-- When I did 'A' level physics it was
all about calculating the forces of ladders
I bet if you look at an exam paper
today itíd be the same.
But thereís a new physics on the
And itís much less boring.
In East Africa, in the space of a
couple of days, Iíve recently heard two separate
tales of people whoíve been involved in business
deals Ė need someone to fly a plane, steer a
boat, that sort of thing, which have turned out on
closer inspection to be in the Somali pirate
supply chain, and where the big issue has turned
out to be:
how to calculate the precise
trajectory for a large money drop so that the
bag doesnít burst as it hits the sea.
One walked away from the deal when
he realised what he was getting into, the other
was a mercenar Ö.
You may turn over your paper and
FROM THE NEW ECONOMY
Iím listening to the World
Service hourly news bulletin in Mombasa.
Piracy (of which there is a lot
round here) is now a boom industry worth billions.
The cost of hostage taking,
looting and ransom payments is rising fast.
It can only be only a matter of
time before these replace a carton of milk and
sliced white bread in the Retail Prices Index as a
measure of the health of the economy.
-- Dawn: 6.11 a.m. - we can
hear the hooting and revving of lorries,
buses, 'matatus' and 'tuk tuks' of Mtwapa
setting off with the early commuters for
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