Advantages Does the job
Disadvantages Eaurrrrgh !
Doctor, Doctor, Have you got something for a bad headache?
Of course. Just take this hammer and hit yourself in the head
Doctor, Doctor, I tend to flush a lot.
Don't worry it's just a chain reaction!
COUGH....SPLUTTER....ARRRRRGH...BLEEUAGH ! ! Yes I am currently tucked up at home in bed with the mother of all colds, blowing my nose through a six pack o’ bog roll, and digesting every hokum cure and snake oil remedy in the known world in order to rid myself of this turbulent priest, known to most of us as the common cold....AAAAITCHOOOOO...!I went to the doctor but all I got was the typical responses listed above. There is very little modern medicine can do for the common cold or even flu after it has taken hold, so it is largely a case of going home and tucking yourself in bed and grabbing whatever remedies are available in your local chemist.
Lemsip has been around for many years now and is a popular part of the nations medicine cabinet. I have used it since I was a child and still use it today.
THE LEGEND of Lemsip
In my day, Lemsip was the traditional punishment for naughty schoolboys, skiving off school, with mysterious maladies, which apparently arrived without precedent or explanation. It was a penance to be endured for those few precious days off school for legitimate reasons or not.Many a time, way back in the dim and distant past, have I endured the punishment of a Lemsip, in order to hive a few days off the schooling calendar, perhaps in the middle of wintertime when cross country running across frozen icecaps seemed a little less than alluring, or when there was a maths test due and I knew I hadn’t a snowflakes chance in hell of passing it, the unfathomable, improbable, improvable, ethereal and ephemeral ‘COLD’ would raise it’s skiving head and present itself with all the snuggled up, comfort of a few ill-deserved days in the sack, complete with mugs of tea and hot buttered toast, to ward off the evil spirits.
Like will-o-the-wisp the common cold came and went, almost at command to any bone idle teenager willing to endure the lemony sadomasochism, that accompanied those few chosen days of hedonistic tea-drinking, toast scoffing, tellywatching heaven.There was a price to be paid for these few days of luxury and the was the DREADED Lemsip….Arrrrrrrrghh ! more well to do patients in my day were prone to imbibing the morphine like properties of Night Nurse and Day Nurse, the cheapskates amongst us however had to suffer a quick cough and splutter of the bitterest pill we yet to swallow in life.
The flavour in terms of horridness is second to none; the bitterness of the lemon is enough to send any malingering Hector charging for his schoolbags and down the road to the bus stop, at the gallop. Only the hardiest of the truants and tardies could endure the daily dose of Lemsip, in order to escape the mental tortuorosities of double maths.
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