Friday, 27 February 2015

Free from! (Sense)

Yesterday's Guardian had a nice article about the rise of the gluten free diet, the latest pseudo scientific preoccupation of the worried well. I didn't give it too much thought. I've seen this sort of phenomenon many times before.

But today I found something that takes this to it's most absurd extreme.

That's right. Gluten free cosmetics! WTF!  Do ordinary cosmetics contain any gluten? Does even the most seriously affected coeliac sufferer have a problem with gluten on the skin?

There are people out there who will sell you dog shit if they could get you to buy it.
And with attention to presentation there are people who would buy it.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


"I want to have a standard of living that my professional background would normally entitle me to have,”

"...............ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Monday, 16 February 2015

Silver lining

Back in 2011 DZ commented on the takeover of Hinchinbrook Hospital by the private firm Circle. I'm glad to see my predictions have not come true, and Circle seem to have had their fingers badly burned.
 Serves 'em right. The government too have had a serious setback with their experiment in privatization crashing and burning so spectacularly.
 Why is it so difficult for them to understand that health is a service, and not a business venture? The only question a government should be asking is "How much are we prepared to spend?" and not "How can we use the NHS as a conduit to divert funds from the taxpayer to our mates in the private sector?"

The silver lining to all this is that perhaps it will make other carpetbaggers  more reluctant to look to the NHS to make their fortunes. And just maybe the government will think twice before trying a stunt like this again.