Saturday, 2 February 2013

Reading as therapy & Groundhog Day

It never has been my intention to make this blog political, it is mostly about writing and always will be but there are some things that you just can't ignore.

 or ignoring you!!

Two items in the news today that I found quite disturbing.

1) Financial Fraud will not be handled by the police. If someone removes £500 from your account and you report it to the police they will pass you on to a central fraud department who will give you a crime number but you then may never hear any more because this department are more interested in major fraud.

2) Prescribed reading could be offered to people with mild and moderate mental health problems. Initially it sounded as if there were some novels being prescribed, which is part of the story but also you could be pointed towards books describing your condition so that you can learn more about it. I was gratified that one book on the prescribed list was 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' by Harper Lee.
The list of 30 approved self-help titles available on prescription from May includes such page-turners as “The Feeling Good Handbook, How to Stop Worrying and Overcoming Anger and Irritability.”
Patients are also being encouraged to turn to what The Bookseller magazine described as “uplifting novels and poetry.” - perhaps we are in with a chance of promoting our own books!

Is it me or does this sound like 'passing the buck'?

Now this I love!

 Punxsutawney Phil

The United States can expect an early Spring according to the forecast from its most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Each year thousands of fans from as far away as Australia and Russia visit the tiny western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, depicted in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day.
People in the town have been looking to groundhogs for weather forecasts since 1887.


Ordinary People

They still had money
but alone – chilly comfort
Who was frozen out?
©David L Atkinson January 2013

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