Lessons Learned from the RNLI

I was at a meeting at our local RNLI station in Union Hall a few months ago. We were counting the cash from the annual fundraising collection in and around Skibbereen.

Whilst we were waiting to get started I was nosing around, as I do – curiosity being one of my core values, and came across these files on a shelf.

The RNLI exists because things go wrong on the sea or sea-shore. If everything went according to plan, if there were no storms, no tides, no human or mechanical errors, the volunteers who man the rescue boat would not have to routinely put their lives at risk.

Of course not everything goes smoothly during rescues or practicing sessions. So they have a file of what they have taken on board (excuse any pun) during any activities. I’m sure someone in Health Education England, the GDC, the CQC or any combination of “stakeholders” could have spent months with focus groups, working parties and in depth questionnaires to produce a paragraph length title for such a file.

In West Cork (and I’m sure throughout the RNLI) it is pragmatically called: “LESSONS LEARNED”.

Where is yours?

The Monday Morning Quote #494

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”

George Bernard Shaw.


The Monday Morning Quote #393

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke


Leprechaun economics and implants.

From RBS Chief Economist’s brief 18.July.2016

happy-st-patricks-day-concept-with-leprechauns-hat_QkqxCz_LLeprechaun economics? Ireland is globally renowned for its great works of fiction – from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. And last week’s GDP figures were viewed in this light when an unbelievable 26.3% y/y expansion for 2015 was revealed! The UK and Eurozone growth rates of 2.2% and 1.7% were Lilliputian in comparison. So what’s going on? The key story is that multinationals are distorting the figures through tax inversions and corporate relocations. In particular, the airline leasing industry moved its assets (planes) onto the Irish balance sheet for tax reasons. Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman dubbed the figures ”Leprechaun economics” due to their fantastical nature. So what is the reality? Consumer spending rose by 4.5% last year and accelerated to 5% y/y for Q1 2016. Not quite 26%, but still very impressive in the real world.

Irish Times letters here.

So why are so many Irish Dentists engaged in a race to the bottom by undercutting their competitors’ prices – especially in implantology? Instead of hanging around in the shallows with a net this summer why not swim into deeper waters where there are plenty of fish. The sea of high quality dentistry isn’t overfished by any means. There is plenty to be caught for those with the right skills, the right tools and patience. Price wars benefit no-one in the long term.

Remember TQP – Time Quality & Price,

“Cheap Premium” is an oxymoron.

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50 years ago….

A piece of my childhood disappeared…

Every summer my mother, my brother and I went to Dublin to stay with my mother’s parents. We flew from Rhoose airport with Aer Lingus on one of their Focker Friendships. Then, like now, the flight used to take just under an hour though air travel was far less than the routine that is has become.

1038103758_031a216610Amongst the highlights of the stay in Drumcondra. a suburb a couple of miles to the north of the Capital were a trip to the zoo in Phoenix Park or a chance to climb the 168 steps of Nelson’s Pillar in O’Connell Street. The view of the city centre and the countryside beyond from the wire cage at the top was spectacular.

In 1966 everything changed. Nelson and his plinth had survived unscathed during the fighting and bombardment of the adjacent 3756743_origGPO during the Easter Rising nearly a century ago; but on this day, March 8th, an IRA off shoot placed a bomb on the pillar which detonated just after 1.30 in the morning. The charge destroyed Nelson’s statue and most of the pillar, the army finished the job a week later.

So there would be no more 3d climbs to the top.

In fact there were to be no more trips to my grandparents as both of them passed away that year.

The start of the end of my childhood.

The reason I didn’t get to the UK this week – not one for nervous fliers.

If you don’t like flying – particularly in “smaller”aeroplanes – then perhaps you should look away now. No flights on Tuesday meant a knock-on and no seats available on Wednesday, so postponements and apologies all round. This was filmed on Wednesday when the gales had largely abated – or so it seemed.

Wonderful moment at 40 seconds when the ground comes into view.

The Monday Morning Quote #299

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.

The people who get on in this world are the people who look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

George Bernard Shaw in Mrs Warren’s Profession


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