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All posts from: January 2009

Why is there a gender bias in the depiction of pharmacists in fiction?

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 29 Jan 2009

“Merlin” recently observed that pharmacists in fiction tend to be represented as scruffy, untrustworthy, cowardly or otherwise undesirable (PJ, 13 December 2008, p713). I am inclined to agree with him, but only so far as male pharmacists are concerned.

Fortune in, devils out!

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 29 Jan 2009

As everyone knows, next Monday, 2 February, will be celebrated by Christians as Candlemas Day, by Celtic pagans (if any are still around) as Imbolc and by North Americans as Groundhog Day.But what everyone may not know is that the following day, Tuesday 3 February, is Setsubun — the ancient Japanese Bean-Throwing Festival. Oh yes, it is.

That banana peel appeal

Posted by: Didapper PJThu, 29 Jan 2009

Happy 250th birthday, Rabbie

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 22 Jan 2009

Our Burns Night supper of 2009 takes place this weekend. It should be an unforgettable occasion as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert “Rabbie” Burns.

Health-giving benefit of a cold bath

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 22 Jan 2009

January is the most depressing month of the year, we are told. The mental health charity Mind says that up to a third of Britain’s population suffers from seasonal affective disorder in January. And apparently it is the most popular (if that is the right word) month in which to initiate a divorce.

Flying pigs and a cactus on my arm

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 22 Jan 2009

[img_assist|nid=46760|title=Flying pigs|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=141]One of the joys of working as a locum pharmacist is that one can exchange comments, jokes, tall stories and gossip with a wide variety of people. A new audience appears each day.

A well-loved high street icon

Posted by: Accola Fri, 16 Jan 2009

With Woolworths stores now empty shells in our high streets it is of interest to look back at the establishment of the company.

Edgar Allan Poe, man of mystery

Posted by: Accola Fri, 16 Jan 2009

The bicentenary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the US short-story writer, poet, editor and literary critic, is celebrated on 18 January.

St Anthony of Egypt, the hermit of hope

Posted by: Accola Fri, 16 Jan 2009

[img_assist|nid=46059|title=St Anthony the Great|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=241]Western Christianity and Eastern Orthodoxy celebrate 17 January as the feast day of St Anthony of Egypt.

Spread a little happiness …

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 8 Jan 2009

Happiness is infectious, according to a study published in the BMJ. It has been shown to spread through social networks, creating clusters of happy people.

The first — and still the best

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 8 Jan 2009

On 15 January 2009, the British Museum celebrates the 250th anniversary of its public opening. Set up by Parliament in 1753 it was the world’s first national museum, open free of charge to all “studious and curious persons”. Last year (2008) it attracted six million visitors.

Welcome to 2009, the year of astronomy

Posted by: Prospector PJThu, 8 Jan 2009

[img_assist|nid=45106|title=Galileo (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=170|height=241]Welcome to 2009, proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Year for Astronomy, with a vision to “help people rediscover their place in the universe through the sky”.

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