An apology is required before I even begin this morning. Last night, on retiring to bed at the alloted 10pm, I attempted to remove a long football sock in a body arch, pull and release routine. Unfortunately, the sock got stuck at the ankle and my top left stomach muscle cramped, leaving me in some discomfort for a time. As such, I was forced to only take sub headings for some reports and do not have the usual wealth of material to select from.
Nevertheless, we commenced with Fiona Bruce, our leading top story being that of further global stock markets falls. The cause was proclaimed as being America, again we heard of their seemingly shady sub-prime lending market and its knock on effect. A money broker of some description told how the market had changed from one of "greed and optimism" to that of "negative feelings." Thus implying greed is postitive ?
A quick economics lesson was in order as we heard of Bull and Bear markets and the UK housing boom. We heard from a US industrial banker who told "the sky has not fallen in yet." Chicken Licken is everywhere nowadays.
Peru - massive earthquake, size 8 magnitude has hit Peru. We saw many images of the destruction and the human suffering. George Bushie told a tail of how "he would help if it was needed." He is crafty, the old fox.
North Iraq and and update on the al-Quaeda blamed bombing of the Yazidi tribe villages. I received a comment yesterday and had a look at history of the religion on Wikipedia, it is very interesting and makes one wonder. Furthermore, and I did not realise this, a few weeks ago, on ITN news, we were shown a mobile phone video recording of a young Kurdish lady being kicked to death by a baying mob, it was quite shocking and I felt slightly uncalled for, this was in fact a Yazidi village. If my fragile memory serves me correctly, I am sure that one of the recent so called honour killings also involved a Yazidi member. It makes one think.
The Tories followed, plans to slash taxes. John Redwood was mentioned again.
Huge forest fire in Athens, images shown of burning vehicles and houses.
Inflation in Zimbabwe - We heard of the sorry state of affairs again, images of Mugabe were shown, arriving last for a photo shoot with some other African leaders.
Education - record A grades have been achieved in A level exams, something like 25%. I am sure that when I sat my exams, it was deemed that all the papers were marked, and then the top 12% got an A, 18% a B, 20% a C. That was in Scotland though.
An on-the-run sex offender has handed himself in in England.
Sport followed, we heard of an up and coming British basketball player and our hopes for the 2012 Olympics.
To close, Elvis Presley, the 30th anniversary of his death, 70,000 individuals at Graceland.
Pea and Ham from a chicken; bullshit from a bear