Sunday, 20 March 2011

The home front ...

Watching the news is grim reading ...

Colonel Gaddafi has threatened to make the Mediterranean a sea of fire. Currently he is hosting the latest round of "Shock and Awe" sponsored by the Americans supported by the British and rather surprisingly the French.

You watch the news when these issues arise, and its quite entertaining watching the US Navy putting on a firework display as they launch their Tommahawk's. For the last month or so the Arab world has been revolting - Nothing new there, but they have something we want - Oil. We have something they don't want - A no fly zone and 112 Tommahawk cruise missiles.

I reckon we are around 600 miles north of the conflict, or about 1 hour 15 minutes by cruise missile. Thoughts of friendly fire and all that. I was thinking this evening, what were the Greeks doing to support the UN embargo and resolution against Libya.

We did send our second favourite ferry the Express Santorini there to rescue Greek Citizens. In part exchange Colonel Gaddafi sent us the Express Pegasus - He must have laughed all his way back to the tent on that one. Paralysing ferry timetables throughout the Sporades in one swift - or in the case of Pegasus - Not so swift move.

Defence forces locally have been mobilised in the last few days ...

We have air cover: We do get a fly by from the Greek airforce most days. Pilots from Volos whizzing over the island in the morning and afternoons, after popping over to Turkey for a jolly, whilst they wait to join Olympic Air and a guaranteed pension.

Ground forces: They arrived in town from the hills, and are currently eating anything and everything. The sheep have arrived not knowing, they can enjoy all the brambles and Horta, they like. Its a one way trip as we are now half way to Pasca.

Sea defences: Forces have also been put on standby, Lights have been dimmed in the harbour. Three of the lamp standards have disappeared from the Paralia during the blackout last week. We are not sure if they have been melted down, or were used as mooring points by a Tsipouro laced fisherman.

Rumours abound, that they will appear around a swimming pool out of town, in the not too far distant future ...

Latest news from your correspondent, embedded on the sofa, on a green island in the Aegean ...

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