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July 25, 2006

Killer bug strikes back

Writing about web page,,2-2283910,00.html

SERIOUS failings by senior managers allowed Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire to become the site of one of the worst episodes of superbug infection, resulting in the deaths of 65 patients, an official report has revealed.

Yes this is where I work, and did last year too. Thankfully my newest job doesn't involve going onto the wards which my first one did.

The BBC news site is quoted with writing that:

Investigators also criticised inadequate cleaning, poor layout in older wards, a lack of hand washing and poor training in infection control.

Sounds about right, it used to make me feel dirty, and not in a good way.

July 13, 2006


Finally after two weeks of sitting on my bum they've reaslised that they all want me! Wahey! 26 hours a week, back to what I know, commuting to Stoke Mandeville, wearing a shirt and tie, earning some green.

Sadly in the last few weeks I've not had the motivation or location to take photos, I'm planning some ventures that should yield some good photos, but before then I have my brothers medic's graduation on monday so I'm sure I'll bring some in then!

In other news; if you live in Bucks and love Ultimate, I'm setting up a team/group of like minded people – BucksUltimate – so if you want to play some Ultimate Frisbee and you live near Wendover, we are meeting in the park at 7.30 tonight.

May 22, 2006

I finish today!

#6 Cognitive Science

Estimate: 65%

Today I finish my degree. Sweet. I might see you at Top B.

update: This is really really sureal. This is the last time I'll be studying Psychology: the last time I'll be studying for this degree. The last 3 years are finally culminated in these last few hours. How the whole degree turns out could be determined by how this exam turns out. Again it depends on what questions come up. If a question on Dynamic Systems Theory turns up then I'll jump for joy as I've found it very interesting and done lots of background reading and think I can really nail an essay on that. But then who knows. The only thing I really know is that at 4pm I'll be a free man and in the union having a nice cold pint :)

May 20, 2006

This can't be good for me

I've spent the last 5 weeks dosed up on caffeine, painkillers, energy drinks and sugary foods. Can't really be good for my recovery can it. Whilst I estimated 30–45% for todays exam yesterday, that was a bad estimation based on the way I felt.

I played at practice yesterday for the first time in over 2 1/2 months. I was so wiped out afterwards that I thought I was going to die. Mum was right when she said that GF really knocks it out of you and that getting back into exercise afterwards is difficult and should be taken slowly. Not to mention the fact that I've not done any exercise in ages, so no wonder I felt Uber–bad.

After spending the last 2 hours revising for this one today.. revised estimate = 45%–55% depending on what question comes up.

May 19, 2006

3 days left

#5 Applied Social Psychology

Expected mark: 30–45%


#4 Perception

This paper didn't go too badly despite what others think. Mainly because I revised the right things and they didn't. Well it still wasn't great, but I don't think I did too badly.

Absolutely shattered now though.

May 18, 2006

#3 Self in social psychology

Follow-up to Update from my housemate is a soviet spy

To top it off. It was awful. But then that wasn't just me, everyone found it really difficult – even the really clever ones, which made me feel better. Can't say I got a good mark on that one..

Oh well onto the next one.


#3 The Self in Social Psychology

Update. After having looked at it yesterday and been in the grid since 5.30 this morning trying to understand and remember it all.. it is not going in. I've had 5–6 hours sleep over the last 2 days and its suddenly taking its toll. I now understand why the Dr. said that I need to rest. I feel f*cking awful and can't concentrate on anything. Shit shitty McShit shit.

ARGH! I was previously going to guess 55%–65% again as I'm not huge at social psychology, but revised estimate = 40–50%

Next exam after this is tomorrow morning at 9.30. However Im more confident of that one, so I'm planning on going home at 12 and sleeping for a few hours before going back to the library :(

May 17, 2006


#2 Psychology and the Law

I think it went really well. But then in the past when I've said that I've been horribly wrong. So we'll see.

#3 The Self in Social Psychology

This is a very philosophical paper and is at 9.30 tomorrow morning. I think I can do ok, but it won't be one of my strongest papers. I have 4 left (inc. this one) and two will be fine, if not great, and then the other two split into ok and just bloody awful. This one should not be the latter.

May 15, 2006

And so it began.

This afternoon at 2pm in Westwood, my final exams get underway. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried.

#1: Issues in Families and Development

I've concentrated on Psychological Problems and the effects on Parenthood, Marital Conflict, Single Mothers and Lesbian Mothers for the first section and then Developing disorders, comorbidity and Dyslexia for the second section.

We'll see how it goes. Guesstimation from past papers and lack of knowledge this morning is anywhere from 55-65%

Good luck everyone.

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