Bed imageSpam is a waste of the receivers’ time, and, a waste of the sender’s optimism.
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

WHEN – When you don’t want to get out of bed, but you need something to do when you’re sitting there.

At 07:15 AM my bedroom was lamp-lit and cosy, I’d been awake for just over an hour. The howling wind, combined with the heavy rain that was bouncing off my window made me reluctant to leave my warm and comfortable bed, so I crawled over it and poured a second mug of coffee.

I’d already checked my WP e-mail account, and my Reader, I’d made my comments, and I’d clicked Like. I’d also browsed Houzz and viewed those grand houses with their stunning makeovers.

I picked up my iPad again – How interesting that even at this hour my newly published scheduled post had received twenty visitors from India!

The penny soon dropped, and I logged into the WP Dashboard and checked the Spam folder. Read More…

A Curious Mystery

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~ Albert Einstein

This weekend over on Weekly Prompts , the site I share with GC, the Photo Challenge is Mysterious!

This is my personal response to our challenge.

A few days ago, I returned home to find a car, one I didn’t recogniseparked near the front door. I had a quick look around outside, couldn’t see anyone so assumed it must have been left here by a colleague of my daughter or son-in-law (they live here too, next door), perhaps they had driven off together.

A few minutes later I returned to the car, took a photograph and sent it to my daughter. A return message said neither of them knew anything about the car. Read More…

Natural Immunity

“More than 50 million people around the world died during the 1918-1919 flu pandemic. That’s why we have epidemiologists all over the world tracking whether new strains of flu emerge.” ~ Tom Frieden

A few shorts weeks ago on our other site Weekly Prompts, G.C. wrote a word-prompt article ATM Germs  about how easy it was to pick up influenza germs from an ATM machine. He was quite certain that the machine was the cause of the mild flu he was suffering from. 

I have no idea whether or not this was the source of his infection it could just have easily been a supermarket trolley, or some careless person’s cough or a sneeze into the air we breathe. The point is that science has proved that poor hygiene promoted the bacterial super-infection that killed most of the victims during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Imagine a pandemic today, with infected victims flying around the world at high-speed, coughing, sneezing and infecting others who are unfortunate enough to be breathing the same air, with some still ignorant of basic hygiene.  A scenario that could happen all too easily and one the health organisations fear.

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