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Blood, Sweat and Tea by Tom Reynolds

Blood, Sweat and Tea (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Tom Reynolds

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Title:Blood, Sweat and Tea
Authors:Tom Reynolds
Info:Harpercollins Pb (2006), Paperback, 256 pages
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Blood, Sweat, and Tea: Real-Life Adventures in an Inner-City Ambulance by Tom Reynolds (2006)



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A blog made into a book.

A run down of a London ambulance driver's typical day (or night). I always had a lot of respect for them--now even more so after reading how much they have to put up with day after day. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
This is a book in the published blog genre - Tom Reynolds is the pseudonym of a London EMP who blogs about his job. It was an interesting read, but because of the nature of the blog, never really felt complete. Lots of griping about the idiots who abuse the ambulance system, medical professionals who don't do their job, and other hazards of the job, with a few really touching anecdotes thrown in. I'm glad I read it but also glad I didn't pay money for it. ( )
  wisemetis | Aug 28, 2015 |
A fascinating look at the front line of the UK's emergency care. ( )
  themus | Aug 2, 2014 |
This book is an eye opener to how the emergency services conduct business. Humorous because doing this job you have to be. Cantankerous because doing this job you have to be. Tears of laughter and tears of sympathy. A first class read. ( )
  Mike-Fitzgibbons | Jun 9, 2013 |
Although I do not work for the NHS I found this a great insight into what they face each day and the sacrifices made often without thanks. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. ( )
  ClareHatt | Jun 8, 2013 |
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Yesterday started well, we had the only new 'yellow' vehicle on the complex, and it really is an improvement on the old motors. But then we got a job that should have been routine, but unfortunately was not.
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An alluring mix of humor, bravery, cynicism, and compassion." --London Daily Telegraph

It's the stuff of Grey's Anatomy, House, and ER--only these events aren't unfolding on a Hollywood soundstage.

Have you ever wondered what's going on inside the ambulance screaming past you during your rush-hour commute? Since 2003, Tom Reynolds (writing under an alias so as not to get sacked from his job), has kept a blog where he chronicles the day-in, day-out realities of his life on the job as an EMT with the London Ambulance Service.

By turns both poignant and profound, Reynolds's writing captures the very essence of life and death. From the mundane to the surreal, from the heartwarming to the cynical, from the calm to the frenetic, more than 300 entries from his popular blog at randomreality.blogware.com are included in the book.

Dear Mr. Alcoholic:

Would you mind awfully not swearing at me, taking a swing at me, or exposing yourself to me? I have quite enough abuse from the nondrunks out there. . . . Still, at least your fists are easy to dodge, and if I stop holding you up, you fall over.

The author's hugely popular blog, Random Acts of Reality, has been named Medgadget Best Medical Blog and Best Literary Medical Blog.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:11 -0400)

Meet Tom Reynolds. Tom is an Emergency Medical Technician who works for the London Ambulance Service in East London. He has kept a blog of his daily working life since 2003 and his award-winning writing is, by turns, moving, cynical, funny, heart-rending and compassionate.… (more)

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