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Why Jacaranda you ask? In case you are reading this the other side of the world and are not sure, Jacaranda is the name of a beautiful tree, which blooms around Oct/Nov, mostly in the Eastern states of Australia. Its flowers are the most exquisite shade of blue-purple, the nearest comparison probably being hyacinth blue, so who could not be inspired to write by such a spiritual colour? When the jacarandas start to blossom, you know it's exam time, but you also know that Christmas is just around the corner. It is said that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head as you walk underneath a tree, good fortune is sure to follow, so guess who did a lot of walking under jacaranda trees! Watch this space for changing images of this lovely tree!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Would you take 'supplements' to enhance your creativity?

While watching a fascinating episode of Insight - described as Australia's leading forum for ideas - on SBS TV this evening (when I should have been doing coursework) about IQ, Emotional Intelligence, the brain and memory, I was both horrified and intrigued to hear that some perfectly healthy people take not just herbal supplements, but medicinal drugs, such as those used in the treatment of Alzheimers, to enhance cognitive ability and memory. One was a young man who wanted to get better grades. So, as a writer, or student writer, how far would you or do you go to enhance your creativity? I'm not talking about recreational drugs (and don't want to hear about those), but herbal or vitamin supplements and medicinal drugs with claims to enhancing creativity. Do such things exist? And if so, is it cheating to take them?

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