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The snake-goddess, the satyr and the parturient: Jean Chièze’s Hippocratic illustrations

Sites like Ebay have make it incredibly easy to buy antiques and antiquarian books. But the best way to find antiques remains flea markets. These have always been one of my father’s passion. I remember going to flea-markets in Brussels … Continue reading

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The poor man’s bees

Apparently this is Pollinator Week. As it happens, I have been surrounded by lovely bees for the last couple of weeks. The Fondation Hardt has several beehives; they are located near the tomb of the Baron Kurd von Hardt. I have … Continue reading

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In the land of the Helvetes

I have just returned from Geneva airport, where I waved goodbye to P, Big Boy T and Little Boy G. We have spent a long week-end together in Geneva, before they returned to Sunny Wales, leaving me in the land … Continue reading

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An odd purchase

One of the best things about Penarth, the little town where we live, is the charity shops. They do sell an amazing array of stuff. As I was walking past Oxfam on Bank Holiday Monday last week, I noticed in … Continue reading

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The curious incident of the dog and the palm tree

We all get so many emails. Some go directly in the ‘rubbish bin’; some only require a few words in response; others will give rise to many follow-up emails. There is one type of professional email, however, that always makes … Continue reading

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Ode to Laudanum

When we want a lazy Sunday afternoon, we head to Cowbridge, a pretty little town in South Wales. It has nice shops and coffee houses. It also happens to have much of interest for the historian of pharmacology. Its physic … Continue reading

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When in Athens… do as the Romans

Revisiting a museum or an archaeological site is very much like re-reading a well-loved book. Each time I notice – or read – something new. When I first visited Athens, I was seventeen. I was on a tour of Greece … Continue reading

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