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Oh, it's nothing, it's just 'man' flu.

Take an asprin.

Parry you should stick with that Avatar- it suits you

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Parry you should stick with that Avatar- it suits you

Celestial isn't it?

Thailands on plague alert right now. Also swine flu alert, bird flu alert, sometimes SARS alert.

Oh, and dengue alert and malaria alert and nasty diseased puss . . . well never mind.

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Celestial isn't it?

Thailands on plague alert right now. Also swine flu alert, bird flu alert, sometimes SARS alert.

Oh, and dengue alert and malaria alert and nasty diseased puss . . . well never mind.

Is that why cats end up in the pot..?

You couldn't mean..... :o

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Is that why cats end up in the pot..?

You couldn't mean..... :o

No, puss, actually puss. Comes out of the gutters after heavy rain storms.

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This is getting too much fun!

You can see them now...quick wipe out the sheeple, they are finding out too much...we are getting found out!

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No, puss, actually puss. Comes out of the gutters after heavy rain storms.

Lovely.... any more tea time topics :P

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Lovely.... any more tea time topics :P

Just wear stout wellingtons!

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Just wear stout wellingtons!

I've learn't so much since coming to HPC

You'll be telling me they have sheep too in a minute- oh- sorry.... oops

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I've learn't so much since coming to HPC

You'll be telling me they have sheep too in a minute- oh- sorry.... oops

No but that's a f£$king good idea.

Heat resistant sheep. With asbestos like woolly coats.

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Another one to add to the list.

I wonder what would happen to Chinese GDP if swine flu and the plague hit together!!!! :o

Which list?

Is this some awful, dire, litany of woe your composing?

Post something cheerful and happy for the rest of the week as your penance!

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Celestial isn't it?

Thailands on plague alert right now. Also swine flu alert, bird flu alert, sometimes SARS alert.

Oh, and dengue alert and malaria alert and nasty diseased puss . . . well never mind.

Graceful I'd say.

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Graceful I'd say.

Owww . . . that description might not fit so well with Parry, avatar now under review.

It's the Monty Python God from The Holy Grail.

I've got one where the mouth moves up and down now and again, but file size too big for this forum.

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How will the Pneumonic Plague Pandemic play out Aug 2009 onwards ?

1. First Case recorded, China

2. First 3 Deaths recorded, China

3. Plague begins to infect numerous Chinese

4. Many Chinese begin to die

5. First Cases are recorded outside China in neighbouring country

6. WHO Makes Global Announcement of Possible Pandemic

7. First Cases are recorded outside China in the 'West'

8. WHO Raises Pandemic Alert Level to 4 on a 6 point scale

9. Plague starts to infect numerous individuals in countries near China

10. Many Death outside China

11. WHO Raises Pandemic Alert Level to 5

12. Restriction put on movement of citizens in US and Europe regards going overseas

13. First Cases recorded in Europe and US

14. WHO raises Pandemic to Alert Level 6 (Maximum)

15. Schools & Busineses close - countries begin to shutdown

16. Multiple deaths around the world (50% Mortality)

17. Mutations occurs as Plague spreads

18. Global Devastation 90% infected 70% Mortality

Stage 1-4 (Aug), Stage 5-8 (Sept), Stage 9-12 (Nov), Stage 13-15 (Dec), Final Stages (2010)

Not much time left (when will the first Non-Chinese DIE?) - PROTECT YOURSELVES (Red Cross on your door)

Daddy Bear

Edited by Daddy Bear

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There are billions too many people on this planet.

I agree, about 6 billion too many for my liking.

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I agree, about 6 billion too many for my liking.

Been here before

In the early 1330s an outbreak of deadly bubonic plague occurred in China. The bubonic plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people. Once people are infected, they infect others very rapidly. Plague causes fever and a painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it gets its name. The disease also causes spots on the skin that are red at first and then turn black.

Since China was one of the busiest of the world's trading nations, it was only a matter of time before the outbreak of plague in China spread to western Asia and Europe. In October of 1347, several Italian merchant ships returned from a trip to the Black Sea, one of the key links in trade with China. When the ships docked in Sicily, many of those on board were already dying of plague. Within days the disease spread to the city and the surrounding countryside. An eyewitness tells what happened:

bubonic plague"Realizing what a deadly disaster had come to them, the people quickly drove the Italians from their city. But the disease remained, and soon death was everywhere. Fathers abandoned their sick sons. Lawyers refused to come and make out wills for the dying. Friars and nuns were left to care for the sick, and monasteries and convents were soon deserted, as they were stricken, too. Bodies were left in empty houses, and there was no one to give them a Christian burial."

The disease struck and killed people with terrible speed. The Italian writer Boccaccio said its victims often

"ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors in paradise."

By the following August, the plague had spread as far north as England, where people called it "The Black Death" because of the black spots it produced on the skin. A terrible killer was loose across Europe, and Medieval medicine had nothing to combat it.

In winter the disease seemed to disappear, but only because fleas--which were now helping to carry it from person to person--are dormant then. Each spring, the plague attacked again, killing new victims. After five years 25 million people were dead--one-third of Europe's people.

Even when the worst was over, smaller outbreaks continued, not just for years, but for centuries. The survivors lived in constant fear of the plague's return, and the disease did not disappear until the 1600s.

Medieval society never recovered from the results of the plague. So many people had died that there were serious labor shortages all over Europe. This led workers to demand higher wages, but landlords refused those demands. By the end of the 1300s peasant revolts broke out in England, France, Belgium and Italy.

The disease took its toll on the church as well. People throughout Christendom had prayed devoutly for deliverance from the plague. Why hadn't those prayers been answered? A new period of political turmoil and philosophical questioning lay ahead.

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