Alerted by the screeching of Peregrine Falcons at 6 this morning, I looked out of the window in time to see a parent making a bad pass to a juvenile over the Guildhall, and watched the half-dead pigeon drop like a stone to the rooftops as an opportunist gull raced to be the first one on the scene to claim the meat. Peregrines never (I am told) go back to pick up dropped prey - why bother when there are so many other birds around for the taking?
I don't normally get involved with football, but there have been so many upsets by so many underdogs of late, that I will be glued to the screen to watch Wales v Portugal tonight. You never know, this might even inspire them to get a cricket team together. If the 'home' teams do unexpectedly well this year and next (excluding England, of course), then it will be even more ironic that we will not qualify for any inter-Europe matches ever again.
The mother of a British soldier who was shot and killed in Iraq was interviewed this morning, and said that her son was issued a set of ceramic, bullet-proof plates which are inserted into the jackets for combat, but as soon as he arrived in Iraq, he had to give them back to the quartermaster, who obviously had a better use for them. Vegetable chopping boards?
A couple of years ago, a ruthless bastard who manufactured completely fake bomb-detectors which were sold in large numbers at arms fairs, was sent to prison for a long time (but probably not long enough) as well as having all his assets seized. One - just one - of his numerous assets was a large house in The Circus, Bath - one of the most expensive dwellings in this expensive town.
The astounding and inexplicable thing about his conviction is that they are still using the fake detectors, worldwide, even today. They do not work AT ALL, but the governments who bought them refuse to admit that they spent everyone's money unwisely, probably - no definitely - because of all the back-handers and dodgy deals which go on at arms fairs, making a handful of individual people very rich indeed.
You know that massive bomb which went off in Iraq a couple of days ago, killing 250 people (at the last count)? Well that was supposed to have been screened out with one of the fake detectors.
What is left of the government there have finally said that the use of these useless detectors will be 'phased out' over the coming month. There is NOTHING to 'phase out'!
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