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More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea (Blood, Sweat and Tea #2)

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Tom Reynolds is an ambulance worker. On any given day he can be attacked by strangers, sworn at by motorists, puked on, covered in blood, and other much more unpleasant substances. He could help to deliver a baby in the morning and witness the last moments of a dying man in the afternoon. He deals with road accidents, knife attacks, domestic violence, drug overdoses, negle ...more
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Published May 2009 by The Friday Project
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Jan 04, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having originally followed the authors, now defunct, blog for some years I was aware of his other literary endeavours but had long forgotten to pick up a copy until a recent recommendation.

The book, a follow up to Blood, Sweat and Tea, is a collection of blog entries by Tom Reynolds charting his time as an EMT with London Ambulance Service.

The former nurse holds no punches as he details the highs and lows of his time on the ambulance, in a job that can see him bringing a new life into the worl
Larissa Ione
Sep 03, 2010 Larissa Ione rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading now on my's free from Amazon. If you're interested in paramedicine, this is a fascinating book. It's a series of blog posts taken from his blog and put into a book, but it's still an interesting view of paramedics working in London.

Update: Finished it! Really times gritty, depressing, and infuriating (how people abuse the EMS system and get away with it,) and at times amusing and touching. I've always had a lot of respect for those in the medical field, but seriousl
Heidi Gonzalez
Stories from his blog, Tom writes about his experiences working on an ambulance in London. He isn't too keen on General Practitioners (GP's) or those who don't seem to care about their patients after they have called the ambulance and his mood doesn't improve when he gets called to help people who are just too lazy to call for a cab. He is not thrilled with the state of the system he works within and believes (and I have to agree) that those who use the ambulance as a taxi service should have to ...more
May 05, 2013 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an enjoyable read. Do note that the book is a collection of blog post-length chapters/sections that are lately unrelated. I've read the website for years but didn't feel like I was re-reading the same content, possibly these stories were unpublished or before my time subscribing the site.

I found it interesting to see how a job totally unrelated to mine worked in a country totally unrelated to the one which I live. Would be fascinated to see what an Australian Paramedic would write about.

Oct 05, 2010 Russ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is an ambulance driver in London and the book chronicles his day-to-day experiences. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's a little gruesome. Many of the events involve the very poor, or very old, people whose only contact with the outside world is with the ambulance service.

If these stories happened in the United States, most of them would end with the patient being kicked out of the emergency room because they couldn't afford to pay for the care they required. Since they happen in En
Jan 10, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografico
Read the first one, couldn't wait to read the second. I do agree with all of Mr Reynolds opinions about drunk people and people who abuse of the ambulance service, and although I, too, watch some medical drama on tv I prefer his stories from real life.
The anecdotes seem endless, but you'll soon discover a pattern of good jobs and bad jobs, with total idiots popping up every few pages. Whoever worked with the general public knows the feeling , but Reynolds and his partners have a really demanding
Blake Petit
Feb 21, 2010 Blake Petit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, this collection of vignettes in the life of a London ambulance driver is a fast, entertaining and ultimately uplifting read. It's not like any other book I'm familiar with, but it's highly entertaining and well worth your time.
George Angus
Mar 09, 2010 George Angus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I was a paramedic in LA for a number of years and I can tell you that the author's take is spot on
Feb 25, 2010 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i like real life things and i enjoyed this book of short pieces about his ambulance job from his blog. It is always nice to read about a professional and see things from their viewpoint.
Christian Leonard Quale
More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea is the followup to Blood, Sweat and a Cup of Tea, and has the same format: a collection of blog posts from the guy known on the internet as Tom Reynolds. Tom works in the London Ambulance Service, and through his blog posts he tells the stories of the dramatic, scary, funny, tragic, and silly things that happen during his work hours.
As with the first book, this book gives a behind the scenes look at how the ambulance service works. In itself that mak
Jun 10, 2016 Geraldine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2016
A member of London's Ambulance Service tells anecdotes of various scenes from his job.

I read the first of these books a while back, having read the blog for a while. Disclosure: I have met the author socially at a blogmeet and liked him as a a person. We communicate occasionally on Twitter.

