|Praise For The NHS
||[Mar. 17th, 2008|11:07 am]
Ailz went for an eye test this morning- to the new health centre on Glodwick Rd. It's so smart and airy and clean and modern- with its big windows, high ceilings and comfortable furnishings- that it's a pleasure to be there. People complain about the NHS and how it's on the slide, but it didn't have buildings like this in the olden days- buildings designed to lift your spirits rather than oppress them. So- please sit up and pay attention- I'm going to praise the government for once. Buildings like this- and they're springing up all over the borough and so, I suppose, all over the country- are evidence of tax money well spent.|
Another thing: I'm used to NHS appointments wasting hours of my time, so I took a book to read in the waiting room. I read about three pages. The whole expedition- from us leaving home to us walking back though the front door- took no more than half an hour.
I've been reading Dan Simmons' newest book (2007), and it's a fine horror yarn with superb, shivery descriptions of the Arctic Circle in the 1840s. It's so cleverly written that I'm not allowing myself to hurry through it as I often do, but instead am enjoying how Simmons is slowly unfolding the horror of icebound sailors being stalked by an ice monster! Even the cover photograph is wonderfully spooky!
I thought you might like this one--reminds me much of Blackwood's atmospheric writing!
That sounds like fun.
I'm reading Balzac and finding him addictive. I'm just starting my 6th. Only 90 (approx) to go.
Oh, sorry: The title is The Terror. It's now available in trade paperback.
The cover alone is worth the price of the book, and there are two pages of maps--how I like those thick books with maps showing where the ships get stuck and where they buried the captain, etc.!
that looks interesting, I'll check it out. Cheers!
Oh, good! It's beautifully written. Very descriptive--so much so that I get cold while reading it.
The same sort of revolution is happening in the Spanish version of the NHS. Good news all around.
Recently, too, I accompanied my good friend gwendraith
to an appointment she had at her local NHS centre in Ely. She was called in right on time and was out in a flash, also. She said her centre runs like clockwork for the most part and it, too, is a very pleasant place even if you have to wait a bit. Uplifting is a good description.
Our government (the Spanish government too, perhaps) doesn't either claim or get enough credit for these kinds of improvement.