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When froggers go on holiday

Eddie Mair | 09:42 UK time, Wednesday, 31 January 2007

they keep in touch - which we love.

Jonnie says: "This photo was taken last Wednesday at the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka called Pinnawela. There are around 76 Elephants at the Orphanage and they are taken twice a day to bathe from the river Maha Oya that runs by the Orphanage. You can see two very young ones if you look closely. Tried to send this last Thursday but the one dial-up computer refused to cooperate."

Certainly it knocks Chris' efforts outside our office window into a cocked hat...

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Comments

  1. At 10:11 AM on 31 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Aw Jonnie, what a lovely shot! Is that you in the hat on the right? f;o)

    But Lord Mair didn't share the Snow in Sussex shots with us, did he? So - One rule for Jonnie, another for Big Sis, eh?

    (Oh, Eddie, I forgot to tell you when I emailed MY photos through that I, too, was 'on holiday' ....)

    But if it's a choice between elephants and Sussex, I have to admit that the former wins hands down.

    Thanks, Jonnie!

  2. At 10:16 AM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    I did try and send a more conventional "hello Froogers" message in the sand but as some of the Beach Froggers will realise I was bitten by a dog and will be off in the morning to our local surgery for the last anti-rabies jab!

    The smallest Elephant (mid upper picture) is around three weeks old and on a diet of Mothers milk. The larger ones are fed 76Kg of green leaves amongst coconuts and other things.

  3. At 10:20 AM on 31 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Hello Jonnie! I've been there too but it was rather wetter (in monsoon proportions)! Hope you're having a lovely time and the wounds are healing :-)

  4. At 10:30 AM on 31 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Aw Jonnie, what a lovely shot! Is that you in the hat on the right? f;o)

    But Lord Mair didn't share the Snow in Sussex shots with us, did he? So - One rule for Jonnie, another for Big Sis, eh?

    (Oh, Eddie, I forgot to tell you when I emailed MY photos through that I, too, was 'on holiday' ....)

    But if it's a choice between elephants and Sussex, I have to admit that the former wins hands down.

    Thanks, Jonnie!

  5. At 10:36 AM on 31 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Aw Jonnie, what a lovely shot! Is that you in the hat on the right? f;o)

    But Lord Mair didn't share the Snow in Sussex shots with us, did he? So - One rule for Jonnie, another for Big Sis, eh?

    (Oh, Eddie, I forgot to tell you when I emailed MY photos through that I, too, was 'on holiday' ....)

    But if it's a choice between elephants and Sussex, I have to admit that the former wins hands down.

    Thanks, Jonnie!

  6. At 10:47 AM on 31 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    A beautiful photo Jonnie, Welcome home! How's the dog bite?

  7. At 10:50 AM on 31 Jan 2007, BlackSheep wrote:

    Great picture.

    But I still prefer Chris's baby shot.

  8. At 11:58 AM on 31 Jan 2007, silver-fox wrote:

    Great!

  9. At 12:25 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    From the Ironic Times

    WORLD NEWS
    Chavez: Castro “Almost Jogging” Also almost chewing.
    Iran: Ahmadinejad's Popularity Waning. Many find his name too hard to spell.

    xx
    ed

  10. At 12:29 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Hi Jonnie, what a lovely picture. Sent the blog link on to my sister who visited that same spot last year. She loved it!

    Fiona x

  11. At 12:58 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    I see from Recent Comments that both EdI and OTL are lurking somewhere. Hiding, no doubt, around Room 502 ...

  12. At 01:46 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Whisht wrote:

    Finally - pachyderms in the proverbial that we are allowed to mention....!

    thanks Jonnie...

    shame I can't send in any holiday snaps as I took mine when the PM Blog was merely a scribbled note on someone's project plan.... but always good to see what others are up to!

  13. At 05:09 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Lovely pic Jonnie...hope you are healing nicely. Glad to see you kept at a safer distance from the elephants!

  14. At 06:03 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Hello Froggers,

    Leg is healing nicely but costing a fortune. So far £70 in vaccinations in Sri Lanka and just been informed (rightly so) that the remaining two jabs are not done on NHS and will be around another £50.

    Re: Gillian, An elephant did come into the Hotel called Monika, aged 42.

    I did pluck up courage and offered her a banana. Later one of the German guests had a ride on her and on dismounting Monika wrapped her trunk around the said guest and whisked her in the air. I'm relieved it wasn't me.

  15. At 06:07 PM on 31 Jan 2007, madmary wrote:

    Wonderful picture jonnie, welcome back! You've been sorely missed.

    Mary

  16. At 06:26 PM on 31 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Jonnie - apols if this appears twice - wondered if you heard the reassuring voice of the Dr on R4 earlier talking about the 100% efficacy of Rabies vaccination? This is presuming you are now home?! GMx

  17. At 06:36 PM on 31 Jan 2007, David wrote:

    Enjoyed the show.
    Had Frank Gardiner to talk to us today - he was excellent. Must read blood and sand
    Incidentally my son, Paddy, has been 'heelying' since 2001 without incident - loves them.

