Hackney man critically ill after catching Anthrax from bongo drums!
OK – that’s a bit of a silly way to put it, but someone is, sadly, very ill after inhaling anthrax spores from animal skins while making drums. Apparently it’s not unheard of. A quick google-around tells me that someone in Scotland died in 2006, and another drum-maker from Greenwich Village had the same problem a while back. Oh, the dangers of being a bohemian!
Well, I hope our Hackney drum-maker gets well soon, and that his goat skins remain ever anthrax free in future.
Real story on BBC news here.
Next time you’re at a party and someone gets the bongoes out – time to pop out into the garden for a bit of fresh air, I think…