H1N1: Schools, Ruwi & Lulu

15 08 2009

Really brief. After the case of an Indian School student falling ill and passing away due to swine flu, the Indian Schools have closed for an extended holiday. That comes after an annoouncement that they would not close. But they are now closing.

The Pakistani School had announced that they would not close. But they had ‘off-d’ primary school kiddos. Seeing the severity of the cases (and the huuge amount of snot-nosed not-so-kids), vacations have been announced for another week, 15th to 22nd Aug.

Rwui Ruiw Ruwi has had a general sweep by the baladiyah, handing out masks and forcing the general shopkeepers and shopassistants to wear them. Gives Ruwi a sterile look. Now you can’t even identify the person who is giving you the eye (or the x-ray eye). Same for all medical centers, where HongKong-esque masked smoochers were seen by your truly.

Lulu is as much a cesspit of all kinds of virii as usual, human-type and others. I’m sure that if there is any place where H1N1 and H1N5 are going to mutate, that is going to be Lulu; where, this friday, I saw 200 people per minute (ppm) entering and exitting the doors. And Ramadhan shopping still has to commence, with people going starking mad, buying wholesale items (I saw a local buying atleast 7 cartons of red Jello, swear). Consider with that the amount of cars parked (in their newly opened multi-tier parking space), the humid, wet smell of coconut in the air there, open fruits (and flies) and you can get an idea of the genetic experiments going on in Lulu’s atmosphere. shudder. And no masks, mind you. When pharmacies are going to sell facemasks @ R.O. 5/- per box (50 pcs), why would Mr. Raj, with a family of 5, buy a whole box!? Especially when no one has told them that the friggin masks have to be replaced after a couple of days of use (the flimsy ones).

Here’s to me, heading for all the lonely places. Yo, beach up in Yeti, here I come!

-FK





H1N1: Respawn

10 08 2009

Amazing what a couple of well-placed headlines and the bottomless-gossip-pit of school staff rooms can do. With the arrival of August and the return of snot-nosed children to school, the seemingly common statement of “… she caught it from school …” has taken a very different meaning. Debates are raging in the management circles of almost every school as to actions to be taken with regards to the H1N1 threat and reopening rules.

As being proclaimed (pretty unnecessarily loudly, I’d say), the Indian Schools are not going to be closed/remain closed any more than their original vacation schedules. The local schools are not even taking note of the issue, as all is well as per govt. releases. The Pakistani Schools have reopened with the kiddies (primary sections) remaining closed. Elsewhere, peace reigns.

The cesspool of H1N1 that kids threaten to be is being tried to be allayed by an excess of MoH posters all around school buildings, distribution of facemasks and mandatory requirements of forced absences for ill students. Alternately, we can just keeps our kids clean, yeah right!

Be prepared to see overly concerned parents queuing in private hospitals for runny noses, a case of the sniffles and ailments as tinny as an overly red nose. Also, feel free to see and report mask faced people at City Center which is going to be a usual assortment of overly-cautious touch-me-nots, kids being forced by parents to wear ’em, people who wear them just ‘coz  and the sub-group that wants this opportunity to hide their faces and make catcalls.

Found this nice infographic. click to enlarge (3.6 MB)

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Stay Safe.

-FK





Who me?

16 07 2009

I was supposed to write here? wtf? Oh, hiya all. My name is the Queen of Tarts and I’m quite Tarty in that respect. I was checkin’ out my old stuff and discovered a finely honed talent of mine that is the inability to throw away old stuff. I don’ frikkin’ wanna be like those old dodgers on Opera who’ve gotten these whole warehouses o’ stuff in them there 3 room houses. Ugh!

Anyz, here what I think I look like

I like me more tarty than that

I like me more tarty than that

Of course I’m not a redhead. I’m beach blond.

Last night, returning from a footy, there standing in front of me, in all his grimy glory was a playa from the match. The bastard had managed to catch my eye and was “mistakin y’ all for a friend o’ mine, nevermind you”. Pompous ass. It was high mighty fine time for a chunder but somehow I stopped meself and decided to give him a gobful. That turned out the right thing to do, as the playa was a mighty wuss, running away without a single word to say to me!!! LOL! Poor thing must’ve gotten all his gonads in hyperdrive on seeing a sheila, turned out all his bluster and grace was as useful as tits on a bull for all I saw, wonder what they  feed these players nowadays, musta been all them drugs.

