Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: December 2010
With the festive season again upon us, readers may appreciate a recipe for an egg nog or egg flip, a drink that has long been associated with Christmas. Indeed, 24 December is National Egg Nog Day in the US. Here is my egg flip recipe: rub together 15g of sugar and two egg yolks, then add 120ml each of brandy and cinnamon water and mix well.
Some traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas have developed in weird ways. I particularly like a custom that has grown up in Catalonia, Spain.
At this time of year you may be unlucky enough to find yourself cajoled into joining in that interminable song “The 12 days of Christmas”.
The debate over whether pharmaceutical scientists may be invited to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society reminded me that the term “scientist” is itself a fairly recent invention.
Although the UN International Year of Biodiversity is drawing to a close, the struggle to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss significantly must go on. To track progress the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership has developed a number of indicators.
Friday 10 December 2010 sees the end of the UK grouse hunting season and the red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus) will be safe from the gun until 12 August 2011.
If asked to name Roman gods and goddesses, few pharmacists, I suspect, would think of Bona Dea, even though she has a strong connection with healthcare.
I wrote on my previous page (PJ, 23/30 October 2010, p490) about Galen, one of the supporters of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s arms.