BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 07 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:349
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London

    There is a park right opposite our house, where, generally, nothing much happens. Elderly couples take the air, and a Japanese man in a tracksuit does funny exercises against a bench.

    Once a year, the park keeper opens the big iron gates to their widest span and the convoy rolls in. Children watch excitedly from upstairs windows as odd-shaped trailers magically unfold into fairground rides, trinket stalls, and a full sized ghost train.

    Once erected, the fair stands silent for two days …

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