Thursday, August 23, 2007

Breaking NEWS

Breaking News, don't you just love it when the sting music comes on tv and suddenly a graphic whizz's across the screen and a breathless anchor tells you in sombre tones , this just in .....
Well many things are happening and the next few weeks will reveal all for the future of the Unholyland News, the issue of a book is now getting more serious and I hope to start seriously in the next few months working towards a draft on what I am using the working title of " ? [Secret at this stage] " , have always wanted to call it "Great Hotel Roofs and Car Parks of the World" but that is the title that someone else came up with from the old days of the London Bureau.
Anyway more News to come very shortly , and this is one story when you will not hit the mute button.

[and nothing to do with Australia]

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Watermelon Man

The Watermelon Man

One of my favorite training runs has always been out along the Marina area and up to the Number 2 Hwy, you run past the beach and some of the most hi tech research companies in the world (think Silicon Valley type Research Companies) are located here, and of course some farm fields.

True to its foundations Israel maximizes it’s land usage and if is not being built on or having rubbish illegally dumped on it then it will be used for farming purposes, and over the years this field has been ploughed and fertilized with various crops over the seasons.

Now you would think that with all the wealth that surrounds these fields that theft would be of a cyber crime nature. Thus I was surprised when a couple of months back I started to notice that there was this car parked on the edge of this field it was always there twenty four hours a day, then a shelter with a platform was erected and as I ran past I could make out an old mattress on the platform and a camping stove for making coffee.

It now dawned on me that a watchman was living over looking these fields, guarding watermelons against theft. With all the social and political problems in the world, theft of watermelons is a problem. It is the most popular fruit in the country and everyone there is an expert on all matters watermelon. Now stealing watermelons is not a simple task, I mean how times have you heard of people shoplifting a watermelon.

So watermelon theft in Israel is a “Clear and Present Danger” run by the lords of the Underworld, farmers over the years must have had fields stripped over night and thus now the Watermelon Man stands guard.

He must have done his job well as the crop survived and was duly harvested. Last Saturday I was out running with Chaim and as we past the now empty watermelon field I told him the story [as above] and jokingly wondered what had happened to “The Watermelon Man”.

Ten minutes down the road on our run, lo and behold on the edge of another field there is the shelter and in the dawn light “The Watermelon Man” was patrolling the field, either that or coming back from relieving himself.

Now the absolutely funny thing about this story is that across the road from the field is a group of buildings that are probably one of the most high tech security aware buildings in the world the global HQ for the famed Israel Mossad Secret Service, these guys can trace a person breaking wind in Kazakhstan, have access to satellites that can zoom into postage stamps on postcards in China.

Chaim and I laughed at the irony of this situation, Mossad for all its power and Global resources could not monitor the watermelon fields across the road, forget hi tech spying Mossad it seems cannot protect a watermelon field it can see from its windows. It just struck me as ironic that with the resources of the world not a 100 m away, you still need “The Watermelon Man” for security.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Going to Oz

Sorry for lack of posts, many things happening and it is 4am at the airport , en route to Australia , yes widescreen will be down in Melbourne for a day or so and will try to contact you.
Next post is a great story titled "The Watermelon Man" it will make you laugh
Ben Gurion Airport and 19 hours flying to go