[Don't you think that Ian looks like a rap star - Busta Diaper??]
We get a daily e-mail summarizing various insurance news items. This one caught my eye and the sad thing is . . . they're serious!
Norway-based insurers are set to introduce stricter conditions for covering the transportation of dried cod known as Baccala to southern Italy by Norwegian fish haulers, following a spate of thefts by highway robbers in the region. At the same
time, the insurers want haulers to commit to using at least two drivers on deliveries within Italy, to employ armed escorts in hijacking blackspots and to deploy Global Position System satellite surveillance of all trucks. Without the introduction of such measures, the insurers have warned that they will be forced to withdraw cover - a move which would jeopardise a trade worth about £100m annually. The threatened withdrawal of cover follows one insurer reportedly facing payouts of £700,000 for 10 truckloads of stolen cod.
NORWEGIAN INSURERS WARN ON COD HAULAGE THROUGH ITALY
So this is what the world has come to: terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, and now this.
[The horror, the horror . . . ]
I called Mom and Dad tonight - to wish them a happy Christmas Eve, and also to see if Mom has been getting any birthday cards in the mail. Her birthday is the day after Christmas and a little bird hinted that she would be receiving a LOT of cards this year.
[Heh, heh, heh.]
While I was on my way to work this morning, I saw something unusual. The sun was just coming up over the horizon and I noticed that there was a prism of light forming an arc over the sun. I pulled out my camera and snapped a picture: