This evening I watched the final of University Challenge and am amazed that young adults half my age know so much about so many diverse subjects. They even recognise music when hearing a bar or two! Me on the other hand, I'm as thick as pig shit, managed to answer 3 questions correctly and maybe understood a dozen others. Admitedly I did not hear some of the questions due to me cleverly smirking about the three I got right! Last year I read the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and by the time I read the last page I'd forgot the first half of the book and now I can't even remember where I put the book! Twice I read a very interesating book about Queen Victoria and still I remember very little. I read the History of Britain part 1-3 and? ..... not a thing! Why when I read to learn something useful does my brain act as my mouth does, dribbling away when trying to form words after a visit to the dentist? Information retention, how is it done?