Comments for en-gb 30 Tue 27 Jan 2015 15:00:15 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at davmcn LS 17, She lives in St Albans. Thu 24 Dec 2009 16:09:47 GMT+1 davmcn EM 14, End it, stop it, knock it off, put it out of its misery. Thu 24 Dec 2009 15:55:43 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Also support Pithywriter - an absolutely lovely idea. I was also impressed with the John Lewis manager (wonderful woman) and the hero taxi driver. It would be inspiring to hear more of these. Thu 24 Dec 2009 14:14:34 GMT+1 RxKaren Completely agree with pithywriter. I'd like to cite the wonderful Pharmaceutical wholesaler drivers who battled through the snow to deliver to us at the beginning of the week before the roads around us were cleared. They've been working long hours and struggling with the roads all week but they've managed to ensure that our patients have had their medicines and it is really appreciated. Thu 24 Dec 2009 13:45:01 GMT+1 pithywriter Gosh, 06.16 Eddie, do you sleep or are you an example of THE 'going beyond the call of duty' that I want promoted? i.e anti 'jobsworth' and anti 'elf and safety' PRO generosity of spirit (though of course I recognise H&S has its place - but funnily enough, often NOT in our hospitals)... Thu 24 Dec 2009 07:41:13 GMT+1 eddiemair Except that the Upshares music thing hasn't finished! There'll be a very Christmassy one tonight, and Nils, and the music will return in 2010. We expect the regular spot to stop late in January when, it's hoped, the end of the recession will be confirmed.But you put forward an interesting idea...what do people think? Thu 24 Dec 2009 06:16:54 GMT+1 pithywriter Please bloggers support this idea...:Eddie, now that the Upshares music thing is finished can we have a new running theme? I suggest that you run a regular thing on how wonderful some people can be so that PM might help change the way the world is going! I want to hear more about people who think outside the box - especially in their job situations and do the right thing rather than resorting to bureaucratic nonsense - for example the wonderful John Lewis manager and staff who turned the shop into an emergency hotel also the taxi driver who walked with the blood etc (as opposed to the Eurostar management who left all those people trapped in the trains).... My disabled friend gave me an example over dinner last night... she told me that her council housing manager came to her flat, climbed up a high step ladder and cleaned away lots of nasty black mould herself as she could not get the repairs dept there who were taking too long... there must be still so many people prepared to 'go against the rules' to get things done, we need to acknowledge them, to cheer us all up! Pithywriter. Wed 23 Dec 2009 23:20:38 GMT+1 David King Heard of the taxi driver who walked through 4 miles of driving snow to deliver blood to cancer patients, after his cab was stuck in the snow. My Sister has had cancer and because of the courage and selflessness of such individuals she is here today to wish me Happy Christmas. In return I wish him and his family a Very Happy Seasons greetings and a wonderful New Year. Wed 23 Dec 2009 22:24:17 GMT+1 RxKaren Really good piece with the Professor of Pharmacology. He said (coherently and calmly) all the things about antioxidants and nutritional therapists that I ranted at my Dad as we listened to PM last night! Apparently I can be quite scary...I share the professor's concerns about the industry that is building up around these. I had a diabetic patient a few years ago admitted for a knee replacement. He spent a fortune on supplements every month (including supplements for PMS and the menopause which the company was happy to sell him) and was taking so much that we had the potential for problems with his surgery - we needed to stop them but were running the risk of him developing rebound scurvy. When the dietician and I called the "customer health information line" for the advice from the company concerned we were given the marketing spiel - no robust evidence to support the claims - and referred to a pharmacist or dietician if we needed more information. I'm not convinced that would be any better now. Wed 23 Dec 2009 18:23:36 GMT+1 beanie bingbong I so agree with eeedelli. Two year degrees are totally absurd. For example, as a teacher, I fear that those who come into teaching now are very unlearned generally, seldom have an in depth knowledge of any subject, and seem non infrequently to abhor the thought of reading a book of any sort. Now of course, they have undergone great training in how to teach, but the best teachers should have questing minds and be hungry for knowledge themselves as an inspiration to their "pupils". And I am afraid that Wikipedia isn't enough. Wed 23 Dec 2009 18:20:58 GMT+1 steelpulse Top Cats voice? The gentleman has died. I