So - the little film above is a taster for something larger that I'm working on around the thorny issue of what constitutes research and evidence in arts and health. It should be ready for November. What else to squeeze in today? Syria? Too removed from an Arts/Health agenda perhaps? The chemical attacks were as horrible as it gets. Unimaginable. Vile - whoever used them. Still, it has been refreshing to see Parliament working effectively and controlling pumped-up politicians. Let’s also not forget Britain’s own illustrious history in chemical and biological research and development. Now run by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (an agency of the MOD), Porton Down is of course, only concerned with defence and not offence! We can consign all those early developments of nerve agents like VX to the history books. After all, we’re far too civilised to develop, market or export conventional weapons of any sort to unstable areas of the world, let alone have any interest in expanding our knowledge of newer technologies and their possible violent uses. Perish the thought.
|An esteemed researcher quantifying the impact of the arts on health...|
And slightly bandy-sleeved,
A bit stand-offish.
Came at you in a stirred-up brew
When you reached in,
Like waterweed disturbed. I sniffed
Then delved past flap and lining
For the forbidden handfuls.
Transpired . . . Out of suit-cloth
Pressed against my face,
That surged and gave,
Out of the cold smooth pocket-lining
A paperiness not known again
Until the last days came
And we must learn to reach well in beneath
Each meagre armpit
To lift and sponge him,
Having to dab and work
But having, for all that,
To keep working.