Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Grenades, Storms and Banana Skins

Officials played down reports that a grenade was found near to President George W. Bush on Tuesday during his visit to Ltsiga, Georgia. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Guram Donadze described the device as a "non-combative" grenade used in military training and said it did not contain explosives. It was ‘placed’ in the crowd and ‘not thrown’ as previous reports had suggested. It is not the first security threat to rattle the US administration however. On April 26th President Bush was rushed to a secure underground White House bunker and Vice President Dick Cheney was whisked outside the compound, because of a "radar anomaly" - perhaps a flock of birds or pocket of rain - that was mistaken for a plane flying in restricted airspace. The following day and Prime Minister Tony Blair's election campaign plane was been struck by lightning during a flight. BBC Radio Five Live presenter Peter Allen, who was on board, said it was hit as it approached London. The plane was not damaged and landed safely. "All I remember was a red and white flash just in my mind which woke me up with a start," he said. Mr Blair's plane has been hit by lightning before, during a trip to Washington. And after the pinched line from Bananas in Pajamas, Michael Howard certainly looks like his campaign slipped on banana skins. “Are You Thinking What We’re Thinking? Bananas in Pajamas”…”time for bed”, said Zebedee…

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