As they say over there, it's Health & Safety gone mad, innit? Or as a lady put it
after the funeral, as we were discussing the fracas, “There's only one thing that
annoys me more than Health & Safety gone mad, and that's when people say, '
Author: Mark Steyn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
He's brash, brilliant, and drawn to controversy like a moth to a flame. For decades, Mark Steyn has dazzled readers around the world with his raucous wit and brutal honesty. Whether he's sounding off on the tyranny of political correctness, the existential threat of Islamic extremism, the "nationalization" of the family, or the "near suicidal stupidity" of America's immigration regime, Steyn is alwaysprovocative—and often laugh-out-loud hilarious. The Undocumented Mark Steyn gathers Steyn's best columns in a timeless and indispensable guide to the end of the world as we know it.
It is commonplace to condemn modern attitudes to risk, with a head-shaking
disapproval of children being driven to school and with the popular cri-de-coeur: ' It's health and safety gone mad!' The trouble is that the health and safety culture
Author: Rob Poole
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
There is strong scientific evidence that poverty is a cause of mental illness. This book brings together a body of knowledge from biomedical and social science literature that is of importance to both academics and practitioners. It explores a broad range of issues, including stigma, the recovery model and substance misuse. The role of childhood adversity is examined, together with other potential causal mechanisms. The content is accessible and engaging, with numerous references pointing readers to the best resources for further information. Poverty is not inevitable, even in a difficult economic climate. The time is ripe for a scientific consensus to inform realistic, hopeful and optimistic campaigns to reduce inequality in the interests of public health and well being. This book provides an evidence-based resource for mental health professionals, social scientists and their students. It will be of interest far beyond those professionally involved in mental health services and research.
The feel of the ground beneath me changes; it's softer underfoot now as the
turquoise flooring in here is all spongy and bouncy in case toddlers fall off a
roundabout or something. It's health and safety gone mad, of course, but right
now I don't ...
Author: Jonathan Harvey
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Hello. There are two things you should know about me: 1) My name is Karen Carpenter. 2) Just before Christmas my boyfriend left me. I’m not THE Karen Carpenter. I just have the most embarrassing name in Christendom. Particularly as I’m no skinny minny and don’t play the drums. I can’t even sing. I’m tone deaf. I work in a school in the East End. (Where I came third in a ‘Teacher we’d most like to sleep with’ competition amongst the Year 11 boys) My Mum’s driving me mad. She’s come to stay and is obsessed with Scandi crime shows and Zumba. Oh yeah. The boyfriend. After eleven ‘happy’ years he left me. No explanation just a post it on the kettle when I got in from work. I think I’m handling it really well. I don’t think I’m confused at all. What was my name again?
John Glenn, in his retirement speech, New Concord, Ohio (20 February 1997) It
is impossible to overstate the importance of health and safety (sometimes, health,
safety and the environment). While 'health and safety gone mad' stories of ...
Author: Ken Peach
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Leadership and management are general skills that apply in most walks of life, but in the scientific domain they require some special characteristics. Science thrives on challenge, whether it is the technical challenge of trying to do something which has not been done before or challenging a widely held but poorly supported hypothesis. Scientists are trained to challenge, and for the manager of science this can itself be a challenge. In the past, when science was on a much smaller scale and less subject to public scrutiny, a less formal 'back-of-the-envelope' management style was acceptable, but those days are long-gone. Science costs much more and is rightly more accountable. Excellent scientists, however, do not necessarily make good managers and may not make good leaders. Nevertheless, like all skills, leadership and management can be enhanced and developed and even instinctively good managers can improve. While the science of management and leadership is well developed, the management and leadership of science is less so. This book aims to introduce the working research scientist to the art and techniques of management and the skills necessary to be a good and effective manager and leader of science and scientists. This includes understanding the organization and functioning of scientific research establishments (universities, laboratories, research councils, etc.) and how to deal with the associated committee work, recruiting, and team building; how to deal with difficulties managing projects and handling risks. The approach is pragmatic not dogmatic. Leadership and management are people skills, and each person is different and needs to be treated differently. The focus is on the principle and practice. While the subject is serious, the approach is conversational, with anecdotes and practical examples.
investigated the murder of one of his dearest friends – an investigation that had
led to her being brutally stabbed. According to the ... Janusz closed the paper, a
frown corrugating his brow. ... 'It's “health and safety gone mad”,' said Oskar.
