Did anyone in Australia see 'Very Small Business' on the ABC tonight? It's a new 30 minute comedy series about a man who runs a series of local papers/magazines and his new (and only) employee, a journalist who hasn't worked for 6 years due to CFS and depression. At the beginning of the show, the boss asked him why he hadn't worked for 6 years. He said he'd been ill, to which the boss said "bit of a cold, then?" He said he'd had 'chronic fatigue' and the boss said "Yuppie flu! Close enough". 'Jokes' abound about disability pensions, including one in which the boss asks him how much his sickness benefit is ($530-odd per fortnight) and then says something to the effect of "that's pretty good. I've been feeling a bit fatigued lately." To be fair, I believe the writers were trying to make a point - the boss was portrayed throughout the entire show as a loud-mouthed fool - but I'm not at all sure that people who know nothing about 'CFS' will pick up on the irony. My stomach sank when I first heard about this show - we've not come anywhere near far enough to be able to write a comedy about CFS. It was always going to be offensive, regardless of the writers' intentions.