#MindTheBard: Blood (Macbeth)

Obviously blood isn’t a disease, but its presence or absence is clearly a key difference between life & death – or, if you’re one of the Macbeths, a guilty reminder of the foul deeds on their CV. There is an awful lot of bloodshed in the Scottish Play, be it in battle, a guestroom regicide, […]

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#MindTheBard: Madness (Hamlet)

Madness. Not the most sensitive or appropriate term, but simply extracted from today’s play: Hamlet. There are various different displays of what might have been understood to be ‘madness’ when Shakespeare wrote the play, but what we could now diagnose as depression, anxiety, paranoia, schizophrenia… The list goes on. But what of the Prince of Denmark […]

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#MindTheBard: Boils (Coriolanus)

On this #ShakespeareSunday we head off to ancient Rome, where tempers are boiling over… The Tarquin kings have been expelled and there are riots in the street, as citizens grapple for grain; they’re also not best pleased with the general Caius Marcius, who reciprocates their contempt. The ‘microbe’ for today is the boil, which is […]

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#MindTheBard: Leech (Henry V)

To kick off the week, we go once more unto the leech… Giant Microbes aren’t just about ‘germs’, as we shall see over the course of this week, with worms, organs & various other biomedical critters making up the collection. The humble leech has been sucked out of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known histories: Henry V. […]

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