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Days of renewal, rain and chocolate

I have been spending a great deal of time in my workshop of late being most dedicated to my current project, and there is nothing better than to be working on the construction of a complex machine for keeping one’s brain in full working order. Progress has been made, big progress in fact I am now at the stage of setting up the front suspension mounts which will require me to make a jig from the existing car to ensure that everything fits and works as it should. This is of course not as simple to do as it is to describe because the jig has to be made in several pieces that go around the panels and structure of the car… Now if only the rain would let up long enough for me to get the tarp off the car and to get the nose into the workshop far enough so that I can get the welder in to play.
Anyway after while I have been working I have been listening to the radio and there seems to be lots of “confusion and delay” happening out there in the world there are the massive protests in Thailand that have put paid to yet another talkfest  which still managed to admonish  to those naughty boys in North Korea for playing with big rockets,  which will do squat to stop them. Our Beloved Brother Number One is of course very cross and  disappointed that his flight to the world stage had to turn around and come home without him being able to do one of great party pieces.  More worrying to me is the fact of a military dictatorship in Fiji and the total abrogation of their constitution what this demonstrates to me is a  failure of multiculturalism I was sadly not suprised when Mr Bainimarama reacted by removing all pretence of democracy when judges in the Fiji court of appeal ruled that the 2006 coup was actually illegal. Duh! as if we did not already know this.  🙄

One story that has brightened my day is this one :

RICHARD Phillips, the US merchant captain seized by Somali pirates and held hostage for five days on a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, has been freed.

Capt Phillips was freed unharmed and three of the pirates who held him for days in a lifeboat off the Somali coast were killed in a operation by US Navy Seals that was approved by President Barack Obama, officials said.

Captain Phillips’ crew, who said they had escaped after he offered himself as a hostage, erupted in cheers aboard their ship docked in Mombasa, Kenya. Some waved an American flag and fired a flare in celebration.

I was very pleased indeed that Navy seals were able to rescue Capitan Philips and that the three pirates were sent to meet their makers I wonder just how my latte sipping friends will react to the fact that their hero in the White house authorised the use of lethal force rather than endless negotiation. which brings me to the first person reading that they have been been listening to on Radio National by Barrack Obama. I hate to admit it but the man comes across very well as a reader and as a man.

Well enough of my rambling, the rain is easing off and I can hear the call of the Mig and the angle grinder so I’ll end this little cavort here…
Until next time Comrades

As for choclate, well that just goes with the holiday …


  1. Rossini says:

    Nice shooting by the snipers in the hostage resolution.

    What took them so long to get the ‘shot’?

    BHO checking the opinion polls before sanctioning action?

    Why did they leave one still standing?

  2. Shawn Whelan says:

    One was with the Americans negotiating.
    It was only a twenty five meter shot made while they were towing the lifeboat out to sea. The snipers could do that with their eyes closed.

  3. JM says:

    “What took them so long to get the ’shot’?”

    Because the ocean is a big place and they had to sail there first?

    We don’t have teleportation yet and even Hollywood movies acknowledge the existence of time to the point of using it as a tension builder. (I believe girl-tied-to-the-tracks-in-the-face-of-the-oncoming-locomotive may have been the first use of this motif, but I’m not into literature studies ….)

  4. Iain Hall says:

    The graphic that I saw on the news suggests that the life boat was in fact not the open type so it was probably not such a clear shot Shawn but still damn good show that they got the scrotes and no messy trial to worry about, sadly they don’t keel haul scum bags any more 😦

  5. Evan Diebeh says:

    While I’m all for wiping out piracy and bringing criminals to justice, your celebration of death and your advocacy for retaliatory violence is a bit unnerving.

  6. Iain Hall says:

    Why? Can’t you handle a little dark sarcasm?

  7. Evan Diebeh says:

    Are you trying to suggest that all the chit-chat about snipers picking off pirates from ‘x’ metres is sarcastic? Please don’t insult my intelligence Iain.

    That said, I’m glad the captain is safe.

  8. Iain Hall says:

    I was assuming you were referring to my keel hauling comment Evan and I only take responsibility for what I personally say not the comments of others

  9. Evan Diebeh says:

    Fair enough.

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