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An internet diary by a member of the colourful and active Birmingham community.

Thursday, September 20, 2001
The bombing of the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington has been in all our minds in the last week and more. The scenes we witnessed on our TV were devastating and shocking. Osama Bin Laden is the prime suspect. Panorama broadcast a programme covering the event and looked into the background of Bin Laden. As usual, the programme was informative and penetrating. The Panorama website is also excellent. You can save a transcript of the programme to your hard drive or watch video clips from the programme plus there is lots of information on the site.

The Panorama website also has an archive section in which you can get transcripts of previous broadcasts plus video clips of the programmes. Some of the more recent broadcasts include the Downfall of Jeffrey Archer and the possible future that lies ahead for the Killers of Jamie Bulger. Another interesting broadcast is on the phenomenon of Dot.com Fever. The programme is less than two years old but how things have changed. The contrast in the bullish atmosphere that existed then compared to the despair that exists today is truly breathtaking.

Saturday, September 08, 2001
And now for some local news, very local and extremely grim. A gunman was involved in a police siege in a 7th floor flat in Chelmsley Wood for 4 days before blowing his brains out, 50 policeman had surrounded the building waiting and hoping the man would give himself up, earlier in the day he had been seen drinking a bottle of champagne. The incident took place less than 10 minutes from where I live and the tower block overlookked Alcott Hall, the infant and junior school that I attended when I was young. On top of that, a notorious Catholic priest died in prison after been sentenced for molesting a number of children at Father Hudson's Children's Home in Coleshill which, believe it or not, is also less than 10 minutes away from where I live. It makes you wonder what the world is coming to.

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