without exaggeration that I seen by some fluke, or other to have done a few things and along the way made every cock-up in the book. With the only difference that in most cases I managed to avoid facing the consequences. I hope to say, he says dragging on a cigar and a spliff at the same time, that my major skill is in avoiding the consequences. The biggest consequence I did face was the loss of one eye but I must explain the reason why elsewhere. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Another Way...
Rollercoaster disaster Lancashire, is there another way to look at it? Having having argued the stability of everyone who may have allowed or caused such a tragedy to occur if aims to say I feel so sorry for the people involved, in some sense I feel it’s not their fault even if it turns out it is and secondly in light of the enormous kicking they felt they had to give the better well off last week, then this happens. Personally I am very very sorry. I mean it sincerely, it matters to me that out there part of my country is hurting and that means it hurts me too. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Another Way...
Why is work work? There seems to be universal antipathy to work. Words like shirker and skiver have become confused with basic employment rights enshrined in law. Popular culture has firmly decided that work is not cool and therefore should be avoided by any means, suggesting instead that celebrity is an ultimate goal. Is work so bad? Let’s look at it another way, is work always work? Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Another Way...
I suffer from interface fatigue. I was trying to describe the idea to my son; his response was ‘you’re getting old, get over it’. But I argued vehemently that it wasn’t a question of age it was an issue with interfaces. It is taken me about six weeks to come up with a reasonably (!) well thought through argument why what I felt it was true. It took time because I realised that in answering the question I needed to reason at an evolutionary level, In steps. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Another Way...
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rear mudguard log on a 1942 Harley WLA based bobber. logo is compiles from a 1942 Alberto Vargas pin-up illustration used as nose art on the side of 1942 B15 bombers. Note the small text! Save Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Another Way...
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The English are very good pulling together in times of crisis. But the last two years haven’t been a case of pulling together. Instead it seemed a case of parking the problem in the lap one section of our community and hoping they quietly grin and bear it. Dave, If you keep using the word all we rightly assumed it meant all of us. I think we have begun to understand exactly what Dave meant by all. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at Another Way...
Common sense tells me that you use a lot less resource overall in terms of energy consumption materials and global warming by this means rather than shipping around the world highly priced consumables and cheap printers. It seems needless except in terms of the means to enrich your shareholders. Capitalism, don’t we love it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Another Way...
If you are, as I am, still sitting on the fence on the referendum question then maybe Another Way To Look At This ™ is to reduce it down to two or three arguments; immigration, economics and the principles behind the European idea, tempered by humanitarianism and xenophobia. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Another Way...
I have no money. Gone are the days when I could snatch £50k from my business to build a house; it's £5k and only if I struggle. So how can you build a house with no money? eBay. There is always someone selling off windows doors glass roofing and everything... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at eBay Grand Designs
The openness of information is becoming unavoidable, we can either choose to resist it or seek to make the advantages work for us. That is why I support WikiLeaks. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Another Way...
I can understand why Sky and Virgin are worried, why the press is reporting campaigns by the satellite and cable companies to muzzle the BBC. Why we see ever more lavish Sky and Virgin adverts and why Sky have begun to expand their offer to proper broadcasting rather than a simply program content. It is about Youview and the massive domination I predict it will give the BBC. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Another Way...
We sit at a crucial phase of the crossover and convergence of technology and products. TVs turning into computers, mobiles evolving into mini PCs and cameras, music stored digitally in the cloud and accessed anywhere. And gesture based input devices will only hasten the revolution. Nowhere is it more apparent than in the iPad. Apple took the interface from an iPhone and coupled it to the software of a Macbook, they extended the aesthetics of an iPhone to the size of a small Macbook and gave us an iPad. The market was given clear pointers to the iPad as soon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Another Way...
You know how you sometimes come across an idea so good you must share. I can do that because it's mine. Go see www.Health4myself.com and see if it makes sense to you? Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Another Way...
Will there be a 3rd industrial revolution and if so how will UK fare? Is there another way we should look at manufacturing? Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Another Way...
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We are constantly being reminded that innovation is the key tool to drive modernisation in healthcare. It is a buzzword being used from senior government down as a metaphor for change. But what really is innovation and how can it be made to work? Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Another Way...
Compared to Jamie Oliver the approach Gerry Robinson takes in his series on demntia care is negative and unimaginative with few positive messages. Who is the John Harvey-Jones of health? Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Another Way...
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The challenges of youth and their lack of recognition in society Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Another Way...
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A lack of feel for materials is leading to a poor understanding of the objects around us. Is design education failing or should we worry if designers have little intuition and come to rely on computers? Nearly everything I have owned or used I have at some time taken apart having inadvertently and sometimes wilfully, bent, twisted, cracked disassembled, dropped and abused things I own. I have a professional reputation for breaking things which I deny assiduously, I don’t break them I test them and anyway I will usually manage to repair them or reassemble them successfully. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Another Way...
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Whenever we travel or shop we will come across things that are stupid, objects that if we stopped for a second to consider would have us screaming in outrage at their stupidity and demanding things change? But we have been sleepwalking into the present, so it needs a fresh pair of eyes to provide ‘another way to look at things’. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Another Way...