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The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

This is an article from Saturday’s i paper by Paul Gallagher which goes beyond the usual hype of diets. I had heard of Dr Malhotra’s work, and he provides a rare insight into the problems of modern healthcare. Dr Aseem Malotra is still on a mission. Almost 2 decades into a medical career that has … Continue reading


Elizabeth’s Unicorn Horn

Since Elizabeth was famously a virgin, it is no surprise she owned several unicorn horns. I am intrigued that this one has also been used for medicinal purposes. This is from Thomas Platter’s Travels in England 1599. Platter’s visit to Nonesuch Palace included a tour of the rooms, including They showed us the circular horn of a … Continue reading

Vitamin D Supplements?

Here’s another item from the i paper – We are now being urged to take Vitamin D tablets: Public Health England said Vitamin D was vital for bone and muscle health but that people were generally not getting enough in winter. It said everyone should ensure they were getting 10 micrograms … per day, and … Continue reading

Simple Personality Test

I don’t usually waste my time on such tests, but this one is interesting, and it’s only got 2 questions. this is from Sunday’s Observer magazine: Does living in a crowded area get you down a) a lot b) a bit c) not at all 2. Would you prefer to socialise with friends every day … Continue reading

Bad Science

This is the sort of debate that really gets me angry: an article in the i titled “Bad habits or plain bad luck: experts split in cancer debate. Researchers divided on whether the disease is genetic or caused by carcinogens.” The debate is apparently between John Hopkins University where Christian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein claim … Continue reading

Yoga in Prison

As British prisons are bursting at the seams, here’s an idea from India on how to reform offenders. This is from yesterday’s i newspaper: “A new policy introduced in a Western Indian prison mean that inmates can cut up to 3 months of their sentences – by doing yoga. Inmates at Yerwada Central jail in … Continue reading

Alternative to Sloppin’ Water in Church

I’ve just discovered another gem of a book that’s been mouldering on my bookcase fore years. It’s Cecil Torr’s Small Talk at Wreyland, by a gent of independent means educated at Harrow, and spent some time as a barrister before setting in his family’s heartland of Devon, to leave this brilliant record based on family … Continue reading