Belonging to the 2%
Yesterday, I went to the doctor's for my semiannual checkup. As scheduled, I got two vaccinations: one for the seasonal 'flu, and one against pneumonia. According to all the medical websites, 'only about two percent' of people who get 'flu shots get side effects such as fever and aches.
Don't tell me the odds, as Han Solo said. If it's unusual, it will happen to me. So writing up the Post is taking the Editor a bit longer this week, but is a welcome distraction from the 'rare' symptoms and the weird weather, as it is 29° C(!) at the beginning of October, which makes no sense at all.
I mention all of this because – let's face it – if you're reading this, you're an unusual person. If you weren't, you'd probably be doing something more, er, mainstream: like taking to social media to express some totally novel opinion about the latest blockbuster movie hit, that is only held by 250 million other filmgoers. Instead, you're reading this: an eclectic, and possibly mad collection of photos, artwork, videos and essays that definitely fall into the category of 'only about two percent'.
So what have we got for you?
- Wildlife gone mad. Willem explains the Northern Ground Hornbill. The name refers to its habitat, and is not a cooking suggestion. Freewayriding has a brilliant photoessay on a spider web. He objects to the term 'photoessay': if I have to load yet another nine pictures, I'm gonna call it a photoessay. It's the week for the wonders of creepy-crawlies: Tavaron will delight everyone with her grasshopper, just as she terrified the Post Editor, who is an orthopterophobe. I have really gone above and beyond this week, and I want to be appreciated. Don't applaud. Just throw smileys.
- Speaking of nature in all its forms, Paigetheoracle is up in the Highlands of Scotland. He's finding it an acquired taste. He's also sending a lot of pictures. You can get a taste of his correspondence with the Editor in the pages below. I finally got a landscape out of him, but it was like pulling teeth. Meanwhile, in another part of the island, Freewayriding's harbouring a very hoopy gnome.
- The black-and-white photography is both profuse and astounding this week. You will really be surprised by the variety of things you can learn from turning off the colour. Talk to the photographers: they appreciate it, and they're not snobbish at all.
- There are cartoons and ongoing stories and columns and quizzes, of course. You know where to find them, and what to do.
|If you are interested in joining the Post NaJoPoMo fiction-writing project, '30 Hours in Hooverville', see the Post Editor for character assignment and awkward explanations. You have other journal plans? No worries! The NaJoPoMo journals will continue site-wide during November.|
Have a great week, all of you.
Quote of the Week: Sloppy grammar is the cause of most blasphemy and the resulting damnation.
Mrs Betty Bowers.