Some Good News

Something many of us may have missed last week caught my eye.  In the1960’s during its war of independence and the subsequent civil war many thousands of landmines had been laid throughout the country.  Mozambique’s 15-year civil war claimed around 1 million lives. Approximately 5 million people fled their homes and Mozambique became one of the most mined countries in the world. As a result, hundreds of people were injured and killed by landmines in the 1990’s.  

After peace broke out in 1992 the mines continued to maim and kill hundreds of people. It was thought that it could take up to a century to clear these instruments of death. 10 Supervisor Jose Manuel But aided by Scotland’s Halo Trust the Mozambique Government announced on the 17th of September that after 20 over years of painstaking effort the country was effectively mine free. The Halo Trust alone removed over 170,000 mines (around 80% of the total) and their work continues in Africa and elsewhere.resize 2 - children obrigado MOZAMBIQUE (1)_0

It is fantastic to have something good to report – but where were the news organisations? Their silence was deafening.

Mozambique is a beautiful country with some spectacular scenery and wildlife; I have appended just a few pictures in the gallery below.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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