A couple of weeks back I referred to claims made by Iraqi and US officials that were reported as fact in the press about the use of two women with Down’s syndrome as proxy bombs. It turns out, quelle surprise, that the story wasn’t true. Nothing new about military agencies releasing disinformation, and there’s nothing new about media outlets reporting military claims as fact either.
Archive for February 22nd, 2008
The grey corrugated catheter at Heathrow airport that serves as a departures lounge for flights to Ireland has to be one of the most ghastly places in Ireland (yes, I know, but I don’t care). I was in it last night and it made me pine for the comfort of Busaras on a Saturday night. Every inch of the place is covered in either stains, fluff, or ginger fatheads. You know the way some commentators write these pieces about how, sitting in an airport lounge and looking around you, you can glean some illuminating insights about economics, the process of globalisation and the composition of modern Irish society? Such a thing is near impossible at Heathrow because your thoughts are constantly interrupted by the urge to boke.