Police refuse to take mugshots of Joe Jackson, they say their lenses crack

Police refuse to take mugshots of Joe Jackson, they say their lenses crack

Wacko Jacko splenidified all of us mere mortals in his memorial service. I know FK likes MJ so I won’t go in my Morpheous-stance on the matter. On the other hand, if I had a dad as evil looking as joe jackson, I’d probably throw an acid dish on his face as well as mine. Jacko did the latter, forgot the former. I think this is the same reason all of MJ’s siblings have their plastic surgeons on speed dial, their pops’ face. Damn if he ain’t ugly.

I know this blog is s’posed to be be all neat and clean and shit, and that I’m supposed to do some political post too, but whateva. I mean weve got a Pompous Ass as the Prime Minister whose head is inserted somewhere where the sun regularly shines, that place gets so much outing. I’ll marry the person who does something and removes the PA from where he is right now.

Formula 1 is all frickked up. Looks like them dead beats governin the sport kno they’re about to die, so they decide to mess with the FOTA’s head. I bet they’re snikkering over all this over a coldie in whatever manor they hold their orgies parties in.

Gotta stop yabberin’. don’t stop readin’ what FK writes coz of me. ignore me. I’m just an ashtrayon a motorbike! 🙂

Bye.

-The Queen ‘O’ Tarts





IR Scan @ Muscat Airport

25 05 2009

So, we have IR scanners at our airport. I knew that  there was ‘increased security’ and that ‘it takes longer to exit’ after departing the plane, but, as usual, details on what was happening were scarce. Now, KT has this suitably small news.

MUSCAT — Oman’s health authorities have advised citizens and residents visiting swine flu affected countries to exercise caution, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding congested places.

IR camera in the UK

An IR camera in the UK

The Health Ministry also said no cases of the H1N1 virus had been detected in the country. It added precautionary steps adopted by the Sultanate included installing thermal scanners at the Muscat International Airport.

The infrared scanners, which became operational last week, is set at 38 degree Celsius and records body temperatures of passengers as they enter the arrival lounge. Rashid bin Hamdan Al Hajri, Director of the Medical Technology Department at the ministry explained: “If a passenger’s body emits a temperature of more than 38 degrees, the scanner will show his image in red and set off an alarm.

The passenger will then be examined  at the airport, and if necessary, transferred to a hospital.

I like how such matters are thought of, planned, decided and implmented with minimum of fuss and hoopla that surrounds the same activities where citizen rights are a concern. No petitions, no discussions, no pointless to-and-fro. A very simple case of “Swine flu causes fever – fever is observed by body tempurature – it is detectable by IR camera – buy and install them”, and that’s it!

So, naturally, I wonder what the camera’s output is. Is it focused on the target’s head? Is it a body scan? Are there separate cameras for men and women? Is the output being seen separately by men officers and women officers? ‘Coz there is variety out there. There are sophisticated scanners and really neat ones that give some rad outputs (kinda nsfw).

But I don’t know, coz I haven’t been to the airport in, ahhh, a couple of months now. If I had, I would’ve managed to sneak a peek behind the counter. I even once got to see the whole thingy, as there was a foam shooter thingy that was nagging the dude and so he called me and showed me the X-ray display and asked me what that was. Since my usual eloquence was unable to convince him, he had the bag opened for a visual inspection, allowing me stand there all the time and gawk at the x-ray scanner… yiippee!! =)

-FK





Oye, I’ll jum…..AAaaahhhhh!!!

25 05 2009

Hahha! One of those news items which divides the discussions wherein the participants immediately take one of the two available sides and a good talk ensues. Some people go, “ROFL! Cool move dude” and others go “Tch Tch, he shouldn’t have”.

The problem is, both are right.