  18. At 07:56 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    David (14) This is indeed the second generation of Heelies....my children had great, accident-free fun with theirs seven or eight years ago.

  19. At 08:19 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Jonnie (14 at the moment) I'm also glad it wasn't you......I dread to think what else you would have injured if you had whisked that woman in the air! Just to be nosey....didn't your Travel Insurnce cover the cost of your jabs?

  20. At 10:30 PM on 31 Jan 2007, james wrote:

    Rabies is a nasty, sometimes fatal, illness and asymptomatic - you don't always know you have it. Late symptons are darkening of the skin (so you look tanned) and lightening of the hair (like that sun kissed look), so you had better keep up with the jabs.

  21. At 10:48 PM on 31 Jan 2007, james wrote:

    I listened to the heelies article this evening and thought it well covered. I seem to remember when skateboards were first all the rage and there were similar reports of casualties. Perhaps we are all getting a little over-protective?

    Btw, I wasn't allowed to have a skateboard because my parents thought them to be too dangerous.

  22. At 11:02 PM on 31 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Hi Jonnie & welcome back from your adventures. A lovely photo too. Did you have some nice food while you were away? And I hope the weather was everything you hoped for.

    It's been grey & dull here today- feels like forever. Only glimmer of hope was that at 5 pm (why do I notice that time particularly, I wonder? ) it still wasn't quite dark. Things can only get better!

  23. At 11:35 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re: gossipmistress (16)

    Yes home yesterday but missed the programme. I will try and do the 'listen again' thanks!

    Bit of a problem now as I need the next injection (to be on the safe side) tomorrow, or latest Friday - but no one seems to stock the vaccine. I have a prescription from the Doctor and have just been to all the late night chemists (including Asda) and they all tell me that it could be a week or so! Asda suggested going to the hospital, so I'll keep you informed.

    Sri Lanka has many rabid dogs I'm told and the Doctor out there informed me it was imperative to keep the jabs up as the incubation period can be up to one year.... they may be scare mongering of course!

    Re: Gillian,

    Travel insurance (after hanging on to an 0870 number for 20 mins) have a £60 excess and only on treatment out there, so can't be chuffed with all the paperwork involved for £10. Asda have now said that if they had the ampoules they would be £30 each .. so this is turning into an expensive dog bite now!!

    For what it's worth, the Sri Lankan Doctor said that more Cats carry Rabies than dogs but it's the incubation period which is worrying. Intentionally staying up late to gain back 5.5 hours difference of jet lag.

    It's nice to be back though.

    Now I'll have to pay my debt for the carbon emissions on a half empty 12 hour flight out there and having the central heating cranked up here in Bournemouth...... Suggestions!

    Rabies and Death aren't acceptable, Yet :-(

  24. At 11:42 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Just tried to post a reply to Gillian and gossipmistress and keep on getting errors back, such as 'I'm not allowed or 'being malicious'

    Thought I'd post this as a fresh post to see if it works ??

  25. At 11:45 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Ta, James --

    Very reassuring!

  26. At 11:46 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re: James (20)

    I wondered why Simon (SO) was keeping Rupert (our mini schnauzer) away from me!!

    Sob Sob !

    You'll all miss me when I'm gone though!

    Notice how I've now left it open for the resident Lurker to pop in and leave a friendly comment
    :-)

  27. At 11:59 PM on 31 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re: James (21)

    James, how strange how you were denied a skateboard because your parents thought them dangerous ?

    I wonder had they given you one at a tender age, if it may have cooled your ardour, and tempered your indulgence in transporting your friends with what can only be described as a 'white knuckle' ride in your BMW, from time to time ?

    By the way, What where those Acronyms for BMW ? Oh yes:-

    BMW: Babbling Mechanical Wench
    BMW: Bavarian Manure Wagon
    BMW: Bayerisher Mist Wagen (Bavarian excretment-car, in german)
    BMW: Beastly Monstrous Wonder
    BMW: Beautiful Masterpieces on Wheels
    BMW: Beautiful Mechanical Wonder
    BMW: Big Money Waste
    BMW: Big Money Works
    BMW: Blasphemous Motorized Wreck
    BMW: Born Moderately Wealthy.
    BMW: Break My Windows
    BMW: Broken Money Waster
    BMW: Broken Monstrous Wonder
    BMW: Brutal Money Waster
    BMW: Bumbling Mechanical Wretch
    BMW: Big Money Waster
    BMW: Blasphemized Motorized Wreck
    BMW: Bastard Money Wielders
    BMW: Bowel Movement Wagon

  28. At 12:34 AM on 01 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Welcome back Johnnie!

    An elephant did come into the Hotel called Monika, aged 42

    Funny name for a hotel that! And unusual that you know exactly how old it is! Still, like Gillian, I'm glad it wasn't you whirling a German guest in the air -- you could've really hurt your trunk... ;-)

    Fab photo.

