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You can call me Des

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 29 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2328
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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    We all took turns introducing ourselves on the bus we were to be sharing on a two week trip around New Zealand. Scots, English, Irish, Canadians, Americans, and a smattering of confused looking Germans. An American with the usual unabashed confidence stood up. “Now, I know all you Brits will laugh, but my name is Randy.” A brief pause—then those British eyes met. A giggle escaped, then weeping, choking, gasping, excoriating, contorted spasms of spontaneous …

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