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Old 6th Jul 2019, 00:41
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Well that's an inflated opinion!
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 21:28
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Evening All! We're way too close to the bottom of the page. Where's our stowaway - supposed to be manning the pumps?
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 07:50
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Old 7th Jul 2019, 21:13
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Volcanologists have used a UAV to collect toxic water samples from NZ's White Island’s crater lake.
“The volcano’s crater lake is a witch’s brew of bubbling, hot and acidic fluid that is far more acidic
than battery acid,” says GNS volcanologist Geoff Kilgour.
“It has a lake temperature of around 60-70C
with a pH of around -1.0. Yes, a negative pH."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=ga86Ui151Es

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Old 8th Jul 2019, 03:56
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^ Interesting little video - thanks.
They'd have to put some thought into the composition of their sample-bucket and bit o' string at that pH, wouldn't they!
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 15:29
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Poo sample from farting cat with diarrhoea duly submitted to vet and sent off to lab. The results were back in record time and it appears that the mog is playing host to a parasite called Campylobacter. He will be on a specific antibiotic three times a day for the next two weeks and, since this is a "human" medicine, I have to take the prescription to a pharmacy tomorrow. Apparently it is a cherry-flavoured liquid which did cause some amusement and comments about how everyone knows how much cats love cherries!! No matter what flippin' flavour it is I will just be grateful if the stuff works!!
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 15:52
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It's also a human disease and transferable.
Much hand washing.
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 17:35
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
It's also a human disease and transferable.
Much hand washing.
It is also a notifiable human disease as we found out when my toddler son contracted it from a contaminated Northumbrian water supply at some guest accommodation. It was very nasty indeed.

Hand wash and serious disinfecting highly recommended.
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Old 9th Jul 2019, 23:28
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You become infected with Campylobacter by taking in the bacteria through your mouth.
This can be by: eating contaminated, undercooked meat, especially chicken. drinking contaminated water or unpasteurised milk.
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 08:03
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Yes, transmissible indeed. I'm wearing disposable gloves to handle his food dishes and litter tray and my procedures must be okay because the cat has obviously had it since he arrived here and neither my housemate nor myself have become infected. Lashings of disinfectant are currently being used too as well as very hot water and soap. I think it will all be okay. But fingers crossed please.
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 08:11
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
Yes, transmissible indeed. I'm wearing disposable gloves to handle his food dishes and litter tray and my procedures must be okay because the cat has obviously had it since he arrived here and neither my housemate nor myself have become infected. Lashings of disinfectant are currently being used too as well as very hot water and soap. I think it will all be okay. But fingers crossed please.
Fingers always crossed where pets and ailments are concerned....

However, the lighter side....have you noticed, a, ahem, "reduction in available sleeping area " on your bed yet ?.....or is the puddy playing a waiting game to lull you into a false sense of security.....cats can be very devious as you know.....

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Old 10th Jul 2019, 08:20
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Australian seagulls carry antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 14:17
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However, the lighter side....have you noticed, a, ahem, "reduction in available sleeping area " on your bed yet ?....
Oh yeah! It's a king-size bed and the cat already has his incredible expanding cat routine down to a fine art. You'd think he'd have noticed where I sleep and taken the vacant side for himself but oh no ... he occupies my side, the other side, the middle, the edges and has to be forcefully removed to "his" side. It's in their genes I'm told.
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 21:24
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He's probably wondering what the paid help's doing in his bed, Bluey!
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 07:15
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Oh that's definitely the case, RbG. Like all cats, he never forgets that his kind were worshipped as gods in ancient Egypt and he intends to keep the tradition alive. This includes sleeping in a basket on my desk ... which is really his desk of course, sleeping on my housemate's bed (which is also his of course), and demanding food, attention, company etc. ... as is his sovereign right.
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Old 12th Jul 2019, 10:24
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Sounds like my kind of cat. Round here they are all very timid and run a mile - I've finally made friends with a sweet little cat that visits the garden, a small sliver of chicken was the ice breaker. Now she comes running for an ear scratch, chin tickle and and a general pampering. Five or ten minutes of that, then a play fight where she does the leg ripping thing with her claws retracted and nibbles at my fingers. Duty done she's off to wherever next her meanderings take her. She has also worked out how to get into my upstairs bathroom - once in she can't get out as the blinds get in the way! Have to leave the window closed if I'm out for more than a couple of hours.
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Old 13th Jul 2019, 04:19
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Har... Chicago weatherman said - "Chances of rain are negligent tonight". And it flew right over his head.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 08:34
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Hints of Spring beginning here: ye fowles of the aire starting to sing significant songs, and some real warmth in the sunshine at times.
One Paperwhite Narcissus in bloom in my garden.
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Old 16th Jul 2019, 07:15
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Depths of winter here, sparkling blue skies, shorts and T-shirts abound. But further south it are snowing. Poor Melbourne.
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Old 16th Jul 2019, 07:30
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Three or four beautifully sunny days here but still cold enough to keep a fire going especially in the mornings. They have, however, promised me the chance of a thunderstorm or two later in the week. In spite of my complaints to the weather people they rarely make good on these promises and I'm beginning to think they don't really have any control over the weather at all. Must be some of those negligent chances meadowrun was mentioning!

Cat does seem to be getting better and producing more normal poo (you all really needed that image in your heads didn't you?) so, with luck, the erythromycin is doing its job and he'll soon be well. This is a Good Thing but leaves me a little nervous about what he'll come up with next ...We've had the ear mites, the collapsed lung and the campylobacter ... still leaves him with plenty of surprises to come up with!

Did you know that cats have 22 or 23 bones in their tails? Neither did I until this morning!
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