Monday, February 23, 2009

It's good to share

As does the author, so do I...

Around the world with Richard Branson in eight days: jetlagged in Sydney

I leave you, dear reader, to draw your own conclusions. Especially when the next dodgy eco-adventure is given lots of lovely PR by way of 'mitigation'.

I wonder who else was on board... in every sense of the word?

Good news for once?

Well, I think that this bit of research, reported in the Chicago Tribune, which indicates a potentially major breakthrough against one of mankind's longest established and most effective killers, influenza, probably is just so. The newly developed monoclonal antibody even appears to be effective against H5N1 (that's the much touted, very scary bird flu, for those of you that have forgotten about it).

OK, so it has only been tested on mice so far, but isn't it a little odd that the UK press appears not even to have spotted this?

Ohhh, silly me. Alongside the likes of global warming, the credit crunch, global recession, wars, food shortages, etc. etc., it would have to be regarded as good news, wouldn't it.

Maybe I'm being a little hasty and overtly critical, as I've just spotted that it HAS been mentioned in the Express ('Wonder jab to cure all flu') and the Telegraph ('Flu Vaccine Breakthrough') [though technically, it is not a vaccine].

The rise of the rest

I actually don't think of other countries as 'the rest', but this is an interesting set of stats, especially if you consider the enviro-impacts.

Rise of the Rest -

Mind you, it's good our PM is concerned about Mrs. Tweed, nee Goody, as a matter of priority.