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The Diary
Anne Ku

8 March 2001 Thursday

warmer than last week - some rain

Today I cycled to the local supermarket. The meat section was deserted. The Foot and Mouth Disease has devastated the farming communities of Britain - wiping out pigs and sheep. The Northsea is overfished. The BSE crisis has scared people to avoid red meat. More and more people are turning to vegetarian diet.
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The moon was almost full last night, as I walked home after a Chinese lobster dinner. Tonight it's fuller but mistier.

Life right now is almost full - but nothing is clear cut. A year ago this time I was planning my first trip to Africa. I had no idea what to expect, except scenes from the movies "Out of Africa" and "The Lion King." The three-and-a-half week holiday itself is now a dream.

A year ago, I would have never dreamed that I would be doing what I'm doing now. The pace of life has hastened - so has my speaking pattern. I am multi-tasking like crazy. Sometimes my mobile phone would ring while I'm on the phone, with another person on hold.

Yet in all this activity, I ask myself, will life pass me by because I'm too busy juggling? Or is this the real life?

Whatever the case, "almost full" is better than "half full." Lukewarm water is not enjoyable for long but it's tolerable. I rather go into a sauna and jump into an icy cold bath afterwards.

Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease to Other Countries - flyer at the London airports:
Ban on Personal Exports
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is urging members of the public to play their part in preventing the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD) to other countries.
People travelling from the UK are warned that it is ILLEGAL to take with them into a foreign country any of the following food and drink:
  • fresh meat
  • meat products
  • fresh milk
  • milk products.
This includes sandwiches, packed lunches and food for self catering holidays.
FMD presents no risk to humans but can pose a serious threat to animal health through a variety of food products. It is therefore important that passengers DO NOT take food producdts abroad.
Your co-operation is needed to protecdt animals in other countries from infecdtion with the foot and mouth virus.