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    It’s the midweek at home with-the-bubonic-plague open thread!


    by Katy on 18th October, 2006 at 5:06 pm    

    I have been off work for two days with bubonic plague. It is definitely bubonic plague. There is no question about it. However, I have discovered that the worst thing about having bubonic plague is that everyone else thinks it’s just the flu. Or (even more irritatingly) a bad cold.

    But it is not. It is bubonic plague.

    It is like being in one of those disaster films where the central character is a charismatic but shy geeky sort of type who KNOWS that there is a disaster brewing, but no-one will listen to him until it is too late and he has to save the world alone using only a Diet Pepsi can and Jello (product placement you know) and aided only by the disgraced cop/ maverick scientist/ struggling freelance journalist/ homeless person/ dog who was written in to pep up the dialogue and deliver the witty one-liners for the trailers to cut to.

    Anyway, I was going to put a comment on one of the threads demanding sympathy, but there wasn’t really a thread that could accommodate that sort of comment, and then I noticed that some of the threads had gone off topic slightly.

    “Aha,” I said to myself, “the Picklers are crying out for a midweek open thread!”

    And so here it is. Normal rules apply (i.e. no politics or depressing serious stuff). I thank you.



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    1. Leon — on 18th October, 2006 at 5:37 pm  

      w00t! First post!

      I feel special now…:D

    2. Jai — on 18th October, 2006 at 5:42 pm  

      Now now Leon, we’ve always known you’re, er, “special”…..

      =>”product placement you know”

      Speaking of product placement, may I take this opportunity to recommend this new starter item Pizza Hut have recently introduced on their menu (and by Pizza Hut, I’m not talking about HuT). It’s potato wedges with salsa and cheese topping — absolutely fantastic.

      Quite filling too, so order a smaller pizza if you’re going for a main course too.

      Right, I think that’s about as non-political as a post can get…..

    3. Leon — on 18th October, 2006 at 5:43 pm  

      Now now Leon, we’ve always known you’re, er, “special”…..

      OI! Some how I don’t think that was a compliment.>:[

    4. suck-my-chitterjuice — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:05 pm  

      Is this even allowed? Where are the PP facist-pig type posters who would love to just, like, shit on everybody in here? Could this be a post by ‘the man’ to help him work out who deserves a good whipping?

    5. Jai — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:10 pm  

      Re: post #4

      This isn’t a North American blog. We’re not that hypersensitive or blindly PC here ;)

    6. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:12 pm  

      What’s he on about?

    7. Chairwoman — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:17 pm  

      Jai - wedges with salsa and cheese sounds nice. I had the breaded mushrooms yesterday.

    8. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:19 pm  

      I am afraid that suck-my-chitterjuice has unmasked me.

      I use the open threads to work out who is On Side and who is Not On Side.

      I report the Not On Side people to a shadowy cabal of world-stage movers and shakers who I meet with once a month. It is nice. We have pastries.

      The On Side people I tolerate, because they amuse me.

    9. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:24 pm  

      And I would have gotten away with it too if it hadn’t been for you pesky commenters

    10. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:35 pm  

      Katy,

      You do realise that standard procedure for bubonic plage is a visit from this dude;

      http://webs.wichita.edu/mschneegurt/biol103/lecture14/physician.jpg

      and then being walled up? Unless you go private.

    11. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:37 pm  

      Damn, plague.

      Bubonic plage ( or Plage de Buboe) was an inexplicably unsuccesful French holiday resort.

    12. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:39 pm  

      What happens if you go private?

    13. ZinZin — on 18th October, 2006 at 6:55 pm  

      He will wash his hands.

    14. Vikrant — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:00 pm  

      One of my close firend passed away…

      http://amey.pickledpolitics.com/?p=43

    15. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:02 pm  

      Cupping.

      javascript:launchwin(’cupping_video.html’ , ‘newwindow’ ,’height=470,width=470, scrollbars=yes’)

    16. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:06 pm  

      Cupping.

      link didn’t work. Scroll down.

      http://www.drmindyboxer.com/articles.html

    17. Vikrant — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:09 pm  

      Alternate medicine is all hogwash.

    18. sonia — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:31 pm  

      bubonic plague? katy that sounds a wee bit worrying..

    19. sonia — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:46 pm  

      ive booked tickets to go to india! yeah! on the not so great front, i have to fill in some ’special’ visa application form as im bangladeshi..as do pakistanis and sri lankans. sigh.

    20. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:49 pm  

      Don’t worry, Sonia, it is just the 24 hour plague.

    21. sonia — on 18th October, 2006 at 7:57 pm  

      oh good katy! :-)

    22. sonia — on 18th October, 2006 at 8:01 pm  

      they’re closing down Desi Pundit? oh..

    23. Vikrant — on 18th October, 2006 at 8:19 pm  

      ive booked tickets to go to india! yeah! on the not so great front, i have to fill in some ’special’ visa application form as im bangladeshi.

      Actually Sonia, we have our problems with Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. 20 million of them if GoI is to be believed. Wonders whats up with Sri Lankans? LTTE perhaps…. Do call upon meh if ur coming down to Bombay!

    24. Vikrant — on 18th October, 2006 at 8:21 pm  

      re:Katy

      Hope u get better soon. Plague is not exactly common is it? No doubt Daily Bile will try to pin it on immigrant rats.

    25. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 9:40 pm  

      Immigrant Islamonazi rats, intent upon setting up a caliphate in my bedroom. I knew this was no ordinary cold!

