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Blue Lights and Long Nights | [Les Pringle]

Blue Lights and Long Nights

Card-playing corpses, unfaithful husbands and "flying" ladies - life as an ambulance driver in the 1970s was certainly varied.... At the age of 23, Les Pringle decided to escape from office life, broaden his horizons, and become an ambulance driver. Little did he realize how broad those horizons would turn out to be.... Filled with warmth and humour, Blue Lights and Long Nights takes us back to a time when lonely old ladies could call 999 and have a cup of tea waiting when the drivers turned up for a chat; when learning to drive the ambulance meant going out for one test drive and managing not to hit a pedestrian.
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Card-playing corpses, unfaithful husbands and "flying" ladies - life as an ambulance driver in the 1970s was certainly varied....

At the age of 23, Les Pringle decided to escape from office life, broaden his horizons, and become an ambulance driver. Little did he realize how broad those horizons would turn out to be.... Filled with warmth and humour, Blue Lights and Long Nights takes us back to a time when lonely old ladies could call 999 and have a cup of tea waiting when the drivers turned up for a chat; when learning to drive the ambulance meant going out for one test drive and managing not to hit a pedestrian; and every day brought a glimpse into other people's lives. Gripping, poignant and darkly funny, Blue Lights and Long Nights is an affectionate, warm-hearted look at a world gone by.

©2009 Les Pringle (P)2012 Magna Publishing, Random House Audiobooks 2012

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  • bledd.rob@lineone.net
    Wales
    4/13/13
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    "blue lights and late nights."

    I'm a Paramedic and started in the Ambulance Service around the time Les Pringle would have served about 5 years and his description of entering the service and the training brings back memories. His reflection of the emotional rollercoaster which working in the ambulance service most definitely is, is captured. The funny side also peaks through the curtain that people outside the service rarely see. For anyone joining the service today, or thinking of joining, should read (listen) to this as it aint changed that much!

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  • h
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "true life"

    Funny Sad And true to life having worked in the health service in the seventies it brought back memories of the life and characters that worked there

    there are many unsung heroes in life and this book brought to life many of those who exist to help others and the most they ever receive is a cup of tea

    great read written by someone who kept it real and made me feel humble to remember those who have moved on in my own life enjoy it like I did we all know someone who was never truly rewarded for their unselfishness

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