Unfortunately the mirror of the irdial mp3's I have been hosting at 126.96.36.199/irdial (a.k.a. diogenes.2bet.co.uk) will be disapearing at some point in the near future. Unfortunately the lease line it has been sitting on is going to be repalced by ADSL. I will try and bring it back up again on the new ADSL line but there may be bandwidth restrictions and early indications are that it is none too reliable. Also my own position there, always somewhat, er, irregular, may be under threat too as I have just discovered I am under investigation by the fraud departments of certain government agencies.
...and in other news...
Feedback in the New Scientist reports that the BPI is trumpeting " Sales upturn lifts UK market to new high,.. Total revenue grew by an impressive 5.3 per cent over the year. . . As has been the pattern for the last couple of years, the growth was attributable to buoyant CD album sales." As feedback notes hardly the loss of sales, due to illegal copying, that the BPI and others have been using to justify new CD copy-protection schemes.
Since we are on the subject of cold treatments here's two of mine.
Chop up 1 or two lemons pit into a jug sufficient to hold to pints of water, add 1 tablespoon each of the following herbs:
Yarrow, Hyssop, Peppermint and Elderflower.
Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, a large piece of fresh ginger, chopped, and honey to taste. Add two pints of boiling water, cover, and leave to steep for at least twenty minutes. Strain the mixture and drink a wine glass full a regular intervals, gently warmed.
The 'sun-leaves' - i.e. the large shade leaves growing at the base of a certain plant well known for its medicinal qualities may be gathered and 'slolarized' by putting them in a clear glass container and covering with brandy (or similar) and then leaving them on a windowsill or other place where they will catch the sunlight. At the end of six weeks strain and decant into a dark bottle srored in a dark place. A teaspoon or two of this mixture, taken straight or added to a glass of the above mixture or your own favourite remedy will prove to be highly eficacious in cases of the 'flu.
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[posting this on my shiny new Pentium 1Ghz laptop but we've only just retired a 386 (with all of 4Mb of memory) in my house]