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September 25, 2007

Foot in Mouth

I spent most of yesterday next to a field waiting to see if a herd of cattle had foot and mouth.

I kept a safe distance from the herd in question as a) I didn’t want to help spread the disease and b) cows are scary buggers.

Not everyone followed this idea though. I never thought I’d see a member of the Great British paparazzi running down a hill to snatch a close-up of a cow. But I did.

Unfortunately for the dippy girl, she was spotted by a farmer and did a quick run back up the hill towards her car, expensive camera in tow.

Despite being a fellow hack, I did kind of hope she’d be gently maimed by the farmer’s shotgun. The stupid woman deserved it.

February 03, 2007

Britain has Bird Flu… The best news I've heard in weeks

2,600 turkeys in Suffolk have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu. This sounds bad. Humans have been known to die from this strain. Adam is scared witless by the thought of bird flu.

But the news of this massive outbreak, the first proper case in Britain, should be seen as a good-news story.


Because they were to be used in Bernard Matthews products.

Not only will it harm their immediate business (159,000 turkeys will have to be killed) but it will hopefully harm the entire basis of their food production business.

Factory-farmed birds make the fur trade and animal testing look like a picnic. So while this news will hopefully put people off factory-farmed chicken and turkey, it’ll also make people look towards free-range and maybe organic food, which isn’t just better for us, but better for the birds too.

Incidentally, it seems to be a good time to be a journalist in Suffolk. The biggest news stories of the past six months have both come from the same county.

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