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I was in Love yesterday….

Today…I’m not ūüė¶

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We may never know the truth about MH 370

Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak announces MH370 crashed
Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak announces MH370 crashed

Yesterday the Prime Minister of Malaysia¬†Najib Razak broke the news that the families of flight MH 370 didn’t want to hear – but that the rest of the world was expecting. ¬†That the Malaysian flight, missing since the 8th March is now considered to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean with no hope of any survivors. The facts still remain pretty scant and will remain so until…well, in truth, who knows when we will find out the truth? Any floating wreckage and bodies may be able to rule out possible causes¬†such as an onboard fire, but the honest truth is no one really believes that to be the case anyway.

Looking for signs of flight MH 370
Looking for signs of flight MH 370

It’s funny how the events of September the 11th 2001 have completely change my perspective on what is and is not likely to have happened. ¬† I reference 2001 because as I watched those planes crash in to the Wold Trade Centres, I was on the 29th floor of a building in central London – looking at (what were at the time) massive 40 inch TV screens.

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United Airlines Flight 175 09:03 2001

I remember thinking that it must be some navigational fault with the plane(s) – seems a bit silly to have thought now. ¬† It didn’t cross my mind that someone or a group of people – could hate others so much that they would want to terrorise and kill¬†other people en mass. ¬†Strange when only a couple of generations before me had fought in the bloodiest and most brutal of wars the planet has seen. ¬†How quickly we forget!

Casualties from WWII
Casualties from WWII

2001 came off the back of the late 90s which after the Labour election of 1997 had been so optimistic. ¬†Between 1997 and 2001 I really did have the feeling that anything was possible and that¬†my lifetime could be projected on a chart – it would feature a straight line pointing up! But that was not to be. ¬† The world changed in 2001 – like it had at the end of 1945. ¬† When stories that¬†MH370 may have been caused by a suicidal or pilots – I’m simply not surprised. ¬†Pre-2001 I would have been shocked – post 2001, I’m resigned to the fact that people will do this to other people.

Malaysia Airlines MH370
Malaysia Airlines MH370

We do not know what drove the people in charge of the plane to switch off the transponders and change course.  Maybe they were overcome by intruders.  Maybe there was cabin pressurisation problems causing them to make irrational decisions.  We may never know. Actual floating wreckage is yet to be found.  I dare say the remains of the plane will be found Рbut it will take years Рlong after the media circus that has been feeding off the grief of families has packed up and move on.

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They may never find the black boxes. ¬†They may find the black boxes and find that those, like the transponders were disconnected or if the cabin suffered decompression as some think, due to the length of time the flight remained in the air the boxes would have recorded over themselves – with silence. We may never know the truth about MH 370. The families of the victims deserve so much respect. ¬†Not because they have endured so much over the past 2 weeks – but because of what they will have to endure for the rest of their lives. The only thing worse that knowing that a bad thing has happened to someone you love – is not knowing what actually happened. ¬†What started out as a one plane disaster – has quickly turned into 239 individual disasters. The airline industry must now act to prevent something like this happening again. ¬†As shocking as this air crash is, 2001 showed that anything is possible. ¬†The fact that pilot suicides are rare doesn’t mean they do not happen. ¬†The airline industry, ever mindful of their bottom line – could and should ensure that no plane is left untracked and unfound for this length of time again. ¬†And if they don’t want to. ¬†Let’s make them. 450x299_q75

Monday Matters – Dark Toursim

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On the show today, Jason speaks Catherine Roberts about the subject of Dark Tourism – people who visits places or sites that have been the location for an event involving death or murder.

Also the featured artist is US country singer, songwriter and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century Johnny Cash whose birthday is on 26th February. Kyra has the gig guide and latest music news.

In Music Matters we play interviews and music from the life of George Harrison who would have been 71 on 25th February. George was the guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world‚Äôs most successful group. As a solo artist he had the 1970 worldwide No.1 single ‚ÄėMy Sweet Lord‚Äô. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Roy Orbison & Bob Dylan.

And we give the last word to Harold Ramis died at the age 69

Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan on 106.9SFM Рbroadcasting to Swale in Kent and to the world on www.sfmradio.com.

Scottish Jokes

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My partner asked me to explain 99.9% of these jokes…

Most had me lol…& lmfao

Seriously.

Here we go….

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A teenage girl phones her dad at midnight and says: ‘Can you¬†come and get me? I’ve missed the last bus and it’s pouring with¬†rain.’

