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Good news for LBSC fans

Fans of the now-defunct LBSC will, no doubt, be delighted and thrilled to hear that JRC (formerly known as Fat Tony) has started blogging (again) at twoflow.co.uk.

For the uninitiated, The LBSC was originally a site where three people blogged in communal harmony, started on 14 May 2003. It was, essentially, JRC’s creation, and was very entertaining and occasionally disturbingly popular, possibly because (at the time, at least) it just worked. There was also some NS connection that I never really understood, not being a big gamer, but I’m sure that was some crucial part of the story, too.

However, in December 2005, despite the addition of two further contributors, it finally keeled over and died, mainly because we’d all moved on, and didn’t really fit the LB description any more (not that we ever really did…). Ever the medic, after it keeled over, I attempted to resuscitate it, and that resuscitation attempt resulted in this site turning from this to the blog that’s here today, with just me posting, though bringing all of my LBSC content with me. A few very odd people followed me here from The LBSC, probably because I continually plugged my site over there even before it became a blog. Whether they’re still around or not, I have no idea. But if they are, I’m sure they will be glad to learn that JRC is back. As, of course, am I.

Thanks to the Internet Archive‘s Wayback Machine for many of the above links

This post was filed under: Miscellaneous.


I’ve now uploaded all of my LBSC posts to this blog. You will see these posts marked with the following logo, just above the footline:

Originally posted on The LBSC

In the event that The LBSC ever recovers from its current crippled state, then any posts I author on there will be copied over to here, and marked as shown above. I hope that you will find it helpful to have all my blogging activity archived in one place – I know I will!

You will also notice that I’ve added a search feature to the site, so that you can find the particular post you’re looking for. The site will be re-indexed every Friday, so the Search Engine will not be able to find anything posted since the previous Friday.

And, on a completely unrelated note, I’ve updated my sig with five new images, though still based on the same ‘real world’ theme. You can see a randomly selected one in the bottom-right hand corner of this page.

This post was filed under: Site Updates.

Guardian-Reading Liberal Wet

I’ve officially become one. It’s been a year-long process, but it’s finally happened – Guardian Unlimited is my homepage.

Have a good Christmas.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: Miscellaneous.

The Bushman

From The Grauniad, Friday December 3 2004, page 14….

Washington funds false sex lessons

Gary Younge
in New York

The Bush administration is funding sexual health projects that teach children that HIV can be contracted through sweat and tears, touching genitals can result in pregnancy, and that a 43-day-old foetus is a thinking person.

A congressional analysis of more than a dozen federally funded “abstinence-only programmes” unveiled a litany of “false, misleading and distorted information” in teaching materials after reviewing curriculums designed to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

There are more than 100 abstinence programmes, involving several million children aged from nine to 18, and running in 25 states since 1999. They are funded by the federal government to the tune of $170m (£88.5m), twice the amount when George Bush came to power.

The money goes to religious, civic and medical organisations as grants. To qualify they may only talk about types of contraception in terms of their failure rates, not about how to use them, or the possible benefits.

The survey was conducted by the staff of congressman Henry Waxman of California, a longstanding Democratic critic of the Republican administration’s approach to sex education. His team concentrated on the 13 programmes that are most widely used, and found only two of them were accurate.

“It is absolutely vital that the health education provided to America’s youth be scientifically and medically accurate,” Mr Waxman said. “The abstinence-only programmes reviewed in this report fail to meet this standard.”

Other “facts” include that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, half the gay male teenagers in the US have tested positive for HIV, and condoms fail to prevent transmission of HIV in 31% of heterosexual intercourse. US government figures contradict all of these assertions.

AC Green’s Game Plan — a programme named after a basketball player who said he would not have sex before marriage — teaches: “The popular claim that condoms help prevent the spread of STDs is not supported by the data.”

Mr Waxman told the Washington Post: “I don’t think we ought to lie to our children about science. Something is seriously wrong when federal tax dollars are being used to mislead kids about basic health facts.”

But government officials said Mr Waxman’s report rehashed old anti-abstinence prejudices for political purposes. Alma Golden, the deputy assistant health and human services secretary for population affairs, said it took statements out of context to present programmes in the worst possible light.

“These issues have been raised before and discredited,” Ms Golden said. “One thing is very clear for our children: abstaining from sex is the most effective means of preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, STDs, and preventing pregnancy.”

Mr Waxman also criticised some programmes for reinforcing sexist stereotypes to children. One — Why Know — says: “Women gauge their happiness and judge their success by their relationships. Men’s happiness and success hinge on their accomplishments.”

Another programme, Wait Training, says: “Just as a woman needs to feel a man’s devotion to her, a man has a primary need to feel a woman’s admiration. To admire a man is to regard him with wonder, delight, and approval. A man feels admired when his unique characteristics and talents happily amaze her.”

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: Media, News and Comment.

