The Reprover originally appeared in 2008, and I wrote a review of it for The Hyperliterature Exchange (http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewreprobateur.php). It has now been rebuilt and made available free online for the first time – you can access it at https://leréprobateur.fr/en/ .
It’s well worth exploring. A non-linear story spanning several decades and told from several points of view, it’s a very unique, funny and ingeniously-constructed piece of new media magic realism, told in a mixture of text, video and illustration which quickly becomes completely absorbing and natural-seeming after you’ve clicked through a few sections.
Also available online is a more recent work by Francois Coulon, Prise Multiple (https://prisemultiple.fr/), another witty, clever and beautifully-executed work, this time a series of videos, in which the same couples can be seen talking about their relationships in four different styles, depending on which button you click – net-video, reality-TV, fluffy romantic or pseudo-intellectual (the last is my favourite).
The Research Summaries + quiz for March are now online. Subjects covered this month:
Rethinking brief interventions for alcohol in general practice
Association between continuity of care in general practice and hospital admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: cross sectional study of routinely collected, person level data
Continuity of primary care matters and should be protected
How to prevent the microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes beyond glucose control
Political crisis in the NHS
Renin angiotensin system inhibitors for patients with stable coronary artery disease without heart failure: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials
External validation and comparison of three prediction tools for risk of osteoporotic fractures using data from population based electronic health records: retrospective cohort study
Low back pain and sciatica: summary of NICE guidance
PCSK9 inhibitors for hypercholesterolaemia
Novel psychoactive substances: identifying and managing acute and chronic harmful use
To find out more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/
The second in a new series of puppet-animations about the life and misadventures of an ordinary (but rather hirsute) GP.
Dr Hairy has to visit first his own mother, then Grabber’s mother – plus Grabber’s two sisters Pongo and Krups – with hilarious consequences!
YouTube – https://youtu.be/JOdVB3IzxGE
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/205105659
The London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival – https://www.facebook.com/worldwidecomedyshortfilmfestival/ – took place on 12th Feb at the Hackney-Attic Picturehouse in London, and my animation The Squeaker was in it, along with a host of other stuff.
After a bit of a break, Series 4 of Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries has just launched. Subjects covered this time:
Redesigning healthcare to fit with people
Anxiety in teenage girls rises sharply in past decade, finds study
What is the most effective treatment for frozen shoulder?
Best practice for HRT: unpicking the evidence
Identification of patients with non-metastatic colorectal cancer in primary care: a case-control study
Red eyes in children: red flags and a case to learn from
Migraine and risk of cardiovascular disease in women: prospective cohort study
Migraine and vascular disease: the medical implications of migraine are not limited to the brain
Plantar heel pain
How similar are biosimilars?
For more about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, visit http://www.drhairy.org/concrete5/index.php/research-summaries/
It’s also worth mentioning that Series 3 of Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries is now available in book form:
Just £15! If you happen to want to buy a copy (and who wouldn’t), please visit the Dr Hairy catalogue page.
Three short videos based on Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes, and designed to be used as interludes between the text-videos in the Wellbeing project.
The paintings in Gnossienne 2 are by Edward Hopper.
Gnossienne 1 – https://youtu.be/4ktm1Cw7xKE
Gnossienne 2 – https://youtu.be/mVfII9Cnq2U
Gnossienne 3 – https://youtu.be/CZwS9Vv1zP0
Numbers nine to eleven in a series of eleven short information videos about wellbeing, designed to be shown in the waiting room of the doctor’s surgery where I work.
9. Social Media – https://youtu.be/VCaz82zE76U
6. Humour – https://youtu.be/rHoSGD2PKEQ
7. Resilience – https://youtu.be/leBqSKJuU-8
Numbers five to eight in a series of eleven short information-videos about wellbeing and life-satisfaction, designed to be shown in the Waiting Room of the doctor’s surgery where I work.
5. Creativity – https://youtu.be/iysdK3FdcK8
6. Pets – https://youtu.be/cE5AyfyVWWs
7. Money – https://youtu.be/FPzjg6A5qN8
8. Mindfulness – https://youtu.be/tEN0a711PoM
The first four in a series of ten short information-videos about wellbeing and life-satisfaction, designed to be shown in the Waiting Room of the doctor’s surgery where I work.
1. Introduction – https://youtu.be/Lon8w_dACC4
2. Connecting with other people – https://youtu.be/B19GFLNAMuk
3. Learning – https://youtu.be/Ot4A6xOrOdQ
4. Staying active – https://youtu.be/EUwIK6poKJI