It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity.
It is probably reasonable to suggest that no other in the British Isles has given more to this cause than I have.
The Scottish public agreed, in majority, that payments from the pharmaceutical industry and device makers to healthcare professionals need to be declared on a mandatory basis. At the time, this landmark consultation was neither reported in the mainstream press nor the medical press. A year on the Scottish Government has provided no meaningful update.
It was thus with considerable interest that I read the following editorial in the current British Medical Journal:
The full article can be accessed here from the BMJ:
This is a film about the lost tower of Hartshaw in Clackmannanshire.
This is for my mum on Mother’s day 2017. (March 26th). It is a re-working of a film from 2011.
Age ten, Edwin Morgan chose to learn his first Russian word – Lyublyu, which transaltes in English as “I love”.
I love my mum.
My mum trained as a nurse and has those selfless qualities of being that make her a ‘Nightingale’.
My mum’s great-great aunt, Jessie lennox of Bridge of Allan, trained under Florence Nightingale and in later life became a close friend of Florence Nightingale
under our hedge:
a blue that
opens up to the world
Nuces philosphicae – the study of the philosophy of words.
This film was inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Scotsman newspaper on the 25th January 2017.
As a child I observed with feeling. But I lacked words. I was considered backward by teachers.
I end this film with Sian who has revealed so much to me about the wonder of language.
Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker, from the album ‘Room 29’
(1) Interlude 2 (5 hours a day)
(2) Room 29 (Reprise)