ON THIS DAY
OPERATION DESERT STORM, ON THIS DAY ENDED,
AFTER KUWAIT WAS LIBERATED IN 1991.
Some thoughts, ideas, and news that catch my attention.
Mars Express is due to deploy its Marsis experiment in May. A huge, frozen sea lies just below the surface of Mars, a team of European scientists has announced. Their assessment is based on pictures of the planet's near-equatorial Elysium region that show plated and rutted features across an area 800 by 900km. The team think a catastrophic event flooded the landscape five million years ago and then froze out. They tell a forthcoming edition of Nature magazine that sediments covered the ice, locking it in place. Large reserves of water-ice are known to be held at the poles on Mars but if this discovery is confirmed by follow-up observations, it would be a first for a region at such a low latitude.
Another item has been crossed off the list 'to do' in the run up to the elections by Mugabe.This week has seen 3 Newpaper Journalist's being hounded out by Mugabe's thugs. Colleagues Angus Shaw, Jan Raath and Brian Latham have all fled Zimbabwe, and for two of them leaving everything they hold dear and including their love of their country, before they were rounded up and put in prison, for doing their job from their offices known as The Old Gentleman's News Co-operative in trying to report what was going on in Zimbabwe. They had hoped to stay to cover up to and covering the elections at the end of March, but they had been tipped off that they were to be closed down by any means. So much for the freedom of the press, far less free speech for the people as well.
Dear Family and Friends,
In a Zimbabwean restaurant: "Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager."
Man remanded on Real IRA charge, and cash was seized in Dublin and Cork.
The vessel is now stranded on a sandbank off the shore. Authorities in Tunisia are struggling to contain the damage from crude oil leaking into the Mediterranean from a ship off the country's coast. A 1.5km (1-mile) oil slick is already coating beaches near the town of Korbous, a popular tourist resort.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have changed the venue for their forthcoming wedding on 8 April. The pair were set to hold a civil ceremony at Windsor Castle but Clarence House has now confirmed they will marry at the Guildhall in Windsor.
In a restaurant in Zambia: "Open seven days a week and weekends."
Thousands of Somalis have demonstrated in the capital, Mogadishu, against plans to send a peacekeeping force. Islamic groups organised a similar march on Friday but the latest protest involved several different groups.
Dear God - Look down on us your humble tourists, who are doomed to travel this earth, taking photographs, sending postcards, shopping for souvenirs and walking around in drip dry underwear.
EXPERIENCE - is a wonderful thing...............
NELSON MANDELA, ON THIS DAY IN 1990, WAS RELEASED
Mrs Parker Bowles was wearing a large diamond engagement ring. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are hosting a dinner at Windsor Castle, their first public appearance since announcing their engagement. Mrs Parker Bowles said the prince went down on one knee to propose and added: "I'm just coming down to earth."
New licences for Uganda's parrots - By Will Ross BBC News, Uganda.
White farmers - evicted from their farms in Zimbabwe during the country's controversial land redistribution policy - have just been given the all-clear to begin farming in Nigeria's western state of Kwara.
There are twelve different animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.Each has its own distinctive set of characteristics. According to Chinese legend Buddha called all the animals to him before he left the earth.
Britain's Ellen MacArthur has completed her single-handed round-the-world voyage in record-breaking time.
NOTICE IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY CHURCH BULLETIN -
G7 finance ministers have backed plans to write off up to 100% of the debts of some of the world's poorest countries. UK chancellor Gordon Brown said the London meeting of the world's seven richest nations would be remembered as "the 100% debt relief summit". Some 37 countries could benefit after a case-by-case review by bodies including the World Bank and the IMF, he said.
HERE IS THE WEATHER REPORT -
Mandela set for London aid plea
Tsunami survivors found on island