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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 12 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Are you prepared?

The Scene
On their way back to Earth, having been away for many years trying to discover a cure for avian flu, astronaut Bernard Matthews and his crew are brought out of their cryogenic sleep as their ship intercepts an interstellar distress signal. They crash-land on a planet that seems uninhabited, but are soon enslaved by giant, English-speaking chickens in leather jackets.

Sample lyric
“It swept the planet and laid us low,
This pandemic,
This terrible blow.

We travelled the skies, In search of a clue,
A prescription,
For this avian flu.

I returned with a cure, but now what really sickens,
Is that I’m being pushed around,
By a bunch of free-range chickens”

The Grauny’s other fantastic musical suggestions, including Oxford English Dictionary: The Musical, can be found here. This is all in celebration of NHS: The Musical and Shane Warne: The Musical… which are, scarily, genuine.

This 884th post was filed under: Media, News and Comment.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Fern


by Fern

Comment posted at 10:18 on 20th June 2006.

This might interest you. I came across it in my encyclopaedia while looking for something else.
Newcastle disease: A rapidly spreading virus-induced disease of birds and domestic fowl, as chickens, marked by respiratory difficulty, reduced egg production and, in chicks, paralysis. (after Newcastle-upon-Tyne, near which the disease was first reported in 1927).


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 18:32 on 20th June 2006.

Fantastic!

I have to say, I’ve always felt a bit sorry for Bristol in this department…


Comment from Fern


by Fern

Comment posted at 10:35 on 21st June 2006.

Oh dear, oh dear, that may be more than I wanted to know. But being public-spirited I shall have to pass the Bristol info on to one or two other people!


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