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Friday, May 25, 2007

Nobel Laureate, eh? Pleased to meet you!

I went to Preston on Tuesday. Absolute cack. People very friendly, but not so much to do.

I didn't do brilliantly at my interview either - the more I think about it, the worse I feel. I'm SO pleased I took the evening off for a sweet recovery.

And dearie me, they don't come much sweeter than this: insight into the selection process behind one of the greatest prizes the intellectual world has to offer. 'How to be a Nobel Laureate' was a resounding success - Sir Tim Hunt spoke very well and remained unafraid to question the selectors present without making them feel uncomfortable. The Science Ed of the Telegraph chaired the whole show, with pepperings of irreverence from Daniel Glaser (BBC Science bod) and Professor Hewish.

Schmoozing with the above bods was muchos fun. I never thought Imperial's Rector knew how to 'hi-five' and street handshake! Ditto the fact that the BBC will be doing a documentary on him. Unlike most IC students, I actually like the Rector despite his plans to turn IC into a university that I wouldn't feel comfortable attending.

The evening was rounded off with a spot of dinner at a Gentleman's club. Not the Stringfellows-type, mind - the one I went to was more genteel - the meal requests are written by diners (in pencil) and various national awards, belonging to Stephen Fry and Anthony Hopkins, amongst others line the cupboards in quiet triumph.

All in all, a rather fab evening. Exactly what you need when the morning gets your goat!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Horses for Courses

A week doesn't go by in the UK without Gordon or Mourinho getting their kecks dirty again.

This week's hoo-ha is all about horse-meat, food-stuff of the French, supposedly 'unthinkable' to our nation of animal lovers.

Horse-meat, along with the humble ostrich and kudu, is supposed to be low in cholesterol and high in nutrients (iron and the like). Given the recent food-scares over traditionally-farmed livestock in recent years (BSE, Foot-and-mouth, Bird-Flu), it may well be prudent to put the vet's best customers on our dinner tables, considering the great care taken to optimise their health to tip-top racing condition.

Horse-meat was supposedly banned in the UK and sections of Western Europe thanks to it's association with pre-Christian traditions. Increasing secularity puts paid to it's presence causing religious offence in a country with minimal Church attendance so the precise reason for it's continued offence is beyond me. I'd happily eat a horse if I wasn't allergic to it.

What about you?

Friday, May 11, 2007

HiStories - How many of these have you heard of?

Boys and girls - I'd like to take this procreastination opportunity to re-iterate a babydoc's life isn't just an academic one.

I believe it's educative in a number of ways, most notably so when thinking about the human condition. After all, we are treating people NOT diseases, something our erstwhile colleagues in countries without communication skills tend to forget!

Our educators come from all walks of life, some with, but most without a medical background. It's possible to put forward an argument for patients being the best learning materials, since medicine is very much a craft speciality, with textbooks and teacher support as guidance as opposed to doctrine.

We are continually reminded that seventy-five percent of a diagnosis can be made from the interpretation of a patient's words into doctor-speak prior to an examining finger being laid on the patient. Consequently, it's immensely helpful if you know exactly what your patient is talking about.

London is a cosmopolitan city with 300 years-worth of immigration to speak of. Our language is diverse, influenced, no doubt by the presence of every nationality in the melting pot the majority of us know and love. As a result, the walk of life you come from makes its' presence felt in your speech, such as accent, heredity, fluency in other languages and areas/social groups you've mixed substantially with. Up to five percent of our patients don't speak English either, so consultations with an interpreter/the much-maligned language line service are a reality we've all gotten used to.

The best consultations take place when both parties are able to build a rapport sufficient to communicate their greatest concerns most effectively. To optimise my street-cred, I've had to sit through a number of outpatient clinics and bus-rides to make sure I'm down with the kidz. Since a number of my colleagues are allergic to buses, urban music, Ali G and take-away joints, I'm pretty confident I'd bang most of them out a street-speak battle. Here's a list of some of the terms I should've clocked over my six years in town. I got approximately half of them right.

Don't say I don't help the newcomers ;)

  • WHIP - a mode/form of transport
  • SICK - a positive expresion which could highlight a desirable event
  • BRE/BRUV - a brother of the race you belong to
  • MAN DEM - the male homosapian
  • ON ROAD - varied translations e.g. sickest bre on road. meaning sickest guy around
  • LOCK DOWN - an event/person/thing which is considered to be under control/in good hands
  • BUTTERS - ugly
  • BUFF - good looking
  • TONK - Muscular/ fat people
  • OHHH SHITT - expression showing concurence/happyness/sadness or any other expression desired by the user.
  • HIT THAT - To do something

  • BRAPPPP - an expression showing great excitment/ mimiking the actions of the gun community
  • BARE - alot
  • THE GAME - everyday life/sport/womenising/anything e.g. your a serious guy in the game....but what is the game....bruv i am the game
  • BANGING - sick/good or a descpriction an attractive girl5-0 - the police
  • YOU KNOW THAT - when an observation has been made and agreed upon.
  • GIRL DEM - a desired women
  • BABYLONS/RACK - two features of the female upper body located in the chest region. in context.....check dem babs
  • TO FEEL IT - to want to do something/ to desire context..shit, u feel that girl dem.