grieve. Anyone remember the need to call it Boss Cat for some obscure reason - or was it the other way around? And how many times has that visual joke where TC looks like he has entered and sat down in a Roller been used since? Yes Mr Nigel Havers, in some advert for summink or other - I mean you! lolCramming a three year Uni course into 2 in some instances - I am not sure about that Eddie. Oh yes and no offence anyone but the phrase "winners never cheat" has come to my attention whilst watching the world wag - perusing recent research and watching a VT Website. Office Dibble may have said I suspect, Top Cat always did - cheat. And another Benny the Dip won an Epsom Derby. So maybe that phrase, winners never etc is redundant. I take it as red. lolSubject: it is worth a look - winners cheat - see you then full stop Anagram: I kith - so Law root - feel lousy - thou spent - enhance writsI must go and have another peek at Sandy Faris's VT. Wed 23 Dec 2009 18:18:23 GMT+1 eeedelli It is not entirely surprising that John Clarke, who lectures in *history* at Buckingham thinks it’s possible to do a degree in two years. While education to broaden the mind, in any subject, is generally a good thing, for those who have to deal in a subject that has the potential to drag the country out of the economic mire, such as engineering or electronics at university-level (i.e. complex maths and physics), three years are already insufficient, for the following reasons: (1) courses in electronic engineering used to take four years just to be able to fit everything in, (2) the inability of legions of the intake to be able to do basic operations that used to be taken for granted in school is such that we now have to spend the first year teaching them to wipe their noses and tie their shoelaces (what are they *doing* in schools?) reducing the effective teaching time by a year already, (3) the relentless march of progress means that the subject matter has to be revised every couple of years just to keep up (unlike history – learn it once and it’s true forever!), and (4) the fact that our professional accreditation bodies *require* students to undertake 4-year MEng degrees (or undertake a further 2 years of MSc after a 3-year degree) to enable them to become chartered as they already consider the 3-year BEng degrees as inadequate on their own for that.In common with all other university departments of electronics and engineering, we’ve been raising our entry requirements year on year to try to find students who can do what used to be commonplace on entry 20 years ago – we’re still searching! Incidentally, we’re not interested in people remembering how to ‘write essays’ as John Clarke said. We prefer people who can analyse, summarise, synthesise, design and implement ideas. Sadly, schools no longer seem to inculcate these basic practices during their science classes either.The idea that reducing university courses to two years “will not have an impact on teaching quality” whilst still packing in students who are already inadequately prepared for what they need to be able to do is utterly ludicrous. I don’t know which planet these people are on but it certainly isn’t this one!In our department, we block-teach overseas students during the summer, to bring income to enable us to survive, as the funding from central government for essential equipment and labs in expensive science and engineering subjects, vital to the future of the UK, is already totally inadequate to provide the facilities we need. If we have to ditch that to teach our ‘normal cycle’ students during the summer, the financial impact will be huge and, of course, we won’t be able to undertake the research and development work that tends to take place during the summer – the only time we can really get to it.In 20 years’ time, just remember that, as a nation, you got what you paid for. Wed 23 Dec 2009 18:10:48 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Very glad PM covered some of the young who have been killed in senseless wars. It was terribly moving and most appropriate that we are reminded of their deaths at this time. What will Christmas be like for their families? Thoughts with them.No more killing. Bring them home. Wed 23 Dec 2009 17:58:21 GMT+1 newlach Good piece with Dr David Calhoun who exposed some antioxidant quackery. Soothing music, but must run before my grill catches fire! Wed 23 Dec 2009 17:55:46 GMT+1 lucien desgai 1. David McDibble?;o) Wed 23 Dec 2009 17:40:21 GMT+1 newlach How do students of Buckingham do in the jobs market after graduation? Wed 23 Dec 2009 17:21:06 GMT+1 davmcn I prefer the BBC Big Band Orchestra. Wed 23 Dec 2009 17:05:49 GMT+1 davmcn Re All In The Mind: I drank wine that cost £120 and £150 at Wine Society dinners. I wouldn't pay that for them. Wed 23 Dec 2009 16:52:45 GMT+1 davmcn FLASH: Top Cat died. Wed 23 Dec 2009 16:40:45 GMT+1