Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX

All this equipment was installed some years ago on a National direction and hospitals had no choice but to accept it.

The concept was a great idea, but the relating costs to the patients who wishes to use it were exceedingly costly.

Now most patients will have a mobile phone so, should not need this equipment to obtain and make calls, but reception for phone signals in hospitals is spasmodic, meaning at times calls can’t be made or received. However, the hospital staff are very accommodating and will generally allow patients to use the ward phone on occasions, but with COVID-19 staff may be, now too busy to provide this.

So, the free use was very welcome, but for Hospedia to withdraw this facility, while they are entitled to do so, is not very customer friendly. Or was this Hospedia intention to allow usage and give patients a flavour, with the hope that these patients would then pay when the facility was withdrawn, especially without notice.

If this was so, then Hospedia are only interested in making a profit and have no concerns or thoughts for the patients.

I believe that the original contracts, which each hospital had to enter, are now due for renewal and hospitals have a choice whether to renew or not. If it was my choice then I would not renew the contract. During 2020 I was in hospital on 3 occasions and could not obtain a phone signal, but I could use the hospital free WiFi which I did as I took my laptop and others could use their mobiles or tablets through the free WiFi.

The Hospedia technology has now been superseded by personal media and therefore the need, if there ever was one, is now not required.

Going to hospital as an inpatient should not be a cause to obtain debt, which paying to use Hospedia technology could cause.

Private company ‘removes free access’ to hospital bedside TVs as pandemic surges – SKWAWKBOX

Harry and Meghan need to know that freelance life isn’t a walk in the park | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

When royals try to be entrepreneurial or work with billionaires, it doesn’t usually go well. Still, there’s always the acting, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Source: Harry and Meghan need to know that freelance life isn’t a walk in the park | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Gordon Brown warns ending free TV licences could criminalise poor over-75s

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster or so it says, however, if the free TV Licence for the over – 75s is abolished then it ceases to be a British public service broadcaster. This is so because a large proportion of the British public will not be legally allowed to, not only, the BBC but any TV, as many over-75s will not be able to afford the TV licence and will therefore have no TV legally, only the radio.

This will be a retrograde step for which the BBC may never recover.

Yes, the Government have brought this onto the BBC, but it will be the BBC which will shoulder the blame.

Govt Newspeak

EXCLUSIVE: Mr Brown criticised both the BBC and the Tories and called the issue a matter “of national importance”

With more and more pensioners living in ­poverty, scrapping free TV ­licences for the over-75s would rob many of their only companion, say campaigners. And Gordon Brown todays pleads with the BBC not to axe the vital concession, which he introduced as Chancellor – outlining five main reasons why it should be kept.

The former Labour PM warned taking away the free licence for the elderly risks ­criminalising pensioners who cannot pay the £150.50, gives unreasonable powers to the Beeb and will cost the ­corporation millions in admin fees.

He also accused the Tories of betraying the voting public by breaking a manifesto promise that the free licence would be safe, when then-Chancellor George Osborne decided to ­withdraw government funding for the it and hand responsibility to the BBC.

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Culture secretary will raise issue of hate crime with newspaper editors : Guardian.

Certainly something needs to be done, for there should be zero tolerance on all forms of Hate Crime. The media can play their part to diminish this and to try to change peoples attitudes. However, the Government also has a role to play and they themselves should show in their comments, actions and legislature that Hate Crime will not be tolerated. A first would be to set out their views on record on how non-UK residents will be treated post Brexit and not leave it to the racists to decide.

Jo Cox’s tragic death must put an end to the hateful abuse of our MPs | Ruth Price | Opinion | The Guardian

Jo was my boss, and her work was guided by the belief that love will always overcome hate. To heed her legacy we must keep our politics free of malice

Source: Jo Cox’s tragic death must put an end to the hateful abuse of our MPs | Ruth Price | Opinion | The Guardian

People Are So Worried About Offending People – We’ve Shot Ourselves in the Foot

Original post from Huffington Post

‘………..By   Actor and television presenter

Life’s been awkward since the moment, I was born.

