I think I’ll stick to the National Health Service…

Amusing article on Saxon Herbs and remedies – amusing that is for us. Not so funny for the Saxons!

http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/saxon-healing-herbs.html?spref=fb Watch out for fascinating details appearing in the next books of lots of the English Historical Fiction Authors…

Now if I’d only known that cabbage was the thing when my kid’s school had an outbreak of lice…beats the painful ‘nit’ combs anyway.

But on balance I think I’m grateful for the NHS.

Heart Disease isn’t a modern phenomena!

I guess I’m not alone in thinking that much of the problems of heart disease arise from our 20th / 21st century sedentary lifestyle, diet of processed foods, and increased stress levels. And of course all these factors have a part to play.

However it was really interesting to see this BBC article on evidence of heart disease in 4000 year old mummies. The reasons may have been different, even if the result’s the same. And perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised – more of us may be getting longer than our ‘three-score years’ but not many make it past 100, and I for one wouldn’t want to!

(Thanks to Sharyn Bradford Lunn, for flagging the article on Twitter, otherwise I might have missed it.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21739193 It’s well worth a look.

The People’s Book Prize – Finalist!

Whoohoo! Turn of the Tide is through to the finals of http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/finalists_2013.htm voting has closed for the moment, but there will be another round of voting between the 21st and 29th May 2014. Watch this space for a reminder…

In the meantime,please visit the site and read some of the fabulous comments readers have left for me there.

http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=927

I am grateful for them all, but if I was going to confess to a personal favourite it would be:

A beautifully written and hauntingly eloquent novel set amidst a turbulent landscape as wild as the characters that inhabit it. ‘Turn of the Tide’, brought the beauty and savagery of Scotland right into my living room, I simply couldn’t put it down. A wonderful read, highly recommended!

How encouraging is that…