Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sunday Times column...

Landed in Miami after long flight, waited a few hours for connecting flight to the island and picked up mobile messages. As well as all the radio request stuff, which I eithe rmissed or passed on, Sunday Times News Review, whom I write for now and again asked me to write a piece. So the first day of the honeymoon was spent working.

Here's the piece. They wanted a personal take, and to work the politics in, rather than a political or investigative feature. That means the story has run for a week now, which is amazing.

I am very glad that I got to pay tribute to the bravery of the other survivors and families who have been so dignified and determined throughout all this. Everyone has really worked hard. It's tiring doing interviews, and scary to step forward, sign your name or speak out, and yet so many people have done it, all week. A very big well done to everyone for getting the mesage out and making this such a big story. You are an inspiration.

Right, that's it from me for a few weeks. A break from terrorism is in order. I am not working or checking emails any more. I am going to sip rum and watch the moon rise over the Caribbean sea with my husband. We have a great condo, with a hammock on the verandah, and a view of the turquiose sea. We have been snorkling over spectacular coral reefs and playing with angel fish and the biggest parrot fish I have ever seen. We are sleeping a lot. We have a lot of sleep to catch up on.

All the stress of the last year is worth it, to be here, now, and so happy.

Catch you all later.



Blogger Tina - omme i London said...

Psssttt... you're supposed to be on honeymoon. Go and sit in that hammock with your darling, drink a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the turquiose sea. (",)

May 06, 2007 2:38 am  
Blogger IanG said...

I just read the ST piece, nicely written and also exposes the lies we keep getting all the time from those at the top.

Good luck and enjoy the break.

May 06, 2007 2:42 pm  
Blogger James said...

Enjoy your holiday Rachel. You deserve it more than most...

May 06, 2007 3:55 pm  
Blogger rich said...

I don't want to be negative but I fear that this is just the beginning and there will be many more difficulties coming in the future.

The victims' families were extremely dissatisfied by the 9/11 commission and its report.

The commission was far from independent (they even started off trying to have Kissinger in charge of the commission!) and had very limited powers.

In the end, key members of the families' ogranisation did succeed in having a face to face meeting with Bush and Cheney. However the meeting was with both politicians at the same time. It was in private and they were not under oath. The families' committee memebers were also not allowed to publish any details of the meeting.

I think there are just too many vested interests for them to reveal the full extent of their dirty laundry.

We will certainly not hear about the links to the Pakistani ISI that began to emerge during the Khyam case.

We will not hear anything about the exercises that Peter Power, Managing Director of Visor Consultants was involved in on the day.

Since such subjects will never even be touched on by "public independent inquiries"(eg the Butler and Hutton whitewashes) it is no surprise that there is so much distrust and conspiraloonery.

I hope your writing becomes even more successful than J K Rowling and people will recognise you for that more than anything else!!

May 06, 2007 5:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very flattering photo I found. You looked pretty great on SkyNews this week too and looked quite masterful, despite the interviewers attempt at spin on the story.

Well done.


May 06, 2007 9:39 pm  
Blogger rich said...

listen to tina!!

you're not supposed to even connect your telephone until you are thoroughly fed up with amazing sunsets, romantic dinners on remote islands, exotic beaches and fresh coconut juice!

I am guessing you should probably listen to your husband more just at the moment!

take care and enjoy!

May 07, 2007 11:50 am  
Blogger Graham the Funky Aardvark said...

Well, have a great time


May 08, 2007 1:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone I speak to doesn't see the need for an inquiry. The police have been put under alot of unnecessary stress by the govt (coppersblog points that out nicely) and it seems clear but very very regrettable that they didn't join the dots as well as they could have done. Isn't it best just to get behind them right now? Threats to security in this country have never been higher. Why go after the police when the only groups who would gain are the british media?

May 08, 2007 4:23 pm  
Blogger Clare said...

Enjoy the rest of your break Rachel and try not to even think about connecting back with reality until your honeymoon is over :).

May 16, 2007 3:24 pm  
Blogger Marianne said...

You really do deserve a wonderful break and I hope it will be just that for you.

May 20, 2007 10:48 am  

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