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    Weekend sunshine thread

    by Sunny on 4th July, 2009 at 3:22 pm    

    Most of you should be out there in the sun taking in the Vitamin D and getting a tan. But for those who aren’t, this thread is here to ask: why not?

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    1. Don — on 4th July, 2009 at 3:47 pm  

      Because I have bloody swine flu and must shun society for the next few days.

      Since most of the rest of you will probably get it fairly soon, let me assure that while it is no fun, it’s no worse than ordinary flu and a damn sight better than the winter vomitting bug.

    2. Riz Din — on 4th July, 2009 at 4:26 pm  

      Because there is no sun where I am.

      But you raise a serious issue relevant to ethnic minorities. I have spent several hours researching vitamin D and sunlight and am therefore a renowned expert in the field, but I will share. I’ve written a few posts on my blog at , If you can’t be bothered to click the gist is that the standard recommendation of 10 minutes sun exposure is for light skinned folk. We need more, a lot more. For asian women who favour full coverage clothing, it’s even worse because very little skin is exposed.

      I’m going to the doctors on Monday to find out more about and maybe get a blood test, but from what I’ve learned, almost all asians have inadequate vitamin D levels, and there are a host of ailments that can result from this deficiency, from weak bones (calcium on its own isn’t enough!) to neural problems.

      If it’s sunny, do as Sunny says and git some of those rays. And you know those mid-day hours that are only good for mad dogs and englishmen? You’ll only get enough vitamin D if you go out during this time, without sun block.

      Here’s a general piece that may be of interest:

    3. Denim Justice — on 4th July, 2009 at 5:00 pm  

      I’m wearing a Burka. (j/k)

      Happy 4th of July!

      Sunny + Vitamin D = Sunny D

    4. asquith — on 4th July, 2009 at 5:27 pm  

      Because I’m decorating my dad’s house. Luckily I will be paid for this work. It is fairly shite.

      Also the weather here isn’t very good anyway, we keep having showers.

    5. Shatterface — on 4th July, 2009 at 6:13 pm  

      I’ve been in various pubs since 1pm (abanoned one because of fire next door).

      Sunlight is the risk you take moving from one to another.

    6. Shatterface — on 4th July, 2009 at 6:22 pm  

      Oh, had to kill wasps earlier. I’ve got a nest in the air vent in my bedroom and I dont fancy sharing my bed with hymenoptera when I get home, no matter how pissed I am. Beer goggles don’t extend to those with ovipositors.

    7. Rumbold — on 4th July, 2009 at 8:05 pm  


      You weren’t at a swine flu party were you?

    8. Don — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:26 pm  


      Every day is a virus party where I work.

    9. lc holmfirth — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:56 pm  

      Cos i am really fat and normally wear sweatshirts to hide my manboobs, and cannot wear t shirts. I would wear my normal apparel but then I also get ridiculed for wearing winter wear in summer. That is the real reason, and I hate myself for this. I have caught up on my reading though.

    10. Vikrant — on 4th July, 2009 at 10:34 pm  

      *sunshine* ? where? I’m stuck in his hick Indiana town for independence day and its pissing down! So no fireworks >.<..

    11. Denim Justice — on 4th July, 2009 at 11:31 pm  

      Out of interest, this is sure to be a big story:

      That is one f*cked up homophobe. He also hates Islam, and immigrants (yes, I know, he obviously hasn’t looked in the mirror and realised he is one himself).

    12. Jai — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:25 pm  


      Sorry to hear you’ve been hit by the swine flu bug. Get well soon, mate.

    13. Don — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:43 pm  

      Cheers, Jai.

      Just glad to get it before the hols and while it is still fairly mild.

    14. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 3:00 pm  

      Don, I hope you get better soon. How did you know you had the swine flu? Are the symptoms any different from normal flu? Just wondering if I have to go to the doctor every time I have flu symptoms.

    15. halima — on 5th July, 2009 at 3:12 pm  


      Hope you feel better very soon, you are the first person i have heard who has got it . I am sorry.

    16. halima — on 5th July, 2009 at 3:17 pm  


      And we need my favourite Picklar back on form…

    17. Don — on 5th July, 2009 at 3:50 pm  

      Gosh thanks everyone. Feel free to say ‘Poor little bunny’.

      It basically normal flu symptoms, in this case a mild fever and chills, tight chest, raw throat, dry cough, aching muscles and swimmy vision. Not all the time, comes in waves. My GP diagnosed it over the phone, they have given up on testing and containment but it is the only flu around at the moment so I’ve been told to take Tamiflu, treat it as a normal flu and avoid people for five days. Don’t go to the surgery; phone in symptoms and get someone to pick up the scrip.

      It’s not that bad, lemsip and honey (shot of scotch optional) eases the symptoms and if there are no underlying health problems then it’s just an inconvenience. Should be fit for work Tuesday.

      Halima, that’s very sweet of you.

    18. Vikrant — on 5th July, 2009 at 4:50 pm  

      Hope you get better soon Don… Funny how swine flu has disappeared of the radar here in America!

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