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Flight security
I wrote this in London following the foiled attempts to hijack planes in August and before standing through the queues which were not so bad, although my plane did leave about 3 hours late:

The new increased airport security makes a lot of sense to me. Sitting at home may make it seem like a lot of fuss.
Sit in a hotel in London and you will have a different perspective of that flight home. Quite honestly the increased security you here of in London does not exist  not on the Underground anyway. It amazes me, in a country with such lax security that there are so few officers at each tube station. It is surprising that for so long one has been able to carry another 7kgs (and I managed 20 once) of hand luggage on to a flight carrying who knows what. X-ray machines seem pretty useless generally and overall search standards are simply not good enough. England has excellent police forces, capable of proper investigation  which so many forces are not  but that is counterbalanced by an approach to personal freedoms that still put the country at risk. The truth is, whether they like it or not, they need to reduce some of their personal freedoms and have security more on a par with ours, which together with their vastly superior investigative abilities, should help them more readily target the homeless, useless and plain evil types who are so happy to die as long as they can take many of us with them.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 04-Oct-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Sabina update

Time flies... against so many measures.  I don't detail too much personal these days as I have had some crank e-mails over the past year from females, which in itself is unsul for the generally more balanced sex, but even against the non-private aspects of my life such as my beloved Sabina Park.  Once rated rated higher than Greys Inn who came 2nd in the QEII cup in Hong Kong, she retired earlier this year and is not waiting to see sire National Emblem.  She is apparently enjoying retirmement now, but it does take them time to settle down from racing.  Leigh may have other opinions but I am someone who has always believed in exercising animals and used to run time trials with my dogs - who went ballistic if I forgot about them or even put on running shoes without calling them.  Race horses, or certainly the ones with my trainers, are treated like they are top of the food chain - and you get bills to match - we are talking R5000 plus per horse per month.  So its cheaper to feed your dogs steak and bacon every meal than keep a horse in training!  Incidentally many of those involved in racing are involved in various fields with animals - including owning major game farms as with Mike Rattray of Mala Mala who owns South Africa's No.1 stallion, Western Winter, who at R200 000 a baby is doing quite well for himself...

This too is a year that has flown by - and what odds would you have given that the RAF Act would not be in place by this time?  Latest rumours are that a certain senior Advocate is involved in drawing up the regulations.  True?  I have no idea.  Right now I am wondering about whether my latest equine star, Festive Occassion, will be running on Thursday after she demolished the field in her last race...

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Sunday 15-Oct-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
A quote to remind myself

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.  Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking.  Don't let the noise of others' opinions drowned out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."

Steve Jobs

That, after an awful, awful year of Gauteng Law Council is to remind me.  I hope it does you too. By the way, congrats to Hoossen on his new position as Chair of the Council - his calmness is desperately needed there.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Sunday 15-Oct-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
AGM time tomorrow
Its AGM time tomorrow and I agreed to speak.  Its always easier to agree than to actually prepare and these days I am strapped for time.  The AGM should be well attended and hopefully you will all make it to it!
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 25-Oct-06   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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