Leon A Smith



The conference industry

By Leon A Smith, October 24, 2011

The conference industry is one that would appear on the face of it to go from strength to strength. All of us in business receive countless invitations to numerous conferences, seminars, etc on a daily basis. Depending on how these are being organised, the charges range from nothing to an awful lot of money for attendance.

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Jewish Cultural Life

By Leon A Smith, October 7, 2011

This year’s Rosh Hashana holiday was celebrated with gusto and much pleasure by residents at Nightingale. Our beautiful new synagogue was filled to overflowing with a significant number of residents who had come to enjoy the services conducted by our charismatic Religious Coordinator Rafi Fuchs.

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Jewish Cultural Life

By Leon A Smith, October 7, 2011

This year’s Rosh Hashana holiday was celebrated with gusto and much pleasure by residents at Nightingale. Our beautiful new synagogue was filled to overflowing with a significant number of residents who had come to enjoy the services conducted by our charismatic Religious Coordinator Rafi Fuchs.

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National Health Service have “reviewed” their £11bn IT project

By Leon A Smith, September 23, 2011

I have read in the news this week that the National Health Service have “reviewed” their £11bn IT project and have decided to scrap it allowing hospitals to choose their own computer systems! It has been decided that there is “no confidence that its plans will be delivered”.

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The Jewish Festivals are never on time

By Leon A Smith, September 13, 2011

Once again, and as ever with increasing rapidity, the Jewish Festival season is fast approaching. As a friend recently commented to me the Jewish Festivals are sometime late or sometimes early – they are never on time!

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A self indulgent blog entry

By Leon A Smith, September 1, 2011

An attraction to me of the blogasphere is the facility to opine on issues of both general and very specific interest to myself. In the main on a week to week basis (or sometimes a fortnight to fortnight basis) these are issues in the news that have some bearing on the wellbeing and quality of life of older people in our community.

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Where does this leave the focus on older people.......?

By Leon A Smith, August 17, 2011

Recent months have seen a proportionate yet somewhat unusual emphasis on issues relating to older people in the media. The majority of issues covered in these stories have been negative and “bad news” stories – standards of care and whistleblowing in relation to these, the financial woes of care home operators etc.

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Murdoch, News international and the phone hacking scandal

By Leon A Smith, July 22, 2011

The past few months in the care sector have to a great extent been extremely important. This is due to the fact that for the first time in many years multiple issues relating to the care of older people have found their way to a very high position in the political and public agenda.

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A memorable week at Nightingale

By Leon A Smith, July 15, 2011

Last week was a memorable week at Nightingale following the official opening of our wonderful new Wohl Wing by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

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Dilnot

By Leon A Smith, July 7, 2011

The 4th of July is a memorable date primarily because it marks the anniversary of American Independence. Yet in the care sector it is likely that this will be a memorable date for another other reason - the publication of the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission on funding of long term care for the elderly were made public.

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I'm the oldest person here........!

By Leon A Smith, June 23, 2011

This week I’m returning to a theme which looking back over my blog in recent months is sadly a recurring one. This either means that this particular theme is a very serious one or alternatively it could mean that I am becoming fixated! It is a theme that some people may perceive as being a somewhat peripheral issue. What is that theme?

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Location, location, location.....

By Leon A Smith, June 10, 2011

We all known that estate agents have a mantra which is “location, location, location”. The 1997 Labour government had a mantra which was “education, education, education”. But it seems the one stock phrase appears in every facet of society in life. It’s the importance of “communication, communication, communication”.

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Wonderful positive moments

By Leon A Smith, June 3, 2011

Of all of the items that appear in our newspapers on a daily basis, the care of older people has never been higher and more prominent in the headlines. As is so often the way with such matters, virtually all of the headlines and the substance behind them is negative.

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Talking of hurdles...........

By Leon A Smith, May 23, 2011

Nobody can be unaware of the enormous financial pressures which so many segments of public society experience at the present time as a consequence of the public spending review.

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We are deeply proud of our volunteers................

By Leon A Smith, May 4, 2011

Nothing can be more emotive at the present time (other than views on the Royal Wedding) than the debate about the wisdom of the Olympic Games being held in London. There are those such as myself who are very much in favour of London hosting the Games and those who are vigorously against it – and many shades of opinion in between.

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Passover - the heart of our Jewish identity

By Leon A Smith, April 21, 2011

One of the most creative inventors of recent times has to be James Dyson. He has created a number of imaginative, functional yet well designed electrical products. The most famous of these of course is the Dyson vacuum cleaner.

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The referendum on AV - hardly the greatest priority....

By Leon A Smith, April 14, 2011

A recent Panorama programme focussed on the difficulties and challenges which those in the 50-plus age group are now faced with in getting jobs. The underlying theme running through this programme was that ageism is alive and well and permeating itself through many parts of society.

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A Bristol Rovers supporter................!

By Leon A Smith, April 5, 2011

Childhood experiences can shape one’s attitude to life in later years. Having been brought up in a provincial city with a minute Jewish community, I often felt different at school to those surrounding me. The reason for this was not, on reflection, hard to fathom!

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A fully paid up member of the "Big Society Club"

By Leon A Smith, March 24, 2011

I have vague and extremely unpleasant memories of the athletics running track at my school. Participation in athletic events at the time was akin to a form of perverse cruelty and as far as I was concerned one of the least enjoyable experiences which I recall as a child was running the hurdles race.

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At Nightingale "we never close"!

By Leon A Smith, March 15, 2011

One of the many side effects of getting older is that Passover comes around with increasing rapidity – whereas as a child it seemed like an eternity from one Passover to another. Today, it seems that no sooner we dismantle our Succah and put away our Lulav and Etrog then we’re already beginning to think about Passover.

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