Two years in

Two years into a global pandemic and it’s words from 150 years ago that seem to ring most true “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

NHS communicators are still battling away on many of the same high-profile issues with no real sign of respite as we move into 2022.

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Respite and recovery comms

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent so nobody can ever know what you are capable of – not even you”

In the 1st Century Roman philosopher Seneca mused on the nature of adversity and in the past 14 months we’ve seen plenty of that.

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Postcard on covid comms vol 7

In the modern world we are sometimes guilty of thinking we have a monopoly on disruption and the pace of change, but I was struck this week by a line in the excellent Michael Palin book on HMS Erebus.

When the ship set off on a polar expedition in 1839 there was no such thing as photography and yet when they returned to port just 4 years later the daguerreotype camera meant photos were now part of everyday life.

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