Sunday 5th September 2021

A day that that grew steadily warmer and started in a leisurely way for me updating my contemporary monthly journal summary and then working on my moorings, flailing the long grass and trimming back boundary hedge growth. England and Wales won their football matches and England have been left needing 291 more runs to win against India. We had our first ‘tentative’ offer for Lady Martina today.

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a pregnant policewoman Banu Negar home in front of relatives in Firozkoh and Boris Johnson defended his handling of the Afghanistan crisis in the Commons

The weather had started to turn warmer as the onshore humid breeze dropped and the skies cleared to provide some sunshine for a change. Being based back at Heronshaw for the time being, I was working on publishing my journal, which had become overdue, and then went across later to flail the long grass in my moorings plot and then start cutting back the overgrown hedges with my long chain saw tool. I had got on well with this when I had to stop and return to watch more of the England football match, which they duly won. I had broken off watching the Wales match due to lack of time and then noted later that Gareth Bale scored a hattrick and saved the match against Belarus that they had been losing. Scotland had edged a 1-1 draw, scoring later after going behind and then England eventually won 4-0. We had our first tentative offer for Lady Martina today at £85K and I gave our other potential purchasers the chance to bid before accepting this offer.

Taliban militants in Afghanistan have shot dead a policewoman in a provincial city, witnesses have said. The woman, named in local media as Banu Negar, was killed at the family home in front of relatives in Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province. The killing comes amid increasing reports of escalating repression of women in Afghanistan.

The Taliban told the BBC they had no involvement in Negar's death and are investigating the incident. Spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed said: "We are aware of the incident and I am confirming that the Taliban have not killed her, our investigation is ongoing." He added that the Taliban had already announced an amnesty for people who worked for the previous administration and put Negar's murder down to "personal enmity or something else". Details of the incident are still sketchy as many in Firozkoh fear retribution if they speak out.

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