It’s December

Yesterday, I went on a little visit to James Cook hospital, to find out all about next year. Very interesting, except for one minor point. They have a ‘virtual’ patient, which is basically a dummy (much like those you practice CPR on) which is very technical and can be made to do loads of stuff, like breathe and have irregular heartbeats and so on and so forth. Very technical. Obviously, the idea is that they can give you this dummy in an exam, because they don’t always have nearly-dead emergency patients to hand….

The worrying thing is, this dummy can be made to talk. Now if I had an OSCE with some stupid dummy, and said something along the lines of ‘Hello? Can you hear me?’ and it spoke back, I would either be shit-scared or pissing myself laughing. Either way, it isn’t conducive to exam success.

In other news, a week on Friday is the annual Full Monty night, where the more insane medical students declothe themselves in front of a room full of people. Looks like I had fun last year. I’m sure it’ll be interesting again this year.

My lectures this term have been more dull that sitting watching somebody watching somebody else watching paint dry. But there’s only three complete days of lectures left now. The minor problem being that they’re spread out over eleven days. But never mind, at least I won’t be over worked like normal. I might even find time to post on The LBSC.

My housemate’s boyfriend is here now, which is okay, but I do feel like some kind of outsider. It’s the happy couple…and me.

I finished my placement at Connexions today, which can only be a good thing. Now I have to write the whole thing up. I have 20 pages of notes (around about 11,000 words), from which I have to make a 3,000 word report. It sounds like it should be easy, but it’s not, because the notes aren’t really that helpful. But I’m putting them in an Appendix (Appendix B, if you’re particularly interested), so it looks quite good.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: University.

An Introduction

I went to school and college and (for a while) work with JRC. I’m now studying medicine at the University of Durham, in Stockton (confusingly), though from 1 September I will be based in (take a deep breath)…

  • James Cook University Hospital (Middlesbrough)
  • University Hospital of North Tees (Stockton)
  • University Hospital of Hartlepool
  • Bishop Auckland General Hospital
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • St Luke’s Hospital (Middlesbrough)

So if you’re going to be ill, avoid those areas.

At the weekends, I live in a pineapple under the sea

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: University.


What’s happen to the apostrophe? Was it stolen? I think we should be told. I for one want it back. I’m all for evolution of the language, but this is blatantly nonsensical.

And in other news, the Grauniad have surpassed themselves in today’s edition:

A panel accompanying an article about past Booker prize winners (Booker prize’s long-term fame lottery, page 11, October 21) was wrong to say that Peter Carey’s novel Oscar and Lucinda sold just 13 copies in British bookshops in the previous year. In fact, its sales were more than 3,000. Apologies.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: Media, Miscellaneous.

Angry Little Men: A Response

Here’s something strange: I was in the Stephenson halls at Durham last year. And whilst I have no idea what a ‘house manager’ is, I’m assuming it’s like a porter – who thought that I was insane. And still does.

As for lifts, I can’t believe that getting stuck in one made the papers. It happens all the time here. Just get everyone to jump at the same time. People do it all the time.

I got fined £15 for leaving stains on my carpet. Which was actually nothing to do with me, they were there when I arrived. But never mind.

Anyway, now I’m snuggled up in my Happy House instead of halls. It’s SO much nicer and more comfortable. Even if it does mean I now have to get up before ten to nine.

Anyway, it just seemed weird that there was a freaky LBSC connection there.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: Miscellaneous.

Lynda Lee-Potter

I think my feelings about her have been fairly well documented on this site, but it’s still sad that she’s dead at just 69.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: News and Comment.


I have been virtually netless for the past couple of weeks, so pity me. I’ve also developed a nasty habit of naturally typing the word ‘soon’ as ‘sooooooooooon’.

Driving up to Gateshead last weekend, I passed a sign for Consett, which obviously filled me with a warm LBSC glow.

I actually quite liked Oliver Letwin’s speech, if only because he was the only high-ranking politician from any of the parties this year (and in recent memory) to address Conference without simply reading from an autocue. Good for him. And his hand movements were hilarious.

It’s nice to know that Jack doesn’t have to get up early, considering that my lectures start at 9am most days, and 8am on some bad days. Having said that, this term should be very enjoyable, since it is popularly known as the ‘naughty’ term, alluding to the fact that we spend this term studying the ‘naughty bits’. So far, we’ve really been focusing on the breast. And I’ve seen someone with four nipples. How many people can say that? Apparently, it’s very common to have superfluous nipples.

I thought I was reasonably well informed on matters of male and female genitalia, but from the little we’ve done, I’ve already learned more than I expected. At the very least, it’ll be a fun term to revise in groups…

I meet my babies on Monday night, so that’ll be exciting. And the NTL man cometh on Wednesday to install t’interweb.

Till then, I bid you farewall…

Originally posted on The LBSC

This post was filed under: Politics, University.

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