    26. Don — on 18th October, 2006 at 9:58 pm  

      They’re in an axis of evil with the spiders.

    27. Katy — on 18th October, 2006 at 10:02 pm  

      *twitches*

    28. Sunny — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:00 am  

      Katy - lots of tea and ginger! Indian custom demands that any illness should initially be treated with lots of ginger. Especially colds….

      Tastes a bit nasty but cut little pieces and boil it with water and then use the water for your tea. Get Chairwoman to make it! heh!

    29. Katy — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:06 am  

      Does Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea count as ginger? Because that is very very nice.

    30. Katy — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:34 am  

      I only just caught Don’s amusing plague/plage typo. My standards are slipping, dammit. It is the plague, messing with my head.

    31. Vladimir — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:43 am  

      It’s a funny video (well I thought it was funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DM7q4zYWU8

      People named Fiona, who wear wishy washy scarves, and wear dangly earrings (yeh the cheap ones, that are sold are market stalls), should be forced to eat their own shit, thus having to choke on their vomit and eventually dieing!

      Discuss…

    32. Nyrone — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:44 am  

      Katy

      Here are some tips to beat Flu/Cold, but to be honest what you describe sounds more like the Black Death.

      http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article1880050.ece

    33. Sunny — on 19th October, 2006 at 12:52 am  

      Does Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea count as ginger?

      That’s for wimps :|

    34. Vikrant — on 19th October, 2006 at 6:01 am  

      That’s for wimps :|

      Oye who r u callin a wimp??? i cant do without Twinnings.

    35. Jai — on 19th October, 2006 at 7:01 pm  

      Someone needs to prescribe Katy that disgusting-but-effective Haldi/Turmeric-Honey-Milk concoction which is a time-honoured Indian auntie remedy for the flu.

      Chairwoman — Is it just me, or has the waiter/waitress service in Pizza Hut (especially Lakeside & Bluewater) suddenly improved massively during the past few months ? It’s all very American these days (in a good way).

    36. Chairwoman — on 19th October, 2006 at 7:30 pm  

      Jai - It was the boy on the bike here at Chateau Newton. I have to confess that I’ve only been past Bluewater. Is it fun? Could I terrorise people from my mobility scooter?

    37. bananabrain — on 19th October, 2006 at 7:57 pm  

      bananabrain recommends curry together with bb’s hot toddy: lime juice cordial + honey + hot water + a shot of irish whiskey and/or green ginger wine.

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    38. Jai — on 20th October, 2006 at 11:38 am  

      Chairwoman,

      I’m not sure if you’d be allowed to “terrorise” anyone, but yes it would be easy for you to drive around inside there, the place has pretty good facilities for all that and the “walkways” are fairly wide (albeit crowded on the weekends).

      Bluewater is very big so it can be a little tiring wandering around there, but I would strongly recommend it if you haven’t visited the place before. Lots of faux-marble, in some ways it’s vaguely like the inside of a palace (if you go there you’ll see what I mean). Huge open-plan food court with lots of stalls, also a nice Pizza Hut; there’s also another eating area on the ground floor which has some good Tex-Mex restaurants, along with Chinese, Spanish tapas etc. Very nice atmosphere too, I absolutely love it there. And there’s a huge Waterstone’s too if you’re a bookworm.

      Oh yes, by the way, I also recommend the pretzel stand on the ground floor too, if you like some freshly-baked salty or cinammon pretzels ;)

    39. Jai — on 20th October, 2006 at 11:40 am  

      PS. There’s a new “Yo Sushi” there too, if you’re into that kind of food. Quite a large selection, but there is sometimes a long queue for tables.

    40. sonia — on 20th October, 2006 at 5:45 pm  

      ha ha Vikrant im sure india has good reason to be paranoid. :-) yes i am coming to Bombay actually as that’s where the wedding will be. will be hanging round for new years’ eve which is meant to be on some beach around, and then hopefully off to Calcutta and then a swing up to Darjeeling. Am also hoping to get a quick trip to dhaka to see my parents assuming the indian govt. will let me back in to to catch my flight out from bombay. sighs. no fair as i was saying to my husband he gets to fill in one form and its all fine and dandy for him and there’s me with all sorts of other forms and horror - the chance of not being let in! as ive already got my ticket ill be MOST annoyed if that happens! When my best friend from school got married in Karachi i didn’t get to go - id booked me ticket planned everything but being somewhat more of a procrastinator back in the day i went to the pakistani embassy about 2 weeks before i was due to fly. turns out they were like ‘ha ha but miss, you are bangladeshi - why we would have to refer your passport back to pakistan - and i was like how long would that take? 4 months was the reply. so that was that!

      anyways, have a good weekend folks. Katy i hope you’re much better?

    41. Chairwoman — on 20th October, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

      Jai - Was going to suggest that Katy and I went there this weekend, but now I have been struck down by the bubonic plague thingy. Sniffle sniffle cough cough.

    42. Don — on 20th October, 2006 at 5:56 pm  

      Try this;

      ‘The spiders are also believed to have a range of medicinal properties. For the treatment of coughs and bad chests, for example, a live spider is grilled (frying is believed to worsen the chest problems), and left outside overnight to collect dew, before being eaten.’

      http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/food_and_drink/features/article1639226.ece

    43. Chairwoman — on 20th October, 2006 at 6:36 pm  

      Aaarrrgggghhhh!

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