It’s a strain of influenza and I even know what type it is . . . Type O
The symptoms of this pandemic are dependent of where you live. Here in New Zealand they are dry, scratchy eyes, particularly in the morning but increasing as the day progresses; an inexpicable longing to become nocturnal; in extreme cases, narcolepsy. In Australia they might appear as an urge to rush home early from work, feelings of disappointment and extreme tiredness in the morning while in the USA, the compulsion to go to bed early and rise early will be difficult to resist and become more pronounced moving across the country from east to west.
Yes of course, it’s the London Olympics 2012, and with a 12-hour time difference, unless I stay up all night I have to content myself with replays although it is pretty cool to wake up and find that through the night, there have been 2 more gold medals and a bronze added to our tally!
So now we have 6 medals, we’re 2nd in the per capita rankings and we’ve done it all sitting down! I almost forgot one sypmton common to all sufferers – an outpouring of national pride.