  29. At 12:48 AM on 01 Feb 2007, james wrote:

    jonnie (23), now that is not good news!
    Tonight, when you told me all the scary details of the chiwawa attack, I was so glad I wasn't there.

  30. At 08:22 AM on 01 Feb 2007, Basil Brush wrote:

    Jonnie - longest known incubation period 11 years! But, vaccine 100% effective - no known breakdowns.

    Have you tried phoning a travel clinic eg British Airways? I know our School of Tropical Medicine (Liverpool) keeps it in stock at their travel clinic.
    Just a thought! GMx

  31. At 09:31 AM on 01 Feb 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Not just sorely missed (15), but sore and missed. I hope it works out OK both comfort- and health-wise. (If I'm finally allowed to post this.)

    Welcome back. Enjoy the beach...

  32. At 10:36 AM on 01 Feb 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Jonnie - I think the blog has a dose of rabies. It keeps growling at us & not letting us post. It's very fierce at times, & quite irrational. If you get the magic ampoules, maybe you could get a spare for the blog too? (I'm sure the licence fee would cover it)

  33. At 01:07 PM on 01 Feb 2007, RJD wrote:

    Annasee - re the Blog

    "It keeps growling at us. It's very fierce at times, & quite irrational"

    Hmmm. I don't think it is rabies. I think it's our receptionist.

  34. At 01:22 PM on 01 Feb 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Whoops...works computer filled me in as Mr B Brush! Only posted as him once before, promise he doesn't have rabies!

    I tried to post earlier to Jonnie to suggest phoning BA travel clinic - but I guess it's probably sorted by now, what with all the bloggage. The (Liverpool) School of Tropical Medicine keep rabies vax in stock but it's rather a long way to come!! (Or we have some canine vaccine in the fridge downstairs...:-) !)

  35. At 02:37 PM on 01 Feb 2007, RJD wrote:

    Annasee (32)

    "It keeps growling at us & not letting us post. It's very fierce at times, & quite irrational."

    Hmmm. You've met our receptionist then?

  36. At 04:02 PM on 01 Feb 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re; gossipmistress, Vyle and Basil, Annasee,

    Thanks for all your advice. I eventually got somewhere with the Health Protection agency. I spoke to a lady with a beautiful carribean accent who started by asking me all the details of the incident. She specifically wanted to know whether the attack was provoked.

    I explained that it wasn't provoked, however the Doctor in Sri Lanka had suggested it could have been because I was white! (implying that the dog usually saw black people and could have been alarmed)

    Well on explaining this to the Estella from the HPA, she literally laughed and laughed, and said I'd made her day..... the first incident of a racial dog I guess :-)

    Anyway to cut a long story short, brevity being todays catch word (and not publish too many words and get told off by Eddie)

    The vaccine will be sent to the surgery first class tomorrow at no charge. It's free if it's a 'post exposure' incident. Thanks to the kind lady at the Asda pharmasist for explaining that I should not be paying for it.

    Thanks again for all the advice from fellow froggers.

  37. At 08:51 PM on 01 Feb 2007, Annasee wrote:

    jonnie - I didn't even know there was a Health Protection Agency! So I've learnt something already.Perhaps if Eddie doesn't get to be the new BBC Chairman, he could take his slogan to the HPA? Eeerily appropriate.

    So glad you can get hold of the vaccine at no further cost. I must say, people complain about the NHS but in comparison to other countries I've been to, they generally come up with the (free) goods when you really need them. About 10 years ago I had a 6 month course of something called Z*l*dex, which in those days was retailing at about £110 per injection. I felt very grateful that the NHS was meeting the cost for me, as in NZ or Australia I don't think it would even have been suggested. And if it was, I would have paid for most of it, or not had it.

    Hope you are feeling better soon, & able to be friends with your dog again (when you are out of quarantine, I guess!).

  38. At 11:11 PM on 01 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Jonnie: Seen you posting above since emailing you. V. glad you're getting your vaccine. Hope it doesn't hurt too much. (Simon: If you're listening, get Jonnie a Walnut Whip to make it better .....)

  39. At 12:09 AM on 02 Feb 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re: Annasee,

    Well I didn't know about the Health Protection agency either

    http://www.hpa.org.uk/

    They were charming and sorted it all out, including the liason with my local practise in getting the vaccine to them. I found it via a link from the Dept of Health website on advice from the ASDA pharmacist.

    Re: BigSister,

    Just seen your e-mail so sorry I didn't respond. Have a nice time in Wales and thanks for your concern. I'll let you and the Froggers know if the vaccine turns up.

    All a fuss about nothing really but best to be on the safe side with racist dogs around.

  40. At 09:58 PM on 02 Feb 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Jonnie - so did you get the vaccine today?

    All v. qt. on mst threads. All kping qt in case crash our fault. Can U tell I don't text? Mking up own shorthnd to save ovrlding blog. Mst B like old ovrwrked donkey in 3rd wld cntry. 1 too mny lettrs & it falls to knees, nvr 2 rise again.

    Hope U R well now anyway!

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