Hayfever rates have soared to record levels and are only going to get worse in the coming years, sufferers have been warned. As the nation braces itself for one of the most severe summers in recent years, charity Allergy UK said almost a third of the population are now victims. Professor Jean Emberlin, its scientific director, told the Daily Express: “We now have one of the highest rates worldwide.” Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows a man working in his garden wearing what looks like a space suit. His neighbour leans over the fence and asks him, "How's the hayfever?"
The joke (and the answer to the question) should be obvious: the man's hayfever is very bad — that's why he's wearing the special suit.
Hayfever (also hay fever) is a medical condition caused by pollen (=powder produced by flowers) that affects your nose and eyes as if you had a bad cold. • Triggered by grass and tree pollen, hay fever leads to sneezing, red and itchy eyes and sore throats.
See if you can spot the following items in the cartoon: lawnmower, skylight, flag, fence, lawn, flower beds, plant pots, bird box, chimney, butterflies, shed, trowel, flat cap, beanie hat, roof, greenhouse, bushes.