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des
Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 09:26 am:   

As Bird Flu today approaches Western Europe (where I live) via Turkey, what are the views in USA?
des
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des
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 08:58 am:   

HSBC Bank planning for worst case scenario:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4597754.stm
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Trashhauler
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 04:46 am:   

What's to say? We don't want it.
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 05:01 am:   

I hope Big Bird from Sesame Street gets it.

The tall yellow motherfucker!
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Neal Asher
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 06:02 am:   

It could mutate and kill us all, apparently, yet at the moment it seems the only way to catch it is by handling infected birds. Remember what your mother said and leave infected birds alone.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 06:47 am:   

Birds - ultimate interstitialists - obviously know no borders.

des
The Tenacity Of Feathers
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 08:24 am:   

Of interest:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/11/news/flu.php
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 09:11 am:   

Someone elsewhere has pointed out the follwing from the above article:

"The fifth case is a 65-year-old man, who lives in the city itself. The Health Ministry said he had "close contact with a chicken," without elaborating on the details."

!!
des
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des
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:19 am:   

Mutation?
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=58572006
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Neal Asher
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 04:25 am:   

"We assume this could be one small step in the virus' attempt to adapt to humans," said Mike Perdue, a WHO virologist.

I wonder if this is entirely true? Do viruses 'adapt' to new hosts or does chance mutation make the environment of the human body more amenable to them? The above strikes me as alarmist, somehow attributing intent to a virus.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 08:18 am:   

I think horror and SF writers should face the worst-case scenario which would include 'attributing intent' to 'monsters'. Otherwise, what price Natural Selection as a future theme if the monsters have no intent.

But, then, of course, there is The Intentional Fallacy in literary criticism? Perhaps you're right, Neal.

des
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des
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 12:13 am:   

H5N1 in Africa:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4695684.stm
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des
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 10:18 am:   

Last chance saloon:

The Tenacity of Feathers: www.weirdmonger.com
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des
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 02:09 am:   

Britain under attack:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/20022006/356/uk-high-alert-bird-flu.html
Best solution is to fictionalise the event!
des
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des
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 07:23 am:   

Cat got bird flu in germany
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000100&sid=aLrDJTrA_8I8&refer=germany
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des
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 06:44 am:   

It has now been reported that the swan's death in Scotland was cause by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

des
'The Tenacity Of Feathers'
http://www.weirdmonger.com
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Neal Asher
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 02:04 am:   

Of course it's deadly to birds and only to people who feel the overpowering urge to handle dead birds or live with infected ones.
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des
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 02:12 am:   

Well, Neal, the fear is that a person already with normal flu is infected with bird flu - then the two flus merge and become a mutant version and cause a worldwide pandemic whereby millions might die, if not all of us.

But that is only a theoretical possibility.

All four of my paternal great-grandparents in South Wales died of 'Spanish Flu' in 1918 - which was, I believe, avian flu. I think people have now forgotten how devastating it was. I'd be interested in clarification of the history here.
des
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Carole
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 09:21 am:   

I saw something about Spanish Flu being avian flu (I think they have established that it was) - but the virus had to undergo 8 mutations to enable it to pass from person to person, and apparently the bird flu virus that's about now has already undergone 4 mutations ....
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Dflewis
Posted on Tuesday, May 09, 2006 - 12:17 am:   

I have just discovered that American TV viewers are about to be presented with a frightening fictional film about Bird Flu entitled Fatal Contact. Also, that migratory birds are about to land in USA as they always do about this time of the year.

As some may know, my trilogy of separate self-contained novels The Tenacity of Feathers (written and blogged between September 2005 and March 2006) is woven into a tapestry (or carpet!) of Bird Flu symbols and fantasifications. The trilogy starts HERE with The Hawler.

Please try this specimen chapter HERE (part twelve of the second novel Klaxon City).
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Dflewis
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 02:28 am:   

Review of 'Fatal Contact' here:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/reviews/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1 002464644

Was it a good film vis a vis SF or Horror?

des
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Dflewis
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 12:26 am:   

DJ Lewis presents the Bird Flu Dance:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4766391.stm
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Matt Hughes
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 07:10 am:   

Man, that is just how Chubby Checker got his fame.

Sounds like a Harlan Ellison riff -- dancin' at the apocalypse, twistin' the night away.

Matt Hughes
www.archonate.com
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Dflewis
Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 12:57 am:   

Turkey Trot is another dance that comes to mind:
http://www.streetswing.com/histmain/z3turtrt.htm

I used to have the 45 single of Chubby Checker's Let's Twist Again in the sixties and that's how I started my own dancing career - with that particular dance at the age of 15.

I now prefer Techno dancing.
des
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Jeffrey Stuart Ford
Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 08:10 am:   

Just how many humans have died from the "bird flu". I wonder how many per year choke to death on a chicken bone? Remember, don't sleep with geese and chew slowly, these damn birds are out to get us.
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Dflewis
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 - 10:03 am:   

A story for which I received some pleasingly good reviews in 1998:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/beyond_the_help_of_mortals.htm

Now part of the 'Weirdmonger Wheel'.

And, relevant to the title, we hear today that Bird Flu could now be spreading from human to human (perhaps) in Indonesia:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/5011210.stm
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Dflewis
Posted on Saturday, February 03, 2007 - 07:23 am:   

Well, to contine this thread, H5N1 seems to have just established itself nearby in Suffolk (UK).
My trilogy of novels ( 'The Tenacity of Feathers') has failed in its task of keeping it at bay. :-(
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Dflewis
Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 12:43 am:   

It's in Britain again:
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20071113/tuk-vets-in-all-night-bird-flu-tests- 6323e80_1.html

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