The papers published a transcript of a private conversation between The Prince of Wales and a mistress today

Many training sessions and log walks for Sam this morning and time to practice my air rifle shooting as well. A more relaxing afternoon reading yet another book about gundog training and then an evening watching TV and updating my journal for yesterday and today.

The papers published a transcript of a private conversation between The Prince of Wales and a mistress today in the latest outrageous breech of privacy and now the government must legislate.

Diana woke me up at 7.30am after a late night but I was still able to shower and get dressed and ready before the dog woke up at 8.15am. I took Sam on several long walks today and gave him some more obedience lessons - this time on sitting on command at a distance and also on not "nibbling" hands and gloves when offered. It was an altogether milder day and the wind had dropped and, after breakfast and doing the chores, I got out my hunting air rifle and shot starlings and sparrows out of the oak tree and hawthorn bushes in my riverside garden.

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I was killing a bird with almost every shot and gathered up the starlings afterwards so as not to upset the passers-by. I hate starlings as they are always bullying other birds and dominating our feeding tins. Both birds are pest species able to be shot all the year round and my treating them as quarry helps improve my aim. I also hit a carrion crow but not hard enough to stop it. Sam was quite good today and improves slowly. He met other people and dogs during his walks which tends to make him rather jumpy, but it was good experience. A more relaxing afternoon reading yet another book about gundog training and then an evening watching TV and updating my journal for yesterday and today. The Sunday Mirror and Sunday Sport published a transcript of an alleged telephone conversation between The Prince of Wales and a mistress today in the latest outrageous breech of privacy and now the government must legislate.