21 June 2022

All I wanted was a nasal spray for hayfever. I’d read on patient. info that other than over-the-counter steroid sprays all others require a prescription. I used AskMyGP to request a prescription.

I assumed this would be a straightforward process.I won’t go into all the details. Suffice to say that I found myself caught up in a new system that seems to outsource some of a GP’s traditional work to local pharmacists.

The system was having teething problems.

‘I’m sorry, I’m going to have to put you on hold’

‘I’m just going to check this with a colleague’

‘I am sorry, I’m going to have to put you on hold again because this computer isn’t showing the right information. I need to switch to another machine’

A pharmacist did ring me in the end. Told me that what is available are all over-the-counter products and don’t require a prescription.

Which is not where I was expecting this to take me.

I just hope that people with serious issues get the help they need without being bounced around by a process that is probably meant to be efficient. Or more cost effective. Or to make the end user experience more pleasant.

17 June 2022

Well, having broken my blog and then spent a while fixing it I think I’m back where I started. Everything is working as before; right through to the deploy being triggered on Render, but as before, the new post that should be showing doesn’t, until I do a manual deploy.

scratches head

Having been bending my brain over this for a few days, I’m going to leave it as it is for now. In the meantime I will consider my options. Again.

11 June 2022

Sad to see Julee Cruise has died. I’m not familiar with her work other than appearing on Hybrid’s outstanding 1999 debut album, Wide Angle. An album that still stands up today, and will always be a classic for me.

7 June 2022

Hmm. Having transferred the blog from Netlify to Render, the result is a resounding failure 😄. If a deploy fails on Netlify, a manual retry usually works. Not so with Render.

If you are reading this then clearly the problem has been resolved, which probably means, at least in the short term that I’m using GitHub Pages.

This suggests there is a problem with my Hugo build, so if I want to persist with Hugo in the long term I probably need to rebuild it on the Pi.

5 June 2022

I’ve moved the blog site over to Render. A very straightforward process, and I hope it works out. I’m sure, with a bit of digging, I could have got to the bottom of the problem I was experiencing with Netlify, and was most likely user error. You know, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing kind of scenario.

31 May 2022

Went outside about 6:30 this morning and realised the blue tits were fledging. Much calling and coaxing from the parents, at least a couple young in the walnut tree and another peeping out of the nest box.

Told my wife and by the time we went to look a few minutes later they were all gone. We’ve noticed this before - they really don’t hang around. With various magpies and jackdaws hanging around on the chance of a tasty breakfast, it’s not surprising.

Stephen James

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