A handful of berries keeps the doctor away

Long before setting off on a ten thousand year fishing expedition along the coast of their brave new world, our tree-dwelling ancestors lived on a diet of berries and nuts. Continue reading


The road not taken (I)

Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem The Divine Comedy begins with the lines “Midway upon the road of our life / I found myself within a dark wood / for the right way had been missed” (in Charles Eliot Norton’s version) – perhaps the best known lines in western literature. Writers and artists often use the allegory of taking the right or wrong road to explore life’s confusions and conundrums. Continue reading