Wednesday, 14 February 2007


Many people assume that HM Coastguard maintain a regular watch over the coast of Britain. This certainly used to be the case, a constant vigil upheld by an unbroken chain of manned stations placed around our sceptred isle. Sadly this is no longer the case. Apparently it wasn't efficient or necessary.

As it happens the move from manned watch stations to manned offices, without even a view of the sea, has been relatively trouble free. And this is in part due to the establishment of NCI. Mostly manned (and womaned) by the ever growing 'Grey Power', these guys picked up the baton where the Coastguard dropped it, they took over the coastal watchtowers and, at least in daylight hours, maintain their own solitary vigil. Grandmas and Grandpas of Britain, we applaud you.......

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While horsemen came and went
Barefoot servants too

(Bob Dylan)

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