Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: June 2013
On my way home after visiting the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Lambeth headquarters I usually head for Elephant & Castle station via Brook Drive. On one side of this street the tiny front gardens of the terraced houses feature Lambeth’s sombre black wheelie-bins; the other side has the snazzy green, blue and brown bins of Southwark.
Wimbledon tennis fortnight is upon us once again. For the duration of the championships, a temporary pharmacy will, as usual, be established within the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. But enough about pharmacy. What interests me is a logomachy about the origin of some tennis terms.
Carlo Goldoni, born in Venice in 1707, was a prolific playwright and librettist. He wrote some of Italy’s best-loved plays and made significant contributions to the then new genre of comic opera. He is thought to have been an apothecary’s son, and one of his works was set in an apothecary’s shop.
Looking for something to read while waiting to see my GP, I picked up an NHS leaflet that offered tips on “better eating”. Unfortunately, several of the tips merely repeat popular beliefs for which there is little real evidence. Perhaps the biggest fallacy is: “Have at least five portions of fruit or vegetables every day”.