The Iraqis have set around 150 oil wells on fire in occupied Iran

On an even was even milder and windier day I was distracted by news of the Gulf War ultimatum, I made some progress with my In-tray this morning but just I just watched a range of TV sport in the afternoon. During the day, I had visits from Michael, Percy and Derek who brought the latest advertisements for our FCUS newsletter. The Iraqis have set around 150 oil wells on fire to provide smoke for ground cover.

The unsettling existence of the Gulf War ultimatum rather put me off of tackling the range of jobs I had to do today. This morning was not too bad, as I worked my way further through my "In-tray"; but this afternoon, I just watched a range of TV sport in the form of European Nations indoor hockey and Rugby League. I continued the pattern this evening with boxing as the main sport but I did catch up with the reading of this last couple of weeks' financial and local newspapers. I shortly had to organise my tax affairs for the end of the financial year and needed to know what has been happening to be able to make well-balanced decisions. The same considerations apply to the local papers as I prepare a very critical FOCUS for distribution in the run-up to the local elections.

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During the day, I had visits from Michael, Percy and Derek who brought the latest advertisements for lay-out and then, this evening, Mr Medlock brought back the application form for the gardening job which he had completed after a fashion. I got to bed very late in the end, after 1.00am, and found the bed warm on a mild night. The 5.00pm Gulf deadline came and went with the expected lack of Iraqi compliance and the Allied Military were given the go-ahead to attack at a time of their choice. The Iraqis have set around 150 oil wells on fire to provide smoke for ground cover but the US area accusing them of wanton vandalism for no reason. Satellite pictures show a massive pall of smoke over Kuwait. Today was even milder and windier and I spent just about all of it indoors, but I did go into St Neots to collect some stationery from Clover Office Supplies.