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All posts from: September 2009
There is a full moon this weekend. At such times the moon’s energy is said to be at its strongest and full of magic power. It was believed that a child born during a full moon should live a long and healthy life. Then again, legends tell us that werewolves only emerge at the full moon as well.
I am sure many of you, like me, feel a quiver of excitement when opening a good map or guidebook for the first time. We can trace the contours of a mountain, follow the course of a river or seek out a quiet cove. Depending on our interests, we may make a list of museums to explore, churches to visit or bar opening times.
You may remember that a year ago “Prospector” wrote a piece for this page about several patron saints of pharmacists — St John Leonardi, St Gemma Galgani, St Mary Magdalene and the twin saints Cosmas and Damian (PJ, 4 October, 2008, p403).
Today, 26 September 2009, is the European Day of Languages — a Council of Europe initiative introduced in 2001 to celebrate language and cultural diversity. It aims to alert the public to the importance of language learning, to increase awareness and appreciation of all languages and to encourage lifelong language learning.
Michael Faraday, born 218 years ago on 22 September, was the son of a blacksmith. He received little formal education, yet went on to become the outstanding scientific lecturer of his time and his work laid the foundations for all subsequent electrotechnology.
Next Tuesday, 15 September 2009, is the 150th anniversary of the death of the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.