Soundings

Give us a break

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1446 (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1446
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh

    I met a nice woman in the park the other day. We chatted while our children played. She told me about the Saturday football club, and cub scouts, and how to make a sponge cake that didn't sink in the middle. She was a mine of information. I wanted to take notes.

    She offered me a cigarette.

    “No, thanks.”

    “Mind if I do?”

    “No. Go ahead.”

    We talked some more; then she said, “Do you work?”

    “Yes.”

    “Full time?”

    “No, it just feels like it.”

    “Are you a teacher?”

    “No.”

    “Aerobics?”

    “No.”

    “Come on, what do you do?” …

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