Some musings from Venezuela, regarding Swine Flu related accessories:

"It's all got a bit mad over here. This swine flu malarky is freaking people out. All the (airport) ground staff are wearing those little white face masks! ALL OF THEM. It was like something out of another Stephen King novel. I suddenly feel quite naked without one. Then if that wasn't bad enough my mam called me at that very moment and tells me to be 'careful' or I WILL die of pig flu. I swear at that point I did a massive sneeze and the entire airport fell silent and started to stare!! I WANT A MASK!!!"

We want you to have a mask too, Noel. We want you to have a mask to cover your face, too.

Liam, meanwhile, isn't quite as nervous. He Twittered this from the band's hotel: "In Caracas, top gig. Sat in me room in silence as my TV doesn't work. Not allowed to leave the hotel for fear of being tickled to death."