Monthly Archives: December 2018


Tackling Super-bugs (From the Daily Telegraph)

Drug-resistant superbugs are rising in the UK because of lack of regulation of antibiotics in developing countries, experts have warned.
Research into antibiotic use around the world reveals that while use in Britain slowed, global consumption jumped by 65 per cent, to 34.8bn daily doses between 2000 and 2015.

Soil from an area of Northern Ireland once populated by druids and known for its healing properties could be the source of a new class of antibiotic to be used in the fight against superbugs.

An international team from Swansea University has found a new strain of Streptomyces, a type of gram negative bacterium that grows in various environments around the world and has been used in the development of many antibiotics such as streptomycin.
The researchers were looking for new ways to combat the growing threat of antibiotic resistance which, according to a recent report, will kill 1.3 million people in Europe alone by 2050 if not tackled urgently.

Because of a lack of antibiotics in the development pipeline researchers are looking at new sources such as ancient cures, known as ethnopharmacology.

The international team of researchers, who published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, analysed soil from an area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, known as the Boho Highlands. It is an area of alkaline grassland whose soil is reputed to have healing properties.
According to ancient tradition a small amount of soil was wrapped in cotton and placed next to the site of infection or put under the patient’s pillow for nine days. This technique was used to heal many ailments including toothache, throat and neck infections.

Although the exact origins of the cure are lost in the mists of time it is thought to have still been in use in the early to mid 1800s.

Thought Crime

From — Thought Crime By Roger Scruton

The proposed introduction of ‘hate crime’ marks the latest step towards the ‘thought- crime’ described by Nineteen Eighty-Four, and also observed in all totalitarian systems of government. Yet the Law Commission is pressing for this innovation, and we need to be clear about what it means.

If there is hatred in our society, it does not come from ordinary prejudices, such as those that lead rival groups of citizens to treat each other with suspicion; it stems from those who do not see prejudice for what it is, the natural response to difference, and the desire to live in a comfort zone of one’s own. ‘Haters of hate’ include the militant ‘Anti-fa’ activists, the radical anti-racists, the intolerant feminists who will not permit any utterance that they regard as ‘offensive’ to the fair sex (such as this one).

They are people who discern hatred all around them, in order to get on with the agreeable business of hating it: people who feel for whatever reason excluded from some aspect of our largely peaceful and compromising way of life, and are giving vent to their resentments.