  • GAS/RAPS - extremely fast e.g dave is fucking raps, he's a gas man.
  • YOU BEST RECOGNISE - you better understand what i am saying.
  • SERIOUS CAT - man on his chirps game; a great white in the sharking game.
  • CHIRPS - to chat up or flirt with a desired individual.
  • POTENT/AGG - a descriptive word showing a strong positive feeling/fact. in context........that is absolutely potent/agg.
  • GASH - a female genital area
  • SHANK - to knife someone
  • BANG HIM OUT - to knock someone out
  • EASY - a common greeting in everyday life in london. in context.....easyyyyy now
  • WOOD - the male genital sex organ
  • SPARK - to punch some one
  • TAP THAT - To have sexual relations with the opposite sex.

  • BRUCK UP - objects being destroyed. in context.....that shit got bruck up
  • SKET - undesirable member of the female gender/often diseased and a carrier of viruses
  • CHI CHI MAN - a homosexual
  • CLOCKED - to have observed and/or taken note of something
  • PIECE - male genitalia
  • SKEEN/SEEN - when an observation has been understood.
  • LATER - a remark made after seeing something extraordinary
  • DOUG or DOUGGY - to imply that something is shit or a person is a looser eg, 'that breh was so doug'
  • CREASE - to find something amusing/to laugh
  • MERKED - when someone or something is destroyed. In context.......Shit that bre got merked..OR, in sexual context...That girl got merked.
  • MILITANT - meaning stern, difficult or hard

  • BATTY - word of a descriptive nature, often used in relation to someone with homosexual tendencies. In context....batty bre...OR, can be used to describe a females' rear end.
  • COTCH - to relax
  • YARD - a place of residence
  • BLUD - a gangster london term for mate
  • RINSED - an over use of a particular activity/to be mimicked to an extreme level
  • HOODRAT - a commonly used phrase for a male/female who roam the streets often sporting reebock workouts, hoodies and burberry caps.
  • BOYD - when someone has been verabally or physically defeated, either through an insult or violent behaviour.
  • BIG - an emphatic statement of positive approval
  • ARMS - to possess the power overide any desired individual

  • WASTEMAN - an all around loser,a sad character, a bad egg, a failure, a burden on society
  • TOOLED UP - carrying weapons capable of destruction
  • WASTEGASH - female version of wasteman
  • CHAPPING - Cold.Often preceeded by "bare"or "pierre"
  • SHOOK - scared or nervous. e.g "Man got shook" or "Girl got shook"
  • SECKLE-wait a second
  • BAIT - when something is obvious
  • SAFE - either a greeting (e.g. safe blud) or meaning something or someone's positive/ good (e.g. he's bare safe)
  • LONG - To be complex, time consuming or arduous in nature.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rihanna: closet Lanka-phile?

Stunning Barbadian songstress reveals passion for Lankan-favoured fruit via the chorus of her latest single.

Saturday, May 05, 2007


I think that's the attitude I should be taking to edible items, given that I have an exam in precisely twenty four days.

Twenty four days means ten days of medicine, five days of surgery, two days of orthopaedics (a section of surgery I am especially bad at, thanks to prioritising pathology revision during that placement) and seven days of revision questions.

I think it'll take three days to work through my CPT pile (go me for revising one subject early!) so the odds on me being the one person in London to fail a written paper are minimal.

Incidentally, the pass rate for clinicals is not as good - sixty five people failed across town last year. I best work hard to ensure I'm not one of them, eh?

*clears throat*

So, back to the point. I plead guilty to using my egg and dairy-free diet as a further excuse to procreastinate online. Whilst vegancooking (replete with tagged archive and product reviews) has been useful at times, I've felt the need for something a bit more pictorial to get those creative juices going. VeganLunchBox has tried it's best to amuse me this way but it's strong points are of the verbally-orientated sort, not pictorial.

Consequently, I've found myself going back to the drawing board. I've taken care to explore traditionally non-egg/dairy-dependent cuisines. Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia, South India and Mexico have all been points of reference. I've also taken inspiration from traditionally non-vegan recipes, e.g. garlic mash and substituting them with dairy-free replacements. This has led to the creation of some aesthetically pleasing stuff as the food blogs I've been watching closely are of the generic variety, catering to the discerning mainstream eater. My favoured blogs are the warm, funny and immediate ones, where much of the entertainment centres upon the personal lives of the foodies involved. I highly recommend checking out 'Living to Eat', Can Cook Must Cook, Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef and the charming Cook Sister as a perfectly pleasant way to spent a foodie afternoon.