Visit the SCI Facebook page Event preview It's health and safety gone mad ! Who
or what inspired you to pursue a career in science ? I've been interested in
science and nature ever since childhood . I remember constantly turning over
'Following a consultation with Norwich, it's been decided that all Zodiac
personnel will be confined to base until further notice. ... Ashcliffe said something
like 'health and safety gone mad'; Annabel was listing all the people who funded
Author: Tom Harper
Publisher: Hachette UK
An extraordinary thriller set at the frozen edge of the world, perfect for fans of Dan Simmons, Michael Crichton and Dan Brown. In the Arctic Ocean, the US Coast Guard icebreaker Terra Nova batters its way through the pack ice. There shouldn't be anyone near them for hundreds of miles. But then a lone skier, half-dead with cold, emerges out of the snow. His name is Tom Anderson, and he is the only survivor of a disaster at Zodiac Station, a scientific research base deep in the Arctic Circle. He tells an incredible story of scientists and spies, of lust and greed, of jealousy, mayhem and murder. But his tale simply doesn't add up. Whose blood is smeared across his clothes? Why is there a bullet hole through the jacket he's wearing, and why is that jacket labelled with someone else's name? It's clear that more was going on at Zodiac Station than Anderson is telling. And someone else may have survived the disaster, as well... someone who has killed before, and who is willing to kill again.
“It's all gone now, mate. The cabbie was taking an interest in their conversation. “
You know why they don't do it no more?” He glanced over his shoulder at them. '
European Parliament. Health and Safety. Political correctness gone mad.
Author: Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Random House
London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police. But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him. Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes. At the same time, several members of the PCU team reach dramatic turning points in their lives - but the most personal tragedy is yet to come, for as the race to bring down a cunning killer reaches its climax, Arthur Bryant faces his own devastating day of reckoning. ‘I always said we’d go out with a hell of a bang,’ warns Bryant.
Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us Are Trying to Think
Dave Gorman. bed at midnight for throwing an APPLE', 'Now health and safety
police take an axe to apple trees ... in case fruit proves to be dangerous and ...
But it's all harmless, isn't it? ... favourite world of healthand-safety-gone-mad/
nanny-state nonsense, suddenly this brand of farce appears to be in
Author: Dave Gorman
Publisher: Random House
It’s hard to imagine a world where anything you could possibly want to know about – and everything you don’t even know you want to know about – isn't accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with just a few taps of our fingers. But that world once existed. And Dave Gorman remembers it. He remembers when there were only three channels on TV. He remembers when mobile phones were the preserve of arrogant estate agents and yuppie twonks. And he remembers when you had to unplug your phone to plug the computer into the landline in order to use the (crippling slow) internet. Nowadays of course, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept. Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over. Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of LordsPublish On: 2012
This is contradicted by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt , who in his very competent
review of health and safety law for the ... safety is so important , and why quite
frankly it belittles Ministers who stoop to talk of health and safety having gone mad .
After he was killed , the firm he worked for went into liquidation in an attempt to
avoid its liabilities and then established a ... The recurring refrain from the right -
wing media - of health and safety legislation “ gone mad ” – has distorted the real
... cent after Ofcom put on hold its investigation into call charges ( see page 14 ) .
Not such good news for Sussex florists . The Sunday People reported that a ' health and safety gone mad ' policy at St 100 % HSJ 40 % OFF SJE , HSJ Health.
WARNING: This book should only be used by those trained in lifting books and turning pages. May induce laughter – read with caution and at your own risk.
Author: Will Jackson
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW
Have you heard of the country whose schools have banned the use of egg boxes and loo rolls in craft lessons as they pose a health risk (they could be carrying salmonella, don’t you know), and removed pear trees from a picturesque lane because they were too dangerous? No? It’s Britain! This laugh-out-loud collection of ludicrous laws, money-wasting council schemes and ridiculous red tape reveals how: • A city council removed the conkers from dozens of horse chestnut trees, fearing for the safety of tree climbers searching for the ultimate sixer. • Police community support officers giving talks on cycle safety were banned from cycling to schools to give them until they had passed a test and exam. • After falling in the prison shower, a career criminal was compensated £248,000, including a substantial amount ‘for lost earnings’. If you find yourself grimacing at the stupidity of health and safety gone mad you’ll love this collection of idiotic interventions and ridiculous rules that have come into play to keep us from harm. WARNING: This book should only be used by those trained in lifting books and turning pages. May induce laughter – read with caution and at your own risk.
