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Where the Horlicks is Sweet

Picture of the sea.This weekend I went on a nostalgia trip back to the North East of England and sat for an hour in the Rendevous Cafe sipping coffee and contemplating the incoming North Sea. The feel of the Cafe is encapsulated in a poem by local poet Julia Darling, who died in 2005 after a fight against cancer and a photograph of her drinking coffee on her final visit hangs on the wall. Throughout her illness she promoted poetry for its healing properties, particularly in this collection of poems which I have.

"Poetry should be a part of every modern hospital, not just as something to keep patients amused. It's a powerful force, which can help us through the darkest times."

The rising tide of technology will wash away much that is commonplace in tackling illness, but the role of the human spirit will stand.


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