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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
  Worst. Snack. Ever.
My boss has been away to Thailand and, as is customary in an office, when someone comes back from their holiday they usually bring an edible treat with them. Well, oh what a treat (says she, heavy with sarcasm).

Although the packet says "Delicious and Good Taste", I can assure you that this is a misrepresentation of the highest degree.

I always read the label before I eat anything, but, despite the fact that it's all natural ingredients, I am still not tempted.

I forced my team-mate, Jeff, to hold one for a close-up, and he almost barfed just getting it out of the bag. He then claimed to have the stink of it on him all day.

So, managers, please take note. When you go on holiday, we want chocolates from abroad. Not chocolate covered bugs. Just nice chocolates. Or cookies, made with butter, sugar and flour, no critters please.

In other news, our team apparently won some contest that none of knew anything about to close a certain number of cases, and we were all given £25 in John Lewis vouchers. Yay.

Also, my cheapo Aldi camera is a piece of junk. I think my lovely Panasonic FZ has spoiled me. I know there's a difference between taking pictures and snapshots, but the options in the Aldi camera are too limited and the picture quality is not great. It also behaves weirdly, and keeps switching itself on when you want it off, and off when you want it on. I'm giving it to my sister for her birthday. She'll be thrilled with it, as she has no experience of digital cameras, and she'll be happy with the functions it performs.
Friday, March 20, 2009
  At last, an update!
It's been a while since I updated my blog but I'm off work this week so this is the ideal opportunity.

I think I've got food poisoning -- I bought some new kitchen knives not long ago from Aldi and they're absolutely awesome, incredibly sharp. But my cutting boards are cheap things from IKEA and the knives have cut grooves into them. I suspect some raw chicken (I eat a lot of chicken) has contaminated the boards. The boards are now gone, and I'm using a glass one.

Needless to say, I haven't been as ill as this in recent memory and have been on a diet of boiled potato for most of the week. I am sick to the back teeth of potato. I have to call the GP's surgery later to get my test results and find out if it's salmonella or something similar.

I wasn't impressed with the treatment at the GPs. When I made the appointment I was told they would probably have to send away a stool sample, and as I wasn't sure if I'd be able to perform to order, I took one with me. At the surgery I had to transfer it into a special jar for the lab and when I asked for some surgical gloves so I could do this, I was told by the receptionist that only the doctor or the nurse were allowed to have gloves. I said, okay, fine, let them do it then. I was finally - reluctantly - allowed to have a pair of gloves after much eye-rolling and sighing from the receptionist.

Once in the toilet to perform this task, I discovered there was no antibacterial soap, just a cheap scented hand wash, and no sterile wipes. Fortunately I had some antibacterial hand gel with me made sure I are wiped everything down with that, although I touched as little as possible while I was in there.

The one of the biggest problems in the NHS is people getting bacterial infections because of the lack of hygiene and if this is the standard of care in my local GPs then I wonder what it's like the big hospital.

So, the downsides of this illness are:

The bonuses, however, are:

One of the things that really captured my imagination on the net this week is the story about the little bat who hitched a ride on the space shuttle.

RIP Space Bat.

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