remember that Sars and bird flu were going to kill us all, and before that the Millennium Bug was going to Destroy The World? And that none of that happened? Well now the UK health top banana Sir Liam Donaldson says that swine flu is, er, not going to kill us all, and that fewer people are going to die of it than normally die of flu every year. That is because, Mesdames et Messieurs, swine flu ("Grippe A" as they call it here) has rather mild symptoms. So I am glad some people are coming to their senses. Here we still have a warning from the Prefet of Bas-Rhin (France has regional government yay!) that major public buildings might have to be closed in the event of a serious epidemic. What utter bollocks all this is.
When I was teaching English in Latvia in 2006 bird flu was being much talked of, and my students rather delightfully referred to it as "chicken grip".