the arrival of foot and mouth in the centre of the lake district national park
is horrific. One thing is clear; the Lake District will never be the same again.
Guardian weblog has assembled
a special page with foot-and-mouth disease links, mostly (tho not completely) Eurocentric. The links include one to an elaborate backgrounder (with a few graphic photos)
In light of the possible spread
of foot and mouth disease virtually anywhere--I was wondering how restricted UK citizens are. Is travel in the countryside difficult or impossible? Isn't it interesting how quickly movement is restricted and meat taken off the table?
Foot-and-mouth disease marches forward
in Europe. In order to try to slow down the spread of the virus, UK authorities are urging cancellations of any events that bring people and/or animals together. Which means no horse racing. Which means the Brits are going insane because they have nothing to bet on. (Unlike the US, they don't consider gambling to be an evil on the level of homicide.) What to do? Rodents to the rescue
is offering live webcasts of hamster races to satiate your betting jones. Look at 'em go
! In other hamster news, some dork blew £3000 on a 6-foot-tall fiberglass hamster
left over from the carnage of the Millennium Dome.
Foot and mouth disease
in cattle is not
the same as Hand, foot and mouth disease
in humans. This, I found out only today.