An Expensive Business: The High Cost Of UK Vets:

On 2nd September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, adopted a dog – a small Jack Russell which they have named “Dilyn” (meaning “follow” in Welsh). They acquired it from the Friends of Animals Wales charity specialising in rescuing farm puppies discarded and unwanted because they have physical defects. Dilyn and his […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on October 8th, 2019 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Holiday Souvenir No-One Wants To Bring Home:

“Travelling abroad has become a hugely unpleasant ordeal”. That, at least, is the opinion of the Spectator magazine’s outspoken columnist, Rod Liddle, expressed in the publication’s 10th August edition. From now on, he announced, he and his family will take their vacations in Britain. He feels that going to other countries to widen your horizons […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Travel | Posted on August 27th, 2019 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Licences For Cyclists: As Contentious As Brexit?

Did you watch ITV’s “Good Morning Britain (GMB)” programme on 1st April? If yes, you’ll have seen the furious argument that erupted between one of the presenters, Piers Morgan and Stanley Johnson, father of Boris, the Conservative MP and former London Mayor. They were discussing the proposal made by the IVF specialist, Professor Lord Robert […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on April 9th, 2019 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Tinnitus: The Noises That No-One Else Hears:

What do the American singers Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Will.i.am have in common, apart from having had successful careers? They all suffer from a condition known as “tinnitus”. According to “ranker.com”, Dylan developed it “after a lifetime playing loud music at concerts worldwide, it forced Young to stop recording for a while in the […]

Filed under: Healthcare | Posted on January 28th, 2019 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

How To Solve The Food Wastage Crisis?

When you go into your local supermarket for your groceries, do you select the items which are at the front of the shelves? Probably not: More likely, you automatically look for the ones, often hidden at the back, which have the longest “best before”, “use by” and expiry dates”. According to research conducted by the […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on October 16th, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

What’s For Dinner? The Food Companies Don’t Want You To Know:

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food”. This is the advice offered by Michael Pollan, an American journalist, activist and author who has critically analysed the connection between the industrial food chains and what we put on our plates at meal-times. Among his many books are “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” and […]

Filed under: Healthcare | Posted on October 2nd, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Race To The Top: The World’s Next Fastest Elevator:

If you had an appointment on the 4th floor of a building, would you wait for the elevator or go up the stairs? President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has claimed that as a “modern woman”, she prefers to use the stairs. The American radio & TV writer, Andy Rooney, once noted that many people anyway […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society | Posted on August 21st, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

It’s An Emergency! The Food In Britain’s NHS Hospitals:

It’s about 8 am in the ward. The nurses are bustling around, preparing the medication to be administered to their patients, most of whom are now awake. The familiar rattle of the approaching breakfast trolley doesn’t, however, engender any great sense of anticipation. Those patients watching the morning news programmes on their bedside TVs continue […]

Filed under: Healthcare | Posted on July 2nd, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

“Eating Carrots Helps You See In the Dark”: Myths & Superstitions That Survive In 21st Century Britain:

Which side of the bed do you get out of in the morning? According to a survey of 2,000 people conducted for the iron supplement brand Spatone , quoted by the Daily Mail journalist Alex Matthews, if you choose the right side you’ll take longer to feel fully awake and are more likely to be […]

Filed under: Healthcare | Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

No More “Quack Quacks”: The End Of Bath-Times For Britain’s Rubber Ducks?

Which are the world’s most dangerous toys? Anyone who wants to find out can refer to the annual list published by the consumer protection organisation “World Against Toys Causing Harm” (WATCH). It’s most recent “Top Ten”, issued in November 2017 and cited in the Daily Mail, includes several products popular at present with many children […]

Filed under: Healthcare | Posted on April 3rd, 2018 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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