28th July, 1972Vol. 2. No. 8.


I suppose that one of the more important factors in the establishment of a "climate of acceptance" which would permit the sort of discussion Dr. Wallace looks for, is the existence of inter-disciplinary confidence.

To be specific The Standard exists to further the development of such a climate. But for as long as management withhold open support and assistance; for just so long will it (The Standard) only be able to hobble in pursuit of its aim.

Due to holiday leave over the next few weeks we anticipate difficulty in meeting normal deadlines. Please don't leave your contribution later than 1.00 p.m. on Mondays.

Social Therapy Review

Last week, due to an unexpected appearance put in by the sun, most of our tine was spent outside. All the patients who attend the department regularly were all taken outside and full advantage was taken of this phenomenon called sunshine.

There were two matches last week, one on Tuesday, played at Lancaster Moor hospital which incidentally was a rounders match and we actually had a womens team to play. Lancaster Moor were all out for 6 and due to the heat we retired with 6 rounders and 10 mins time so we claimed the match. The men had a cricket match on Thursday against Prestwich, played at home. After a beautiful afternoon's play at Winwick won by 82 runs to 45.

On Thursday, Mrs. Farrimond took a party of 40 patients to the St. Helens Show held at Sherdley Park, Everyone spent a very interesting afternoon and many favourable comments were passed on Winwick's display.



At Winwick Hospital, commencing at 6.30 p.m.

Group Catering Department v. Group Treasurer's Department.


Cacti and Succulents contd.     Parts 2 & 3

Some of the most popular cacti to have are as follows:- Rebutias, Mammillarias, Notocactus, Gymnocalyciums and Parodias.

Rebutias start the flowering season off, about the beginning of April, and carry on for about two months, During this period the Mammillarias start and carry on until about October. Round about June, July and August the Notocactus, Parodias and Gymnocalyciums flower. So with about six to ten species of the five genera I have mentioned above, you can have more or less continuous flowering for about seven months of the year.

Now, how does one get a cactus pant to flower? Well, all this is due to watering the plants at the right time of the year, (which I will come back to later on.)

First, you have to remember that all your plants have to have a resting period during our winter, and if you grow them in a greenhouse with only paraffin heating, you must maintain a temperature of not less than 45 F. but most Cacti are quite hardy, and if there are no draughts and they are kept dry they can stand going down to freezing point for short periods.

As soon as the last frost of winter has passed, this is when you start getting ready for the flowers.

On the first warm or sunny day give all your plants a light spraying (over the top of the plant) first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Do this operation every other day for about two weeks, so as to wake up the plants from their winters' sleep.

After the two weeks' spraying it is about time to start watering.

Rain water should always be used when possible, but always boil it before use so as to kill off all foreign bacteria. Tap water can be used when the other cannot be obtained.

To the first application of water, put in little fertilizer, such as 'Baby Bio", and only use the amounts prescribed by the makers, as overdoses can make the soil sour. Only use fertilizer about every fourteen days. I apply this method myself every year with good results.

If, after about four to six weeks, you cannot see any new growth, then I suggest you take your plants out of the pots, shake off the old soil end re-pot in a large pot containing a mixture of 'John Innes No. 2' and 1/8" small chippings, about half and half to give good drainage. Then start the water process over again. This time you should get good results and good flowers.

Watering your plants by this method will give them enough energy to keep on growing while you are away on holiday. Do not give then a double dose before you go away because one cannot rely on the English Climate - if you get a cold snap while you are away, the poor plant will rot. You cannot kill a plant by neglect, only by over watering.

Bert Green.


Industrial Relations - Code of Practice

Part 4 Responsibilities: The Individual Employees

1. The individual employee has obligation to his employer, to his trade union if he belongs to one and to his fellow employees. He shares responsibility for the state of industrial relations where he works and his attitudes and conduct can have a decisive influence on them,

2. The legal relationship between employer and employee derives from the individual contract of employment. Often many of its terms are fixed by collective bargaining and stated in collective agreements. With certain exceptions, employees are entitled to a written statement about their main terms and conditions of employment.

3. Each employee should:

a)Satisfy himself that he understands the terms of his contract and abide by them
b)make himself familiar with any arrangements for dealing with grievances and other questions which may arise on his contract, and make use of them where the need arises.

