Monthly Archives: March 2013

The National Health Service, and Ken Loach, in the UK and Latin America

Strange to think that 12 months ago I was in San Salvador, having just travelled overland through Nicaragua and Honduras from Costa Rica.  I wouldn’t mind some of that hot weather here now  this winter is interminable, but at least … Continue reading

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1,800 preventable deaths per year

The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities has just reported its findings.  Extrapolated, they indicate 1,839 excess deaths per year of intellectually disabled people aged 4 and up, in England and Wales.   Here are my workings:  … Continue reading

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Shropshire, more films and the Mid-Staffs Scandal

Yes, this post will go all over the place, like I did this week….. A short midweek break at Bishop’s Castle, a quaint but real town in Shropshire.  The Border country where Saxon and Welsh place names mix (along with … Continue reading

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A film and a concert. Communication and development. Jazz and decoloniality.

An evening with two cultural events last Thursday. Firstly we went to a film screening (indeed a UK premiere) at the Manchester Latin America and Spanish Film Festival, Una Vida sin Palabras (A Life without Words).  It was a documentary … Continue reading

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Well-being and economic alternatives – a week with 2 conferences

On Monday I went to a conference on Extractives and Development in the Andes.  It was at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at Univ of London and co-sponsored by Bolivia Infor,mation Forum and Peru Support group.  The … Continue reading

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