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Absolutely no comment from us: we leave you to read this article from Icelandic news blog The Reykjavik Grapevine: http://grapevine.is/mag/articl..." And no, we didn't twig what was in the photo when we saw the thumbnail. If you think warnings of flash photography are otiose, then you might ignore our warning to be careful of the big picture...


A Ukrainian child was late for school: his father gave him a lift. In a helicopter!


Reminds us of the youngster who used to race go-karts against James Morris-Cotterill, our boss' son who is now an actor and singer in and around China: the lad turned up to a race meeting in a (former) military helicopter piloted by his dad.


Fake news is rampant over the apparent terrorism attack in Westminster this week. Early reports by Simon Israel on Channel 4 News named a so-called "hate preacher" Abu Izzadeen, otherwise known as Trevor Brooks, as the suspect. But those reports were soon called into question: Izzadeen is a bad man but he was jailed for terrorism related offences in 2008, then in 2015, he was smuggled out of the UK and found on a train in Hungary. In 2016 having been deported back to the UK he was sentenced and jailed again under the Terrorism Act. He's still in jail so it's not him photographed being carried on a stretcher to an ambulance. Channel 4 makes no mention of the libel on its website, preferring to issue a statement via social media. It does not apologise to the victim but it does say sorry to its viewers.




The Westminster attack within a short time of the death of Martin McGiunness shows that terrorism can be fleeting. McGuinness was a leading figure in the Irish Republican Army that organised the murder, by bomb and gun, of British subjects in Northern Ireland and England, including London, during a long terrorist campaign. Later, he became a member of Sinn Fein and took to politics where he worked for some kind of unity in Ulster. As British media played up to Feinian ideals, referring to Londonderry as Derry in reports on MgGuinness' death, England, in particular was split: those who said he had turned out all-right in the end and those who had suffered as people were killed and property destroyed took the view that he had had the opportunity to speak for peace decades earlier but instead chose a terrorist path. Incredibly, one might think, he was elected to the Westminster Parliament, where this week's attack was centred, on four occasions, retiring in 2013. But even if he had not retired, or died, he would not have been there: although elected, he never took his seat as a protest measure.

In New York, where there's a large Irish population which funded Republican terrorism for many years, he's a double hero: for both parts of his career. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/0...


This photograph is fascinating. Beards used to be, generally, frowned upon for uniformed officers in London. Look how many of those in this photo have beards, especially long beards. We took this from the New York Times. It's credited to Carl Court / Getty Images.


Only one small last word. We can't stop Bryan Edwards jumping up and down. This weekend sees the return of Formula One with lots of very significant changes and also of MotoGP with the big changes centring on who is riding for whom.

We've cut off his coffee supply but it's not working: nothing is making him less excited. The first F1 practice in Melbourne starts in a couple of hours. If that doesn't slow him down, we'll find the ADD medicine.