You can't help being impressed by our new hospital. Yesterday not just the building but the system is working well. You have the impression of being gently pumped from station to station. Touch screen electronic check-in identifies you and tells you to wait in reception until your name appears on a screen. This directs you (in my case) to Outpatients 1. Here you are greeted and taken to an interview room. Even more gently you are conveyed to phlebotomy and thence to x-ray. You emerge if not cured feeling on the whole that you have been cared for by people who enjoy caring for you.
The other morning it was a robin that woke me just outside the bedroom window. This morning no robin but an even noisier song thrush is blasting away loud enough to put alarm clock manufacturers out of business. A few years ago I worried that I no longer seemed to hear the morning chorus. Was it my hearing? This year perhaps my hearing is coming back. Or is it that the birds are singing louder? Certainly prompted by warm weather they are anticipating Spring earlier than they are supposed to.