Sin, Sex, Scandal and Doctoring
Cover: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1526)
Courtesy: The Courtauld Gallery. London.
Was Queen Elizabeth 1 a man?
Did Freud fall in love with Amalia…his
Why did van Gogh cut off his ear?
Why drink beer in bed when you get old?
What is the meaning of life?
Drop me a
line if you can spot the two mistakes made by the artist, Lucas Cranach, in his depiction of Adam and Eve.
During a romp through sex and society Bill Larkworthy explores the adverse effects of religion on what is a normal human biological function. Surprisingly he questions the sexuality of Good Queen Bess and also wonders if Freud's teachings were influenced
by his attraction, at a tender age, to his beautiful mother. With amusement he recounts the antics of the British Royal Family and various celebrities during the Regency. He turns to doctoring and treats us to tales from his long and varied career; fortunately
he used his medical qualifications as a passport to an exciting career of twenty years in the Medical Branch of the British Royal Air Force followed by twenty five years in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.
He harvested entertaining stories as he went along, tells them with a twinkle in his eye, and then enlightens us with a variety of subjects...a history of Wet Nursing, why van Gogh cut off his ear, asks if Mother Nature is a good parent and gives a
sensitive account of the courageous exploits of the French Resistance fighters, the Maquis, in World War II in the region of Provence to which he retired. He advises the West that, whatever else it does, it should never again invade Afghanistan, and he also
gives sound advice on how to deal with your life in your seventies and eighties. Although he writes about the origins of the existence of earth and life on it, he regrets he still hasn’t found the answer to its meaning, or its very beginnings…
and suggests that for practical purposes the story in the painting of the Garden of Eden by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1526 will do until a proper alternative comes along. Incidentally Herr Cranach made two mistakes in his painting, can you spot them? And
have you noticed Cranach’s genius in depicting a puzzled Adam scratching his head, and the sly, but seductive, gaze of Eve?
is transparent that Bill Larkworthy writes for pleasure, a pleasure he readily shares with his readers.
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