Just in case any of you are interested, I spent more than three hours in casualty this morning getting my ribs checked out, and having had an x-ray the doctors think they are probably not fractured.  So they’ve given me stronger painkillers and told me to rest, which is fine by me.  And as I have a sedentary lifestyle, I will still be able to do some research.   At least, I assumed I would.  The trouble was that an hour after taking my first dose I started to feel most peculiar: dizzy and woozy and a bit nauseous.  It took me about quarter of an hour to realise that it was probably the painkillers, not the effect of reading Alice Hunt’s thesis, and I settled down for a nap on the sofa.  I felt a bit better when I woke up.  So I guess I’ll have to see how it goes over the next few days.

On the plus side, while sitting around in casualty I finished reading ‘Philip of Spain, King of England’ by Harry Kelsey.  Suffice to say that I will stilll wait for the definitive biography that Glyn Redworth intends to write.