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The End Of Summertime, Stephen Foster, Echinacea [Oct. 28th, 2009|10:04 am]
Tony Grist

Putting the clocks back means that winter arrives not gradually but with a bump. One day it's early autumn, the next you're eating your tea in the dark.

I woke this morning with Stephen Foster on the brain- and walked down to breakfast singing. What a great tunesmith he was, but- o dear me- those lyrics! I've been considering whether there's any way to rejig Old Uncle Ned for a modern audience- short of throwing away the original lyric and writing a new one- but I don't think there is. You can replace the racially offensive words with neutral ones but the tone of the thing is still patronising. Foster was an abolitionist in real life, but his songs- written to be performed by white folks in blackface-  sentimentalise slavery.  At least some of them do. The rest are parlour ballads that sentimentalise women. 

I felt myself starting with a cold about a week ago and immediately fought back with echinacea tablets. For a while it was touch and go, but I think I've beaten it- and as from today I'm cutting my daily intake from three tablets to one. I didn't think anything could stop a cold, but apparently echinacea can. It's a good thing to know. 


[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-10-28 01:54 pm (UTC)
I have been a believer in Echinacea for the last few years. In a small clinical study, four of us spent two days in a meeting with a man with a very bad cold. Within three further days, two of us got the cold and two didn't. Those who didn't took Echinacea. You probably need larger numbers for a statistically significant result but I was impressed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-28 02:05 pm (UTC)
I hope they paid you well!

I took the tablets to humour Ailz- but I reckon I'm a believer now.
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