“Those three little words”

This perspective in the current BMJ seems important to me. The author, Matt Morgan begins: “If ‘I love you’ are the three most important words in life, then ‘I don’t … Continue reading “Those three little words”

Psychiatrists on social media

It cannot be easy to be a psychiatrist on social media! The above psychiatrists, all prominent on social media, will recognise this concern. The academic breadth of the above psychiatrists … Continue reading Psychiatrists on social media

‘Love among the ruins’

This is a photograph of a young Alistair Hugh Graham: He was studying at the University of Oxford at the same time as Evelyn Waugh and they became lovers. Alistair … Continue reading ‘Love among the ruins’

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

l a b e l s

In 1930 Evelyn Waugh published a travel book that he called “Labels”: Twenty years later Evelyn Waugh had a three week period of psychosis and hallucinations which today might have … Continue reading l a b e l s

Quomodo sedet sola civitas

Barfold House, the home of Alistair Graham. Where Evelyn Waugh fell in love. Music credit: ‘Sebastian’ by Adrian Johnston, BBC Philharmonic, Terry Davies Audio: The narrative voice of “Charles Ryder” … Continue reading Quomodo sedet sola civitas

PARALDEHYDE

When I began my training in Psychiatry Paraldehyde was occasionally still used, particularly in the ‘Forensic ward’. You could smell it on opening the locked door to the Forensic ward. … Continue reading PARALDEHYDE

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

‘Lines with unfinished endings’

These unfinished lines are from a humourous poetic composition (versus de cabo rata) from Don Quixote by Cervantes. [the photograph is of Dr Peter J Gordon taken in his NHS … Continue reading ‘Lines with unfinished endings’

“I am the most unfortunate doctor”

This is a passage from Don Quoxite was written by Miguel De Cervantes over 400 years ago: [please note: the above portrait is of Miguel De Cervantes and not the … Continue reading “I am the most unfortunate doctor”

Vintage Cervantes

I have recently read Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It is a wonderful book and has, like all good books, a lot to ‘say’ for today. I am going … Continue reading Vintage Cervantes