There’s been much written in the press over the years about the ‘postcode lottery’ for various treatments on the NHS, but I never imagined a bench would feature in a health related story.
You need a postcode to register with a doctor, so how can that be achieved if you’re of no fixed abode?
A practice in the centre of Bristol found a workaround by using the postcode of a nearby park bench in Portland Square to provide the address for the homeless who registered with them.
It’s a neat way of ensuring ‘the system’ is satisfied, so the health workers can get on with the business of providing any care needed.
It’s a while since this story was reported in The Guardian, and so it may no longer apply, but it was still worth a diversion to Portland Square when I was in Bristol late last year. The Square in question has many park benches around its sides, so I can’t say whether this is the actual bench with the postcode. Perhaps they all do?
I loved how this dog owner had matched his shoes and dog lead for his outing and then thoughtfully stood by the blue paving bricks.
A few moments later the dog spotted his mistress approaching, ran over to her and leapt into her arms. It was an act of unconditional love that was a joy to watch.
I’ve always found shop dummies rather sinister, which wasn’t helped when The Autons appeared in Dr Who.
There is no sign of the ‘found purse’. Has it been claimed by the owner? Did they survive?
I can just see this bench peeping out from the top of the bank as I approach Cabot Circus car park from the M32 when driving into Bristol.
I just had to go and see it in its full splendour 🙂
A great find in Bristol on Friday, just in time for today’s so-called Blue Monday 😉
Nice to see an advert with a nod to the local lingo.
Where I come from daps are called pumps aka plimsoll shoes. What say you?
I was delighted to find this addition to a street sign last week – someone in Bristol has an inner imp like me 🙂