4. Some employees have special obligations arising from membership of a profession and are liable to incur penalties if they disregard them. These may include obligations for example; in regard to health, safety and welfare over and above those which are shared by the community as a whole.

5. A professional employee who belongs to a trade union should respect the obligations which he has voluntarily taken on by joining the union. But he should not, when acting in his professional capacity, be called upon by his trade union to take action which would conflict with the standards of work or conduct laid down for his profession if that action would endanger

a)public health or safety
b)the health of an individual
c)the well being of an individual needing care through the personal social services.

6. Professional associations, employers and trade unions should co-operate in preventing and resolving any conflicts which may occur between obligations arising from membership of a profession and those which the professional employee owes to his employer and to his trade union if he belongs to one.

Publications Committee

Next week: Employment Policies

(This series is taken from HMSO booklet - Industrial Relations - Code of Practice.)



Fischer v. The Rest of the World.

R. J. Fischer is, in his own words, 'the best chess player in the world today!' To prove beyond any doubt the rest of mankind might have, he must beat: Boris Spassky, the present word champion. Over the last three decades the Russians have dominated the Chess world, with the result that when you get to the top you have to play one Russian after another. And Spassky is just about the best Chess player in Russia, so ... he is World Champion. He won the Championship from a Russian, who beat a Russian, who became Champion by beating a Russian, and so on....

For the last ten or twelve years Fischer has been threatening the Russians domination of the Chess World. To date, he's never made it for reasons like.

"There's too much noise here - I'm leaving."
"I don't like the board - I'm leaving."
"The lights are too dim - I'm quitting."

Add to that sort of record that he has played five games against Spassky and not won any of them, and you can see that he has a lot to make up for.

He began his trail to the top by beating a Russian 6 - 0. That's like winning a bowls match 41 - 0.

He continued by thrashing the best Tournament player of the last three or four years by 6 - 0. That's like winning the National Darts Championship by throwing two 7-arrow games.

And for the last step he defeated the ex-world champion (Russian, of course) in a canter. To show what that was like you only have to watch the Russians looking round for likely lads they can train to be World Chess Champions. (They'll probably find a couple, too.)

Only Spassky stands between Fischer and the Crown. I can tell you this - he's not enjoying the experience so far.

Prediction? Fischer World Champion with two games to spare.

Would you like to Paint?

Most people have had the feeling that they would like to paint. But are not sure of the way to start, and perhaps have thought the cost would be abortive.

There is no need to buy expensive equipment. The basic needs of a budding artist could be

A large tube of Budget White or Students White Oil Paint

One Tube of each of the following in Students Oil Paint:-

Cadmium Red
Alizarine Crimson
Lemon Yellow
Chrome Yellow
Naples Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Viridian (Green)
Prussian Blue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna


one pointed Sable round No. 5
one flat Hog No. 4
One flat Hog No. 6


This can be made up cheaply 50% raw linseed oil 50% sub. turps plus a few drops of clear varnish.

A bottle of sub. turps and some clean cotton type cloths.

A large tin lid will serve as a palette. Your working surface could be the wrong side of hardboard off-cuts l0" x 14", 11" x 15", 12" x 16". Rubbed down with sandpaper and then given two coats of white emulsion.

Now you have to decide on a subject - shall we do a simple landscape? The choice is yours!

Draw in lightly with .pencil the outlines of your picture.

Should you find the drawing hard to do use a piece of tracing paper and copy your scene. Then rub charcoal on the wrong side of your tracing . The tracing is then fixed on to your prepared board, and the drawing traced through with a hard pencil. When the tracing paper is removed you will be left with a charcoal picture, this should be fixed by going over the lines with a pencil. The charcoal can now be rubbed off gently with a clean cloth.

Now mix a small quantity of Yellow Ochre with a few drops of medium and brush this mixture with your No. 6 brush, over your entire picture. You should be able to see your pencil lines through this coat of paint. Let this dry!

(Continuing)    B. Naylor.


Welcome To:

Mrs. Parker - Secretary to H.O.N.S.
Miss J. Myerscough (Holiday Employment)
Mrs. J. Jones (N/A)

24 students from Warrington General Hospital will be visiting us on Friday 4th August.