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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.128.38.90
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 12:08 am:   

Latest on Bird Flu: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18534676
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 01:23 pm:   

Hmmmm. Personally, I try not to think about these kinds of things too much. I used to spend lots of time and energy worrying about some apocalyptic future, but nowadays I just enjoy the present.

I think 2001 was one of the turning points for me. First there was the nationwide foot and mouth outbreak. Living in the countryside, and right next to a moor full of sheep, it was a worrying time with some horrible scenes of burning carcasses on the TV (fortunately, "our" sheep were spared that fate).

Then, on 9th September, my hubby got his hand trapped in a machine at work. Fortunately, his mate switched it off in time and there was relatively little damage, but it could have been so much worse.

So there we both were, thinking this year can't possibly get any worse, can it? Hubby was off work, on the sofa watching telly and nursing his broken fingers on the morning of the 11th September. And the rest is history, as they say - that year really did get so much worse.

The fallout from 9/11 - with my worries about who Bush was likely to invade/bomb next - got me to the point of thinking I'd drive myself mad worrying about the end of the world as we know it. So, nowadays, I just don't worry about it any more.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.128.38.90
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 02:38 pm:   

I agree with that, Caroline, generally.
But Horror writers need to steep themselves in all manner of concepts real and unreal, perhaps.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.155.144.90
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 03:07 pm:   

True, Des, but I have found myself very able to dream them up when I'm happy. I was born anxious.

As an aside, maybe I was - every grain of me still screams at my being adopted, is working it out in everything I write or do. The memory of a vanishing parent with no explanation of why or where she had gone must have left a terrible scar on that baby. It's distorted everything.
This adoption counsellor once told me 'We mustn't blame all your flaws on adoption' but I do, and always will. If I think it's it, it must be.
Sorry to go on - I've never really talked about it before.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.18.174.156
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 03:30 pm:   

You did to me, Tony. As you know, I'm adopted as well and it left me with as many strengths as it did weaknesses, I believe, especially after tracking down my biological parents. I realised what a lucky escape I had had!! Long story and what happens in 9 out of 10 cases, apparently.

Were you told from as young as you were able to understand, as I was, or did it come as a later shock revelation? It does make all the difference, believe me.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.155.144.90
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 03:54 pm:   

I meant on here I suppose...
Your story was awful, Stevie. I was told all along but have huge rejection issues, even stretching to pity for rejected objects and films or books, or even concepts. Pity for rejected concepts, for God's sake. It's enough to drive you mad.
I've just been unfriended on FB for not really interracting with my half brother, and pretty much ignore my half sister, both just because they're more odd than me. It's tuned me sort of nasty - unless I am just nasty anyway.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 82.18.174.156
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 - 04:39 pm:   

You're about as nasty as a daffodil, Tony. I mean that as a compliment lol.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.148.174.63
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 08:47 am:   

There seems to be a "scary outbreak" of Avian Flu:
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-03-14/patna/37712584_1_avian-fl u-virus-bird-flu-poultry-farm
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.24.62.55
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:45 pm:   

This past 2 weeks I've had the worst dose of flu I can ever remember. it really knocked me on my back and seemed impossible to shake. Scarily, nearly everyone I know over here has been down with it as well - family, friends and in work. I've been saying this winter feels more like the big one than any of the previous panics of recent years. Anyway the antibiotics seem to have done the trick as I'm feeling much better the last couple of days but it was a mighty bad dose that had me thinking "Captain Trips" the longer it went on...
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.30.193.158
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:35 pm:   

Sorry to hear that, Stevie. It hasn't reached the English Midlands there's been a quite nasty respiratory infection doing the rounds here but I don't think it's flu, it's not incapacitating, just rather debilitating. BTW it must have been an antiviral they gave you, treating flu with an antibiotic would be about as useful as putting a DVD into a video recorder. Glad you're on the mend.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.24.62.55
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 01:42 pm:   

I came down with a very painful eye infection along with all the classic flu symptoms. They gave me a course of co-amoxiclav, which I'll be finished tomorrow, and chloramphenicol eye drops and ointment which cleared up my red swollen eyes within a couple of days thank feck. Bed rest, paracetamol, hot lemons, plenty of fruit and berroca (swear by the stuff) did the rest.
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.24.62.55
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 02:15 pm:   

Not going to risk a St Patrick's Day blocking session this year as I'm still getting over the flu. Gonna sit in with a nice horror triple bill instead:

'The Mystery Of The Wax Museum' (1933) by Michael Curtiz(!) - for the first time since I was a kid to give it fair comparison to the great Vincent Price remake [see above].

'The House Of Lost Souls' (1989) by Umberto Lenzi - feature length film made for Italian cable TV as part of the 'House Of Doom' series along with Lenzi's 'The House Of Witchcraft' and Lucio Fulci's 'The House Of Clocks' (watched it and it's one of his best!) & 'The Sweet House Of Horrors'. All four were deemed too violent for broadcast and went straight to video as "lost films" of these two Italian horror greats. What a world!

'Donnie Darko' (2001) by Richard Kelly - first time I'll have watched the 20 minutes longer Director's Cut version and first viewing since the original on the big screen 12 years ago when I came out half impressed and half bemused. Some serious reappraisal is long overdue.

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