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Reading this book will put any minor annoyances you have into perspective. Here are the absolute dregs of society. Here also are some of the unsung heroes of every day life - not just the ambulance crews but ordinary people who will go that extra mile to help their neighbours or even complete strangers. On more than one occasion the author has his prejudices challenged and is happy to accept that first impressions can be wrong.

There are heartwarming stories and heartbreaking stories often both on the same shift. There are also some good examples of why any ambulance service is so stretched - because people call an ambulance for trivial reasons. In many cases it is the people who really need an ambulance who do not call one. Drunks and drug users provide much of the author's work and the he makes abundantly clear what he thinks of these people though he will treat them in the same professional manner as any other patient.

I liked the way the book challenged my own prejudices about certain groups and I really enjoyed the author's plain and simple style of writing. There could be a temptation to over egg the pudding with this sort of subject matter and provide dialogue containing many swear words and descriptions containing too much gore. The author rises above this and his writing is all the more powerful for being understated. If you like accounts of people's jobs then you will love this.
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VINE VOICEon 1 October 2010
Having downloaded as one of my first "proper" book on my new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite - Latest Generation it was an excellent read providing an interesting insight into the world of an paramedic through a series of blog posts. Following up from Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance this is more of the same and bang up to date. Once again the original blog posts are edited to keep only the most interesting and updated with comments this book is easy to read and rings true for real life. Set in London the author keeps us entertained throughout with the use of humour alongside interesting stories - well worth downloading. The only reason this doesn't get five stars (the content is worth it) was the formatting on the Kindle was sometimes a little awkward.
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on 2 June 2009
I'm another avid reader of Tom's blog and devoured his first book, so I was very happy when my pre-ordered copy of his second came through my letter box on Saturday. I started reading, almost forgot to go to the gym and finished it within the day, it's also inspired me to re-read his first book.

Tom's writing is witty and intelligent, and you can see this is a man who really loves his job but is also incredibly frustrated by it, you will spend most of the book giggling, some sighing and shaking your head, and a little part sad. Despite being an avid reader of his blog I only recognised a few things, but I still wanted to read them again, there was no stale repetition here, but a refreshing read
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on 24 May 2012
As per the title of my review.....I myself did download this book hoping/expecting exciting, over the top, jaw dropping tales. But instead was confronted with something real and personable, which was unexpectantly refreshing and better then i hoped for.

It's a true look at the life of an ambulance driver, real emotions, real events. I have always respected this profession very much as they are who we turn to at our most vunerable and needy. But it renewed that respect, for what they endure every day and how they conduct themselves when most of us would of said/done differently in a similar situation. I now smile my most sincerest 'thankyou/gratitude' smile as i pass a paramedic - they probably are thinking that i might be a 'call-out' in the near future as i smile like a demented monkey, but i only do so more intently as the result of reading this book.
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on 14 January 2012
I enjoyed this book, it's an easy read, but it isn't going to set the world on fire. I wanted to know more about paramedics after reading "Call the Ambulance", which is a better read. The main failing for me is that this book is a compilation of blog entries, rather than a novel with themed chapters. Each entry in turn is interesting, sometimes humorous, other times tragic, but they work better as a blog, which by its very nature is a forum for various observations and musings. As a book I expected more. That said it's well written and I did enjoy the variety of different entries. I was shocked by the number of people who use ambulances for everyday things like a cough or cold and the number of calls for regulars be they drunks or timewasters. Ambulance staff do an amazing job and the fact next to no-one says thank you to them astounds me.
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This book continues on from the book Blood, Sweat and Tea and if you were a fan of that, then you will certainly enjoy this book. It is a collection of tales from a crew member of the London Ambulance service.

It reads like a blog with short chapters that will have you laughing, crying or tutting in anger at the way in which Ambulance services are abused by the unworthy and at the expense of other legitimate patients.

Easy to read and in nice bite size chunks. The text formatting is good, with no mid sentences turned into paragraphs or merged chapters. In terms of VFM, when I first got this it was being given away free of charge on the Kindle, but there is now a charge, but it is a small price to pay for a little humour and a glimpse into the goings on in the Ambulance Service.
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on 4 January 2013
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 world at the start of a shift and seeing another leave this world at the end.

Tom's stories are often humorous, in a clear simple style you would expect of someone who works in the East End of London. However, you also experience a whole kaleidoscope emotions as the author shares details of his exposure to physical and verbal abuse, the critically ill, drug users and alcoholics who have become regular users of the service.

If gore isn't your thing don't be put off, the book is far from graphic yet clearly describes each situation in layman's terms whilst allowing the medical professional to share the experience in equal measure.

As some of the stories are about those who are often deep within their darkest moments, perhaps to say it was an enjoyable read isn't appropriate but that said it is a thoroughly good book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little different to read, has an interest in medical matters, fly on the wall documentaries or sociology students as on a subconscious level I'm sure More Blood, More Sweat and Another cup of Tea charts the beginnings of societies downward spiral.

Alas Tom's blog, that this book is based, is no longer active and he no longer works for the Ambulance Service having returned to nursing.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 February 2010
Tom Reynolds has given each of us the opportunity to see what life is like for people who drive the ambulances to medical emergencies. Granted, once he gets to the location, the "emergency" might be an upset stomach or a runny nose, but it might also be a tiny baby who has died in it's crib.

This book has no plot, no named characters, no chronology, but what it does have is a realism that can only be achieved by someone who is living these events each and every day of his career. The incidents related here are from the blog Tom Reynolds writes concerning his job with the ambulance service in a section of east London. On my Kindle this book is divided into 211 chapters with each "chapter" being devoted to a single entry of his blog. They range all the way from the truly frivolous calls to those where he and his mates are unable to save the patient's life. Along the way he sometimes indulges in a little fanciful, playful writing about his job and he also vents his spleen about how the government is running the National Health Service. Also included is a lexicon of terms and abbreviations which will help the reader keep track of the various organizations and functions of the London Ambulance Service and a short note about the author, including his real name.

This is the second book relating information from Reynolds' blog, the first book being Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to see real life situations on a daily basis through the eyes of someone who is there and keeps going back.
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on 25 November 2010
Sadly an accurate account of todays ambulance service.Dedicated but overlooked people doing a demanding,often heartbreaking job for far less than they deserve.True Heroes!Having formerly worked in another region of the ambulance service as i have(This book is centred on the L.A.S)'Tom Reynolds'(aka Brian Kellett)captures with sensitive and sometimes cynical humour the everyday life of a London E.M.T,Which i'm sure is not far removed from the experiences of others in the service and similar to accounts from my friends still in the service.
If you really want an insight into this job,you can't go far wrong with this excellent book,which is every bit as captivating as the first.If the last couple of pages don't bring a lump to your throat,go to the Dr and get checked out for 'lack of feelings'but DON'T Call an ambulance!
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on 1 June 2009
I'd simply say that this isn't Proust or the Bard, it is, however, a funny, sad and shocking commentary on London's high and low life through the eyes of a hard pressed man in green overalls from the London Ambulance Service. Buy it, read it and then recommend it...
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