Needles are one of the earliest tools that mankind created and used. The earliest example was found in the Potok Caves in modern day Slovenia, made of bone it dates to around 40,000 years ago.
Needles were used primarily to make and repair clothing but needles have many uses.
A needle can lance a boil or it can burst a balloon, in the hands of a pathologist it can draw blood, and in the hands of a doctor it can vaccinate a child.
This blog is a metaphorical needle with many uses.
This blog was not created as simply a platform to express my own views but my earnest hope is that others who comment on other blogs will contribute to this one and be credited and perhaps even take ownership of it as an equal partner.
If you are interested in becoming part of ’The Needle’ team, have any essay you wish to see published (not simply as a comment on someone else’s blog) or have an idea for a topic which you would like to see discussed, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .