A new sci-fi short story by Spacepenguin
With the whole world going crazy over the latest global disease outbreak, swineflu, it is important that we remain aware of other diseases that can easily be overlooked at times like this.
This article focusses on the little known virus Spacepenguinflu.
Where did it start?
It’s origins are a little sketchy but it is believed to have started sometime around the year 2000 in a small community called AMP but being highly contagious it did not take long to become global with cases observed in England and Wales, New Zealand, Texas, New York, Norway, Australia and Germany with unconfirmed reports coming in from other parts of the US and Canada.
What are the symptoms?
The most obvious symptom is inane and sometimes incoherent babbling. The infected individual does not appear to have any control over the direction of their thoughts. They may start off talking quite sensibly about the current conversation but before they know it they are making comments about totally random things like sporks, smeef minkies or monkogs, and saying things like “woog”.
How does the disease spread?
This is a total mystery. Although very contagious it does not appear to spread via physical contact. As observed from the initial outbreak, most of the infected did not physically meet patient-zero and had very limited contact with each other.
Is there a cure?
Unfortunately no, although symptoms do tend to become less severe with age. There are, however, a few things that can be done to assist the infected individual.
- Sparkly Molkos – This little known drink has quite a profound effect and reduces the babbling to short sentences, usually monosyllabic.
- Hugs – The infected respond well to physical comfort and bonding of this sort also appears to slow down the spread of the disease.
- Venting/Ranting – The infected should be encouraged as much as reasonably possible to vent their anger about all and any irritations, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant to the observer.
I have been trying to put this countdown button on here to promote earth day but you cannot embed swf! Find it at www.earthday.net
I also tried their carbon footprint quiz, but I had to be Australian as they have not put UK in it yet! Results not favourable but I wonder whether it is accurate since that is not where I live.
Come on earth day, get it together – after all you say that next year is your 40th anniversary so you should have plenty of resources available.
Today I went to see the touring production of Joseph at Norwich Theatre Royal. Had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I would not give it top marks.
This is probably because I have been spoilt by the excellent production we have on video of this version. (Well worth getting this, even if you just borrow it from a library and I am NOT a Donny Osmond fan but this cast is excellent).
Joseph was played by Craig Chalmers, who apparently came fifth in BBC’s Any Dream Will Do – I can see why he didn’t win.
Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy it, but there did not seem to be any chemistry or interaction between players on stage, and the performances lacked emotion, except for the truly exceptional encores/finale(s)…. if only they had put as much effort into the rest of the show.
These are just excellent, my favourites have to be the edward scissor hands and the storm trooper :o)
A small test audiocast from spacepenguin is now available here