I read this because it would be a 'decent read' but it was much more than that. and I now remember how good the first one was. I would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in public services in Britain,
Anthony Eaton
This is one of those books which has been lifted straight from a blog, and I'll admit from the get-go that I have a mixed relationship with them. It is, by the nature of the beast, not so much a story as a fragmented series of snippets, each individual one a glance into the life of the blogger and his world, and there's a part of me that quite likes the convenience of being able to just dip here and there into a book, without having to remain constantly engaged with the narrative.

On the other ha
Oct 20, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one and it helped me to understand the ambulance driver who had a go at me a couple of days ago. Let me explain... there was a man in our street who was collapsed or asleep in the road. I had no idea whether it was a scam or genuine and I shouted over to him and he did not respond. Now as a lone female I am not going to go up to him as he could be pretending and rob me or have a knife and as he didn't respond when I shouted over to him and made a lot of noise, I thought the s ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I got Reynolds' first book as a freebie on our Nook, and although I had to purchase this one from Amazon, it was well worth the investment. His stories are all culled from his blog which he writes in the downtime from serving as a medic in London, and they're short enough to be read in bits and pieces. Reynolds keeps the stories in order, so if he's complaining about something like mandated response times, the motivation behind it has been addressed in an earlier post.
Certain themes keep coming
Jul 29, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the experiences of a London paramedic

Tom Reynolds (a pseudonym) is the writer of a blog about his experiences as a paramedic in London. There are 212 entries that read like they were lifted from his blog, perhaps given a little editing and some re-arranging and then printed. If you like the television show Cops than this format may be of particular interest to you.

There are things to be gleaned from the book:

You learn that a blanket is the most important tool in an ambul
Jul 09, 2010 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book consists of extracts from Reynolds' blog, Random Acts of Reality, about his experiences as a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service. Like the blog, the book is compulsively readable, and full of that dark humor that medical professionals develop as a way of coping with the mix of life-and-death situations and plain idiocy that they deal with on a daily basis.

One of the most surprising things about this book is the amount of time Reynolds and his colleagues spend dealing with thing
Christine Blachford
I was determined to read this one, as the follow-up to the first book that I reviewed here previously. I got this book for free at the same time as the first, but it looks like the price has now gone up to a very reasonable 1.99. I’d say that comparatively speaking, the prices are very reflective of the source material. This second book was a lot less depressing than the first, and whilst still giving a lot of in insight to how idiotic both humankind, and the NHS bureaucracy, can be, it was a ti ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Thermalsatsuma rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-a-week-2009
Tom Reynolds is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for the London Ambulance Service and writes an engaging blog about his working life at Random Acts of Reality. This book is a collection of posts, each giving a snapshot of the frustrations of life as an EMT working 12 hour shifts for low pay with no guarantee of even a half hour tea break. It seems half the jobs involve acting as a 'Maternitaxi' for pregnant women who could easily make their own way to hospital, or being assaulted and sworn ...more
May 20, 2010 Eldon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat gritty look at some of what it is like to be on the streets as a London cab, ah, sorry, ambulance driver/worker. With better humour than the reader has any right to expect from someone who deals with the _____ (insert your favourite term for fecal matter here) these unsung heroes endure daily. Mr. Reynolds has toned down not only the escaping fluids aspect but the verbal and even physical abuse that comes with the job. You will find quite enough though to get an idea of reality.

A slic
A cold? A headache? An ambulance for this? Come on People! Stop abusing the system! Someone could die while you are using the ambulance for a stupid hangnail! Grow up and pull that sliver out yourself!

Something is sadly wrong with a system when a person with a corn on his foot or someone who has a bloody nose is allowed - even encouraged to take advantage of an ambulance and its EMTs while a cardiac patient or a stroke victim is made to wait. That seems to be the case on the streets of London. K
I've been reading this author's blog for years, so when I saw his second book was available on my Kindle, I snatched it up. It's a terrific look at the life of an EMT in London, the kinds of jobs they do and the joys and frustrations they feel. Reynolds also writes at length about the problems he believed the ambulance service has, and his suggestions about the service could be improved. I hope someone in authority is paying attention, because his ideas are smart, informed, and practical.

