Musings of a phenomenologist

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Archive for September, 2008

Psychiatrists are agents of social control… aren’t they?

Posted by soveda on September 23, 2008

On the 3rd of November the 2007 amendments to the 1983 Mental Health Act will come into force.

Why should I care? I hear people cry, well I’ll tell you at tedious length! Read the rest of this entry »

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Flatliners, the research project…

Posted by soveda on September 18, 2008

I really should stop listening to the Today programme, mind you if I did what would I have to blog about?

Why am I writing again, well today I heard the following story about a research project on “out of body experiences” Read the rest of this entry »

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A pill to help the world

Posted by soveda on September 16, 2008

Now I’m not sure quite what to make of this, I was listening to the radio on the way heard and caught the start of a story about a fish oil trial in prisons. I didn’t listen but thought I would when I got home,I forgot but I was reminded of it by Norbury on the Bad Science forum.

Just like Norbury I had a sinking feeling mainly because of the Durham fish oil non trial.

But this seems a bit different. Read the rest of this entry »

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More joyful BBC reporting.

Posted by soveda on September 11, 2008

Just a very quick note today, the BBC seem to be having a glut of mental health reporting.

Today’s exciting story is this:

Mental Health care is still flawed

It starts:

“Almost half of community mental health patients in England are unable to access any out-of-hours care, an NHS inspectorate survey suggests.”

Now this is an important survey as we have been historically poor at mental health care support. And this is why the Fair Deal campaign has been started. Read the rest of this entry »

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More mental health news

Posted by soveda on September 10, 2008

After my last rant about mental health reporting this morning reveals the following:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7604089.stm

In complete contrast to the previous report this seems to be balanced and appropriate.

Far those who are unaware Section 136 of the 1983 Mental Health Act deals with police powers to remove someone from a public place and take them to a designated place of safety for assessment, if that person is believed to be suffering from a mental illness. Read the rest of this entry »

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When is a prison not a prison?

Posted by soveda on September 9, 2008

I woke up today to the following story which was the lead headline:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_7604000/7604920.stm

And (rather predictably) after I decided that there was no way the day could get worse until I heard the “interview” of Louis Appleby by John Humphrys.

I have listened to Radio 4 for a long time and get woken up by Today and so I am used to the haranguing style of “interview” and this was a classic example. No quarter was given in the search for a headline, I mean truth.

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Last of the old stuff!

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

When is fantasy not fantasy?

As I continue to make my way through my collection of films I really should have watched before now I have reaches Pan’s Labyrinth (El labirinto del fauno).
Having managed to keep myself Spoiler free I wasn’t expecting the violence to be as graphic or as early in the film as it was. As it turns out the interplay between the “fantastic” and the “real world” was done in a more subtle and beautiful way than I could have hoped! I have been a fan of Del Toro’s directing style since Chronos and I think he reached the pinacle of his abilities with Labirinto.
Quick review: fabulous film but is it a fantasy film? Read the rest of this entry »

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More old ramblings

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

The curious incident of the delayed gunshot:

Some more idle musing, the great beard himself maintained for a long time that Han Solo never shot first. Those of us with long(ish) memories disputed this and the recent limited edition releases of the proper Star Wars trilogy with the untampered with films as an added extra proved us right! However the recent films are fairly average fare with significant amounts of tripe, cheese and sacharine. The taste left in my mouth when Darth Vader (Darth Vader mind you the most evil menace the universe has seen other than his master) wakes from his surgery and screams, well whimpers Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Ramblings…

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

Filmic Games:

I am currently half way through “Final Fantasy VII:Advent Children” and I was struck by the awful state of cinema when it comes to films based on computer games.
I think FF7AC is the only half decent one I’ve seen. Doom is tripe, Street Fighter is entertaining tripe, the Mortal combat films are tripe, Super Mario Bros… I don’t have words to describe how bad this film is, all concerned should be ashamed of themselves.Anyone spot a pattern yet?
Mind you it seems rather daft that most of the films out there baed on games are based on “beat ’em ups” which are not exactly plot based… Read the rest of this entry »

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Old rambles…

Posted by soveda on September 8, 2008

This is just a little collection of rambling thoughts from a previously maintained blog:

Coming of age films:

What is the best form for the coming of age film?
I was pondering this after a discussion on another forum. I posted a few of my favorite “coming of age” films and it was pointed out to me that all of them were “fantasy” as metaphor for coming of age. These are they:

Mirrormask – fabulous, beautiful and moving
Labyrinth – Hasn’t dated as badly as I thought it would and referenced in Mirrormask!
The Company of Wolves – Dated badly, I thought it was great when I first saw it but now I’m a bit dubious about it.
Spirited Away – another marvel, and the english language voices aren’t too irritating! Read the rest of this entry »

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