The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
So, by now, you're all excited aren't you?
Thursday, 9 February 2006
Those of you who read the news, or follow the FAO website ought to be at any rate. Am not sure where we go from here. Team leader is pretty keen for us to leave, however, I'm trying to provide as much assistance to WHO Copenhagen as possible.

See, the problem with any epizootic disease, particularly emerging diseases, are that people fall through the cracks. No matter HOW often people say that the Min of Agriculture and the Min of Health are working together; no matter how many links exist between the FAO, OIE and WHO websites, there are STILL things that need to be taken care of.

For instance, I'm trying to make sure that the Vet Services here are using and providing maximum protective equipment to the people who are going to be involved in the stamping out of AI. These people will come into contact with a LOT of the virus, and therefore are at maximum risk of exposure and infection. The animal lot are worried about how they're technically going to kill the birds, with regards to techniques and disposal etc. The health guys are worried about the general population and bird owner. But few people are actually worried about things like 'stress' due to heat (it's hot in those sheds, even hotter if you're wearing respirators/goggles/impermeable aprons/coveralls/gumboots/heavy duty rubber gloves etc. or the stress of putting down thousands of birds, requesting that farmers for whom the birds are their livelihood pass them over to you so that you can put them in a bag, gas them, and then bury them - when they're seemingly healthy! That's a hard job. And they reckon they're gonna train people 'when' they need to have peopel available. They're gonna mobilise protective equipment 'when' and 'where' it's needed.

I'm sorry, but training of large numbers of people should've already started, and the equipment should have been procured and distributed already.

Rant over. Forgive me. The other team called me this evening, and I was too scared that it might be Copenhagen so I picked it up. Now I'm down to 270Kc on my phone again. Hopefully, will get home on Sunday to top it up myself - and pay the gorgeous Karo back (she topped it up for me the other day - ain't she great...can we have a round of applause for my #1 fan from the CR please?), but am trying desperately to conserve it anyway. So I was very terse with Maarten (along the lines of, "Hi honey. what do you want?", "Hi Nomes, well, I was just wondering....*pause*...", "What? I've got limited credit so spit it out..." etc. Poor dude. But he sensibly sent me sms back. So much better/cheaper/concise.

Who thought i'd ever be advocating brevity huh?

Love to you all, and if there's an almost dead thing flapping on your doorstep, um, please don't touch it! (good advice at the best of times, I guess)
posted by Nomes @ Thursday, February 09, 2006  
  • At 7:30 am, February 10, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Whaddya mean planning? You're now working for an organisation that wouldn't know planning if it bit it in the bum - which at the current rate it probably will/has.
    Glad to hear you'll be back in Prague soon. Mother is also returning/has returned (by the time you read this)from Goa, so everyone is static for a day or two, perhaps.
    Next week we welcome John & Yvonne to our abode. Be interesting to hear their take on Gladdie (as the Ozzies call it). I've come to the conclusion they babytalk everything which is very weird, when they want to be considered grown up (politically) and he-men (in sports - yes, even the women). Strange then to have the diminuitive applied to almost everything. Go figure.
    Love you hon, speak soon, Mums

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