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The Metropolitan Police have today announced that the death of MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams, whose body was found in a padlocked sports bag, was probably an accident.  An internal evidence review concluded it was unlikely that any other person was present when he died in his London flat.

Part of that evidence-review was later leaked to the media and included a video, apparently shot some years earlier, showing new equipment being developed by the intelligence services:

codebreaker

“Now listen carefully Bond: as your assistant here has already discovered, we have installed in this flat twenty thousand pounds-worth of female clothes and eight wigs for disguises.   For concealing one of you in an emergency, you press the little button here and this suitcase expands into a sports holdall.  Whoever uses it must take the keys inside as they contain a miniature transmitter that activates the exploding bolts on the padlocks.   Now be careful because this is the prototype, and it isn’t fully-developed, so we haven’t yet resolved a problem with the signal transmitter adjacent to porcelain, so whatever you do, do not use it in the bath………”

 

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For a couple of days, we have been curious as to what has been munching away at the Mint plant in our garden.  Tonight we found the answer:

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Two in fact – tiny little beetles, about 5-6mm long with an iridescent green colour.    So to find out what it was, I googled ‘green beetle that eats mint’ and up came the answer – Green Mint Beetle.  DOH!!

A native of this country, they are quite unusual apparently, and tend to be found more near open water and streams – which explains why they are on our mint as the pot is right next to the pond.  Of course, there was also all sorts of advice from gardeners as to what to do to get rid of them, but as we prefer the garden to be natural, we have decided to use the only sane method suggested – just grow enough mint for all of us.

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