The doctor came in and said to my dad, “Would you mind standing up?” My dad stood up. And he looked at him and he said, “You’re not unusually short, are you?” And my dad went, “No, why?” And the doctor just nodded and left. And as the doctor was leaving, my dad said, “Have I had a son or a daughter?” And he said, “Oh, I don’t know,” and he left the room.

Since then I’ve had my fair share of awkward moments.

At school, for example, my run up to the long jump was textbook. I took off, didn’t even make it as far as the sand. Then we’ve got the high jump – I couldn’t even get onto the crash mat. We also did the hurdles – or as I like to call it, the limbo! Then there was football, and I liked football, but the only problem was our football kit was black and white, so I was always mistaken for the ball and I’d spend most of my time running away from the other players.

As I got older, the awkwardness continued – especially in social situations. At a party, being only three foot six, I’m at everyone’s waist height. If you’re in a crowded room and everyone’s having drinks, all the conversations are taking place two or three feet above me. It’s very difficult for me to just walk into a group and become part of that conversation, because I’m just looking at hands and bums.

New video released by the disability charity Scope with Warwick Davis, reveals real life awkward moments that disabled people have experienced when out socialising, dating or at work. The film also features: Bad Education star Jack Binstead, Nic Hamilton, racing driver and brother of Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, and many others.

In trying to do the right thing, people often crouch down to chat to me. I then crouch down as well, which is quite funny. Some people just sit on the floor and chat, and that is quite nice if you’re having a long conversation – it saves me looking up all the time and getting neck ache, and it’s nice to talk face to face.

Trying to do the right thing can get people tongue tied too.

I had somebody come round to measure up for a new patio. I said, “I wouldn’t mind a wall around the perimeter of the patio.” And he said “Oh, you mean a dwarf wall… I mean a short wall… I mean, er, a wall with just a few bricks.” He was trying to avoid saying anything to do with my height. I said, “Yeah, yeah, it is technically called a dwarf wall…”

Even for me, sometimes I don’t know what to say. I met somebody in hospital in a waiting room who had difficulty controlling his limbs. I started to chat to the guy, and I was a little bit anxious at first – I said, “I hope you don’t mind me asking but what condition do you have?”

He said, “I’ve got Parkinson’s.” Then he said, “What’s terrible is that a lot of people think I’m an alcoholic, they think I’m drunk.” People even questioned his mental capability. I had a fascinating conversation with him, and it really did make me think – he liked talking about it, and he’d rather talk about it because then nobody’s judging him through ignorance.


Behind the Scenes with Warwick Davis on the #EndtheAwkward video shoot.
Behind the Scenes with Warwick Davis on the #EndtheAwkward video shoot.

The more people try not to speak about someone’s disability or difference, the more they’ll end up stumbling – and it’s very obvious to that person what’s going on. And they won’t be offended! I don’t mind somebody acknowledging my height or talking about dwarfism. To be honest, if they’re curious or inquisitive, I’d rather we did chat about it.

Children are naturally very curious about the world, and often a child will spot me and be like, “Mummy, look, there’s a little person over there!” What I don’t like seeing is if the parent then chastises the child, because I think that gives the child a bad impression of that experience and they’ll grow up with that awkwardness. So I’ll try and quickly strike up a conversation with the child and the parent by going, “Hi, how’s it going? Are you shopping?” and talk about what they’re doing. I’ll say, “I’m Warwick” and give myself an identity to them – so I’m not just some ‘thing’, I’m a person, and I sound just like their parents do, and it’s okay.

I was in America just last week and this little girl came up and she went, “Are you real?” I went, “Yeah, yeah, I think so.” And then I heard her go off, “Mummy, mummy! He is real! I don’t know what she thought I might have been. She was at Disney World, so maybe she thought I was one of the animatronic characters, put in the pool for her amusement. Those sort of moments – I enjoy them, I don’t ever feel offended by them.

