Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: October 2008
Daylight is one of our most precious resources, and it is free. Merlin, who daubs paint on bits of paper and calls the resulting mess a watercolour, likes to paint in his conservatory. This is on the north side of the house and receives a wonderful, scattered light filtered through the trees.
Merlin well remembers carrying out various “scientific” experiments as a boy, inspired by the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957–58. Chemistry experiments in the kitchen at home were eventually banned after hair and eyebrows were scorched and the kitchen sink stained an indelible brown with potassium permanganate.
[img_assist|nid=37596|title=Patient in bed|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=120]Now in the latter half of his seventh decade, Merlin has finally (and reluctantly) become a patient.
While cruising the internet you risk being hijacked by weird stories you were not really looking for, and I was recently captivated by a page about a Sardinian cheese known as casu marzu (YouTube).
[img_assist|nid=36963|title=Emperor Hadrian|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=242]The trouble with filling this page only once every six weeks is that topical events I might have written about are likely to pass into history before my contribution appears.
Last Thursday, 16 October 2008, was the 50th birthday of the BBC television programme Blue Peter, sparking reminiscences about that baby elephant, “here’s one we made earlier”, the antics of the presenters and their pets and the occasional double entendre.
October has been designated as National Cider and Perry Month by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). To those of us who live in cider-making areas the autumn is also Crawl to Work Behind a Slow Tractor Towing an Overloaded Trailer Full of Apples Season. Oh, but it’s worth it!
We humans are a competitive species, forever looking for something bigger, faster or just better than the rest. We seek gold medals, fame and fortune (or a bonus, at least). Our targets invariably involve measurements — of distance, time, money, speed or whatever. In short, we are obsessed with numbers.