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Mystery writer

Bandolier is pleased to tell the world that the mystery writer on shop floor epidemiology in issue 34 was Paul Aveyard from the Department of Public Health & Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham.

19th century revival

Letter writing is not as fashionable as it once was. It is hard to imagine the fascinating correspondence between Florence Nightingale and Benjamin Jowett being conducted over the telephone. Bandolier feels that the art may be reviving, because you are filling our post-box. We have but eight paper pages, so correspondence is posted here on our Internet pages . This disenfranchises the electronically challenged (who can't read this anyhow), so a brief summary of current pen rage items follows.

Brittas Empire

Warts , verrucas and minor surgery have provoked letters from many surgeries. One current bone of contention is whether protective clothing should be worn by the uninfected when they visit the leisure centre - "Brittas demands bilateral condoms". It is good to see that procedural enthusiasts flourish in primary care as well as in hospital. Working out which procedure best gets rid of warts is always going to be tricky when warts can also disappear on their own, and some delightful perverse incentives come into play. Imagine that you can be paid for two minor surgery "goes" to get rid of the wart (but not for more than two). The stage is then set for dialogue plucked from private practice- yes, we can sort this out for you, but the best results come from doing it twice, an undercoat and a topcoat ...

Go faster nose strips bite the dust

Readers from Devizes, Newcastle, Bristol and Chesterfield gave Bandolier the evidence that nose strips do not increase athletic prowess. Citations to the trials are posted on the web . As our correspondents pointed out it would be unusual to find a top rugby player who could breathe through their nose (at rest). Bandolier declares the strips to be decorative and part of the dressing room ritual of unguents and incantations (male bonding). More on the fetishism of outdoor games on the letters page ...

Skeins of geese

The indoor games editor thanks correspondents for their kind replies . Without exception they concentrated on the reason the birds change places - because there is greater wind resistance etc. at the apex of the V. IGE respectfully submits that the core question - the decision-making which precedes the change-over, is unexplained. Does the lead bird tire and decide to move back in the skein or do others notice a fall-off in stroke rate and that prompts the move?

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