Bewildered of Birmingham

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I'm back from my travels, in body at least. The good news is that I do not appear to have any invertebrates making a home in my body like last time1, and I don't even have that many mosquito bites, considering that my bite count is usually around the 50+ mark. However my brain does not appear to have entirely caught up with me after the long hours of travelling across several time zones.

My circadian clock has evidently given up for the time being, until it can work out when, exactly, the sun is rising this week, thank you very much. Consequently my stomach doesn't know when it should be expecting food, and I find myself waking up wondering a) what time it is, b) what continent I'm on and c) why I am not inside a mosquito net.

It will all work itself out eventually. When I know where and when I am again, I'll write about a few of the experiences of this trip, but until then, I leave you with a Puzzling Thing I encountered on one of my many flights.

I'm an obsessive reader, and usually have some form of reading matter at hand while I eat, particularly if I'm eating on my own. When I don't have anything to read, I'll read the labels on packets, jars and bottles instead. So, on a SWISS flight, I found myself idly perusing the label on the wrapping of my cheese sandwich:

Allergy information: May contain traces of lupins, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya.

Wait, what? Lupins?

I immediately thought, of course, of Monty Python and the mighty Dennis Moore, which made me giggle and look like a slightly unhinged person laughing at her sandwich wrapping. However, on returning to the welcoming arms of internet access, I find that lupin allergy is a genuine, serious condition, and that lupin flour is used quite widely in 'mainland Europe'2. So now I know.

Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, riding through the night...

1 I came back with a bot fly larva embedded in my foot last time.

2 I don't know if it's just me, but I detect a distinct subtext of "those crazy Mainland Europeans, using lupin flour in their bread!" in the reference to mainland Europe on that FSA page.

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