Caroline Shipsey

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Good news - Bad news

On 30th June following the attack on Glasgow airport,and the discovery of 2 car bombs in London, the "Terror Threat Level" in the UK was raised to critical - this means that an attack is "expected imminently". On 4th July it was reduced to "Severe" - this means an attack is "highly likely". Down here in Somerset this has very little relevance but for friends who commute daily into cities it is concerning - Chris is flying to the US later this month and I can't help but feel just a little bit of worry creeping in. Well thats the bad news but the good news is ......

I woke at 4am yesterday to hear the news that Alan Johnston, the British journalist, kidnapped and held hostage in Palestine for almost 4 months had been released by his captors. Every week his colleagues had staged a demonstration to ensure his kidnap was not forgotten and an online petition collected over 200,000 names. His parents had appeared regularly on television, always hopeful, always optimistic and always dignified. I just wanted to record how pleased I am that he is safe and well, the best news for weeks, I'm so happy for him and his family. you can read about him here

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