Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: May 2009
While in a busy restaurant recently I carried out a little research on your behalf. It was no trouble at all, I assure you. The subject of my study was the waitress taking drinks orders. What caught my eye (honestly!) and intrigued me was her ability to remember complicated lists.
I am indebted to my colleague Bystander, who reminds me that we are approaching the 150th anniversary of the discovery of 4-((4-aminophenyl)(4-imino-2,5-cyclohexadien-1-ylidene)methyl)-2-methylbenzenamine monohydrochloride. This useful purple-red dye was found as a result of research into coal tar (aniline) dyes.
Before we reach the end of the page, let me introduce myself. The name “Bystander” at the head of the page is a pseudonym I have adopted as the latest recruit to the roster of writers who contribute to this weekly page of bits and pieces.
Today is 23 May 2009, which is World Turtle Day and therefore a good day on which to write about balloons.
Next week is National Epilepsy Week (17–23 May 2009), which Epilepsy Action plans to use to keep up pressure on politicians to improve services for the 456,000 people with the condition in the UK.
Poetry could be the new weapon in the battle against workplace pressure. Writing poetry has been shown to boost levels of immunoglobulin. Another study found that writing poetry helped 8 per cent of patients to come off their antidepressants.
The fast pace of change in the pharmacy profession is causing a number of pharmacists to leave the Register and seek new identities outside pharmacy.
Some weeks ago, during one of our regular Saturday morning walks, my son and I chose a route that took us for a short distance along a surfaced track alongside a reservoir. After a few yards we noticed a dead toad squashed into the tarmac, presumably by a passing vehicle.
Friday 15 May 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French physicist Pierre Curie. In print, he has been relegated to the background somewhat, his own scientific contributions having been overtaken by the fame of his wife Marie, who outlived him by 28 years following his death in 1906, when he was run over by a horse-drawn vehicle.
[img_assist|nid=963008|title=Common comfrey (Callie Jones)|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=225|height=329]Recent warm weather has resulted in the earlier than usual appearance of the nodding, bell-shaped flowers of the common comfrey, Symphytum officinale.The flowers may be white, cream, pink or purple, but are always the same colour on any one plant.
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