Category Archives: Health

Poison in a round tin

In 1963, I’d begun my plumbing apprenticeship and was working on a building site at Waltham Cross. My boss, Tony, told me that I was going to join the six rainwater stacks into the earthenware drains using a product called … Continue reading

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The defeat of cholera

New epidemic diseases are always terrifying.1 Cholera arrived in Britain in 1832 when Britain didn’t have a medical-scientific infrastructure to cope. Favoured explanations for cholera were Miasma, (roughly, ‘bad air’), moral turpitude and God’s anger. Victorian Britain’s rationalists looked for … Continue reading

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The Drug Culture

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The wisdom of mountaineers

“The next time you curse the fact that it’s Monday, just think of it as proof that you made it through another weekend without killing yourself by doing something stupid.” Chris

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Book Review: David Eagleman ~ The Brain: the story of you

I bought this as a make weight on the infamous ‘Buy one get one half price’ desk in Waterstones book shop. Unwanted, unloved and abandoned it was on my shelf for quite a few months before I picked it up … Continue reading

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Fancy banking in the Ukraine?

There is a bank in Ukraine that is offering *21%* interest on a checking account. But you must take 10,000 steps a day, tracked by their app, to qualify. Miss one day and you get nothing. I can’t decide if … Continue reading

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Skywalking in Canada

Richard M

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