WET: HEALTH. AND. SAFETY. GONE. MAD. Ecowarrior evicted from cave
dwelling without fire exit An ecowarrior has been fromthe cavehe lives in evicted
on his allotment patch in Brighton, East Sussex, because it doesn't have a fire exit
Author: Philip Johnston
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Political Science
Over the past thirteen years, New Labour has made us wade through a quagmire of petty rules, health and safety lunacies, madcap laws and nitpicking regulations. We have been snooped on, hectored and hounded by state nannies from cradle to grave, all because government and its agencies have nothing better to do than to interfere in our lives. It would not be so bad if the Government ran the country well, but we have to put up with high taxes, street crime, late and dirty trains, the unjustified and disproportionate use of fines and charges, bloody-minded parking restrictions, excessive public sector waste, preposterous European directives, useless and unaccountable council officials and multi-culturalist busybodies. In this explosive and groundbreaking new book, Philip Johnston makes a stand and exposes the 'Bad Laws', those irritating laws, regulations and Whitehall idiocies that make life in Britain the day-to-day nightmare that it is today. He covers the following laws amongst many others: The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) or "snooper's charter", allows a wide range of government bodies and quangos to watch over people, check on what they are doing and monitor their communications. The Safeguarding Vulnerable People Act...which will require 11 million people working with children or the elderly to obtain a certificate allowing them to continue to do so yet will be easily evaded by those few individuals who are a danger to children. The Hunting Act. More foxes have died every year since the Act came into force. The Children Act. All 25,000 state and private nursery schools, child minders and playgroups are required to follow a new statutory framework dubbed the "nappy curriculum". Smoking Ban - It has interfered both with personal freedom and with commercial enterprise. Housing Act - which brought us Hips in the midst of a property price slump. European Arrest Warrant - which allows British citizens to be extradited to another jurisdiction to stand trial for an offence that is not a crime in the UK. Dangerous Dogs Act, which became synonymous with hasty and ill-thought-out legislation. Firearms Act which wiped out the sport and livelihoods of thousands of law abiding people. War Crimes Act, pushed through using the Parliament Act but which has resulted in not a single conviction. Religious Hatred Act which made a bad thought a crime. Numerous Health and safety laws of every description. The Licensing Act which made it an offence to play a piano in a pub without authorisation.
The impactisonly slightly spoiled by his email footer,which reveals him to be
writingfroman internet caféin Bristol (what ... editor– It's political correctness gone mad; the lunaticsreally have taken over the asylum; the health and safety fascists;
Author: Iain Hollingshead
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
Category: Literary Collections
DIV Readers of the 'brilliant Telegraph Letters page', as Ian Hislop recently lauded it, will be fondly aware of the eclectic combination of learned wisdom, wistful nostalgia and robust good sense that characterise its correspondence. But what of the 95 per cent of the paper's huge postbag which never sees the light of day? Some of the best letters inevitably arrive too late for the 24/7 news cycle, or don't quite fit with the rest of the day's selection. Others are just a little too whimsical, or indeed too risque, to publish in a serious newspaper. And more than a few are completely and utterly (and wonderfully) mad, such as the missives you'll find within these pages from someone who signs himself merely as "M", and believes himself to be the head of MI6. Now, the Telegraph gives the authors of these unpublished letters the stage at last. Baffled, furious, defiant, mischievous, they inveigh and speculate on every subject under the sun, from the rubbish on television these days to the venality of our MPs, from Kate Winslet's decolletage to this country's unhealthy obsession with marmalade. All those Telegraph readers who wondered if anyone else had noticed that the lunatics had finally taken over the asylum and sat down to write to their favourite newspaper to test the waters - they need howl into the void no longer. They are not alone. /div
me to talk at cross purposes with the Duke of Edinburgh, the only time I was ever
likely to go to the Palace. ... the school had been set up by Charles Baring Young
towards the end of the nineteenth century for 'those in boarding need' and many
of its pupils came from broken homes. ... Again, I built Marines-type assault
courses (Health and Safety would have gone mad), and I joined the Combined.
