Monday, 19 October 2009

The Rain in Spain

Overheard in the caravan:

Hay and The Chairman are placing boards against the caravan to block in the hay they have put under it as insulation. They are trying to ensure that the tops of the boards are pressed close to the caravan sides to ensure rain can’t get into the gaps.

Chairman: “Where does the rain come from mainly?”
Hay: “The sky!”
Chairman: “No, I mean which direction?”
Hay: “Down!”

A new airport scanning device that uses ‘see through’ technology to create a full, naked body scan of passengers may contravene child protection laws, and thus the system will not be used on passengers under 18. An interesting conundrum illustrating where the best possible deterrent to airline suicide bombings cannot be used effectively because of a conflict with people’s (in this case children’s) rights.


  1. The interesting question about the airport scanning device is why only passengers under the age of 18 have the right to such protection. No one is surely suggesting that there is a sexual element involved and the image isn't being broadcast. Is it illegal for - for example - a school nurse to see a child naked? There would appear to be a whole industry devoted to dreaming up human rights that nobody knew they had nor particularly wanted,

  2. Surely x-ray specs have been available for years?, at least on the back pages of my Beano comic they were... :)

    I can't wait for the Islamic backlash to these devices and Mary Whitehouse will be turning in her grave! we are precious about our wobbly bits aren't we :)

  3. Terrorists will adapt to carry explosives in places that these scanners cannot see. You will need a carefully trained eye to look for the fuse wires...
    The images produced are static images and not photos. Much as I don't relish the thought of someone staring at my bits on the first day of my holiday, I can't see how this security role will be attractive to people who are a danger to children...

  4. Alan: Good point.

    Steve: Yes, I remember them being advertised on the wrapers of Bazooka bubblegum.

    Kabbalah: A suicide bomber would have no compunction about stuffing a bomb up their arse for a few hours' discomfort and hiding the detonating wires between their bum cheeks.

  5. I can't wait for the Islamic backlash either.....I love how all that Islamic stuff has got Britain in such a spin....

  6. Braja: Well, for they sow the wind....