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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 08:28
Subject: Apologies
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For those who may have been expecting to see us this weekend, my apologies. But I had a bad cold (what women often refer to as 'flu), and had no desire to inflict it on all you lot.

With luck, next weekend should be sniffle free.
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ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲ
User: tla
Date: 2007-12-03 10:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...women? I think you mean "Brits".
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 11:19 (UTC)
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I do apologise - I did mean British women.
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ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲ
User: tla
Date: 2007-12-03 12:13 (UTC)
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But I mean British men too. Just ask my (entirely male) former coworkers and my (largely male) fellow students.

I have also heard it called "man-flu" here. Never "girl flu" or similar.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 12:34 (UTC)
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Oh, they're just humouring the women.
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2007-12-03 14:15 (UTC)
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Grin!

Yes, it's usually phrased the otherway around, that for what Women would refer to as a mild cold with sniffles, a man would declare that he had flu.

Of course if we swop it around, then the mild sniffles you had could (in a non-PC world) be described as "bird flu" (g, d & r v.fast!)
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Colette
User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2007-12-03 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
the mild sniffles you had [..]

Oh trust me, it wasn't a mild sniffle. And now I'm coming down with it :-(
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, damn.

Sorry dear. At least you should be mostly upright come Friday evening at the Sheene Mill.
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Colette
User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2007-12-03 15:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
From the Sheene Mill website:

Sheene Mill is an exquisite 17th century water mill, which dates back to the Doomsday Book.

I wonder what it was in the intervening 6 centuries?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Probably burnt down a time or two.

(Yes, I did use to live in a former water mill, why do you ask?)
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xnamkrad
User: xnamkrad
Date: 2007-12-03 11:02 (UTC)
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As my GP once said when I visited his clinic saying I had the flu - if you can stand up you dont have the flu.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-12-03 11:22 (UTC)
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I gave up smoking due to the 'flu once. I spent three days in a 'do I really want a cigarette so much I'm going to crawl out of this bed or not?' mood, and by the end of that, the nicotine craving had long since passed.

Oddly enough, I've never quite got round to suggesting this to the NHS for an anti-smoking program.
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MEG
User: djelibeybi
Date: 2007-12-03 17:39 (UTC)
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I gave up smoking due to the 'flu once.

Same here. I spent two weeks in bed. Then mom took me out for a day's "fresh air" (and Bingo!{shudder}) and we smoked. I returned to my sick bed for another two weeks and then never smoked for another eight years.

As the doctor said at the time when I complained it was "only 'flu" - "Don't underestimate it. It can kill you."

Edited at 2007-12-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2007-12-03 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My one experience of the 'flu involved spending most of a week in bed. It amuses / irritates me (depending on the circumstances) to see people who are upright and functioning almost-normally claiming to have the 'flu.
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