Have joined a new book club and went to the first meeting last week. The book choice Bad Science wasn't really me at all. For a start it was non-fiction. And it was about science. Can only recall one other science book I've ever read (The Language Instinct by Stephen Pinker and that was a bit of a struggle). But persevered and glad I did. Ben Goldacre, who writes a column in the Guardian with this title, points out the flawed research methods used to prove the effectiveness of anti-ageing face creams, vitamin pills and alternative therapies such as homeopathy It was very convincing and surprisingly funny, especially the chapter on Dr Gillian McKeith. I shouldn't sneer though - there's a copy of 'You Are What You Eat' on my bookshelf and I once resorted to homeopathy when conventional medicine failed to sort out a medical problem. After reading this I won't be taken in again nor will I bother forking out for Clinique. Will stick to my old favourite Oil of Ulay, which I notice is now called Olay. Presumably to make it more European like the transformation of Opal Fruits into Starburst and Marathon into Snickers.
This month's choice appeals to me a lot more. I've loved Sue Townsend since the first appearance of Adrian Mole and the title of her latest book, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, is intriguing. Could have applied to me in the last year as I seemed to spend a lot of time in bed, despite being a bit of an insomniac. Prone to waking a 3am and then would lie half-asleep for a couple of hours worrying about things or inventing things to worry about. Then tired the next day so I'd have an early night or, at weekends, a nap in the afternoon. So lots of wasted time in bed. After watching a recent documentary on sleep problem, I have now cut down the amount of time I spend in bed. Reckon I only need six hours sleep to function properly. So now I use the time saved to write this blog instead of lying awake worrying. Anyway looking forward to reading about Sue Townsend's character.
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