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Let it flow!
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Let it flow!

I thought I would update you on my recent medical adventures. So, I had a catheter fitted: albeit it only for a couple of weeks.   Steve Latham   But on Monday, I had it removed. A wonderful feeling! And it wasn’t just the freedom from discomfort. To pee – […]

Existentialism and the Y chromosome
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Existentialism and the Y chromosome

Every male on earth, from the earliest time, has carried a “Y” chromosome (the X-shaped bundles of DNA, contained within the cell nucleus) inherited from the father, which makes him differ from the female, with two X chromosomes.   Nigel Pocock   In 1946, Jean-Paul Sartre wrote his classic statement […]

The heart of lightness
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The heart of lightness

These three short novels by Sylvia Townsend Warner, written in the 1920s and ‘30s, show the author to be one of the most underappreciated of 20th century British writers of fiction.   Sean Sheehan   The stories have very different settings and characters and are testimony to the imaginative range […]

Trouble down below
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Trouble down below

I woke up in hospital, on a Monday afternoon, and behold! – a catheter was protruding from my nether regions.   Steve Latham   I’d gone in for an investigation, to see whether I had bladder cancer; the result was gratifyingly negative. But I had not expected to leave with […]