imminent terrorism

I started this blog with my children in mind, as a means of conveying information to them in a way which I hoped they might consider and assimilate.  My assumption was that one’s children are not too keen on listening to Dad’s pronouncements about life, the universe and everything around the kitchen table.  The fact is that I’ve been pretty rubbish at adhering to the ideal of this blog.  I shan’t beat myself up about it, for now anyway.

In the car yesterday I listened to Edward Stourton on the BBC’s World At One interviewing a lady, a mother describing how she had been caught up in the terrorist incident at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport and how she and her family had reacted.  Listening to her reminded me that one of my character traits, as those who know me ‘in real life’ will tell you, is that I’m keen on the philosophy ‘always have a plan’.  My first career, the first 20 years of my working life, were spent as a commissioned officer in the British armed forces; my professional training and operational experience were as an infantry officer.  In this sense I feel slightly more prepared than most, perhaps, to react in a terror situation, but who the hell really knows?

Given events this week in Brussels and before now in Paris and elsewhere, I’d like to think that my children have a plan for being caught up in a terrorist or similar type of attack. Thankfully, the chances of this happening are mercifully low.  There’s lots of advice about, but this personal survival advice – in a nutshell – is as good as any I’ve seen …

Stay Safe: Firearms and Weapons Attacks


Having some First Aid skills and knowledge will help …


Click Here: What should you do in an attack?


  1. vincent johnson · ·

    Moraymint — I happily read your musings and i enjoy them and agree with almost everything you are saying—- but I have a question re your military experience— I find that a lot of military personnel that i know ex officers and indeed air force squadron leaders in a major decision making roles are just so so blinkered in their thinking as they do not even consider the possibility of illegal direction from the top—they obey orders even when only a dumb ignorant arse could not see the truth that is in front of them–such as the Israeli and American criminals and traitors who committed the horrors of 9/11—why is your mind is so open and clear with an ethnic patriotic leaning (as is mine ) in spite of your military experience–is because of the time of your service ? and do you have any contact with present officers ?

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Vincent; a lot in that comment! I can’t really explain the nature of my thought processes compared to other people with military backgrounds. I know a lot of clear-thinking, open-minded military people who seem to, well, think in the way that I do. That said, I know others who are Establishment men (for most of my military acquaintances are men) and who are, I suspect, surprised if not horrified at my relentless attacks on the Establishment!

      Indeed, at the height of my military career (if it ever reached any heights, which I doubt), I was an Establishment man through and through. I am still a huge supporter of our constitutional monarchy, our parliamentary system (ironically being destroyed daily by The Political Class), the separation of powers in the UK (the legislature, the executive and the judiciary), the rule of law in our land (most of which are now spewed into our society from the European Commission) and so on and so forth.

      My thought processes are guided, I believe, as much as anything by my university education as a physicist (I seek facts, logic and the truth), my post-graduate education in business administration (I have an MBA) and, funnily enough, the superb training I received in the military in problem analysis, problem solving and writing (all the requirements of a good staff officer).

      I am still in touch with many, many serving and retired military men; they are my second family.

      I love my country. I fret at its softly, softly destruction at the hands of the men and women who purportedly serve us as taxpayers and voters: The Political Class. I struggle to understand why our politicians are failing us in this way.

      Similarly, I struggle to understand why any British citizen would opt to surrender his freedom, democracy and prosperity – without a fight – to an unelected politico-bureaucratic elite with its ‘centre of gravity’ on foreign soil. Sometimes, I think that 20 million British people, led by The Political Class, have been consumed by some sort of collective insanity. In fact, it’s more likely to be the result of half-a-century’s worth of errant political ambition, supremely clever EU propaganda (unprecedented in its scale and effect) and groupthink:

      All the best …
      PS Not sure about ‘the Israeli and American criminals and traitors who committed the horrors of 9/11’ (?), but I’d rather not go there for now.


      1. Roderick · ·

        Just realised why I tend to agree with a lot of what you say. We are both physics graduates turned business people, albeit via a spell in the army in your case.

        There’s a lot to be said for the hard shock of real life and the need to rua a business and make a profit on an otherwise academic, uncommercial upbringing. If only our political class could be disqualified from standing for office without it.

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  2. Susan Playfair · ·

    thanks for this!

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