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Dear Hugh 20

Friday July 29th 2005


A few words on the latest terrorist attack in London:


Missed again.

And again.

And now I feel a chant coming on:

“You’re crap and you know you are…”

This morning’s Independent has a front-page headline which comments on the situation thus: “CITY OF FEAR”.

I reproduce this merely to demonstrate why The Independent doesn’t sell that much. Had The Independent wanted to more accurately reflect public opinion over here, it would instead have headlined its front page so: “TOSSERS”.

Back in the loud old days of the Eighties, when you couldn’t catch a London taxi without the IRA blowing it up first, the Provos issued a slightly chilling observation after one of their bombs failed to go off. They said: “We only have to be lucky once. You have to be lucky all of the time”.

There is some resonance, obviously, in adapting the IRA’s comment of then to fit the situation in London of now. However, I prefer to believe that there is more weight in adapting Winston Churchill’s famed comment against spiky criticism:

“But in the morning, you will still be fuck-wits”.

And in celebration of the future now facing these frighteners, the celebrated chef Michael Stone has created the following menu of

(a) Bread and (b) Water.

Enjoy shower-time, boys.




To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind.

Looks like those "YOU WILL FAIL" T-Shirts were quite prophetic!

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