I’ve been on holiday recently and been fortunate enough to have had beautiful weather. For those of you strangers to my home country, Scotland, you might not be aware of just how wet it can be. I remember being told recently that it was not unusual for it to rain on more than 200 days each year. But, although it has rained for the past week and is raining just now, my wife and I had a beautiful fortnight. A couple of highlights are sitting outside the Bowmore distillery on Islay (a beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland) having a picnic under blazing sunshine and flying on the seaplane from Oban to Glasgow. In fact, it had been so warm and dry that the distillery was concerned about its water supply drying out. Tragedy! I’m sure the rain since will have sorted that.

It’s good to return to work and I attended a meeting of Scotland’s Futures Forum two weeks ago looking at the possible of impact of technology such as fMRI imaging and how it is helping neuro-scientists to read our thoughts. We did not come to any conclusions but our deliberations will be passed to the Members of the Scottish Parliament to, we hope, influence their future actions.

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