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October 03, 2007

Latest Terrorist False Alarm: Chili Peppers

In London:

Three streets were closed and people evacuated from the area as the search was carried out. After locating the source at about 7pm, emergency crews smashed their way into the Thai Cottage restaurant in D’Arblay Street only to emerge with a 9lb pot of smouldering dried chillies.Baffled chef Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon, who had been cooking a spicy dip, was amazed to find himself at the centre of the terror scare.

“We only cook it once a year — it’s a spicy dip with extra hot chillies that are deliberately burned,” he said.

“To us it smells like burned chilli and it is slightly unusual. I can understand why people who weren’t Thai would not know what it was but it doesn’t smell like chemicals. I’m a bit confused.”

Another story.

Were this the U.S., that restaurant would be charged with terrorism, or creating a fake bomb, or anything to make the authorities feel better. On the other hand, at least the cook wasn’t shot.

EDITED TO ADD (10/4): Common sense:

The police spokesman said no arrests were made in the case.”As far as I’m aware it’s not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili,” he said.

EDITED TO ADD (10/11): The BBC has a recipe, in case you need to create your own chemical weapon scare.

Well my mum is currently staying with us, until she departs tomorrow. It’s been great to have her over, see the place and actually spend a little time with Penny but it’s been pretty draining. We managed to see the exhibition at the V&A too, which was good.

The Government, as part of it’s , has launched an site. The pro-hunt crowd have jumped on this whole-heartedly and have the most signatories so far. In second place we have the ID cards petition.

Now I’m not exactly holding out my hopes here, since I’ve never had much faith in petitions for a start and I would actually venture that online petitions have even less weight as it’s so easy to organise an internet campaign. See, for example, the pro-hunting and their 7000 odd signatories. But what the hell, I’m sure the anti-ID card group can manage more than 2190, surely?

Well, I’m back. No, not just back on the blog after an extended absence, but back. Back in the country, back in the office, back at home and back in black.
For now the project is over for me, User Acceptance Testing is over and international travel is over. And I can honestly say I learnt something over the last two weeks. And that is that Jameson’s is bad. At least in quantity. On an empty stomach. On a school night. I shudder now to think of it.

The last two weekends that I’ve been in the country I did some site seeing in London with Penny. First to the and the and then last weekend to . We wanted to do again to choose our Christmas wines, but it was full. This mystery was swiftly explained by the army of hen night attendees rushing past us clutching pre-booked tickets.