From a scientific point of view I’ve always found the development of resistant bacterial strains both interesting and concerning but it wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that it became personal when my granddad pased away in part due to contracting a massive MRSA infection of his kidney’s whilst in hospital after having a stroke.
Now though it seems that MRSA has been taking a few more terrifying steps down evolutions path with the develpment of a highly communicable strain. Unlike standard MRSA, which is only communicable by essentially infection via breaks in skin (and as such has been confined for the most part to hospitals etc) this new strain is capable of transfer with only casual contact.
So how have we got here? there are a number of reasons mainly the overuse and missuse of antibiotics by doctors and patients, the use of antibiotics in agriculture (feed to chicken and cattle) and the widespread use of antibacterial soaps, washing powders, washing up liquid leading to a text book example of natural selection – with only the most resistant, most transferable and quickest replicating bacteria surviving.
With these new strains developing the ability to tranfer by simple contact, added to increased resistance to vancomysin, daptomycin and linezolid, the antibiotics which form our last line of our defence, this poses a very real threat to the health of millions.
Well its happened, big brother 5 started last night with much brew ha ha. 71 days of mind numbing escapist TV – designed to pacify the populace – its all a government conspiracy really with even Culture minister Tessa Jowell decribing it as a public service. Obviously over the coming weeks and months the singular talk in the mainstream press will be about the housemates – at the same time European and local elections will be taking place; which will, I guarantee, recieve considerably fewer votes than Big Brother.
It all reminds be of Robert Rankin Armageddon The musical where the populace is so suppressed in a post apocolyptic world that to pacify them the populace are forced to watch TV in order to obtain rations and services. But, instead of food here we end up in a huge commercial cycle – Big Brother has fueled an almost 100million pound increase in Channel4’s income – importantly since channel4 is a not for profit organisation the money raised from Big brother pays for more programming – in turn programming effects advertising revenue which in turn effects what we buy in the shops … which changes our economy – which effects employment … which effects who we vote for … which effects our health/education and foreign policy … all whilst we are pacified by the housemates, and turned into drones for the state
Oppose this Government Conspiracy
…..and ohhh and is Nadia really a bloke (no ones sex change could be that bad could it??) ???? and did that ugly bird Kitten really work as a prostitiute (who on earth would pay for that, I ask you??) ??? Is Shell really as nice as she appears…??? shes Scottish too so that canae be bad…what do you mean she’s seeing someone?….what do you mean she’s way out of my league ??….
For those of you that visit regularly you’ll have seen a few technical problems with this site over the last few days…hopefully were back now…
Anyway, I still feel like shit (groggy and a bit nauseous) which I’ve been feeling for about a week and a half now – can’t explain it and I’ve always been loath to go to the doctors so hopefully it’ll pass…
Also I have been getting my annual butt fucking by the student loans agency (again) …back in January I asked to defer, In march they got back to me with “we’ll need a letter from yourself stating that you have no income and your father and he isn’t supporting you financially” okay doke – that was sent off that day; the end of april saw the “your application for deferment was incomplete please provide bank statement and credit card bill to prove you have no income, ohh and by the way we’re going to start taking money off you in three days”, panicy I send of bank statement and credit card bill that day by recorded delivery….then silence they took of the first payment…about 4 days from the second payment due date I get “here are your documents back thank you we are still processing your deferment application”….fuck it…second payment is taken …. I ring up to find out what the fuck is going on ‘cos its getting close to a third payemtn date and my last two letters have gone unanswered … after about 30minutes on the phone I get “Ohhh but you’ve not provided us with proof of your overdraft facility so we’ve been sitting on it till you do”….my rather indignant reply of “why the hell wasn’t i told about this? why the hell was it not mentioned in any of my previous phone calls, or even when you sent my other documents back” (biting my tongue because its not the little call center girls fault), “oh we would have sent that out in a separate letter sir “…. “but I’ve never recieved any damn letter” …. “ohh” …. so I’m off to the bank today to get proof of my overdraft facility … personally I don’t see what thats got to do with the student loans agency … they’ve seen my bank statements with no income what are they expecting???
I thought it was the beer on Thursday (with Ricky) but I’ve been feeling shitty since Friday which isn’t good. Pulled myself along to see Rob, Ruth, Geraldine, Irish Andy and Martin in the shakespear on Friday (the first time I’ve seen most of them in years) which was great just catching up with folk – its strange how with some people you don’t know quite what to say and some people you can talk to as if you only saw them last week.
Rob & Martin were in town as his band ‘the ‘Revolutionary Bums’ were playing a gig in the old Town – but I was kept away by a bout of explosive diarrhea – sorry mate. Rob’s been sunnying himself ‘working for the government’ which I’m sure is a euphemism for being a spy but he assures me he works with gambling stuff…. hmmmm….works for the government and spends all day in the Casino….he’s bloody James Bond I’m sure of it….
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