The Hype they call the War on Terror… We know a little more about it than most.

 Mainland UK Attacks
 
1970s
  • 1971 12 January: Two bombs explode at the house of government minister Robert Carr. This attack was one of 25 carried out by the Angry Brigade between August 1970 and August 1971. The Bomb Squad was established at Scotland Yard in January 1971 to target the group, and they were apprehended in August of that year.
  • 1971 31 October: A bomb explodes in the Post Office Tower in London causing extensive damage but no injuries. The “Kilburn Battalion” of the IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion.
  • 1972 22 February: The Official Irish Republican Army kills seven civilians in the Aldershot bombing.
  • 1972 19 September: The group Black September post a letter bomb to the Israeli embassy in London killing an Israeli diplomat.
  • 1973 10 September: The Provisional IRA set off bombs at London’s King’s Cross Station and Euston Station injuring 21 people.
  • 1974 4 February: Eight Soldiers and 4 civilians are killed by the Provisional IRA in the M62 Coach Bombing.
  • 1974 17 June: The Provisional IRA plant a bomb which explodes at the Houses of Parliament, causing extensive damage and injuring 11 people.
  • 1974 5 October: Guildford pub bombing by the Provisional IRA leaves 4 off duty soldiers and a civilian dead and 44 injured.
  • 1974 22 October: A bomb planted by the Provisional IRA explodes in London injuring 3 people.
  • 1974 21 November: The Birmingham pub bombings, 21 killed and 182 injured by Provisional IRA bombs.
  • 1979 30 March: Airey Neave killed when a car bomb exploded under his car as he drove out of the Palace of Westminster car park. The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) claimed responsibility for the killing.

1980’s 

  • 1980 30 April: The Iranian Embassy Siege where a six-man terrorist team held the building for six days until the hostages were rescued by a raid by the SAS which was broadcast live on TV.
         
  • 1981 21 January: Sir Norman Stronge, 8th Baronet and his son Sir James Stronge, 9th Baronet are killed by the IRA and their home Tynan Abbey bombed.
  • 1982 20 July: The Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings in London by the IRA kill eleven members of the Household Cavalry and the Royal Green Jackets. 
  • 1982, 30 November: A group called the Animal Rights Militia sent a letter bomb to Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, the device exploded injuring one person.
  • 1983, 17 December: Harrods was bombed by the IRA. Six are killed (including three police officers) and 90 wounded during Christmas shopping at the West London department store. (See 17 December 1983 Harrods bombing)
  • 1984 12 October: Brighton hotel bombing, 5 killed and several injured in an attempt by the IRA to kill Margaret Thatcher.
  • 1987 8 November: The Remembrance Day Bombing in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. 11 killed by a IRA bomb which went off during Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
  • 1988 21 December: Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie) blown up by a bomb in a suitcase while in flight over Scotland after taking off from Heathrow. 270 were killed.
  • 1989 22 September: Deal barracks bombing: 11 Royal Marines bandsmen are killed and 22 injured when base in Deal, Kent, is bombed by the IRA.

