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  1. Ian D Wacogne, Edition Editor
  1. General Paediatrics, Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ian D Wacogne, General Paediatrics, Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Birmingham, UK; ianwacogne{at}

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A gentleman is driving down a country lane, quite lost. He decides to ask for help, and spots a local yokel, in full-on cliche mode—meaning he’s sucking on a bit of straw and leaning on a five-bar gate. “Excuse me!” calls the driver. “Could you tell me the way to Worcesterdale?” The local thinks a while, sucks extra hard on his bit of straw, and eventually says “Well. I wouldn’t have started from here…”

I’m quite sure that very many of our more complex situations in medicine, and even in broader life, could be nicely summarised in bad jokes. This one is helpful for the situation where someone has measured something and they have a result which isn’t entirely helpful. Nor is the advice offered by the boss of a friend of mine …

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