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Excuse me. I’m a little horse.


I’ve got a cold today. Or swine flu. Or the plague. Or an attack of hypochondria.

Lurgee. That’s a good English word.

Creeping epizootic. That’s a US Southern colloquial expression for lurgee, if you pronounce it “eppyzooootick,” but it’s a technical term for a localized epidemic among animals if you pronounce it “epizo-otic.”

Ah. I’m delirious. I told you I was sick.

The horses? From a village fête some weeks ago. You should’ve seen those adorable little bastards do the riverdance.

In conclusion:

Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm
Stoaty Weasel Badger.



Comment from mommer
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:06 pm

OMG!!!! /wonderful fat leg-at-each-corner Thelwell ponies. Love ponies. Yeah I know….miniture horses. Still ponies.
I like ponies so much. I wish I had one.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:12 pm

There were a whole bunch of them, mommer. Like maybe eight. All choreographed and led around by scrubbed-looking young ladies.

I’ve just realized I didn’t size the photo correctly and it’s disappearing under the right sidebar.

Comment from Deborah
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:16 pm

Sorry to learn that you are ill. Hope you feel better soon, and that Uncle Badger is treating you with traditional English cures. Hard to go wrong with a hot toddy.

Darling little horses; what a delight to behold.

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:19 pm

I live near “The Land of Little Horses” in Gettysburg PA. My daughter really really wants one too. I may have to move further away.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:35 pm

Traditional Russian cures, Deborah – copious quantities of wodka.

And the occasional echinacea tablet (which she doesn’t really believe in, I suspect).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 6, 2009, 7:39 pm

Not really ill, Deborah. This has happened to me several times since I moved here: sore throat, rough sinuses, low stamina, that just-coming-down-with-something feeling. Then, after a day, it just passes off.

I’ve never been a hay fever sufferer, but I’m probably getting used to a lot of brand new, foreign allergens or something.

Anyhoo, where’s that wodka Uncle B is going on about.

Comment from glenster
Time: October 6, 2009, 8:10 pm

Musical accompaniment for fair Stoaty’s fever dreams:


Go there and listen to “Horses” by George Olsen & His Music from 1925. (You can also listen to some recordings I made with my dance band back in 1985, if you enjoy such things!)

Comment from armybrat
Time: October 6, 2009, 8:30 pm

I had this lurgee shit last week. Actually, I tested postive for the flu….such are the perils of working in healthcare. The good news is you’ll only feel like shit for a couple/5 days. The bad news is you’ll be fit for work in a week or so.

Comment from Blast Hardcheese
Time: October 6, 2009, 8:39 pm

Of course, I couldn’t let such a great pun go by without mentioning:


In honor of when Val Kilmer was funny.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: October 6, 2009, 9:25 pm

Oh, I *want* the leetle horses Do they come in Palomino? Or one the color of Secretariat? I can see it now, moving into my sisters’ house … “Well, there’s the 3 cats. And a horse. But just a leetle one.” It’s so fun being unemployed.

Feel better, Stoaty Weasel Badger.
Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: October 6, 2009, 11:16 pm

Sorry you’re ailing Stoatyness. Take two bottles and call me in the morning.

Also, if it’s hypochondra, hipocho… what you said, if it’s any consolation at all I survived the swine flu. Felt like a bad cold, that was about it.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 6, 2009, 11:39 pm

Is this anything like the Dreaded Lurgi of Goon Show fame? It sounded dretful.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 7, 2009, 12:18 am

That’s how I always spelt it, BCR. I prefer Scotch as a cure, although for efficacy it has to be single malt and you need to guzzle at least a half-bottle.

Comment from weirdsister
Time: October 7, 2009, 1:23 am

Screw wodka…hot toddies made with real bona fide Scotch are the only way to go! In fact, there is no need to be sick to drink them. They make you feel better even when you don’t feel worse. If that makes any sense.

I hope ya feel better soon, Mrs. Badger.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: October 7, 2009, 1:49 am

Ah. I’m delirious.

Really? Is it bad when I can’t tell?


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: October 7, 2009, 4:06 am

Is that a Helter Skelter in the background?

Feel better soon, Weas.

Comment from wendyworn
Time: October 7, 2009, 10:44 am


sorry you are not feeling well but you should have some Lemsip. They only sell it over there but i will tell you, it takes away ALL your symptoms and gives you a really nice little buzz. Highly recommended, I really wish they sold it over here in the states.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2009, 1:32 pm

I’ve seen Lemsip advertised, but I didn’t realize there was a high involved. I’m susceptible to the Nyquil coma, so I’d probably get the hit. As predicted, I feel about the same today as yesterday (in other words, it can’t be a cold).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2009, 1:34 pm

FINALLY: Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians blog.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 7, 2009, 2:32 pm

Blog link nicked from Saint Kansas.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: October 7, 2009, 2:58 pm

Swine flu? You shouldn’t of had that bacon, ham, and pork chop sandwich.

I hope you feel better soon. Stay warm. Drink liquids. The standard stuff. Oh, and the Men Lesbian blog is superb. I’m glad to see that even while sick you can stay productive.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 7, 2009, 3:20 pm

Be careful with Lemsip. It’s got a lot of paracetamol so it rather rules out the cure through booze. Benadryl is diphenhydramine which should give a nice woozy feeling although check they haven’t adulterated that with paracetamol too.

Comment from Bob
Time: October 7, 2009, 3:34 pm

I used to care for some horses, including one of those little ones. The nasty thing would sneak up and bite a welt on some soft part or your body if you weren’t careful.

Comment from cube
Time: October 7, 2009, 3:54 pm

Sorry to hear about your bad case of equine flu. Don’t worry, though, that’s only lethal among superficial mommy bloggers who go on about the banalities of children’s lives and bowel movements. You’re safe… for now.

Comment from lauraw
Time: October 8, 2009, 3:43 pm

Heh. I said my hubby’s name + Mmmm mmmm mmmmm to him today to crack him up. We might make that our answering machine message.

Feel better sweasel. Boil a chikin.

Comment from Zulma
Time: April 8, 2013, 11:25 pm

zpagat. Zulma W łozach
stało się niewygodnie, zaczynały gryźć komary. Trudno powstrzymywał się, by nie zarzynać ich spośród rasowymi klapnięciami.

Straże drugi raz się ożywiły, jeden ze zbrojnych.

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