An exploration of the UK carer world


Here are my contact details.

Prof. Alan F. Harrison
1, The Stable
Merrivale Farm
Merrivale Lane
Ross-on-Wye HR9 5JF

01989 564 661

07952 060 505

There are gates which open as follows:

After 5.30 on weekdays and all weekend, the code is 1066

Otherwise and it’s easier to to press the “Trade” button. Nothing to remember.

Veer left and you’ll see The Stable.  Park behind my camper-van. There’s three spaces under cover on the right.  Anywhere else and neighbours cross you off their Xmas card list!

Mine is the un-numbered bay by my back door.

Best wishes


There won't be many occasions on this website when our feathered friends are mentioned.  

Some website visitors will descend on a page with but one interest, grab what they want and fly off.  They won't be aware of some page content repetition elsewhere which is there for other hawks.  

A carer intent on finding something on carer rights might go to the section and be helped.  If that means it is the only result of the visit, the searcher might be assessed as a hawk but one of the website aims has been achieved.  

Another carer, this time, new to caring, looks for inspiration and explores the site.  Not a hawk.  We can consider a name later.

The website specialises in carer crumbs of comfort.

A health care student writing a broad essay on carers might gather a few morsels and fly off in hawkish fashion.  A social worker writing a report on the need for better carer assessment  in down-town wherever, may extract a lot of material of use.  Not a hawk.   

By now, you know if you're a hawk.  If so, and before you go, look here.  If not read on. If so, and finally - bye bye hawks

Have you noticed bird sociology in real life?  It seems that a bird table can sit for a long time with no visitors.  Without any apparent reason, later, there are many birds attacking each other to obtain the food.  

Is there a who dares, wins sociology try this which determines which bird arrives at the table first?


Let's move wider within the animal kingdom. In the UK, the BBC 2 network ran a series of programmes assessing how the Internet affects our daily lives.  The last programme was on 20 February, 2010.

The Virtual Revolution

Presented by Doctor Aleks Krotoski, and developed in partnership with the audience through a mix of social networking sites, The Virtual Revolution (or, The Digital Revolution as it was known while it was being made) takes a fresh look at how the virtual world is shaping the way we live now.  ... here.                                     

In this programme, Aleks Krotoski  asks Can we find any evidence  that the web is really changing the way we think?  She brought in Prof David Nicholas, Director of Ciber at University College London. He is .. the first academic to systematically study people's online behaviour by analysing millions of anonymous data records.  In one survey, he found that 40% of people never revisit the same webpage; that they only view up to three pages from the thousands that are available online.  In his words, .. people seemed to be skipping over the virtual landscape.  They were popping in from sites, looking at one or two pages, going to another site, looking at one or two pages and then going on .  Nobody seemed to be staying anywhere for very long.  

These two types of thinking can be termed fox and hedgehog.  Foxes are people that embrace all kinds of ideas, like the wisdom of the crowd, bounce from here to there and pick things up.  That's how they acquire their knowledge. Then there are hedgehogs.  Hedgehogs like one big idea.  They repeat, they go back to the same source.  These people like the peer-evaluated environment because they are certain of that.  

If foxes form 40% of the Internet-viewing population, is that figure rising?  You could have participated in an online survey which may answer such questions. (Here but the page content has changed.)

Foxes are vicious creatures.  When raiding a hen house, they'll kill all present.  Some versions invade websites and email systems for the fun(?) of destroying them.  Hawks are focused on one prey at a time.  


My email inbox makes this website seem like a busy bird table at times where foxes and hedgehogs somehow also visit.   In deciding which category you fit into, it's best to take the positive interpretation than the pejorative.  These creatures also have endearing characteristics.  Not many hawks or foxes email me.  Those who read what is said on this website by others or me, and formulate a statement and or questions are very welcome.

Always pleased to help hawks, hedgehogs and foxes. 

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