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A medical emergency, Welney floods and the swan feed

Only days ago doctors were urged to learn how to show care and compassion when treating patients. At the very least, they should introduce themselves by name. That didn’t happen last night when at 1.30 am, I found myself driving my son’s girlfriend to Chesterton Medical Centre as an emergency patient. Chloe was paralysed with pain from a perforated ear drum, and as well as fluid...
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Merry Christmas

In wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I am singling out two inspirational young women in particular who have unwittingly, with their outstanding and selfless crusade to make a difference, have made the world a better place for those around them. In both cases, it was their personal blogs which brought them worldwide acclaim – and a brush with death. They are 14-year-old  Malala Yousafzai...
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Sir Paul Nurse plans “gentle anarchy” for the Francis Crick Institute

“Gentle anarchy” and political diplomacy are the essential tools which Sir Paul Nurse is equipped with to drive forward Britain’s agenda as a world leading innovator of science. The Nobel prize winner (an honour awarded for his collaborative discovery on what controls the division and shape of cells), Sir Paul is President of the Royal Society, Britain’s leading...
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Tim Loughton’s 10 Point Family Plan for Government

With Christmas Eve only 10 days away, a traditional time for happy family reunions and celebrations, I wonder, what does the festive season mean for children in care or from broken families? One man who has the answer is former Children’s Minister Tim Loughton who was inexplicably sacked in the latest Cabinet reshuffle after 11 years fighting passionately for this cause, both in opposition...
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My tribute to The Times Editor James Harding

I was saddened to learn today that James Harding was urged to resign as Editor of The Times, a paper I subscribe to daily, and a position he has held for five particularly eventful years at a time when all newspaper sales are declining. James led the paper’s digital transformation into the new media era and was a reasoned voice of the people, leading many successful campaigns, including...
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Abcodia scoops four fantastic Startups awards

Congratulations to Abcodia which scooped three top Startups awards, as well as being honoured as the overall Nat West Startups Business of the Year, for its pioneering work in cancer screening. Abcodia won every award that it was shortlisted for – Angel or VC-backed Business of the Year, Innovative Business of the Year, and Business Woman of the Year for its CEO Dr Julie Barnes. Abcodia, an...
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The police and cold case reviews

Reading about the successful conviction of Paul Taylor for a murder he committed in Peterborough 30 years previously, thanks to a cold case review and sheer good old-fashioned detective work from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, reminded me of a phone call I had recently. It was from a man whose brother went missing 11 years previously and was presumed to have been killed as he mixed with a bad lot,...
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What is the best alternative for Timely?

I really miss Timely, the brilliant social media platform which was free and simple to use for scheduling tweets. It was recommended by my website designer Ian McKendrick, but has now been taken over Demandforce who suggested a couple of alternatives, Hootsuite and Buffer. I googled a question about the best alternative for Timely and was taken straight to a Quora post on this issue where...
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