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Coastweek -- All [well, quite a lot of] our possessions reside in Peter's Mtwapa trunk.

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Physics ain't what it used to be

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

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Coastweek -- When I did 'A' level physics it was all about calculating the forces of ladders against walls.

I bet if you look at an exam paper today itíd be the same.

But thereís a new physics on the block.

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 begin now.

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DISPATCHES 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.

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Coastweek -- 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 Mombasa.

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