Everyone thinks being a rebellious nurse in a pandemic is cool, but I certainly don’t If mixing up my Vs and Bs makes me sound like a Russian revolutionary, then soviet, but I refuse to toe the line when it comes to authority. If you can’t throw the rulebook out of the window in the … Continue reading A Rebel Without a Gauze
Who put this maniac in charge? Due to circumstances beyond my control, I now find myself as the manager of an acute psychiatric admissions ward. I fucking hate management, I don’t do rules and we’re in the midst of a global pandemic! What could possibly go wrong? Let’s not forget folks, pandemic or not, people … Continue reading Us Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum!
This COVID-19 makes me sick I don’t think the reason I’ve come down with symptoms indicative of COVID-19 is that I’m a frontline nurse in the British NHS, but because I made the following joke in a recent story of mine: “Never say c’rona virus, that’s how I contracted it” This pandemic is the stuff … Continue reading I’ve Gone Viral, but Not the Way I’d Always Hoped
And no, viruses do not come from Germany! Teacher: Okay Emily, make a sentence using the word ‘contagious’Emily: Yesterday our neighbour started painting his whole house with a two inch brush and my dad said it’s going to take the contagious As a frontline clinician in the middle of a pandemic, there are two lessons … Continue reading Can We Make Kindness Contagious Too?
It’s not as big as you think What’s rude, dirty and has been making people laugh for centuries? The double entendre. The double entendre has been slipping in and out of British culture since at least the 10th century. The first use of double entendres can be found in The Exeter Book, (circa 990 AD). … Continue reading Is There Room for the Double Entendre in Modern Day Society?
How to be a vegan without selling your soul to seitan My partner is always sending me to the supermarket to mini-shop for fruit and vegetables. If cucumbers are on the list I also buy Vaseline so the cashier doesn't figure out I’m a vegan. I once told a colleague that people who sell meat … Continue reading The Funny Side of Being a Vegan
Never say c’rona virus, that’s how I contracted it I can’t believe all these viruses and bacteria can just invade my body willy nilly. Makes me sick. If I’m not writing, I’m sitting staring out the window. And if I’ve still got time to spare after all that lot, then I’m at my local psychiatric … Continue reading We Don’t Talk About Coronavirus Enough
Because it was too possessive Fleetwood Mac didn’t spend £1,000,000 on cocaine to make Rumours just for you lot to refer to one of the best bands in the world with only a singular collective noun. Why restrict yourselves like that? There is a huge difference in the use of everyday words of British English … Continue reading Why Did the American Comma Break up with the British Apostrophe?
The benefits of humour in therapy and recovery I work with some incredibly funny people. Individuals that are able to see the funny side of both the tragedies and trivialities of life. They are not comedians. They are not entertainers of any description. These people are members of a multi-disciplinary team that I co-lead. As … Continue reading I Work With a Bunch of Comedians
I wish I was smart enough to understand this Many of us assume self-deprecating humour is used as a smokescreen for insecurities. However, a study published in 2017 found that making yourself the butt of your own jokes demonstrates higher levels of contentment and self-assurance. I make loads of self-deprecating jokes, but I’m just not … Continue reading Self-Deprecating Humour Linked to Better Mental Health, No Joke