Don’t ne­glect your brains

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

treats/tor­tures are not ev­ery­one’s idea of a good time. They also come at a cost and have to be bud­geted for.

How­ever I do feel sad that it has be­come al­most fash­ion­able in some quar­ters to ne­glect the most amaz­ing or­gan in our bod­ies – our brain – for­get­ting that knowl­edge is power, not a tight face or a taut fig­ure. Sur­geons who use their in­cred­i­ble skills to earn an easy buck re­ar­rang­ing bod­ies and faces when we need more trained medics to per­form es­sen­tial life-sav­ing op­er­a­tions also leave me cold.

The colum­nist who de­fended the pop­u­lar­ity of cos­metic surgery ended by say­ing that the fa­mous fe­males who ad­mit­ted get­ting ‘work’ done – did it to keep on the telly, and that some of their con­tem­po­raries may have aged more grace­fully but, ‘they have also faded into in­signif­i­cance’.

Well, I can tell you that Ger­maine Greer has not, and will never shrink into a dark cor­ner. I saw her at The Hay Fes­ti­val last month (talk­ing about Shake­speare’s Women) and, although grey haired and look­ing her age, her hu­mour, quick wit and feisti­ness meant she out­shone ev­ery­one there – both the smooth skinned and the wrin­klies.

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