Practice newsletters

I began this newsletter as a way of keeping in touch with  a few of my regular patients but I’ve enjoyed writing it so feel it’s only fair to inflict it on a wider audience

My intention is to try to update the newsletter every month or two

It is meant to be a light hearted means of keeping you up to date with developments in the practice, and gives me a chance to reminisce on some of things that have happened to me and the people I’ve met during my time in optics.


It is also our way of saying a little thank you for the support you have given us down the years.


I would particularly like to say thank you for recommendations we have received, they mean a lot to us

October 9, 2019

Having been brought up in South Wales I was familiar with the close knit spirit that existed amongst mining communities.

When I first started  locum work every Friday was spent  in a “less posh” area of Nottingham where the above mentioned bonds still existed

One da...

January 28, 2019

My apologies for such a large gap since I last wrote a newsletter, we’ve had a ton on our plate in the last year which just seems to have flown by. 

Those with long memories might remember we left off back in Harry’s hearing aid emporium having just finished th...

November 26, 2017

Being brought up in the early 70’s was a very different experience from today

Parents and school were far stricter and social mores were far more restrictive in those days

So when I managed to slip the bonds of home life and arrived wide eyed and awed in the city of Lond...

August 3, 2017

Meanwhile back in Nottingham it was the late 70’s and I was settling into the humdrum of working in the city centre.

After the rather quaint little cottage I’d rented during my year in Wiltshire my expectations of what I could get for the same amount of ££ proved unreal...

May 4, 2017

Apart from Archie the other person  I visited in London regularly was another old chum from college universally referred to as“GeePee”  
Hailing originally from the south of France via a stint in America before uni  GeePee spoke perfect English and unlike your’s t...

February 15, 2017

Around our neck of the woods the locals rather get into the whole Halloween thing with lifelike gruesome monsters in the nearby woodland which sent the doggies bananas when out on walkies

The local kids enthusiastically embrace their inner crime lord with the usual exho...

December 20, 2016

Back to Skye

It was summer time again, I had been in Wiltshire for nearly a year and was missing my old life and friends on Skye.
I’d kept in touch with most of my chums from college and on visits regularly bored them to death with tales of how wonderful a place it was...

December 9, 2016

So finally I was fully qualified and able to take up my first position with a small group of independent practices centred around Devizes in Wiltshire.

I was to work in some of the small market towns joined by some of the best driving roads in the country, just what my...

August 31, 2016

When I moved to Wiltshire I rather embraced the local life which basically consisted of frequent drives out to various pubs dotted in villages round the county.
In those day’s real men drank pints of murky looking liquid normally name beginning with “Owd..” to signify...

January 9, 2016

After leaving college in London in the early 70’s I had to do a one year pre-registration training period before I was let loose on the general public, this meant working under an experienced optician and further exams at the end of it

Given the choice of a year in Lond...

January 8, 2016

I began work with Roger, my pre-reg supervisor and Catriona a local lass (who quickly became “Katie” much to her annoyance) who pretty much ran the practice and doubled as translator for me.
The evenings on the other hand were filled with a deep silence.
The kind of si...

January 7, 2016

Roger was a pretty bright bloke, Elder of the Church of Scotland and the only optician for 100 miles in any direction.
He suffered from shell shock in the trenches of the great war and developed a massive
stammer when he got nervous.
No one ever argued with Roger

Well t...

January 5, 2016

The MacKinnons

The MacKinnons (not their real name) were the sort of family who make Jeremy Kyle leap out of bed in the morning
They would have been reality TV gold.
Well that is they would have if someone had actually invented reality TV

Or in fact if anyone had a TV...

January 4, 2016

It would be somewhat remiss of me to describe a year on the misty Isle without touching on the thorny subject of the demon brew and the associated perils therewith.

Fortunately due to unstinting research I can maybe claim some small authority on the subject.

On arrival I...

January 2, 2016

The "Makinnon" family as I describe them didn't exist, they are in fact no more than a literary invention.
The events I described actually happened but to various other people and the details changed just enough to protect the innocent.

Roger on the other hand was a ver...

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