Thursday, 26 December 2013

Under the weather


Yevgeny Huxtable is playing the piano transcription of Liszt's symphonic poem Prometheus at the Old Chapel Boxing Day musical lunch, when he suddenly falls ill with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. He is overwhelmed with a stabbing headache, muscle aches, and paresthesia. The doctor who attends him takes one look at the plates of trigger fish on the tables, and the nervous faces of the audience, and declares a local epidemic of ciguatera poisoning. He is fortunately mistaken as Huxtable is a notorious hyperchondriac, and is merely suffering a regular hangover. Ciguatera is caused by a toxin which affects the nervous system.

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