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The Funky Chicken

Oh Goody, It’s time to play ‘Contagion.’

H7N9 (’you’ve sunk my Battleship’) is the newest Influenza A virus brought to us by China. You know, the country that holds most of our US Debt and also eats anything that moves.

As of April 18 this avian variety seems to have jumped into our Species courtesy of the live poultry markets of six different provinces and cities in China (Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, and Henan). Hard to imagine, isn’t it? (Note to self: Look closely at the person sitting next to you in aisle 4B.)

In an effort to contain the spread of this illness there has been a mass culling of thousands of chickens–however, the gurus at the WHO seem to agree that while there is no human to human link currently noted it is pretty much a matter of time. (Read that: it’s already happened, but they don’t want to frighten us since they can’t really do anything about it anyway.)

Kenji Fukuda (福田 敬二) assistant director-general for health (and probably a very sexy J-guy), security and the environment, identified H7N9 as “…an unusually dangerous virus for humans.

Of course, there are no present vaccines for this flu (SURPRISE)—but the use of antiviral drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors in cases of early infection may be effective.***

**Translated—NOT from Japanese as Mr. Fukuda is completely capable of speaking more eloquent English than most U.S./British Natives–but from W.H.O. “speak”:…….Oh, Crap, it’s time to throw some Tamiflu at this thing and see what happens.

Replikins Ltd, from Boston, USA, is working on two completely synthetic vaccine candidates, one of which targets H7N9 alone.

But, on the bright side–Perhaps a 2014 Sequel for director Steven Soderbergh that again features Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow–in this case: risen from the dead (–Hey, Poetic license) in reprised roles.

Versace Spring Summer 2013 catalog

Well, if you have several thousand to burn on a dress, ante up.

Versace Spring Summer 2013

Consistent if not particularly notable fare—none as riveting as that which brother Gianni created in the ’90’s…but, it could be hard to live in the shadow of such creative genius. Gianni was murdered in front of his South Beach Miami Mansion (aka Casa Casuarina) on July 15, 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. (His official funeral was at the Milan Cathedral and attended by such luminaries as Princess Diana, Sir Elton John, Giorgio Armani and Madonna.)

One of the highlights of Donatella’s career as the creative head of Versace came when Jennifer Lopez wore her green “Jungle” print dress to the Grammy awards in 2000.

Not surprisingly Lady Gaga is also a Fan.

My favourite:

Versace shift Spring Summer 2013

Most of the models, coincidentally look like Donatella in her fantasy life.

Not surprisingly, her daughter–Allegra–is also living in HER mother’s shadow.
(Which is just as well as her plight with anorexia has left her too slight to cast a shadow of her own.)

Versace accesories Spring Summer 2013

Vintage Fans? Behold

Northamptonshire England will host a VINTAGE FESTIVAL celebrating Blasts from the Past.

Very Groovy.

As I have become somewhat Vintage, I’ve grown to love the quality that I find in things made pre 1995. While that in itself is not a hallmark of value, I have noted that even clothing manufactured for the likes of Sears (yeah, I like Kenmore, but it doesn’t mean I wanna wear frocks produced under their store label) are sewn with greater care overall than some of the better vendors today.

For 125 Sterling (+15 if you REALLY Can’t get enough and opt to camp there) you can reserve your place at the Fest.

Tickets are currently available at Ticketmaster and HMV locations.

Be there or Be Square.

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