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All posts by Bystander PJ

Earl Grey and the Chinese mandarin

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

As a change from my usual supermarket blend, I enjoy an occasional cup of Earl Grey tea, with its distinctive flavour provided by the addition of bergamot oil.

Drugs and driving

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

Bystander tells the story of John Nestor, an acclaimed pharmacovigilance offer who suffered a loss of popularity thanks to his driving style

Bystander effect

Posted by: Bystander PJTue, 24 Jun 2014

Have you heard of the bystander effect? It is a weird phenomenon whereby, when an emergency arises, the more bystanders there are, the less likely it is that any of them will intervene to help.

What’s in a name?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander A study carried out in the US a couple of years ago suggests that the names our parents inflict on us may colour the way other people perceive our social status and career potential. 

Ignore guidance on water intake

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander A year ago (PJ, 8 June 2013, p684) I pooh-poohed the popular opinion that we should drink at least 2 litres of water a day.

Those innovatory nightingales

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 7 May 2014

By Bystander Ninety years ago, in 1924, the nightingale contributed to two major technological innovations.

Old ones the best?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Feb 2014

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Mnemonics for lengths of months

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Feb 2014

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Myrtle and its medicinal uses

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 12 Feb 2014

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House with a history

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 8 Jan 2014

By Bystander Kenwood House, on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath, was reopened by English Heritage  a few weeks ago after a two-year restoration programme costing £6m. The house is well known for its collection of paintings by artists such as Vermeer, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Rembrandt, Hals, Turner and Landseer.  

Fairground attraction

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 8 Jan 2014

By Bystander An odd pioneer of neonatology was a New York physician called Martin Couney who used an extraordinary ploy to provide care for premature babies.

How marketeers rebranded borage

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 8 Jan 2014

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Tap or cap?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 Nov 2013

By Bystander I wrote recently about the myth that we should drink at least two litres of water a day (PJ, 12 October 2013, p390). Another myth is that bottled water is better than tap water. But tap water is preferable for many reasons.

Martindale and a family scandal

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 Nov 2013

By Bystander The Royal Pharmaceutical Society publication that pharmacists know simply as Martindale takes its name from its original compiler, the Victorian pharmacist William Martindale, whose Extra Pharmacopoeia was first published 130 years ago.

Pharmacy origin of cocktails

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 Nov 2013

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Gardens worth a visit

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 9 Oct 2013

By Bystander If you happen to find yourself in the Enfield area in London with time to spare, you could do worse than to drop in for a stroll round Myddelton House Gardens, one of a diverse range of attractions in the care of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Drink water, but only in moderation

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 9 Oct 2013

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New uses found for papyrus

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 9 Oct 2013

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Magenta vs Solferino

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 17 Jul 2013

By BystanderI wrote recently about the first synthetic dye, mauveine, which was produced by William Henry Perkin in 1856 while trying to synthesise quinine from aniline (PJ, 8 June 2013, p684).

Who needs breakfast?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 17 Jul 2013

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