Sunday 25 September

Just so you know how very cutting edge this whole blog thing is, I am currently writing this in the kitchen of Adrian Muller, who is sitting five feet away, reading the blogs I posted last night. Hi, Adrian!

The Sunday newspapers are a great source of perverse amusement. Not so much the Kate Moss shock (My God, who would have thought a clean-cut, innocent-faced girl like that even knew what cocaine was?) as the news that armed Navy dolphins are currently cruising the Gulf of Mexico, hunting for divers and wind-surfers. Seems that we have three dozen of these trained Flippers that use toxic dart guns to shoot at possible terrorists swimming near military vessels. Problem is, Katrina let them loose. And maybe they have their toxic dart harnesses on.

Now there’e2’80’99s the beginning of a thriller for you.

Adrian has even found the link so you can read the whole article. Now, with a guy that efficient in charge, shouldn’e2’80’99t you sign up for next year’e2’80’99s Left Coast Crime in Bristol?

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  1. illogicist on September 25, 2005 at 9:37 am

    Hey Laurie, looks like you need to get rid of the spam here. I suggest word verification?

    Interesting blog you have here, I like it 🙂 Just wanted to point out, you’re link to the article doesnt work. heres the actual link:,6903,1577753,00.html


  2. Chris on September 26, 2005 at 9:03 am

    I have so enjoyed catching up with your travels on these last few posts – consider this my thoughts on all of them!

    My reasoning – my childhood home is just five miles from the Eden Project, (St Austell), and although I have not been back in years, and have not seen it except on TV, the Project has worked wonders for the local economy amd is known nationally in the UK. I am so glad you visited it and enjoyed it! I went to Heligon House about 35 years ago when I was still a sqawling brat in the back of the Ford Anglia, and can remember it well – but not the lost gardens, of course! Laurie, if it is of interest, Channel 4 in the UK had a wonderful series a few years ago about Tim Smit’s taming of the gardens, and it made astounding viewing – could be worth getting hold of a copy of the VHS video (check Amazon UK for used copies), I’m sure you’d find it interesting.

    I grew up in Cornwall, and know so many of the places you have seen on your travels this month – makes me homesick, and I’ve been calling Edinburgh my home for half my life now, not Cornwall!

    I could go on and on, but won’t – too boring…But are we to presume that Touchstone may have some Cornish settings?

    Enjoy your last week in the UK, and have a safe journey home.


  3. 2maple on September 26, 2005 at 1:14 pm

    Great travelogue…pictures conveyed in a thousand words…and a whole bunch of interesting places filed away in the “to be visited someday” file (especially the gardens at Heligan).

    My grandfather had converted half of his barn in New Hampshire as an apartment for visiting family to stay in. We always got the oddest looks when one of us let something slip about “sleeping in the barn” 🙂

  4. Anonymous on September 26, 2005 at 9:42 pm

    Do not believe everything you read in the paper! My daughter has been working with the USNavy catching the dolphins in the gulf. None were “Navy” dolphins. None were equipped with harnesses, dart guns, man-made sonar, etc.The Navy brought in a group to help rescue animals and part of this group was involved (and very gracious, kind, animal loving people) in catching tame dolphins. All are now safe in salt-water pools and recovering from their brief adventure.

  5. Mary R on September 27, 2005 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, the dolphin story is bogus. The man making the claims also says that crop circles are created by starlings and other birds fighting over seed. He has some fascinating conspiracy theories going, however.


  6. Anonymous on September 27, 2005 at 4:29 pm

    Laurie – have you been to The Minack? If you know this part of the woeld, I think you must have. No plays at the moment, but still wonderful to visit.
    And if you are near St. Just, eat a McFadden’s pasty for me!

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