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Beyond pharmacy blog

All posts from: July 2008

Are we due another of Parliament’s failed attempts to regulate time?

Posted by: Ginger-snaps PJTue, 29 Jul 2008

Those who search for symmetry in everything may care to note that this year (2008) sees both the 80th and 40th anniversaries of failed attempts by the UK Parliament to regulate time.Perhaps this suggests that another attempt is due — particularly as we currently have a Government that seems keen to introduce new legislation affecting just about everything under the sun.

Remembering Hatton’s Hollywood horrors

Posted by: Ginger-snaps PJTue, 29 Jul 2008

[img_assist|nid=24676|title=Rondo Hatton|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=225|height=319]Throughout history, those with marked physiological differences from the norm have suffered discrimination by the majority. I suppose we should regard it as progress of a kind that persecution has given way to exploitation.

Forty years on: the loneliness of the long distance yachtsman

Posted by: Footler PJTue, 29 Jul 2008

Forty years ago this summer nine men set out in a race to be the firstto sail single handedly non-stop around the world. Their boats andequipment were nothing like the high-tech racing craft of today, withsatellite communications and contact with family and supporters all theway.

The fascination of the latest scientific gadget

Posted by: Footler PJTue, 29 Jul 2008

Machines that monitor blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the amountof carbon monoxide in a smoker’s breath are, along with the occasionalvisit from an itinerant computer software installer, the nearest thatmost of us will ever get to the white heat of technology. However,scientific instruments are often fascinating, so here are a few new

Short-snouted seahorses breed in the River Thames

Posted by: Footler PJTue, 29 Jul 2008

Fifty years ago the River Thames was considered biologically dead, butwater[img_assist|nid=24667|title=Short-snouted seahorse (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=180|height=255] quality has improved vastly since then. A recent count showedthat there are now 120 species of fish in the river, including redmullet, anchovies, bass and the occasional salmon. The Wildlife and

The Fourdriniers’ paper machine

Posted by: Accola Wed, 16 Jul 2008

Until the early 19th century paper manufacture was slow and labour-intensive and the product was limited in size. It is remarkable that few advances in such an important activity took place in the preceding eight centuries. Two hundred years ago, however, the Fourdrinier brothers completed development of their improved papermaking machine.

The fiery orator behind the NHS

Posted by: Accola Wed, 16 Jul 2008

A true master of geographical research

Posted by: Accola Wed, 16 Jul 2008

With the death earlier this year of Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest, we should also remember the man in whose honour the world’s highest peak was given its name.

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