Author Archives: markbendle

Memories of a youth hosteller

Memories of a youth hosteller

The article in Mature Times in April – “Youth Hostels – you’re never too old” brought back many memories. I became a life member in 1989 having initially joined during the War. One memory ...
TV ads – give us a break!

TV ads – give us a break!

My sofa partner and I watch television regularly. We don’t go in for that Netflix or Amazon stuff and we cannot afford Sky, but we do pay our BBC licence very happily in exchange for not having to wat ...
Perspectives on primary care

Perspectives on primary care

Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. We have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, de ...
Passing the buck?

Passing the buck?

I am not a euro sceptic but I am a referenda sceptic. I was in my 30s when Harold Wilson called the referendum on joining the Common Market. Despite being a lifelong Labour supporter I felt affronted ...