Monday, August 07, 2006


I'm still at ICOPA XI in Glasgow. As a special treat the organisers organised the showing of some scenes from a play called Parasites! by Ali Muriel. It's showing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is based on the idea that Toxoplasma parasites affect the behaviour of their rat-hosts to make them less fearful of cats. But what would happen if the parasite strain causing this was transferred to humans....?

Cue rudeness and laughter as the infected person (quote from the writer who appeared in a Q&A session) engages in activities that "...are illegal, probably even in Holland'

It's set in a fictional parasitology department. If anyone reading this thinks that the drunken professor in charge of the department is modelled on myself then please be assured that this is not the case. At least I don't think so.




Nikki said...

Dr. I can only shake my head and hope you are around to blog the rest of my life.

This is way, way to entertaining.

SheBah said...

Unfortunately I read your post with a mouthful of coffee - All the papers on my desk are ruined!

Dr Joseph McCrumble said...

Nikki - I can only hope that your life is long enough to enjoy the rest of my blogs, which will finish on February 25th, 2008

Shebah - Nice to see you here. How's the house-renovation going? Sorry I ruined your papers. Do you take the Guardian or the Indy?