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All posts from: May 2009

Passion and poetry: how we remember who, what, when and where

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 28 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.

A compound to dye for

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 28 May 2009

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.

The end of the Winchester stock bottle is in sight

Posted by: Footler PJThu, 28 May 2009

Tribute to “Onlooker”

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 May 2009

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.

When the balloon goes up, consider the turtle

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 May 2009

Today is 23 May 2009, which is World Turtle Day and therefore a good day on which to write about balloons.

Was Pitt the Younger poisoned by his port?

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 20 May 2009

Action on epilepsy

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 13 May 2009

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.

Harnessing the healing power of poetry-writing

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 13 May 2009

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.

Bright future for former pharmacists

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 13 May 2009

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.

Why did the toad cross the road?

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 6 May 2009

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.

Pierre Curie: almost a pharmacist

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 6 May 2009

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.

Comfrey and its bone-setting properties

Posted by: Glow-worm PJWed, 6 May 2009

[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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