Sunday, January 15, 2006

Tea and Sympathy

It appears that Mr Blair’s single-handed attempt to boost his respect campaign by cleaning graffiti from a wall in Tothill lasted a matter of days.

In the early hours of Friday morning the yobs delivered their emphatic response: "F*** off, keep off our land Blair" - spray-painted in 3ft-high letters across a 20ft section of the wall, leading a neighbouring housewife to comment "It's a bloody farce, isn't it? A meaningless publicity stunt which won't change anything."

On Friday night alone, within yards of the same wall, one man was stabbed and another was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

You may like to note that if you happen to work for a large company, the size of Tesco perhaps, you may be better off if a bird flu epidemic hits our shores. (You will see from the photograph that the Spanish have a unique approach to the problem.)

Companies are reportedly trying to buy up Tamiflu, the anti-viral vaccine drug, which could reduce the symptoms of bird flu - although it would not be a cure.

BUPA, the private health company, said that 30 per cent of the companies it insures had asked for stocks of Tamiflu for their staff but it had so far been unable to satisfy demand. Many clients had also asked to be supplied with face masks.

I guess that all that’s left to the non-essential rest of us is a cup of hot Lemsip. A comforting thought.


Anonymous said...

Someone pointed out in a 'coffe break' column of one of the national papers that in the 1918-1919 Influenza outbreak people working in warehouses where Cinnamon was stored didn't seem to catch the Flu. Maybe we should suck on a stick of cinnamon? An old Jewish remedy for a cold is chicken soup which supposedly damages the cold virus.

Anonymous said...

Incidentially how many more times have I got to listen to people tell me they've had a touch of the Flu? You either have it or you don't and when you get it it lays you up for 2 weeks which is what happened to me in the mid-1970s. Too many drama queens out there with heavy colds.