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WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
You know Placebo and Nocebo.
Well, I’m researching some other significant Effects.
Gelatogenic ones: creating
laughter and releasing endogenous opiates which this man in the saloon
bar assured me are Good Things, Son, charging only £50 for what he
slipped into my Babycham.
THE GAZEBO EFFECT is an important, oh dear, angle on Erectile
Dysfunction. It’s the mirth from
watching grown men, lone or ad hoc team, trying to put up a fabric
garden gazebo – even when using an impatient instruction leaflet.
Those with OCD or nautical swear words are a bonus to watch.
THE PIZZABO EFFECT says: cool by the time of home delivery, all pizzas
taste alike. For greater
pleasure, eat the box they come in.
#EBO EFFECT “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” goes TS
Eliot’s Love Song of Alfred J Prufrock.
Were he writing today, Tom would perhaps replace spoons with #s
as the new popular pulse.
PLAICEBO EFFECT is the pleasure at filleting fish perfectly.
No bones to pick with that.
THE VISIBO EFFECT is a happy boon for us hard of hearing.
Switch on the TV subtitles.
They’re good for laughs in any solemn drama or soap, as many
discovered with the hapless Jamaica Inn.
Subtitles like THUD, SOUND OF STRANGULATION, MACAW SCREECHES,
MORRIS DANCING MUSIC, SOUND OF GAZEBO COLLAPSING enhance the pleasure as
you eat your pizza box while watching.
THE SPACEBO EFFECT is worth knowing.
It always seems to me that space to give the other person time
and silence to take things in is one essential of good writing (and
conversation). Commas, full
stops, paragraph breaks and pauses have that effect.
But here’s another literally inspiring take on space.
It’s the outcome in 2014 of a very real THUD, pause and BANG in
October 1943 that surfaced exactly 70 years on, during a metal-detecting
day at Tally Ho Farm at Winkfield near Bracknell.
For a big surprise and smile,
get out the smelling salts and see the great feel-good story at
While creating the Field, I saw a letter in the Guardian from Jackie
Bagnall, Director of the Centre for Peace and Global Studies at Sidcot,
a Quaker school in Somerset.
She said that the school provides pupils with a period of silence
each week, and that for over 300 years this has given them welcome
breathing space. So I asked
them to bottle some which we could embed in Thanksgiving Field.
Pupils duly gathered lungfuls and breathed them into a glass jar.
At the opening, we shook the jar and sprayed the air with silence
– amid much mirth and high-fives.
If you’re ever in the vicinity, visit the Field and grab a handful of
that breathing space. If not,
join the Happy Landings Club, so I can send you some breathing space
on-line to use in home or office.
You can also assign a Giving-thanks Seat – and be allowed to take
the day off on the birthday of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red
It’s, ahem, the Gibbo Effect. (CYMBALS CLASH).