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Afghanistan War: Taliban Back Brutal Rule As They Strike For Power

This article on the BBC describes the evil that are the Taliban.

They need to be rounded up and sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Violent thugs and despots like the Taliban give Islam a bad name.

August 11, 2021 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Suicide Bombing

This morning, this report on the BBC, is talking of another suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t think of any suicide bombing, where the perpetrator wasn’t Muslim.

So why is this deadly practice an exclusively Muslim phenomena?

April 19, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Railways In Afghanistan

In Modern Railways this month, there is an informative article about how they are starting to build railways from scratch in that trouble country.

Apparently, they never developed a railway system, like neighbouring countries, and only now, with the need to remove vast amounts of natural resources around and out of the country, that the railways are being proposed.

It is a daunting task, made worse by the mountainous terrain and the fact that surrounding countries have a variety of different gauges.

Let’s hope the engineers succeed in their aims, as it might bring some wealth, prosperity and freedom to the country. There is a Wikipedia article, which gives more details.

February 1, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Henry Blofeld Is In Fine Form

I woke early today and after sorting my e-mails, I went back to bed to listen to Test Match Special from India. It wasn’t just England’s batsman, that were in fine form, but Henry Blofeld was as well, as have gave an amazing talk on his memories of India during the lunch break.

He told the tale, about how he nearly played for England in 1963 in India, when the team was decimated by the dreaded Delhi Belly. This link points to the paragraph containing the tale in Wikipedia, but it is much less colourful than Blowers account.

He also told how in 1976, he was one of five, who took a vintage Rolls-Royce all the way to India by road, travelling through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As it was such an immaculate vehicle, it was treated by everyone with the respect it deserved. Try doing that journey now. But it was done by many in those days.  My cousin, John, did it around the same time in a Thames Trader gown van. There was even a regular bus to India called something like the Overland Trail.

Henry Blofeld until recently used to wear a pith helmet whilst reporting cricket tours like India.

He must be one of the last great British eccentrics. Hopefully, his talk will appear on the BBC iPlayer after play finishes for today.  It’s well worth a listen. It’s here.

Incidentally, C who was a barrister, appeared several times in front of his elder brother, the judge, Sir John Blofeld.

November 25, 2012 Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel, World | , , , | 1 Comment

The ExCel Blows Hot And Cold

I went to the ExCel yesterday afternoon, to watch the table-tennis.

The sport was fine, but that could not be said for the venue.  I was nearly passing out from the heat and left early.  I then had to walk the full length of the venue and then back on the outside to get to the cable-car, as I didn’t want to be in the crush on the DLR.  Although in the end, I didn’t use the cable-car and took the DLR to Bank, as it wasn’t as crowded as after the boxing. I did meet a guy who’d been in the fencing and he said that was freezing. So it looks like the ExCel should look at its heating and cooling system. A Royal Engineer also told me, he’d felt it was hot in the Excel and he’d just come back from Afghanistan.

August 6, 2012 Posted by | Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sir Roger Bannister and the Affect of Heat and Humidity

I didn’t realise that one of the first papers that Sir Roger produced was about the affect of heat and humidity on people. He did his research in Aden in 1957.

I couldn’t find the paper, but I did find him quoted in a Powerpoint presentation on the subject, written Col. John Gardner, MD for the United States Army or Marines.

The notion that courage and esprit de corps can somehow defeat the principles of physiology is not only wrong but dangerously wrong. 

I don’t know what the temperatures and humidity are like in Afghanistan are like, but do the British and American forces take note of the doctor.

March 26, 2012 Posted by | Health, World | , , | Leave a comment

The United States Looks After Its Own

The fact that Sergeant Robert Bales, has been quickly returned to the US is no surprise to me.


In areas around the US bases in the UK in the 1970s, there were a couple of cases of death by dangerous driving caused by US servicemen.


No prosecution in the UK ever happened and in one case familiar to my late wife, a barrister in Suffolk at the time, nothing more was heard of the case, after the perpetrator was returned quickly to the United States.

The current case is very different and I suspect that he will face a Court of Law.

March 17, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

FT Says Afghans Want Local Trial

The shooting of Afghans by a rogue US serviceman, is absolutely awful and I dread to think where it will lead. I think if I was a soldier out there now, I’d be watching a few Black Adder Goes Forth videos, to get myself invalided home.

The FT this morning is claiming that the Afghan government want a local trial.

I hope that Afghanistan doesn’t have the death penalty!


March 13, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | 2 Comments


With the sad and tragic deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan, the news from the United States, where two hard-line religious fanatics, not well-disposed to Islam,  are vying for the Republican nomination for President, is not good.

Let’s hope that the United States sees sense and re-elects President Obama. At least he’s not in the blast-Iran-back-to-the-Stone-Age-tendency.

Otherwise, incidents like yesterday’s will get worse and more often.

March 8, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

This Story Beggars Belief

The man who ordered this book-burning in Afghanistan has a functioning brain as poor as that of Dominique Strauss-Khan. Surely, he should have known that to burn anything slightly sensitive would have caused a riot.  And of course it did!

Today, the day after the Times has leader entitled, Flaming Idiocy, on the subject.

February 21, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | 3 Comments