Catastrophic Contingencies

01 Feb

This is my result for that apocalypse quiz that’s going round:

You will survive: A Cosy Catastrophe

You will survive: A Cosy Catastrophe

Well, you are fond of your creature comforts, aren’t you? And maybe a little bit too smug about the possibility of Civilisation As We Know It going down the drain.

You’re just itching to create a better world now that the pesky majority of the population’s out of your way. I’m willing to bet that with a stiff upper lip, a healthy dose of denial and an unwavering determination to recreate a British pastoral idyll that never really existed, you could survive anything from Triffids to the Death of Grass.

All you need is a nice little farming community and an appreciation of the simple things to keep your spirits up. But what will you do when the simple things get complicated?

See the story behind this quiz at

Which apocalyptic disaster will you survive?

And speaking of complications and catastrophes, we’re implementing contingencies at work in case of a Bird Flu outbreak in London. As frontline medical staff, we’ve been assured that we’ll get anti-virals, but we also know that these drugs were developed for a very different strain and we’ve no idea how effective they’ll be. We’ve got an isolation ward put aside and Type 2 biohazard suits for all staff – we’ll all look like we’re working in a nuclear power station. Hardly reassuring for the public, and not so comfortable for us, but hopefully it’ll provide some more meaningful protection than those flimsy masks they’re giving out.

On top of that, everybody has to sign up for a three hour training session over the next month, which sounds riveting and will no doubt do wonders for our other targets, not to mention patient care (nobody mentions patient care).

Oh well, I suppose when it all goes to shit, the execs will be able to hold up a document saying they made adequate preparations before retiring to their sealed quarantine facilities. The rest of us will just have to make do the best we can.


Posted by on February 1, 2026 in memes and quizzes, planning, whinging


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7 responses to “Catastrophic Contingencies

  1. Elaine

    February 2, 2026 at 12:17 am

    Bit over-cautious, isn’t it?

    • Ash

      February 2, 2026 at 12:18 am

      I sincerely hope so.

  2. Ben

    February 2, 2026 at 1:30 am

    Out here we’ve opted for ventilation masks, gloves, steri-sprays, anti-virals and crossed fingers. Just hoping it’ll be enough.

    • Mei

      February 2, 2026 at 1:32 am

      Ben, hi! Did you hear anything from Anhui?

      • Ben

        February 2, 2026 at 1:33 am

        You’d be the first to hear if I did! I’ve been in Sichuan.

        • Mei

          February 2, 2026 at 1:34 am

          Officially, there is no disease in Sichuan. Why are you there?

          • Ben

            February 2, 2026 at 1:35 am

            Officially, I’m not. It’s not too bad here, and we’re hoping to keep it that way. The army are the ones taking care of containment, though; we’re just trying to distribute food to the contained and deal with non-flu medical issues, to take some strain off the hospitals here. I’ll keep you posted when I can.


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