She was taken ill at college and an ambulance was called . The college didn't make the best start.They rang Madame P on her mobile and said to her, straightway when she answered, "Are you the next of kin of Charlotte Elizabeth Puli?".This did not have the hearer thinking that whatever was up was of academic interest only
Britain has been hit by a shortage of sperm donors:
LONDON fertility clinics are turning to foreign sperm donors in a bid to beat record shortages, the Evening Standard can reveal today. More than a third of recruits joining the capital's fertility registers are now non-British. The majority are Australians and South Africans but donors from Poland, the Ukraine and Colombia are also high up the list. A report by the British Fertility Society today warns that the current national shortage of sperm donors is at a critical level and calls for an overhaul of recruitment. Foreigners ease sperm donor crisis
Well, dg, one problem is that there is a rule that restricts the number of women inseminated to ten per donor.That rule was made to reduce the risk of incestuous relationships occurring by chance.It does not bear analysis, considering the 60 million population and the comparatively small number of women who are treated (about 2,500 a year).The British Fertility Society, writing in the British Medical Journal, has recently argued that it be scrapped.
Another may be that donors are no longer anonymous in perpetuity. In 2005 the rules were changed so that the offspring could discover the identity of the fathers.In 2006 the number of women being treated suddenly dropped 20%,which may be explained by that change.Only 607 donors were recruited, 60% of the number needed, in 2006.
At one time, being a donor was a sideline of our medical students (which must have done something to raise the IQ of the population), who, being students, took time off from regularly and frequently donating by more conventional means.
Sure, I'd be pretty mad if I'd spent $50 on a ticket. But I have to admit I laughed until I was nearly crying at the photos on the BBC site. ( the promotional website doesn't open )
It's all just so British, and it's really, really bad. I can't decide what was funnier, the stunned polar bear in the woods, or the plug in bambi. Then there was the photo of a traditional Lapland food stall, selling fish and chips.
We're good at selling the pomp and pageantry of Britain, because we have hundreds of years of history, and the setting is there already. A few years ago, I took my kids to a medieval fair in the grounds of Warwick Castle in England, and it was very well organised. But when it comes to anything of a theme park nature, we really can't hope to equal the US.