Passing Observations 78

This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

Half of Britain’s public…

The Secrets of the Cough

If you have ever had a bad infection of your chest, you’ll have noticed that you produce large quantities of phlegm. Your doctor will have encouraged you to cough up the sputum and to spit it out.

You may have thought that the stuff you produced under…

We Are Winning The War!

As I speak it is the 22nd December 2021. It may be after that when you see this but it won’t be before. In this video, my 300th and my Christmas and New Year Special, I’m going to look back at the last two years and forward to the year ahead – and pred…

A Simple Dilemma

I was talking to a very serious, pompous and rather patronising young GP.

‘I miss having a medical licence,’ I said. ‘It means that in an emergency I can’t get hold of a few antibiotic tablets.’

She frowned at me. ‘But you don’t have any patients do …