Deep time

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1249
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    I was cycling up a muddy track (trespassing!) through a still and rather chilly autumn wood, when I came across some overgrown stone steps. They were a little incongruous in the undergrowth, lichen covered, with the suggestion of internal light peculiar to Cotswold stone. They are presumably a remnant of when the wood had been ornamental, an attempt by a wealthy owner to re-create the rural idyll of a Greek myth. Now they are forgotten, a barely discernible regularity in …

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