Warm Sea Splashing

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Just the other week the sea was so warm we were playing in it and hoping for a late summer, but already the weather has turned autumnal. The central heating has gone back on and I’m carrying gloves and a hat in my cycling bag to work, just in case.

iPhone in the UK

The iPhone will be available in the UK from November 9th, at £269 for the 8GB handset and £35/month for the talk plan and unlimited data tariff from O2. It’s using outdated technology by European mobile phone standards, as it uses slow EDGE rather than fast 3G for data, and doesn’t do MMS photo messaging. I wouldn’t use the novel method of accessing voicemail much, but really need to record video and to be able to send multimedia messages. Unlike other smartphones you can’t add offline applications without hacking it (meaning I couldn’t read digital novels on a plane).
Meh. Not interested.
iPhone (UK)

Clinical skills videos

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The embryology podcasts have been well received, and we’re working to add to those, to improve them, and to glitz them up a bit. How would you like to see clinical skills demonstration videos in a podcast format on your iPod (or other popular mp4 player)? The videos are already available on Blackboard to Swansea medical students thanks to some awesome work by the Integrated Clinical Method teaching team, but we could make them more widely accessible, both portability-wise and geographically.

How older siblings stunt growth

A study is suggesting that having an older brother can stunt the growth of younger siblings. My younger brother’s about a foot taller than me, so it wouldn’t seem to apply to my family. Researchers suggest the trends they observe might be due to uterine factors in second pregnancies, or dilution of time, money or love (see DGR learning outcomes any of you medical students reading this) that parents can invest in children when having more than one.
BBC article.
I’ve got another jab today.


Kim is 21 weeks pregnant. Kim has a very interesting craving this time. She has a craving for cakes, and whenever she goes out to buy food she comes back with cakes. Whenever she’s left alone in the kitchen for too long on her own, she bakes cakes. The cakes that appear are always more than just for Kim. She doesn’t like to cake alone.
Cream cakes…
It’s OK for Kim. When breast-feeding she’ll be burning an extra 500 calories a day. I have to run for an hour or more to burn 500 calories!


I’m visiting Banjul, in The Gambia at the end of this month to aid the development of the link between the medical school there and the school here in Swansea. I’ll have my elearning and IT hat on for most of the week, with some anatomy teaching and much meeting and greeting of Gambian colleagues mixed in.
So, with any first trip to the African continent come the vaccinations. Last week I had a hepatitis A vaccination, and this lunchtime I had the yellow fever jab, the most painful part of which was in reading the long list of potential side-effects. People have warned me that I’ll feel rough afterwards (guaranteed me in some cases) and I’m starting to feel a little ropey. This could, however be psychosomatic or caused by too much Guatemala Elephant.
Talking of psychosomatic, we were discussing the language of anatomy and the term “hypochondriac” in yesterday’s anatomy teaching. Firstly, you can see how the word “psychosomatic” is constructed from Greek words if you look at the parts and the web-link – and you’ll remember where “somatic” comes from. Secondly, “hypochondriac” is the correct term for a person who tends to be preoccupied by their own health and continually worried about having a serious illness even when reassured by a clinician that they are healthy (rather than “hyperchondriac”). It does relate to the hypochondriac region of the abdomen inferior to the costal cartilages. The Greeks associated many ailments to the movement of the spleen, which lies in the left hypochondriac region. Some time later the term developed its modern meaning.
There’s a Wikipedia entry for this, among many other sources on the web, such as this blog by a very open hypochondriac.
Right, typhoid next.

EPST 2007

Today Cardiff Tri held the second Emily Prosser Sprint Triathlon. I took some snaps for the website during the race. I guess these were my favourite, mostly because they’re a little bit different from all the others (I took around 600-700 photos). Click for larger versions.
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Baby no.2’s first photo

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Here’s the first photo of Baby No. 2. I expect there will be several thousand more (photos, not babies) after he or she is born in January.
Jack really enjoyed the ultrasound scan, with lots of things he could easily recognise at 20 weeks. He’s really looking forward to having a little brother or sister, but keeps insisting that he would like a dog too. Kids are never content, eh?

New students

This week a new batch of 72ish students start the Swansea Graduate Entry Medicine programme. It’s a nice easy induction week, followed by 3 weeks of introductory teaching and then 12 weeks of hard, hard work (for both students and staff). Good luck to you all, and I hope you’ll enjoy the course and the Swansea/Gower area.


Kim’s fussing over possible boy’s names for the baby due to be born in January (if it’s a boy – we already have a girl’s name planned).
Her current favourite is “Ace Max Webster”. Hell, at least his CV will stand out.