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It's Elvis

Elvis it appears is alive and well and somewhere over Farnborough.

I’m not joking. All this week on the way into the Farnborough air show, we keep hearing: “Farnborough this is Elvis” and it sounds just like the legendary crooner, with a deep- throated southern American accent. I try not to laugh and wisecrack back at air traffic control but they seem to be used to the presence of a phantom pop star over Surrey.

Actually, Elvis appears to be ‘parked’ above the air show from 12:00 on and I wonder if he’s in some kind of security or surveillance aircraft or helicopter. I listened in earlier today as a royal flight lifted out of Kensington Palace and shot across our nose en-route to the show, so it’s pretty busy over there. Watching the F18 do its aerobatics display from the air is something else.

Rochester has grown another elaborate crop circle opposite the M2 and I spotted three more brush fires today and an expensive-looking motor launch that had run aground in the channel mud flats between Sheppey and Faversham. I expect that he’s floated off by now.

Back in Thanet, we appear to have a hard core of vandals bent on defacing Broadstairs with graffiti. It’s hardly surprising when even a popular Sony Playstation games glorify this ugly scrawl as some kind of adolescent revolutionary art form – the subject of an earlier post on the subject a couple of months ago – It’s like violent Rap Music I suppose, I doubt that the wealthy producers of this and Playstation games that encourage anti-social behaviour, live anywhere near the neighbourhoods that suffer from their cynical exploitation of the young in the name of art or self expression.

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