‘Okay,’ says her dad. ‘Where are you ringing from?’

The girl says: ‘From the top of my head right down to my knickers.’

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A Glasgow woman goes to the dentist and settles down in the
chair.
‘Comfy?’ asks the dentist.
‘Govan,’ she replies.

Dentist
Dentist

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Oor Wullie
Oor Wullie

What did the Siamese twins from Glasgow call their
autobiography? Oor Wullie.

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Did you hear about the lonely prisoner? He was in his cell.

Old man
Old man

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A guy walks into an antiques shop and says: ‘How much for the set of antlers?’
‘Two hundred quid,’ says the bloke behind the counter.
‘That’s affa dear,’ says the guy.

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Did you hear about the fella who liked eating bricks and
cement? He’s awa’ noo.

Brick wall
A wall

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After announcing he’s getting married, a boy tells his pal
he’ll be wearing the kilt. ‘And what’s the tartan?’ asks his mate.
‘Oh, she’ll be wearing a white dress,’ he replies.

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Ten cows in a field. Which one is closest to Iraq?
Coo eight.

A Coo
A Coo
Kuwait
Kuwait

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Three wee jobbies sitting on the pavement. Which one’s a ¬†Musketeer?

The dark tan yin.

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Scottish phone box
Scottish phone box

A Scotsman in London is having trouble phoning his sister from a telephone box so he calls the operator who asks in aplummy
voice: ‘Is there money in the box?’

‘Naw, it’s just me,’ he replies.

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While getting ready to go out, a wee wifie says to her
husband: ‘Shug, do you think I’m getting a wee bit pigeon chested?’

And he ¬†says: ‘Aye, but that’s why I love you like a doo.’

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What was the name of the first Scottish cowboy?
Hawkeye The Noo.

Scottish Cowboy
Scottish Cowboy

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What do you call a pigeon that goes to Aviemore for its
holidays?

A skean dhu.

Pigeon
Pigeon

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How many Spanish guys does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just Juan.

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A man takes a pair of shoes back to the shop and complains
that there is a lace missing. ‘No,’ argues the assistant, ‘look at the
label – it says Taiwan.’

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What about the Scotsman who lost his testicles in a
motorcycle accident?

The surgeon re-attached them with Bostik.

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Why was the Chinese restaurant so bad?
Because the chef was Low Ping.

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Old Bus
Old Bus

While being interviewed for a job as a bus driver, a guy is
asked:
‘What would you do if you had a rowdy passenger?’ ‘I’d put him off
at the next stop,’ he says. ‘Good. And what would you do if you couldn’t¬†get the fare?’

‘I’d take the first two weeks in August,’ he replies.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today we are obliged to be romantic
And think of yet another valentine.

We know the rules and we are both pedantic:
Today’s the day we have to be romantic.

Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.
You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.

And saying that has made me feel romantic,
My dearest love, my darling valentine.

by Wendy Cope (1945 – )

Got my valentines card through!

From my sweet boyfriend
From my sweet boyfriend

Holey Moly!

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So, the saga of the saggy middle motorway which lead to a rather aggressive 15ft hole opening up just near Sittingbourne on the M2 continues.

Geotechnical (a bloke looking down the hole thoughtfully) investigations are ongoing to discover what caused it to develop. Lucky it couldn’t have happened in a better spot as a few yards either side and it might also have swallowed up some poor driver with their car – and we can but guess that outcome!

Traffic is still slow and will be for the next few days whilst the men and women in their¬†high-vis jackets – scratch their heads, point a lot and take great satisfaction in the fact that they are deemed important enough to peer inside, whilst the rest of the bourgeoisie¬†¬†can do nothing more than admire the pictures ūüė¶

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What exactly causes a sink hole?

I had absolutely no idea, then I found this graphic has helped to demystify this phenomenon somewhat!

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Sinkholes are part of the slow, natural process of erosion in limestone terrain that occur over thousands of years. These common geologic phenomena generally occur where the limestone is within a few hundred feet of the land’s surface

Source:  Inspiring Tech  blog

That said – there have been bigger sink holes…none of which I’d want to be living near when they open!!

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Sinkhole in Guatemala
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A different view of sinkhole in Guatemala
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Police Car Swallowed in Texas
Sinkhole in house
Eeek! Someone actually disappeared down that hole!
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What a glorious hole…the Great Blue Hole near Ambergris Caye, Belize.