Earlier this week I was late for work, which is no big deal and it gave me the chance to listen to radio 4 programming that is not the news.  I was listening to Midweek with guests like Rupert Everett two and two artists and the last guest was a man who has a blog.  I enjoyed the other guests but this last guest was intriguing. 

He is an inner city London ambulance driver who for the past two years has kept a blog.  Quite a popular blog, but until this interview I had not come across it.  Some bright spark publisher has had the idea to take this man’s writing and turn it into a book. 

Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance

Now this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of blogs being turned into books so far I have heard of two

1. The confessions of a Video Store Clerk (Yes that kind of video store)
2. The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky

I have read the blog of number one and own number 2 (which I wish I didn’t as whilst the writing is good I am undecided about how I feel about a compilation of others works in a book I do hope the profits are shared out to the other writers or at least to an agreed charity, if not this is why I am uneasy about it).  Its also as dry as you can get.

However this blokes blog/book has some great stories in it and is worth hunting down.  As the title suggest it details the day to day activity of an Ambulance driver the highs and lows and the stupidity of the human race. Why casualty is feeding the nation nonsese and what people dial 999 for will horrify you, unless of course your one of those people who have never actually had proper flu and think a bad cold qualifies. Please note: Doctors, Hospitals and Ambo’s (His name for Ambulances) can’t cure colds and flu, flu vaccines don’t cause flu (the virus components are dead), antibiotics will not clear up a runny nose.

For those in the UK you can try to “Listen Again” on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/midweek.

The blog is still up and running and you can continue to read about these adventures on



Last Note.  I recommend the video store thing too but not at work, learn the horrors of DVD returns and the bliss of the anti-bac handwash.


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