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Eternal Pizza of the Avian Pandemic Kind

Tonight ended up with me on the couch eating pizza and watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Eternal Sunshine is still, in my mind, a fantastic film and one I do seem to get rather emotional over. Pizza was really just because I got back from Germany too late to do any shopping and didn't have any food (or rather nothing I wanted to eat or combine into a meal....) in the house.

In regards to the possibility of a bird flu pandemic. What are peoples thoughts? Scare-mongering or something to really start preparing for? Stocking piling that extra few bottles of water/tinned foods on each shopping trip, ordering a weeks supply of Tamiflu pills from the States (10 pills for $98!!!! - although it is free world-wide shipping!)? Catching up with friends/family just in case they fall foul to the 50% mortality rate?

You know, cheerful stuff like that!

Btw, apparently wearing gloves and washing your hands will do you a lot more good than some of those small poxy masks a few people have got. Me, big gloves and reconditioned combat-grade repiratory mask are in the offing!!! (Well, maybe not :p)

Oh, I gave the Ladytron CD a second listen this evening and it does seem to be very good. Will be throwing it into my bag to play at work tomorrow along with a few other reasonably recent releases that I've not had time to play much of yet.

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angusabranson
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
**Must meet up for drinkies and chat some time soon?**

What? So I can catch your disease????

I "DON'T" think so sir! :p

Oh, alright then. What days/evenings are you free?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 16th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
"In regards to the possibility of a bird flu pandemic. What are peoples thoughts?"

Statistically you're far more likely to die from food poisoning.
angusabranson
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)
Statisics are fun. You are more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than win the jackpot in the UK Lottery if you buy you're ticket more than a day and a half in advance to the lotto draw!
silver_blue
Oct. 16th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
For the moment, I'll just stay away from chickens, ducks and geese. :)
angusabranson
Oct. 16th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Does that also mean not eating any of the above too?

Our food supply does seem to be continually shrinking these days! Shame as I really do enjoy chicken/duck/turkey :(

Christmas won't be the same with the artificially made food pills and hundred times filtered H20 supplement :(
pond823
Oct. 16th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
As far as I know you can't catch flu from meat. It's the live animals that are dangerous.

I think the Romanian thing is a red herring, it doesn't really matter where it mutates and jumps to humans. I also believe that this strain was found in europe in 1993 or something, so it's been here before and not got us. Your probably more likely to catch something serious from returning emergency workers from Pakistan...!
angusabranson
Oct. 16th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we should cull all of them when they return?
daver2323
Oct. 16th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
Why can't it be a cool virus, like 'Rage' from 28 days later.
It'd be more like playing a LARP, only there's a very good chance
you might actually die.

dave
oldson
Oct. 16th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
There is that theory :)

At the end of the day, if half the country drops dead from avian flu, it's not being dead that worries me, it's what the remaining half do when most of the services stop functioning and suddenly food is a luxury and not a commodity.

In truth, if half the town drops dead, I'll start being concerned, but _until_ half the town drops dead, I'll not be too concerned about it, age old theory, if armageddon arrives, you can be the most prepared bugger on the planet, all it takes is a badly placed nuke and you're done.

No fear, live vicariously :)
lulucthulhu
Oct. 16th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
Basic hygeine thoughts...
I'd be ecstatic if more people washed their hands more often. It's amazing just how filthy some people are.

And don't get me started on how many people I see sitting in their cars assuming that because they're not concentrating at the lights, that nobody else can see or cares if they pick their nasal or aural orifices more extensively than is generally acceptable in polite company.

Sorry. more detail than was requred. Zombievision(tm) takes over some days.
lapinenoireuk
Oct. 17th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
As I understand it there has been a total of 60 deaths worldwide.

Most of these were people working directly with poultry farms in the far east

How these 60 deaths (tragic though they are) suddenly leaps to a prediction of 50,000 dead in the UK alone I do not know ?

oldson
Oct. 17th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
Because if you put a high death toll on it, then people start to panic.

To be honest, the scientific community is on a loss any way you want to look at it, if they're wrong, everyone accuses them of scaremongering, if they're right, the world ends............

Not an industry I'd want to be in, fervently hoping every day that you're wrong.
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