Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Wordy Wednesday

Struck Down

I've been off work the last few days with a cold. Usually I go in anyway, but I did that on Monday and couldn't concentrate, so I gave up and have spent the last couple of days feeling sorry for myself.

I read somewhere that doctors are increasingly googling their patient's symptoms to find out what's wrong with them. The National Health Service probably can't afford to buy them textbooks these days.

Anyway, I spent some time looking up "cold".
I didn't get much useful information. I already know that the condition is incurable, though I was surprised to read that they don't think vitamin C is much use. It's true though, I drank orange juice, ate clementines and lemons, and OD'd on Lucozade without making a miraculous recovery.

I wondered if I might have a temperature. I've got one of those forehead thermometer things, and it told me that my temperature was 36, which is a little low for a fever, but not so low as to indicate death. Which was a relief.

Apart from a sore throat, sneezing, the kind of cough someone has who's been chain-smoking cigars, and a headache, I'm fine. I think I'll be well enough to go into work tomorrow.

Mystery Picture

Can you guess what this is?

Ever since Jean Knee did her famous horse-food post, I've been slowly working up an appetite for some muesli. I got some this afternoon. Mine isn't the teeth breaking variety, but I've just had a bowlful. I'm sure it'll help banish my cold.


On the back of the muesli packet is the following environmentally friendly message:

I'm amazed. I didn't know that they made double decker buses out of recycled cereal boxes. Isn't technology wonderful?

Who ever invented the cardboard bus, I bet they were influenced by watching Blue Peter as a child.
This is a British Children's TV programme, which has been going for around 50 years. I don't know what it's like today, though apparently the lady below is or was one of the presenters:

I've studied this picture very carefully,
but I can't see her Blue Peter badge anywhere.

Maybe I should start watching it again... It used to look more like this:

They had a craft bit where they showed you how to make amazing things out of ordinary household objects, especially washing-up-liquid bottles, glue, cereal boxes, etc. I bet they're not allowed to do that nowadays - we need to keep our cereal boxes so they can make them into buses...


Jean Knee said...


Jean Knee said...

sorry about your man cold and all
I think chicken soup was scientifically proven to help colds. Of course they'll reverse that any day now since health care is really just a crap shoot and no one has a text book.

Jean Knee said...

Kashi go lean is still the best ever, really.

I didn't know about the buses being made out of cereal boxes either. On vacation I had a drink in a plastic cup that said it was made from corn and totally biodegradeable (the cup)
how corn equals plastic I do not know but I also had some plasticy Eastergrass that said the same thing. I wonder if you could eat it?

Brian o Vretanos said...

Jean Knee:

I did come across the chicken soup thing, but apparently it's only known about in the US, and hasn't been shown to work.

The real miracle soup is Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup.

Edible cups would definitely be the best thing, as they wouldn't have to waste energy recycling them, or burying them and waiting for them to biodegrade. Perhaps they're made out of the bits of corn that aren't eaten?

I had a pen once that was allegedly made out of photocopiers or ink cartridges or something.

Bee said...

That chick is the type a gal to give men a Blue Peter badge I'm thinking.

Hope you feel better but I must say, better you than me! ;op

Brian o Vretanos said...


Blue Peter badges are a serious business. They're meant to be given to viewers who do something special. They get the wearer discounts in various places, and they've recently had a problem with forgeries.

You'd be quite welcome to my cold. Fortunately for you I don't think that it can be carried electronically.

Tracy said...

I hope you feel better soon.
You must be delusional from fever to be eating cereal that looks like that. I'll stick with my Lucky Charms. They are "Magically delicious" afterall.

I've always wanted to ride on a double decker bus but now I'm worried of them collapsing, what with them being made out of cardboard and all. We might have to skip that on my tour.

Jean Knee said...

I must say Brian, I've never been gaye before but I can't stop looking at that blue balls girl either

Dan said...

Did you ever watch Macguiver ?
Sounds like somtehing he would do.

Hope your cold is done with, you should take a couple of shots of Jagermaister. I'm sure I spelled that wrong.

Brian o Vretanos said...


What did Macguiver do? Make buses out of cereal boxes?

My cold is definitely losing the battle - I'm off to work today...

Brian o Vretanos said...


The double decker buses in the picture are a special kind. I might do a post about them.

I've never heard of buses collapsing, but occasionally someone drives one under a low bridge and loses the top half...

Jean Knee:

I'm glad to have been of service. Don't tell too many people, though, I'm not sure I want this blog to turn into some kind of lesbian porn site.

On second thoughts...