Ebola in Microsoft Office


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Microsoft Office has Ebola … meaning it’s in the supplied dictionaries for Word 2013, Word 2010 and Word 2007.

As a proper noun, the disease name has a capital letter.  Without it, Word marks it as a spelling error.

The surname Pooley isn’t in the dictionary and, as we’ll see, maybe deserves to be better known,

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Will Pooley

No real news there but it’s an excuse for us to highlight one man who just blows us away; Will Pooley.

Nurse Pooley was working in Sierra Leone treating Ebola victims when he was infected himself.  He was treated in the UK and is one of the lucky few to survive (none of his medical team were infected in the process).

For most of us, that would be enough.  A closer call with certain and painful death than most of us could ever imagine.  No-one would think less of Will Pooley if he got a job in a quiet English village clinic.

But no … Nurse Pooley is heading back to Sierra Leone with the risk of being infected again.

Best Wishes to Will Pooley and all those in West Africa, risking their own lives so that we can have our safe and comfortable existences in front of our flat screens.

Aside from his courage … it’s a story that should shame all those with the vastly more infectious ‘Ebola fear’ virus being spread by opportunistic politicians and media.

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