Friday, 23 September 2016

Causes for celebration

We might moan about the National Health Service here in Britain, but I'd like to celebrate it today. Several people in my life have had reason to be grateful for its existence recently and while there's no denying that it could do with a massive injection of cash and, perhaps, an overhaul, the fact remains that if you call an ambulance it will come; you will be taken to hospital and treated. No charge, no questions asked.

I'm also celebrating yet again the freedom that self-employment affords me. What a joy it was to be able to say this morning: 'I'm off for a walk in the autumn sunshine.'

Also on the work front, I'm celebrating that I've finally got my paperwork sorted for Smashwords, where I have a couple of short stories available for download. One of them, 'Briefs Encounter', is free at the moment; the other, 'Robbing Hoodies', is available for 99cents (which is about 77p).

Finally, the comedy club at the Arts Centre resumes tomorrow, which is always a good night out.

Have a splendid weekend, folks.

Celebrate the Small Things  is a blog hop. Visit Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week. Originated by VikLit) and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog.  









10 comments:

  1. I'm glad your health care system worked for those who needed it. Health care here in America needs a major overhaul. Congrats on getting everything straightened out for Smashwords. I don't know much about Smashwords. I'll have to check it out. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. We pay for it with our taxes, but it's free at the point of delivery, Lori. If you take a look at Smashwords and download either of my stories, please leave a review.

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  2. You don't have to pay for ambulance transport or treatment? That's great! One of my CPs has a child with diabetes and Celiac disease. At one point, he has to be taken by helicopter to a distant children's hospital. They were billed about $30,000 for the helicopter trip and their insurance only paid a part of it. So yes, you must celebrate your NHS system. Yay for figuring out Smashwords (I just downloaded your free story!), for an autumn walk, and for the comedy club!

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    1. Thanks for downloading the story, Lexa. Please leave a review (if you liked it!).

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  3. The NHS is one of things that is so often taken for granted; we'd all notice if it wasn't there! Have a great weekend :)

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    1. Indeed. Thanks for stopping by, Laura.

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  4. Is agree on both your points, Julia. I feel lucky to have the health service and also to be able to tied to my work nine to five.

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    1. I'm glad to have struck a chord, Wendy. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  5. That all sound very positive and encouraging, Julia! I still haven't tried putting anything on Smashwords yet, only kindle, so that's something I'd like to try.

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    1. Uploading the stories was easy, Rosemary. It was the tax forms that challenged me.

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