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Pity, all you geeks, hackers and crackers, poor Joan Stock of Saltford, Bristol, who can't go near a PC without experiencing terrible headaches.

Surprise, surprise, the more cynical among you might say, having no doubt experienced some damn severe migraines yourselves over blue screens of death, hard drive failures, unrecoverable application errors and assorted crashes.

But the 79-year-old isn't suffering from technofear. According to her doctor, she is officially allergic to silicon chips, the Times reports.

Apparently, medics have diagnosed that Joan reacts very badly to the small amounts of electromagnetic radiation generated by chips. For years, she and her husband, Roy, have been forced to use what has become ever more low-tech kit in order to protect her from these chip-created rays.

For instance, the couple watch a 25-year-old black and white TV and refuse to shop in stores that use electronic cash registers - which even in Backwards Blighty can't be easy.

"It has got worse and worse over the last ten years," Joan told the paper. "Everything has computer chips in it these days. It is very frustrating because I am so limited to what I can do and where I can go.

"It is also very frightening because it is an unbearable pain that is completely out of my control."

Which, oddly enough, is pretty much how the rest of us regard Microsoft, Intel, Apple etc.

Bring back valves, we say... ®

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