Mad as a hatter . random notes

When thinking of things to research with similar topics to cuckoo my mind was instantly drawn to Lewis Carroll's Mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland. The phrase came from hat makers being intoxicated with mercury used to glue hats together or convert fur into felt back in the 1800s. The workers would be suffocated with mercury poisoning, with side effects of loss of coordination, slurred speech, loosening of teeth, memory loss, depression, irritability, and anxiety.

My mind started looking at people today, who are thought to be mad. Are they the modern mad hatters living amongst us? One man especially came to mind called "mad john" A man who is a legend within the Wandsworth and Merton community. cycling around the streets in union jack garments and a black top hat. It is rumored he was one happily married, living in Australia with his loving family, however sadly after the loss of his wife to turned to alcohol, losing his wealth . He is well known by police as a friendly harmless man living on the streets with strong opinions but turned away by others as he appears to be an old, drunk and violent figure. 

I feel mad john is a good reputation of one of the patients living in the ward, harmless to the public, however is judged on his behavior, 

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