1990’s

  • 1990 May 16: Wembley IRA detonate a bomb underneath a minibus killing Sgt Charles Chapman (The Queen’s Regiment) and injuring another soldier.
  • 1990 June 1: Lichfield City railway station 1 solder is killed and 2 are injured in a shooting by the IRA
  • 1990 20 July: The IRA detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange causing damage to the building. Nobody was injured in the blast.
  • 1990 30 July: Ian Gow MP killed by a car bomb planted by the IRA while at his home in Sussex.
  • 1991, 7 February: The IRA launched three mortar shells into the back garden of 10 Downing Street.
  • 1991 February 18: A bomb explodes at Victoria Station. One man is killed and 38 people injured.
  • 1992 February 28:  A bomb explodes at London Bridge station injuring 29 people.
  • 1992 April 10: A large bomb explodes in St Mary Axe in the City of London. The bomb was contained in a large white truck and consisted of a fertilizer device wrapped with a detonation cord made from Semtex. It killed three people: Paul Butt, 29, Baltic Exchange employee Thomas Casey, 49, and 15-year old Danielle Carter. The bomb also caused damage to surrounding buildings, many of which were also badly damaged by the Bishopsgate bombing the following year. The bomb caused £800 million worth of damage, £200 million more than the total damaged caused by the 10,000 explosions that had occurred during the Troubles in Northern Ireland up to that point.
  • 1992 25 August: The IRA plant three fire bombs in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Bombs were placed in Shoplatch, The Charles Darwin Centre and Shrewsbury Castle. The latter causing the most damage as the castle housed the Shropshire Regimental Museum and many priceless historical aritifacts were lost and damaged by fire and smoke. No fatalities or injuries were recorded.
  • 1992 October 12: A device explodes in the gents’ toilet of the Sussex Arms public house in Covent Garden killing one person and injuring four others.
  • 1992 16 November: IRA plants a bomb at the Canary Wharf, but is spotted by security guards. The bomb is deactivated safely.
  • 1992 3 December: The IRA exploded two bombs in central Manchester, injuring 65 people.
  • 1993, 20 March: Warrington bomb attacks. The first attack, on a gasworks, created a huge fireball but no casualties, but the second attack on Bridge Street killed two children and injured many other people. The attacks were conducted by the IRA.
  • 1993 April 24: IRA detonate a huge truck bomb in the City of London at Bishopsgate, It killed journalist Ed Henty, injured over 40 people, and causing approximately £1 billion worth of damage, including the destruction of St Ethelburga’s church, and serious damage to Liverpool St. Tube Station. Police had received a coded warning, but were still evacuating the area at the time of the explosion. The insurance payments required were so enormous, that Lloyd’s of London almost went bankrupt under the strain, and there was a crisis in the London insurance market. The area had already suffered damage from the Baltic Exchange bombing the year before.
  • 1996, 9 February 1996: The IRA bombs the South Quay station, killing two people. (see 9 February 1996 South Quay bombing)
  • 1996 15 June: The Manchester bombing when the IRA detonated a 1500 kg bomb which destroyed the Arndale shopping centre and injured 206 people.
  • 1996 February 15: A 5 lb bomb placed in a telephone box is disarmed by Police on the Charing Cross Road.
  • 1996 February 18: An improvised high explosive device detonates prematurely on a bus travelling along Aldwych in central London, killing Edward O’Brien, the IRA operative transporting the device and injuring eight others.
  • 1998, 15 August: The Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland. 29 killed and about 220 injured, by a car bomb attributed to the Real IRA.
  • 1999, 17 April, 24 April, 30 April: David Copeland set off three nail bombs in London targeting the black, Asian and gay communities respectively, killing 3 and injuring 129. Convicted of murder on 30 June 2000.

2000 to present  

  • 2001, 4 March: A car bomb explodes outside the BBC’s main news centre in London. One London Underground worker suffered deep cuts to his eye from flying glass and some damage was caused to the front of the building.
  • 2001, 6 May: The Real IRA detonate a bomb in a London postal sorting office. One person was injured.
  • 2001, 3 August: The last IRA bomb, as of August 2007, on mainland Britain explodes in Ealing, West London,injuring seven people.
  • 2005, 7 July: The 7/7 London Tube and Bus bombings conducted by four separate suicide bombers, killing 56 people and injuring 700.
  • 2007 January – February: The 2007 United Kingdom letter bombs
  • 2007, 30 June: Glasgow International Airport attack
  • 2008, 22 May: Exeter Restaurant Bombing (Muslim extremist)

Prevented, failed or aborted attacks; These are attacks which could have constituted a threat to life had they worked or been large enough. Does not include attacks that were merely at a talking stage and were not actually in operation and number several hundred.  

