Tuesday, January 30, 2007


The chicken flu the coop

The deaths of chickens at a farm in Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture, were confirmed to have been caused by a type of the highly contagious H5 bird flu virus, the agriculture ministry and the Okayama prefectural government said Monday.

(from Bird flu confirmed in Okayama Pref., The Yomiuri Shimbun)


Yeah, it looks like bird flu's here to stay. In Britain, we'd be culling the chickens and feeding them to the cows about now, I reckon.

Sorry to see the fickle finger of flu virus pointed unerringly at Takahashi, where I spent a very pleasant afternoon once upon a time.

I hereby declare that Takahashi is a pretty nice place to visit. Just give the yakitori a wide berth.


On the same sickly subject, I'm waiting for the first case of bird flu in Osaka; I'm one of the few people who wouldn't be too squeamish to take advantage if the price of chicken in the supermarkets took a sudden dive.

I still have fond memories of the countless steaks I was able to afford during my final year at Newcastle University, courtesy of BSE.


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