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!)
"0900 Bird Flu speaking, how may I help?"
Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Katatonikova rang: a friend of hers has a dead bird in her garden, and wants to know who to call for a) disposal and b) pathology/testing.

I know the hotline in NZ for ‘suspicious animal health related incidents’ because it’s the MAF Emergency Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 809 966 (should any of my darling kiwi readers be noticing a rainfall of cats/dogs/frogs/birds/horses/cows etc.). Mum, Dad, the Queensland one is the Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 .

So it’s obvious innit? A hotline through which calls related to animal/human health incidents that are regularly presented in the news under the headline, “what to panic over now…”; the Czech Republic must have one. Right?

Wrong. Believe it or not, when we’d finally hunted down the copies of the appropriate public health announcement style leaflets, turns out you call either the police on 158 (!) or your local veterinarian (!!).

Which, understandably, led to the following exchange:
Nomes: Is anyone keeping track of these calls, and the subsequent investigations?
Boss: I think it’s likely the police have a system.
Nomes: Mm-hmm [sounding a little doubtful]. Do the police ever share their data related to concerns of a public health nature with the National Institute of Public Health (which is where I’m based, folks!)?
Boss: Um, no.
Nomes: [nods sagely while boss answers phone]

Right. So I now know what I'd like my surveillance system project to be.

Unfortunately though, apparently, the CR don’t have the sort of money required for these ‘early warning’ systems that involve (pretty much) syndromic or rumour surveillance. Well…due to the international health regulations new edict, we’re gonna have to source some money from somewhere, it’s gonna be mandatory from Jan 2007. Which (if we get the money then) gives me 10 months to set the system up, analyse the first bits of data, see if it’s of any use whatsoever, write a report to say that it won’t be much use until we establish a base line of ‘rumours’ and then disappear into the void after EPIET.

But it might be something to keep me out of the Herna bars and Beer Gardens for a while…

Of course, it’s gonna have to wait until after the World Cup. I foolishly printed out a draw sheet yesterday (thanks to Ben.UK who filled in all the scores from previous games) and now I have to see all the matches.

Okay, maybe not ALL of them, but there’s a few highlighted that I’ll try to get in front of a screen for. For my friends, stalkers and fans: of the first round, I shall be watching Group B, E and F games as follows:
England vs Trinidad & Tobago (15th)
Czech Republic vs. Ghana (17th)
Brazil vs Australia (18th)
Sweden vs England (20th)
Czech Republic vs Italy (22nd – this one’s gonna be tough as it’s during work!)
Japan vs Brazil (22nd)

Phew. By then, I might even have figured out the off-side rule, and be able to yell things like “are you fecking blind?” when the ref fouls one of my players following an opposition player cartwheeling to the ground despite my player having been nowhere near him. Oh yes. The force will end up being strong in this one. Dad’ll be saying things like “Nomes, I am your father…”.

Second round viewing dates will be available as and when the draw is decided…

P.S. Remind me to stop handing out my blog address when plastered (feel free to send random, sporadic, texts to remind me…). A quick ‘hi’ to the lovely River…should he have meandered in this direction today.

P.P.S. Mx: get MB to look for Science jobs in Europe...and then come over here! The flat will rent itself out, and we can go skating (complete with windmilling arms and squeals of 'uh-oh' as dogs on leads carry small children across our ankles) along a waterfront somewhere (give me ample warning to locate one). As for what are you good at...I can't even begin to list your skills and strengths, but hugs are definitely high up on the list. However, this skill rarely correlates to a career unless you feel like dealing with sick people (or animals). And they smell. And don't appreciate glitter *!!!*. Or false eyelashes... *sigh*
posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, June 13, 2006  
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