 

  • 1605, 5 November: A group of provincial Catholics attempt to kill King James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament, in what would come to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.
  • 1894, February 15: An anarchist blew himself up near the Greenwich Royal Observatory. This occurred during a series of anarchist attacks in France, culminating in the assassination of President Carnot.
  • 1985: Police found 10 grenades, seven petrol bombs and two detonators at the home of Tony Lecomber after he was injured by a nailbomb that he was carrying to the offices of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party. Convicted under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
  • 1993, October 23: In Reading, Berkshire, an IRA bomb exploded at a signal post near the station, some hours after 5 lb (2 kg) of Semtex was found in the toilets of the station. The resulting closure of the railway line and evacuation of the station caused travel chaos for several hours, but no-one was injured.
  • 2000, 1 June: Real IRA suspected of planting a high-explosive device attached to a girder under the south side of Hammersmith Bridge which detonated at 4.30am.
  • 2005, 21 July:  London bombings, also conducted by four would-be suicide bombers on the public transport, whose bombs failed to go off.
  • 2007, 29 June: London car bombs.

 Northern Ireland Casualties

 The Dead

 Between 1969 and 2001 a total of 3523 men women and children died in Northern Ireland.

Since 1st Jan 2001 to 2005 a further 70 persons have been killed – this is still ongoing. Update: 7th March 2009, 2 soldiers shot dead, 4 others injured in Co.Antrim 

 The Injured

Blown up, Shot and critically maimed 144 500 

 

  

 

 

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Published in: on 15 March, 2008 at 08:02  Comments (16)  
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Devon, beautiful or a drop out centre for famous ‘has-beens’?

 

As many of you know, I live presently in the English county of Devon.

Some say it’s possibly the most beautiful county in the UK.  I didn’t come here by choice due to a contracting misfortune in Dubai.

 

 

The pace of life in Devon is slow, very slow. It is a rural county that supplies the majority of the UK’s dairy industry and has two coastal borders as well as stunning beaches and rolling hills.

The villages are so amazingly quaint and many of the roads are literally cart width.

As such, during the summer months tourists travel far and wide to come and stay here and in the off season we have some wealthy and often famous residents whom have made Devon their home.

From Formula One’s Nigel Mansell who owns a large golf course here, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, A certain member of Led Zeppelin and this is only the beginning of the list.

At certain times of the year it really is amazing who you’ll find next to you at the supermarket checkout, or sitting in the corner of your local pub or even in the local Fish & Chip shop.

So imagine my horror when it would appear we’re about to get some more of them.

 

The ENTIRE Jackson family a buying hideaway here!!

Oh JOY!!

Published in: on 15 March, 2008 at 06:29  Leave a Comment  

Women wanna drive in Saudi (are they mad?)

A group of women are to lobby King Abdullah (good bloke) for the first time ever, to be given the right to drive.

This a tough call for the king and one that could cause a great deal of trouble no matter which way he decides. It is more than likely that the right to drive will turned down at this point, but it’s only the begining. 29saudi_xlarge1.jpg

To be honest, it takes a lot of guts to drive on the highways of Saudia Arabia. In fact the number one cause of death in Saudi is ‘Road Kill’. Bad driving is every where and Saudi is not a country to suffer a bout of road rage, unless you like trouble – the kind that will beat you into submission

 That said, they can’t be any worse than the guys driving – my guess is that in the long term, it’ll be a better, safer country if they did let them drive.

But then, they ARE women and women and cars……

Published in: on 11 March, 2008 at 20:26  Comments (2)  

Holiday, Vacation – call it what you will…

 

 

During a recent conversation, I realised and agreed for the first time in my life – I need a holiday/vacation.

While I’d love to drop everything and leggit, but that’s not an option right now. So in the latter part of this year I plan to take a break and do what I love the most – travel.

But I don’t like doing the whole ‘tourist’ thing. I like to go to a place, hang out, learn about it and then move on.

So, the question I have is this – Where?

Please feel free to offer suggestions, but I am working on the fact that Hell is not open as a holiday location before anyone suggests it.

