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  1. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    Ah, ok, your definition for inner/outer makes sense. I wasn't sure if you were talking about travel zones or something else though. Almost every single trader or broker I have ever known was either from Essex or living in Essex. I am not sure there is so much difference in their politics though (that is, bankers living in Essex vs bankers living in Oxfordshire etc).
  2. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    She's just acting as a diversion at the moment.
  3. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    I rewatched Ginger Snaps a couple of days ago. It's like Heathers with werewolves. I had forgotten how funny Mimi Rogers is as the mother, it's a subtle performance but works so well against the uber drama of the two girls. LOVE THIS FILM.
  4. I think that the ending to Lost becomes less offensive when compared to BSG or The Sopranos. After those it just feels mildly disappointing.
  5. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I have finally finished A Tale of Two Cities. That's it now. No more Dickens for me ever. I may watch some adaptations but I'll never read him again, it's just such a tiresome slog through all the needless words. It just goes on and on and on...
  6. Well, cost and ease of use, essentially. It takes technology to process hops. It's quicker and cheaper to use them whole. Of course you can get hop extract for bittering (people use that for cost and ease of process reasons in stronger beers). You can also get hop pellets and pure hop powder for flavour and aroma purposes, but it's more expensive. Whole hops also play certain roles in the brewing process, e.g. prevent boil over or provide a basic filtration function. tl;dr because it's more expensive
  7. UK Politics Unexpected Election edition

    What is inner London please? And what are you calling the stockbroker belt? Because if you just mean London plus the home counties, why specify 'inner London'?
  8. That sounds a bit like sympathetic magic to me. It's a bit like hops (when I'm not identifying causative agents of infectious disease as a registered Biomedical Scientist I'm brewing or writing about beer): the active ingredients in hops are the essential oils, they give you the bitterness and the hundreds of different flavour and aroma compounds, but the glands containing the oil are something tiny like 4% of the hop cone by weight. The rest of the vegetable matter of the hop contributes nothing. So long as you can identify and purify the compound in any given 'herb', which is responsible for the therapeutic effect you can study it. If you can't synthesise an artificial version of the compound though it's going to be a lot more difficult to study its effects.
  9. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    It wasn't only that. As I said, that was the final note which tipped me over the edge. But it just didn't grab me. I've just finished Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, a book which was selected for my monthly book club. I found it an effort to get through, luckily it's not that long. It just reminded me strongly of The Alchemist, with its generic wisdom on the nature of the human spirit (I kept putting it down and not wanting to pick it up again). The story is about two people who enter a relationship in a war-torn city who end up migrating elsewhere repeatedly through this magical realism device. I just found it trite and largely unmoving, it's like there is too much distance between the two protagonists and the reader, it's all kind of vague and whimsical, like nobody really cares that much about what is happening. Urgh. It's well-written but it just didn't have that much to say to me.
  10. Absolutely. You need to identify the active ingredient and synthesise it into a useful format AND THEN you can start testing its efficacy to treat particular conditions. So, yes, it can be done theoretically. Whether there is the financial incentive for anyone to do it remains to be seen. It costs a lot of money to trial drugs for human use, people generally only do it when there's a substantial profit to be made at the other end of it.
  11. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    Really? I couldn't get more than about 10 pages into it. I think I put it down for good because of some 'Americanism' popping up in what seemed like it was meant to be a old-world-quasi-medieval setting...
  12. But when we take asprin it's a synthetic version not a herbal remedy. Same as, we don't use tree bark to treat malaria, we use synthetic chloroquine.
  13. Lyme disease is the worst example that I can think of off the top of my head to illustrate the efficacy of abx. It's a money-making business at this point - all of the different so-called tests and treatments available for it. I attended a seminar recently showing meta study results and the early results of the clinic focussing on it in the area of the UK with the highest prevalence. Bottom line is clinicians should only really treat the condition when acute. If it's 'chronic lyme' there is no evidence that abx are of any use and the symptoms need to be managed in other ways. Anyway, plenty of people wouldn't be here if they hadn't received abx for serious infections. As Raja says it is the management of prescribing policy which is the much bigger problem. The drugs work. It is how they are used that is the issue. Maybe campaign for the farming industry to stop shoving abx into cattle in the US instead?
  14. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    Went to see Raw yesterday*. Definitely a worthwhile film to see, but it is incredibly hard to look at in many places. But then that's what makes it such a good film I guess, there's so much tension and you fear what will come next and you want to know but you don't want to see. Ultimately I found it was way more literal than I expected it to be, like - I didn't think it was going to be so focused and explicitly about...the thing that it's about (sorry, I don't want to spoil anyone here). I thought it might be more metaphorical or have a more general, more ambiguous nature to it. It has a lot in common with Ginger Snaps (a favourite of mine) - a coming of age film with a young female protagonist who's an outsider, trying to fit in, who has a weird relationship with her sister. But where Ginger Snaps is shocking and funny, Raw is shocking and horrifying. *I don't think I will ever watch this film again.
  15. The agony of pedestrian walking patterns

    Woah. I did not realise doors had rules.