A gay man tried to poison his lesbian neighbours by putting slug pellets into their curry after he was accused of kidnapping their three-legged cat.
As you might have heard (with or without the assistance of vans with megaphones on their roofracks), a quarter of a million of us in the middle of England are currently without drinking water.
Unless you have an interest in the subject of water-borne parasites, you’d have no reason to know the first thing about cryptosporidium. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if, a week ago, not a single one of the quarter-million had even heard of it. Now, of course, it’s a regular topic around a hundred-thousand dinner-tables.
In truth, I still don’t really know anything about it other than its name and its effects on the body (effects which I came to know only too well a short time before I knew the cause), but what I have found most interesting to observe is the social effect of such an event on the human animal.