18th January 2012 - The Blog has Landed!
Greetings all and welcome to the occasional, intermittent and incongruous blog of Dr Oli. I'll be posting as and when I come across anything that might be of interest to our friendly diving brethren. The intention is to edify and amuse in roughly equal amounts, although for a guaranteed dose of the latter, I urge you to visit our fave dive instruct-or's blog.
I hope you all managed to catch BBC2's recent documentary on human physiology at depth, To Boldly Go. If not, guide your restless mouse fingers over to Dr Kevin Fong's very watchable programme on how our species' implacable urge to explore has driven us to overcome our physiological limitations, and descend to quite remarkable depths. It contained some great footage of oxygen toxicity, saturation diving and the effect of 5 atmospheres on a glass of champagne (or was it Prosecco - BBC budget cuts are clearly biting!) Having known Kevin for several years, I was able to forgive his use of the split infinitive in the title, particularly as he managed to explain some quite complex physiological concepts in a clear and entertaining way. Plus he recommended his wedding photographer to me, who did an exceptional job at my recent nuptials. So give the good doc a viewing and allow him to properly demystify the raptures and perils of the deep - see what I did there?
OliDr Oliver Firth