Noel Gallagher on ‘This Swine Flu Malarky’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  05.01.09 | 2:51 PM ET

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Some days, I honestly don’t know how we ever got along without celebrity bloggers weighing in on the news of the day. The latest celeb-turned-citizen-journalist? Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, who reports from the Caracas airport about swine flu paranoia.

Yahoo! quotes from the rocker’s blog:

“It’s all got a bit mad over here. This swine flu malarky is freaking people out. Landed at Crack’a**e airport yesterday. All the ground staff are wearing those little white face masks! ALL OF THEM. It was like something out of a Stephen King novel. I suddenly feel quite naked without one.

“Then if that wasn’t bad enough my mam called me at that very moment and tells me to be ‘careful’ or I WILL die of pig flu. I swear at that point I did a massive sneeze and the entire airport fell silent and started to stare!! I WANT A MASK!!!”

Me too, Noel. Definitely maybe.

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

8 Comments for Noel Gallagher on ‘This Swine Flu Malarky’

jim jacks 05.01.09 | 10:49 PM ET

freaking people out…yes noel nothing big LOL typical rockstar

get a load of this scary Report.

julie 05.02.09 | 9:13 AM ET

But he’s right!!  This is getting freaking ridiculous.  Thousands die from the seasonal flu every year.  Yet this new version, which has killed a fraction of the seasonal flu, has people whipped into a paranoid frenzy.  Are we so bored with the world that we have to freak out at what is, for the most part (if people take care of themselves and get the correct treatment), a mild virus?

Ling 05.03.09 | 9:19 AM ET

Apparently, he’s already got a mask on now, and he’s enjoying it. Says he understands now why Michael Jackson wears it all the time. :)

Grizzly Bear Mom 05.04.09 | 7:40 PM ET

People in cramped or dirty cities overseas (South Korea for example) have been wearing masks since 1985.  It protects them from others and others from them.  It makes sense to me. 

Additionally, we have Swine Flu at the school by my house.  I was pleased when they closed it for this week to give the disease a change to die instead of spreading from one family to the next.  They almost had to because 40% of mothers kept their children home anyway.  I say beter safe than sorry.

Grizzly Bear Mom 05.05.09 | 8:51 AM ET

More on mask wearing: In the countries where people wear masks there are high instances of Tuburculosis, perhaps because of the dirt, pollution, overpopulation and using charcoal to heat homes.  Again, people are protecting others from themselves, and themselves from others.  I don’t know if it works, but appreciate people protecting me from their disease. 

Additionally, because of the circumstances, many people are continually congested and spit in the streets, which carries a high fine because TB can survive in spetum for six months.  Thank goodness we don’t have the disease spreading spitting habit here.

Sara 05.06.09 | 4:10 PM ET

well noel for you i keep living you giveme dreams and somtihng to belive you give me hopes and must say that for you i write song and i play the guitar… i dont know where you are now but i hope you are okay couse i like to make anything to make you feel okay, couse im still looking for a guide than take me by the hand, and you could be all i ever need!!!

Noel G 05.17.09 | 11:59 PM ET

Wow, amazing what you find on tinterweb when you google your own name! Try It!

Just to relieve you all im now back home in England, Camden to be precise minus the MJ mask!

Oh and me Mam is a lot happier now im home

grizzly bear mom 05.21.09 | 12:21 PM ET

Swine flu originated in pigs but in now transfered from human to human.  If we follow the logic of killing pigs to protect us, we need to kill all cows because of mad cow disease, and all chickens/ducks/geese because of bird flu.

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