Daily archives: January 17, 2003

Heavensent- Chapter 8, Part 8

The two old coastal supply ships had never merited names in their previous lives. Now, for their short change of career, they had been christened Rexal and Fedra after the twin mountain gods of legend.

Neither ship was capable of running under its own power. The engine rooms had been stripped of all turbines save those that powered the weapons system that filled the cargo bay. They had been tugged across the ocean by old battleships stripped of their main weapons but bristling with anti airs. After the twins were immolated these old timers were to serve as forward air defence for the invasion fleet.

Rexal and Fedra were ahead of Heavensent and its escorts, steaming towards a predetermined area. Charts were being checked and bearings taken, the last of the twins´┐Ż skeleton crews disembarked to motor launches and the rockets were ready on their racks. Everyone waited and counted down.

The two old ships and their tugs tacked into the fire zones. From here the pre-calculated trajectories and limited guidance systems of the rockets would land warheads on and around Stran island. Bank by bank, the motors lit and projectiles lifted from the ships.

With the last of the missiles gone, the twins were lost in their own noxious fog banks. As they emerged it was obvious their lives were over. Rexal was already listing where leaked fuel had ignited and punched a hole below the waterline and, like Fedra, was on fire for most of its length. The launch areas were well clear of the oncoming invasion fleet, so the old ships were cut loose and left to their fates.

Howells Watch

The Culture Minister was interviewed for today’s Guardian. No major new wobblies, but he is a bit pissed off at the response to his statements.

That pillock Rod Liddle wrote a piece for you lot saying I should go off to my watercolours and Simon and Garfunkel records. What rubbish! I was brought up in a jazz household. I don’t have any Simon and Garfunkel records.


The Pentagon wants to create a huge new section to combat terrorism. Amongst the group’s jobs will be encouraging terrorist groups to act so they can be caught (isn’t that entrapment? And isn’t this worse than criminal entrapment because any number of innocent people could lose their lives if there’s a screw up?), keeping a reserve of retired intelligence experts to be called up during times of crisis and creating a ‘Red Team’ with analysts and authors who would dream up potential threats. The DEx comic features a former MI6 analyst pensioned off after being injured on duty. If there was a chance he might be called back at any time it could lead to other possible plots.

10K – Did I hear 10,000 web hits?

Mr. Editor, I love you. 10K for charity and even more! My god you are a Saint or rather a Padre, but hey, what can you do!

Alas, I do not support the war on Iraq and I do not support either the Arab or Isreal state. They both stink of rot and the people deserve each other. Leave it up to the Christians and Arabs to finally agree on something..Terror… Kinda is funny when the first Isreali in space, care of NASA, eats Kosher food in space. Can we please get back to earth? A man in space needs food, not a bunch of blessed baclivia. Here ends satire for stupidity.

Ooops, I forgot, ignorance is a stepping stone towards intelligence.