What’s it all about, then?

There is an apocryphal story about a London taxi driver talking about celebrity fares (as they do):

“I had that Bertrand Russell in my cab the other day. I asked him ‘So Bertie, what’s it all about then?’ and you know, he couldn’t tell me.”

If that is true, then what hope for the rest of us lesser minds? Nevertheless we all have thoughts and opinions, particularly when we don’t know very much about a subject, and we want others to take an interest in what we have to say. I am no different, and while it would be nice to have a regular newspaper column to air my opinions and get paid for them, I don’t think that is likely to happen, so a blog seemed to me to be the next best thing.

I’m going to talk about the things that interest me, in the hope that they might interest somebody else, so there isn’t necessarily going to be a specific theme as such. I expect I shall be covering such subjects as photography, music, medicine and health (since I am a doctor, and unfortunately now a cancer patient), but also why people believe things that aren’t true, which has always puzzled me. I hope to talk about things which delight and intrigue me, and the odd connections that you can find between apparently disparate subjects and events. Then there are the things that annoy me…

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