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Initial Protest

Writing the post below made me think (yip! that’s what that noise was) about organisations and how they are named.

If an organisation is charitable or religious it tends to have a longer, explanatory name. Although they are shortened to initials, there are usually at least four words/initials involved; for instance The RSPB, RSPCA, SSPCA, NSPCC, MIND, CHAS, GOSH, SPUC etc. etc.

However if you join an organisation with three initials, it seems to me that sooner or later you’ll be on a march of some kind, in a fight or in some cases involved in some sort of terrorism.

This list is right of the top of my head and in no particular order so it’s not exhaustive:


Maybe UKIP are going to apply for charitable status?


Gartocharn Terror

I was interested in my correspondent Alec’s assertion that the Glasgow Airport bombers had “trained” at Garadhban Forest at Gartocharn, the location of last Wednesday’s explosion. I had honestly missed that detail. However the Scotsman reports the following:

POLICE are continuing to scour the site of a mysterious woodland explosion for clues as speculation grows that the blast was the work of terrorists.

Police officers continued to comb the area in Garadhban Forest at Gartocharn, near Loch Lomond yesterday following the explosion on Wednesday.

They refused to comment on reports that an explosive device had been found with a “unique blueprint”, with some of the materials found to be “so unstable” they would need an “armoured vehicle” to remove them.

In 2007, Glasgow Airport bombers Bilal Abdulla and Kafeel Ahmed spent several hours in the same remote woodland just before making their attack on the airport.

The full article is here

As a reminder of how remote and beautiful the location is, here is a photo I took in the vicinity a few weeks ago:

Public Information Film Middle East Style


This chilling commercial has been shown on several Arabic TV stations in an attempt to discourage suicide bombings. It would be nice to think that this kind of initiative would at least make fanatical lunatics radical young men think. Somehow I doubt it.

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