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All posts from: January 2012
Hooray! We are about to enter February, which recent research suggests is the happiest month of the year — which is just as well, because the two months we have just gone through are apparently the year’s unhappiest, despite (or because of?) all the seasonal celebrations.
Any time you’re Lambeth way, any evening, any day, you’ll find . . . that just a few minutes’ stroll from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s headquarters is Lambeth Walk, made famous by the show-stopping song of the same name from the 1937 musical “Me and my girl”.
A report from the University of California, Davis supplies further evidence that, while we humans might be fascinated by the world of espionage and counter-intelligence, we are not alone in finding it necessary to intercept and decode signals that might threaten our existence.
The International Opium Convention was signed by 12 countries, including the UK, on 23 January 1912. The process had begun three years earlier amid concerns about the dangers of smoking opium and the need to control the non-medical trade in opium and other drugs.
Konrad Emil Bloch was born on 21 January 1912 into a prosperous Jewish family in Neisse, then in Upper Silesia, Germany. He studied chemistry in Munich and became particularly interested in the structure of natural products.
For Christmas my wife’s sister bought me a pack of socks. As sisters-in-law do. Seven pairs. Black.As it happens, black is my favourite sock colour. Unfortunately, each pair also sports patches of garish hue on the heel and toe. Even worse, each pair also has a day of the week embroidered twice on the sole in a bright contrasting colour.
Just yards from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s headquarters is the site of an 18th century windmill that for at least part of its life appears to have been used for grinding drugs. The mill was in a street that is now called Juxon Street but has had several other names in the past.
With the approach of International Hot and Spicy Food Day, which this year is to be celebrated on 16 January, it seems a good time to write again about the pungency of chilli peppers, which depends on the capsaicin present in the fruit.
Tradition says that by now we should have taken down our Christmas decorations. In most English-speaking countries it is considered unlucky to leave them up beyond Twelfth Night, which is seen as marking the end of the seasonal celebrations.
Most of us will be familiar with the inscription “Decus et tutamen” that has appeared on the milled edge of most British £1 coins ever since the “round pound” replaced the Bank of England pound note in 1983.
Among the artists whose work I admire is Edward Hopper (1882–1967), many of whose paintings serenely depict mundane aspects of American city life.
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