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a personal view of the week's news from Erithacus
1st September 2001
UK shares fell heavily this week with the FTSE100 index ending at 5345,
just 84.5 points off its low for this year but still 12.5 points better than
its close on Thursday. The small rally seemed driven more by investors’
confidence in individual companies than by movements in any particular
sector, although pharmaceuticals seemed to be the favourite area with Astra
Zeneca rising 1.9% to close at 3327. GlaxoSmithKline lost some of its
earlier gains to finish just 0.2% up at 1828. Market analysts also pointed
to buying resulting from traders covering positions on short trading earlier
in the week.
When interviewed, Ms Boyack said, "This error is deeply unfortunate. It should not have happened."
Yes. Brilliant comment.
I find this to be a startling revelation. Having read in one of the tabloid newspapers some weeks ago the (unbelievable?) explicit details of the alleged assault told in Ms Milroy-Sloan’s "own words", I really don’t see how it could be any sort of mistake – honest or otherwise. Either they did it, or Nadine Milroy-Sloane has an extremely active imagination.
Or.......No, surely not. The tabloid newspapers would only print the truth. Wouldn’t they?
No need to ask the public, David. Just ask Iain.
A tidal wave travelling at 500 mph will hit West Africa, Britain, Spain Portugal, France, The Caribbean and Florida. And maybe a few other places I haven’t mentioned.
According to reports this week, a volcano called Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma which is part of the Canary islands, will erupt and cause a huge mountain to crash into the sea creating the largest tidal wave in recorded history. The wave is expected to reach many miles inland and tens of thousands of people may lose their lives.
Reports vary, however, as to when this disaster will happen. While some of the "experts" are saying the risk is negligible because the volcano may only erupt at intervals of more than a century and it may take many eruptions before the collapse of the mountain, others are saying that the risk is imminent.
Will it happen before or after we are struck by a huge comet or asteroid;
before or after the polar icecaps melt; before or after a rogue dictator
acquires weapons of mass destruction and releases them on us; before or
after climate change creates constant tornadoes, hurricanes, floods,
droughts; before or after an atomic PowerStation goes into meltdown and
burns its way through to the Earth’s core; before or after the aliens
land; before or after we’re all destroyed by a giant mutant lizard with an
1st September 2001
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