There were a couple of masters who would turn a blind eye to an enthusiast's disappearance to watch the Champion Chase on the BBC, but in the main it came down to deceit and intrigue involving implausible outbreaks of beri-beri
or yet another dead grandmother who needed planting.
Somehow Bill came through cholera, beri-beri
, a horrific leg ulcer and starvation so bad that he was reduced to eating his own boots.
It was the start of a threeyear incarceration that saw him reduced to a skeletal six stone, surviving beatings, the vitamin deficiency beri-beri
, and threats of beheading.
Men suffered from dysentery, beri-beri
For the first half of the season his horses had more things wrong with them than a long-term patient at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases - Beri-Beri
, Bilharzia, Green Monkey Fever and the Ebola Virus, not to mention the common cold.
By the outbreak of World War I it was a staple diet of soldiers, particularly those serving in the east who ate it to overcome diseases such as beri-beri
Shouldn't the rest of the country be able to cash in on all his pulls, twists and rare strains of Beri-Beri
or Green Monkey disease?