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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: September 2009

The fruit of the quince: the golden apple of antiquity

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 30 Sep 2009

Shine on harvest moon

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 30 Sep 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.

Remembering the creator of possibly the finest guidebooks in the world

Posted by: Footler PJWed, 30 Sep 2009

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.

Our plethora of patron saints

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 24 Sep 2009

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).

A day for minding our languages

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 24 Sep 2009

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.

A wound healer and a cheese preserver

Posted by: Bystander PJThu, 24 Sep 2009

Shining light on marine life

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 16 Sep 2009

Michael Faraday, an outstanding scientist

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 16 Sep 2009

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.

The brainy bunch: Mensa and Prometheus

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 16 Sep 2009

Brunel's unsung contribution to medicine

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 9 Sep 2009

Next Tuesday, 15 September 2009, is the 150th anniversary of the death of the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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