Published in: on 9 March, 2008 at 17:12  Comments (7)  
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Blu-Ray

Ok, the ‘blu’ is apparently the colour of the laser they fire at the disk…. But I think it’s more to do with the language you will use if you try to buy one!

Blu-Ray readers start at just over £100 (US/Canadian readers should just double the GBP figures) and a Blu-Ray writer costs…… wait for it….. Over £500!!!!

What is worse is the fact the writers only burn on one side and it’ll be sometime before the double sided burner comes out.

Well don’t get me wrong – BUT;

We all knew Blu-Ray was gonna win. We’ve waited since around 2002 for this technology to become available.

SO WHO THE HELL WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO BUY THEM AT THESE PRICES????

SO many times we say that these prices will come down as people buy more – but that is a stupid argument now… why? Because manufacturers historically try to get their R&D money back on products they’re not sure will take off – but get this, Blu-Ray has no competition, the industry has been waiting over 5 years for it’s full release and none of the big manufacturers thought to market them at a price whereby lower item profit will mean greater sales and a faster return. Just what kind of ‘stupid’ are these people?

But here is the kicker – the Blu-Ray battle has gone on for so long, at these prices they’re no longer viable. The reason? it’s the good old trusty memory stick. You no longer have to buy expensive DVD’s, you can download everything now and memory sticks are just about to double in storage to 16gigs. So, unless I have to buy a Blu-Ray for a work application, I will no longer be looking to purchase a piece of equipment that was purposely held back from market for 5 years.

Sony, you’re a sandwich short of a picknik!

A single side recordable disk is over £20, and only holds 25gig. An 8gig memory stick costs less. So in a couple of years when a memory stick holds at least 32 or more gigs – the memory stick will be the better cheaper option.

Heck, we’ll probably have boxes full of little memory sticks that take up so little room compared to disk storage.

I just don’t think this has been thought out very well at all. The bottom line is they must cut these prices by at least 55% before the year is out. Or hold back the huge advancements in memory technology – anyone care to guess which I bet it will be?

Published in: on 9 March, 2008 at 00:40  Comments (7)  

London Underground Ltd (LUL)

 

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As some of you may know, a few years ago I worked on a major contract for the London Underground.

Called the ‘Connect Project’, it was a total revamp and upgrade of the Telecommunication, IT and CCTV infrastructure. This system is brilliant and light years ahead in technology. It allows for two-way radios to work from the surface to hundreds of feet below ground, allows CCTV to work in real-time even on the trains and the whole network is tied into the ‘Oyster Card’ system and provision was made to allow mobile phone usage.

Ever since the Kings Cross fire disaster, the entire underground network has had a 3 tier fire protection system installed including ‘Hi-Fog’ systems to all public areas.  After the Kings Cross fire a systematic replacement of the thousands of wooden escalators came into effect. This has been a major and costly undertaking due to the fact that new escalators had to be bespoke and built in situ at costs inexcess of £1m each. Each escalator has an optical fibre fire detection system inside and internal fire supression systems. The last of these was finally replaced in 2007.

This whole thing has cost billions of pounds and the final stage is to completely renovate the actual tube stations. The station refurbishment work has now started.

I spent many nights walking the tunnels and stations with ‘Bank/Monument’ being my actual designated stations – the Bank complex (also called the ‘Worm’) is the largest subterranean railway structure (not station) in the world with miles of interconnecting tunnels and apparently the odd ghost left over from WW2, especially the Blitz.

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This map does not show the miriad of service tunnels and other facilities sadly.

However, LUL is a dinosaur of a company and is slowly getting up to speed with the changes moving through it.

As you know, I don’t allow swearing on this blog, but in the interest of the national love of the ‘London Underground Song’ I have posted the video of it here. (this will offend if you don’t like swearing).

 

 

 

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Published in: on 2 March, 2008 at 04:43  Comments (1)  
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