Posted by: bkivey | 13 May 2015

Siren Voices RIP

Everyone with access to the internet has content they read on a regular basis, and quite frequently blogs are in the mix. I’ve got a list of blogs I read on the sidebar. One of my favorite blogs has been Siren Voices, written by an English EMT about his job experiences. Authored under the nom de plume Spence Kennedy, the blog provided a glimpse into the day-to-day of an EMT in Britain. If memory serves, the author’s first degree was in English, and when teaching turned out not to be stimulating enough, went back to school to become an EMT (apparently didn’t consider teaching in a US city, where he could combine both interests).  In his posts, the author shows a talent for descriptive language, giving the reader a real feel for the environment and people, while showing enough of the medical and procedural details to ground the experience.

The blog closed on 6 May, and the author is moving on to other things, including another blog written under his real name. The link will stay up, because the archives are well worth reading. I’ll miss the blog, but want this post to be more in the spirit of an Irish wake than a eulogy: celebrating what was, rather than mourning what is no longer. I learned a fair bit about the work of an EMT, but more about the craft of writing. I wish Jim Clayton every success in his endeavors.


Under the European system (day/month/year), every date this week is palindromic. Not an especially rare occurrence, but still interesting.

Today in History

  • 1862 – The USS Planter, a steamer and gunship, steals through Confederate lines and is passed to the Union, by a southern slave, Robert Smalls, who later was officially appointed as captain, becoming the first black man to command a United States ship.
  • 1985 – Police release a bomb on MOVE headquarters in Philadelphia to end a stand-off, killing 11 MOVE members and destroying the homes of 250 city residents.


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