The as
Aug 15, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that was more directly taken from a blog than I was expecting - there are no long chapters here, most are just a page or two that sketch out a situation. I found the book to be interesting despite that, as each entry is more of a vignette of what happens in London that contributes to an overall picture of the whole situation. I would have liked a few more longer parts, perhaps introductions to sections organized by theme, but if nothing else this made the book very easy to pick up ...more
J. Ewbank
This book by Tom Reynolds is composed of musings about his job as an ambulance drives. It covers a long period of time and discusses the ups and dows of such work as well as those things that he really likes to those things he doesn't. A vast number of casts are discussed etc. Don't worry, no names are given or ways of identifying the other paarticipants. Some discussion of the English health system is naturally involved.

I enjoyed reading it because you could drop it at any time and pick it back
Jul 25, 2012 Randi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to the first one which I didn't read. That's ok because I got this as a freebie from Amazon (I'm a big Kindle fan). As the author stated, it's his blogging so it was read as his blog. I enjoyed it because I get to read about his firsthand experiences in the ambulance service in London and I never thought about these people serving ill and injured people and how they had to put up with some crap as well as his frustrations with the department. Would I read the first book? Sure, i ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Tom Reynolds (or as he's known by his real name now - Brian Kellett) and am sad that this is the last we'll get of his tales from the front line of the amblance service. I found it interesting - knowing that his blog is done, and he has returned to nursing - that there are signs of his increasing frustration with the job throughout this book. They were there in the first one, but are more obvious here.

He's mixed humour with anger, sadness and frustration and I reall really liked it.......
I've had this book languishing on my e-reader forever, I got it back when it was free. I enjoyed this book better than his first one. I'm not sure if it was because I had gotten used to his writing style or if he had improved since his first book. It is more stories about working on an ambulance in Great Britain. I'm not sure why but I was surprised to find more similarities to how our paramedics work compared to differences. If you like reading about true life medical "drama", I suggest his boo ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unsurprising the second installment of ambulance EMT Tom Reynolds' 'blog in book form' is quie similar to the first. More stories of the understaffed London ambulance service picking up drunks and little old ladies who have fallen over. Still a great insight into the workings of the ambulance service,and well worth the tiny amount I paid for it (99p!).

It's rather sad that his blog is now retired, along with the fantastically named which is mentioned a few times (run by a blogger fro
Jan 04, 2011 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm mixed about this one. The style is either straightforward, or overly simple (depending on your viewpoint); the writing is obviously adapted from a blog, which makes it ideal for a few minutes here and there; the stories are balanced so you don't come away wondering what idiot puts themself through that all the time, but are also slightly repetitive.

I enjoyed reading it, and I definitely got an insight into the life of an ambulance driver, but it might be slightly annoying in actual book form
Mar 20, 2011 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say that this was the most brilliant writing I've read or that the narrative was so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye. But I can say this was a good read. The author has this wonderful direct way of writing that makes you feel as if you were a friend listening to the every day details that really bring understanding of what it is like to walk in their shoes. And he has a tremendous sense of humor. This is what made me gravitate towards blogging all those years ago. Quite a find on Am ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography, e-book
This book is taken from a blog, and as a result is a collection of fairly short tales of life as a London ambulance man rather than a smooth autobiography.

The writing isn't sophisticated or polished, but it can be very affecting - stories of man's inhumanity to man and government's inhumanity to healthcare workers, as well as heartwarming stories of kindness and patience.

I don't think I'll read it again, but it was a good bedside book for picking up and reading for five minutes at a time, and ga
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Tom Reynolds is the pseudonym of Brian Kellett, an emergency medical technician for the London Ambulance Service, England, whose award winning blog, Random Acts of Reality, has been published in two books, Blood, Sweat & Tea in 2006 and More Blood, More Sweat & Another Cup of Tea in 2009. His career in the NHS started at the age of 23 when he worked as an Accident and Emergency nurse. Sinc ...more
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“One of the police found a garden chair that I could stand on and they eyed me suspiciously as I tried to slide through the window.

The fleece that I was wearing was padding me out too much so I took it off.

I tried again, and this time it was my pen, pen-torch and scissors in my shirt pocket that got in the way. I moved them into my trouser pocket.

One of the police asked if it would help if I was buttered up.

I pretended not to listen to him.

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