Sorry about the blogging hiatus. A combination of illness, school holidays, Open University work deadlines and a sheer lack of inspiration were the cause. But I'm back now and in the last few days I've seen lots of news snippets worth talking about.
There was an interesting article by Blake Morrison in the Guardian yesterday, about how reading groups can help people with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities. I have long been aware of the potential of arts therapies, but this was further food for thought and fits in well with the holistic approach to health care. After all such therapy is already widely used - art therapy, music therapy, therapeutic creative writing for example - it is just a shame more can't be provided on the NHS. Bibliotherapy is such a great word too!
Three notable things:
1. Britney seems to have imploded. Again.
2. 27 teenagers were murdered in London last year. We are less than a week into 2008 and two have been killed. Thank goodness our Borough is statistically one of the safest, though I know the problem is not confined to London anyway. It is a worrying time to be a parent.
3. Is America ready for a black President and might women actually vote one in?