In China, Chen got involved in a construction project, accrued some 2 mill yuan in debt, climbed the bridge and contemplated suicide. But like the weakling he was (is) insted of doing it properly without any fuss, he just sat there, got the authorities alerted, traffic blocked and generally made a ruckus (and a fool of himself).

Lai, who is 66 years old, and I believe has a lot of common sense, volunteered to ‘negotiate’ with Chen and get him down. Police refused but Lei got to Chen anyway.

Lai met Chen, greeted him, shook his hand and pushed the idiot off the ledge… all the way down… 26 feet… onto an emergency inflatable mattress.

Lai was later released on bail. ‘It is said’ he was on medication and was going to get his pills when he was pissed off by the blocked traffic on the bridge and solved the problem, instead of avoiding it.

Chen, is still in jail, and is unable to decide what to do next as he has added one more thing to his list of failures –  he can’t even commit suicide properly!!

...harsh...

...harsh...

-FK





Blame McDonalds…

12 05 2009

… however, on second thoughts, I think that is too harsh of a headline!

This article takes a report from here and discusses the central reason for the downfall of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) in Sri Lanka.

Basically, consider a fighting force of rebels, so powerful that they manage to hold at bay a national army that has the unofficial support of India & the UK. But still, the Tamils manage to fight and all for a silver of land up north.

But fight they did. Ever since the early 80s, the Sri Lankan forces have been trying, off and on, to declare the dossier closed, but to no avail.  But now, the rebels have been cornered in their last stringhold and the military has launched a full scale offensive and things seem good for the govt, bad for the rebels.

But how?How on earth did this happen to such a ruthless fighting force, led by a master-strategist like Velupillai Prabhakaran? Surely it can’t be anything the Sri Lankans have done – they’ve been fighting without success against the guerrilla group for decades. Why, even the Indian Army couldn’t do much against these suicidal guys.No, the blame for the LTTE’s great debacle lies squarely on the well-padded shoulders of Prabhakaran himself. The simple but awful truth is that he has committed the most heinous sin a guerrilla can ever commit —

*drum roll please*

He has become fat.

O_O          WTF!!

He even explains!!

Leading a sedentary life in the jungles of northern Sri Lanka, the LTTE leader often found time hanging heavily on his hands. Like so many of us, Prabhakaran succumbed to the temptation of eating the hours away. Starting with jackfruit and pumpkin idlis, he moved on to jaggery dosas and sweet pongal rice, though he soon abandoned these patriotic recipes for more sinful savouries. Cakes and ice-cream followed and some say he even dumped rasam for sweet French sauces. But it was when he started on chocolates and Black Forest cakes that the bulge really began to grow and soon he was the proud possessor of the largest revolutionary paunch in history.

now

then

This isn’t the first time, though, that a revolution has failed because its leader became too fat. […] The Shining Path band of Maoist guerrillas used to terrorise Peru in the nineties, before their leader, Abimael Guzman, was captured.. […] Imagine the surprise of the Peruvian army when they saw[…]a baby-faced, pudgy professor […]nobody, not even a Peruvian peasant, would want to fight for such a ridiculously fat man.

What if…!?

Would Che Guevara have become such a romantic rebel if he had chubby cheeks and a double chin? Would the Russian Revolution have happened with an over-fed Lenin? And is Osama bin Laden in hiding because he’s scared the Americans will get him, or is it because he has become so fat that he can no longer conceal his tummy under his robes?

Hahha! Maybe we can credit McDonalds for quelling rebellions and civil wars! 🙂

-FK





H1N1 Lab in Oman

6 05 2009

Folks over in the UAE are worried about the fact that the nearest WHO-recognized H1N1 identifying lab to theirs is in Oman. That would be the Central Public Health Lab in the Ministry of Health (I presume in the Muscat Area, right next to the Muscat Palace?)

The deal is that local labs can identify type A or type B influenza. But to further check, the snot sample needs to come here. Or in medical speak, we can do “real-time PCR tests to diagnose influenza A (H1N1) virus infections in humans.” As an added perk, only cases that the recognized lab reports shall be included in the central infection count and released in WHO statements. Hah! No use counting snot, you-unrecognized-lab-you!

-FK