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

Posted By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 5:06 pm In Current affairs | Comments Disabled

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 Comment By Leon On 18th October, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

w00t! First post!

I feel special now…:D

#2 Comment By Jai On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Leon On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By suck-my-chitterjuice On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Jai On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

Re: post #4

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

#6 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

What’s he on about?

#7 Comment By Chairwoman On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

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

#8 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:24 pm

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

#10 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

Katy,

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

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

and then being walled up? Unless you go private.

#11 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

Damn, plague.

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

#12 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

What happens if you go private?

#13 Comment By ZinZin On 18th October, 2006 @ 6:55 pm

He will wash his hands.

#14 Comment By Vikrant On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

One of my close firend passed away…

[2] http://amey.pickledpolitics.com/?p=43

#15 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

Cupping.

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

#16 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

Cupping.

link didn’t work. Scroll down.

[3] http://www.drmindyboxer.com/articles.html

#17 Comment By Vikrant On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:09 pm

Alternate medicine is all hogwash.

#18 Comment By sonia On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

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

#19 Comment By sonia On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:49 pm

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

#21 Comment By sonia On 18th October, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

oh good katy! :-)

#22 Comment By sonia On 18th October, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

they’re closing down Desi Pundit? oh..

#23 Comment By Vikrant On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Vikrant On 18th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

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

#26 Comment By Don On 18th October, 2006 @ 9:58 pm

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

#27 Comment By Katy On 18th October, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

*twitches*

#28 Comment By Sunny On 19th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Katy On 19th October, 2006 @ 12:06 am

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

#30 Comment By Katy On 19th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Vladimir On 19th October, 2006 @ 12:43 am

It’s a funny video (well I thought it was funny. [4] 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 Comment By Nyrone On 19th October, 2006 @ 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.

[5] http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article1880050.ece

#33 Comment By Sunny On 19th October, 2006 @ 12:52 am

Does Twinings Lemon and Ginger Tea count as ginger?

That’s for wimps :|

#34 Comment By Vikrant On 19th October, 2006 @ 6:01 am

That’s for wimps :|

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

#35 Comment By Jai On 19th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Chairwoman On 19th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By bananabrain On 19th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Jai On 20th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Jai On 20th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By sonia On 20th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Chairwoman On 20th October, 2006 @ 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 Comment By Don On 20th October, 2006 @ 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.’

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

#43 Comment By Chairwoman On 20th October, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

Aaarrrgggghhhh!


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