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Friday, November 06, 2009


The hype about Swine Flu hits new heights every day, and by now everyone locally equates it with bubonic plague and The End Of The World As We Know It.

This weather does not agree with my well-known chest weakness, and the other day I was coughing my way merrily home on the local bus, a gaudily painted affair clearly decorated by someone who needs to read less Harry Potter and definitely get out more. A young woman sitting behind me announced to the general public that it was a scandal to allow me to sit there infecting everyone with Swine Flu.....

Wet winter days do not bring out the best in me, and before the other passengers could have a whip round for the stake, faggots and tar barrels, I heard myself suggesting that my accuser was by the look of her probably herself harbouring quite a few diseases that she would be happy to pass on.

Silence. Which lasted till I got off.

Really, I shouldn`t be allowed.

But circumstances change. Last night I ate beans.

And today I concede that on the bus I was nobody`s friend.
It's silly. More people die of REGULAR flu every year than have died of H1N1 and people still are completely terrified of it. I blame the media's fearmongering. They always love making 'crises' for the rest of us to worry over (and tune into their channels to monitor, of course).
Yes, it`s just lack of other news that does it - and how they love a good epidemic! All journalists should be denied the vaccine.
Oh, good for you! I have morning allergies that lead to a sniff or two and a cough now and then on the bus. It is really quite amusing to watch everyone slide away from me.

Sorry that person was so mean.
I think it is the tip of the iceberg and we will see a lot more of this kind of reaction as the press whips up a flu panic.
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