Wow ! folks are spending money ..... and remembering the good old days when BBC employees were killed by ricin ... maybe
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Perhaps, sunny weather, low cost clothing made by the paeons of Asia, the fact that very many people are not yet struggling to meet their financial commitments, sunny weather, petrol and energy prices have soared, sunny weather.
Probably the oddest news is that Scotland Yard have re-opened, after 30 years , the only case in in the history of medical science,of murder by (it is said) ricin poisoning - although it was more likely a shellfish toxin - KGB agents had by then (accoding to the CIA) used poison darts and poison spray to assassinate two Ukrainian liberation leaders in West Germany. Markov was not killled by an umbrella. He was injected with a metal pellet in a modified hypodermic syringe of a very rare and inert metal bolus, containing a highly refined slow release dose of a toxin. See BBC ONline report Bulgaria closes Markov investigation
So we all need to worry about brown men with beards making these things in their bathrooms, who will be powdering our Kellog's , sprinkling it in our tea ...
Turn up the fear factor Gordon, the ordure is hitting the air conditioning let's divert attention from years of neglect to the nation's energy resources, food resources .....the appalling state of the National Health Service, a generation of illiterate and innumerate schooleavers .... the collapsing morale of troops, ill equipped, overstretched, underpaid ...
PS : It was reported on March 21st last year that the Initiative Committee of Plovdiv was lobbying for monument of Georgie Markov - he had no connection whatever with the town.