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All posts from: April 2013

A Big Fat Tanzanian Wedding

Posted by: Claire LiewMon, 29 Apr 2013

Finally the date of the biggest wedding since Will and Kate's had arrived. It happened in Nyangao and I was invited. I had my £6 ticket and a new outfit and wasn't thrown by the last minute change of date. I received my official invitation the day before - a yellow, plastic biro with a pull-out scroll confirming the location and time - very secret service.

Royalty and snail-slime

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Apr 2013

Why is the colour purple associated with royalty? Because at one time the production of purple cloth was so expensive that only the extremely rich could afford to wear it.

Benefits of rapeseed oil

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Apr 2013

If spring had not been delayed this year, many British fields would now be turning bright yellow with the flowers of oilseed rape. The oil from the seeds of this plant has a variety of uses but is best known as a general purpose culinary oil.

Norfolk pharmacist’s aroma of Cromer

Posted by: Bystander PJWed, 24 Apr 2013

Increasingly finicky legislation has more or less put paid to community pharmacists’ ability to devise and sell their own medicines, toiletries, perfumes and other formulations.  

Long Live the NHS

Posted by: Claire LiewThu, 18 Apr 2013

Saint Who?

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 17 Apr 2013

This Tuesday (23 April 2013) is St George’s Day, one of many days each year when the English fail to do much to be patriotic. According to one survey, England is the least patriotic country in Europe, with only one in three English people knowing when St George’s day is, and nearly half unsure why St George is their patron saint.

Hypochondriacs to valetudinarians

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 17 Apr 2013

Hypochrondiacs can often be identified by experienced pharmacist. One study has shown that about 3 per cent of visitors to primary care settings are suffering from hypochondriasis.

Drug threat to our river fish

Posted by: Prospector PJWed, 17 Apr 2013

But you may call me Clara...

Posted by: Claire LiewTue, 16 Apr 2013

This is my new name, here in Tanzania. Claire was proving too difficult to pronounce so we have settled on a more exotic adaptation. I enjoy it when someone exasperates "Oh, Claaaara!" after I've said something inappropriate, yet again.

Hamna hela and a little bit of hatari*

Posted by: Claire LiewTue, 16 Apr 2013

*No money and a little bit of danger

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