The Hospital Obs Machine 

Like a blue trumpet on wheels Wheeled to all interned Triumphantly its bleeping sounds Resounding from afar First the arm band round the left Then the peg over my right finger De de de do do Tick tick tock tock A fanfare flourish for my fate Systolic,

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Hospital Days on Wheels 

Linen, drugs, breakfast Beds, chairs, medical record files Everything here runs on wheels Moved from room to room Drip stands, tea urns, newspaper stands Each have their allotted time To call at each bed Old-timers listen out in expectation Ready for their Ready Brek Braced for their

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My Wrist Band Story 

A series of connected teams Expertises linked by consultations Notes, phone calls, data bands Across this vast building And the latest digital technology i-Pods scan my wrist band code And my results spring to life Swipe-able on screen My last week’s performance Available to analyse, scrutinise Am

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Hospital 24/7 – 365

Hospitals are powered by extraordinary individuals The Phlebotomist who knows just how to talk you through A sharp-scratch, fist-clenched blood test The nurse on night shift who re-checks your blood pressure Four times, just in case you’re in trouble The A&E Team who cope in one crowded,

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Recreate Our Country

Let’s rebuild our country Make our own Agreement Calling all poets, pioneers and painters Extend our hand to all, with a smile Travellers and the well-travelled, settle by A cup of tea and a frown at the skies Focus our eye on invention Making the best and

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Hospital Restrictions   

Catheter, cannula, drip stand Tie me to the bed Paper, pen and drawing Free my thoughts instead My sketches are just scribbles Carefree swoops on newsprint Brexit, Trump and Climate Change Lost beneath my squiggles Sometimes less is more Particularly with art A solitude here in hospital

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Bridges To Reconciliation

Reconnect …Urban Metropolis Provincials Neighbours that need each other – time to reach out Our belief in the basics Our shared contribution to society Beyond headlines and deadlock Diverse we are Listen and reply with patience Reframe, reform, reshape Through conversations in person Reboot our shared purpose

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Photo Diary: Painting Trip to the Ridgeway

Walking along the Old Ridgeway Path from Chiseldon, I decided to stop and paint this view. I noticed the interesting ‘curve’ in the pathway in the distance, as well as the gentle slope of the hill. A first layer of paint (or ‘ébauche‘ to use the posh

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‘How Art Began’ by Antony Gormley

This was a beautiful and uplifting programme. Art can be a solitary pursuit at times, but programmes like this remind and reassure us that we are part of a long line of people following this path. In the UK Antony Gormley is well known for his sculpture,

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Inspiration Comes in Many Forms

Inspiration comes in many forms. Anything that fills me with enthusiasm is likely to have an impact on my work. Over the Christmas period, I was fortunate to attend a Christmas concert by Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir, held at Camelot Castle Hotel. It was a real

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