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All posts from: January 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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
With Woolworths stores now empty shells in our high streets it is of interest to look back at the establishment of the company.
The bicentenary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the US short-story writer, poet, editor and literary critic, is celebrated on 18 January.
[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.
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.
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.
[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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