>Big Flap in Oz

>Four people ended up in hospital and another four were injured after feathers flew in a dispute over a racing pigeon on Wednesday, Australian police said.

More Here

>Big weekend indeed

Well it was meant to be and was. Beers, a random nightclub, £55 taxi to Guildford at 3am, Scrubs, bar girls, a guy playing the trumpet, more bar girls, two nurses, a policeman, Nighty Night and plenty of bacon sandwiches. Lost my sunnies though. Damn. Only cost $1 to buy in San Jose but will cost a five hundred to replace.

<—— The Friday Night Crowd

Harps, his bro, Dr Luke, Ali and Steve.

<——-Just for reference.

I start work this week. Thank God. Can get some normality to life, plan for the future, do regular exercise (BJJ) and start my Japanese refresher course. A regular life for Dan.

Beautiful sunset tonight. Rich colours, solid and inviting.

I finished the Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien, a great recommendation by Joe. And I’m almost through a modern history of Turkey, a place I didn’t know enough about. Next The English Patient and Gravity’s Rainbow. I’ll pick up a history book too tomorrow. Any recommendations?

>Off to London for the weekend

It’s Bank Holiday weekend here, one of theose holidays that has no apparent reason except it ‘s August. Well anyway I’m off to London to catch up with some mates (Dr Luke, Stevo, Phivos), see my sister, go to BBQ at Anna’s and have a few beers basically. Good to get out and do something. Work begins again next week.

<—- My Indians girls in 2003.

The Forgotten Royals

You can find some amazing stuff on the Internet and especially through factually websites. For example, I took a course in anthropology a few years back when bored in Korea. That was interesting. But today I surpassed it.

Did you know there are 3 members of the Royal Family who are locked up in mental hospitals in Surrey and another which the Royal Family declared had died in 1940 but it turns out she hadn’t. Can’t belie. All fairly junior members but cousins of The Queen. They all have mental ages of under 10 and have spent their lives in institutions.

“She (Katherine Bowes-Lyon 1926- reported dead in 1961 but actually still alive) was joined at the Royal Earlsworth Hospital by three of her first cousins who had been certified mentally disturbed, all daughters of the Hon. Harriet Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis and Major Henry Nevile Fane – Idonea Elizabeth (1912-2001), Rosemary Jean (1914-), and Etheldreda Flavia Fane (1922-).”

Whether the births are genetic is hardly debatable. Whether from inbreeding is not worth thinking about. The story is actually quite heart-breaking, a story of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and formality that was very prevalent in Royal dealings from weddings to mental disease until the Royal Family were forced to face the world and justify itself in the 1990s.

These family members haven’t received Royal visits for over 60 years. The Queen may have talked about an Annis horribilis, but for some Royals it’s been an aevum horribilis.

An Article I found on it is here.

>Roy Keane to Sunderland

Well that’s not something I would have predicted. Keane along with Brian Kidd, trying to save Sunderland from another relgation. It’s quite a fashion these days for players to become mangers immeditaely after retirement especially in international football but will Keane be a Klinsmann or Tony Adams? Will Keane his family over with him, will he be able to keep his temper with the referees, his own players and the crowd. I don’t know but time will tell and as reports as saying, Sunderland will never be the same again.