Author: Bob Shepton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Sports & Recreation
Bob Shepton is an ordained minister in the Church of England in his 70s, but spends most of his time sailing into the Arctic and making first ascents of inaccessible mountains. No tea parties for this vicar. Opening with the disastrous fire that destroyed his yacht whilst he was ice-bound in Greenland, the book travels back to his childhood growing up on his family's rubber plantation in Malaysia, moving back to England after his father was shot by the Japanese during the war, boarding school, the Royal Marines, and the church. We then follow Bob as he sails around the world with a group of school children, is dismasted off the Falklands, trapped in ice, and climbs mountains accessible only from iceberg-strewn water and with only sketchy maps available. Bob Shepton is an old-school adventurer, and this compelling book is in the spirit of sailing mountaineer HW Tilman, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, climber Chris Bonington and yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston, all of whom have been either friends of Bob's or an inspiration for his own exploits. Derring do in a dog collar! Ranulph Fiennes: 'A wonderful true tale of adventure.' Bear Grylls: 'You are going to enjoy this...as a Commando, Bob is clearly made of the right stuff!'
Insurance, which began its life as a socially embedded form of shared risk,
provided by a 'Friendly Society', has now ... Determining whether it is the health and safety officer or the citizen who has 'gone mad' would take a different kind of
Author: Molly Scott Cato
Category: Business & Economics
In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.
HEALTH & SAFETY HSE MONITOR INDUSTRY LOBBYING HAS WEAKENED
NEW FRAMEWORK FOR REGISTRATION ... NEWS IN BRIEF REDUCTION IN
GRANT FOR DECOMMISSIONING IS “ SHORT - TERMISM GONE MAD ”
Nuclear safety is put at risk by ... plans by the Treasury to reduce its extra
decommissioning grant aid to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ( NDA ) by
£ 160 million .
It is nineteen days since I last went to school, eighteen days since I was arrested
and one day since a doctor told me that I am suffering ... To be honest, it's quite a
big deal to get to grips with. ... a sickie, and even then she'd probably go in for
half the day until someone sent her home for being a public health and safety risk
Author: Hayley Long
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Category: Juvenile Fiction
My name is Lottie Biggs and in three weeks time, I will be fifteen years old. At school, most people call me Lottie Not-Very-Biggs. I’ve never found this particularly funny . . . My current hair colour is Melody Deep Plum which is not as nice as Melody Forest Flame but definitely better than the dodgy custard colour I tried last week . . . And this is my book – it’s about important things like boys and shoes and polo-neck knickers and rescuing giraffes and NOT fancying Gareth Stingecombe (even though he has manly thighs) and hanging-out with your best friend having A BLATANTLY FUNNY TIME. It is definitely not about sitting in wardrobes or having a mental disturbance of any kind! Painfully honest and laugh-so-hard-you-forget-to-breathe funny. The wit of Louise Rennison with the depth of Jacqueline Wilson.
FOR THE MIDDLEAGED man there comes a time in his life when he seeks
romance. Not always the romance of the ... Anything is possible in the circus, and,
amazingly, in an age of Health and Safety craziness (@ The Daily Mail) and
Political Correctness Gone Mad (ditto), circuses still thrive. Admittedly, you're no
Author: David Quantick
Publisher: Random House
So your husband/boyfriend/partner (delete as necessary) has just tipped over 35/40/45/50 (delete as necessary) and you can see that he's not quite as keen on Emmerdale as he once was. He's started to dress with his jeans hoiked too high like his hero Jeremy Clarkson and he's bought a home gym - the one recommended by George Clooney. Then there are those Harley Davison brochures delivered in brown envelopes. You've noticed he's started pulling in his beer gut when he's talks to his teenage secretary. And why have his grey sideburns turned that browny black? That's a sure sign of hair dye. And then you stumble into the bathroom in the morning and he's got his hands in a jar of your face cream. LADIES BEWARE! That dangerous age has arrived. It's the male menopause. The mid-life crisis. The time when suddenly you find your partner has put a whole Scalextrix track in your attic without you noticing. He's bought an electric guitar and insists on playing 'Smoke On The Water 'to the cat at all hours. It that time when no matter what you say they suddenly don't mind making a fools of themselves. They come home almost every week with a new enthusiasm. Dangerous Men don't just cook - they COOK. With truffles, that cost £210 for one the size of a wrinkled scrotum, and have to be from the right region of France. And they must be served with a side order of blowfish, because you saw that in a James Bond DVD that came free with the Mail on Sunday.