Wednesday, February 19, 2003

”A Small Victory”

Big Chopper
My, what a big chopper

Regular readers may be aware that I’ve been playing a small part in the campaign to save our local Search and Rescue Helicopter at Portland from the axe. Whiskey Bravo is based just over the harbour from Scaryduck mansions, so it's become a bit of a feature of my life down here. After being kept on hold for the best part of a year while the minister responsible for the Coastguard Agency scraped together money from down the back of sofas and his kid’s spare change bottle, a decision has finally been made…

Whiskey Bravo has been saved!

Never mind that it’s the busiest rescue helicopter in the whole of the UK, government bean counters thought we might be better served by moving it sixty miles up the coast, leaving the many divers and boat users in the area another hour from rescue. Thanks to a huge local campaign led by Janine Gould of Weymouth Dive Centre, our local MP Jim Knight and Martin Lea of the Dorset Echo amongst many others, sense has finally prevailed.

Many thanks to those of you who signed our online petition, I hope that your support from around the world went some way to helping our cause. Oh ,and let's not forget the guys who fly and operate Whiskey Bravo. Their bravery and hard work has saved many lives, and will continue to do so for the forseeable future. God, I’m gushing now. Thank you all.

Manly blowing-stuff-up blogging will return as soon as possible.

"Pop Quiz"

Who said the following:

"The people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. All you do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce pacifists for their lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

a) George W Bush
b) Herman Goering
c) Josef Stalin
d) Tony Blair

If you thought is was George, shame on you for doubting The Lord High Emperor of the World! (/sarcasm). It was, in fact, arch-Nazi Herman Goering, but frankly, it could have been any of the above. Apart from Joe who had salt mines for that kind of eventuality.

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