Without campaigns like End the Awkward, we will end up being unable to socialise with each other because nobody will want to offend anybody else and we’ll just stop talking. I’d rather people be really open and said what they feel as long as they’re not being offensive on purpose. Let’s talk about it!

I don’t mind if people ask questions about my height, so long as they’re polite. Again, more often than not it’s kids going, “Why is he short?”. I’ll say, “It’s genetics – the instructions that created me aren’t quite the same as the ones that created you, but the world is a diverse place”.

I do a bit of End the Awkward naturally myself in life! In the sense of just approaching my difference with humour, and hopefully making people feel at ease with it. I understand what it is like to feel awkward in situations and around people who are different, and I don’t want people feeling that way when they’re with me, so I just kind of approach it head-on.

Warwick Davis stars in Scope’s End the Awkward video, which aims to get people thinking differently about disability. For more information about Scope and the campaign, please visit


Some discussion items from The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 1 August 2012

The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 1 August 2012


Ticket Touts should not be made legal as the purchaser of tickets from touts can only be sure the tickets are genuine when they use them to gain entry to the event.

What should be done, is where any tickets are given free to any organisation or individual a contract should be made that, if say a week before the event they are not going to use the tickets then they should be given back to the organisation from whom they were obtained. If they do not and are subsequently not used then, they should be charged the full price for the tickets they were given.


 racism noun 1 hatred, rivalry or bad feeling between races. 2 belief in the inherent superiority of a particular race or races over others, usually with the implication of a right to be dominant. 3discriminatory treatment based on such a belief. racist nounadj

 prejudice noun 1 a biased opinion, based on insufficient knowledge. 2 hostility, eg towards a particular racial or religious group. 3 law harm; detriment; disadvantage • without prejudice to your parental rightsverb (prejudicedprejudicing1 to make someone feel prejudice; to bias. 2 to harm or endanger • A poor interview will prejudice your chances of success
ETYMOLOGY: 13c: from French préjudice, from Latin praejudicium harm, from prae- pre- +judicium judgement.

hostility noun (hostilities1 enmity, aggression or angry opposition. 2 (hostilities) acts of warfare; battles. 


Re the discussion on the Ferdinand comments re Ashley Cole 1 viewer said she could be prejudiced but not raciest.

From the definitions stated below, it can be seen how easy some prejudice could so easily become raciest.

From Chambers 21st Century Dictionary

racism noun 1 hatred, rivalry or bad feeling between races. 2 belief in the inherent superiority of a particular race or races over others,

 usually with the implication of a right to be dominant. 
3discriminatory treatment based on such a belief. racist noun, adj

prejudice noun 1 a biased opinion, based on insufficient knowledge. 2 hostility, eg towards a particular racial or religious group. 3 law harm; detriment; disadvantage • without prejudice to your parental rights. verb (prejudiced, prejudicing) 1 to make someone feel prejudice; to bias. 2 to harm or endanger • A poor interview will prejudice your chances of success. 
ETYMOLOGY: 13c: from French préjudice, from Latin praejudicium harm, from prae- pre- +judicium judgement.

hostility noun (hostilities) 1 enmity, aggression or angry opposition. 2 (hostilities) acts of warfare; battles. 

Is it not easier for everyone to be careful as to what they say and do, especial persons in the public eye. Whether the likes of Ferdinand, Cole and others, not only in football, but all forms of entertainment and public office, wish to be role models, they are in the eyes of some of their supporters and fans. It is therefore their responsibility to conduct themselves in manner which is both acceptable to the social values and legal rulings of the country in which they reside.


Parenting, no defining rules can or should be given, except that it should be every parents responsibility to ensure that the actions of their children are in line with the social and legal rules of this country.

How this in ensured or enforce should be up to the parents.