To Decide or Not to Decide- That is the Question

The Mental Capacity Act was always meant to be an enabling piece of legislation, providing carers, health and social care professionals, a legal umbrella to support what they have been doing for years when supporting individuals who lack capacity to make such decisions for themselves.


Metabolic phenotyping- a tool that could help deliver personalised nutrition

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for November is from Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘Metabotyping and its role in nutrition research' by Lorraine Brennan and Elaine Hillesheim.


Beyond the Berlin Wall

A look through the Contemporary European History (CEH) archives shows that the journal has led the charge to reevaluate the meaning of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.


The White Ant’s Burden

My article explores the different meanings of termites, or white ants, for the British empire in India... and shows how South Asians in the 19th and 20th centuries themselves internalised the British imperial rhetoric of white ants to pursue their own distinct political agendas.


Reforming Food and Eating in Protestant England, c. 1560 – c. 1640

In my article, I bring together theological tracts with those concerning diet (dietaries and regimens) to illuminate a printed discourse in which English Protestants sought to define a new relationship to everyday food and eating in light of the Reformation.


Tim Godfray retires from the Booksellers Association

On Wednesday 30th October, the London Library (a most appropriate venue) was filled with the chatter – and, no doubt, some more serious conversations – of 250 eminent and very diverse representatives of the bookselling and publishing industries, some from overseas, to celebrate the life’s work and achievements of Tim Godfray, who is standing down from his role as Chief Executive of the Booksellers Association after 47 years working at the BA, most of them as its CEO.  He chose every one of his guests himself, and – a wonderful gesture – gave each one a handwritten note saying why he particularly valued him or her.…


150 years of humanitarian reflection: A momentous anniversary

Many know the International Review of the Red Cross as an academic publication dedicated to issues of international humanitarian law, policy and action produced by the ICRC and published by Cambridge University Press., but not everyone who is familiar with the journal may be aware of its long history.…


First fossil dragonflies from B.C. identified and named

Paleontologists say these fossils can now help us understand the ancient history of these insects in our region. Six fossil dragonfly species, dating from about 50 million years ago, are the first from British Columbia and Washington to receive scientific names.…