This one really appeals to my schadenfreude humour.
Once upon a time, (a few weeks ago) An Artist called Michael Pinsky,
decided, in all his wisdom, to create an exhibition in London, about the
smells prevalent in the atmosphere of 5 major international cities. He
collected air samples from each of 5 cities including London, via
compressed air bottles, and erected a number of pods to which the public
were invited, to partake of those atmospheres, through their sense of
smell. The samples were taken from cities which included Delhi, Bejing,
Sao Paulo, London and Tautra, a peninsula in the North of Norway.
When he was in London, setting it up, he was informed under Health &
Safety Legislation, from including a sample of London air in the
exhibition! Why? Because it is not a safe system of work, under
section 2 of the Health & Safety Act, and Pollution Act, so the public
cannot be allowed to deliberately breathe London air because it is too
poisonous! Honestly, it is a true story!
After some discussion, a dispensation was allowed that no one under 14
years of age would be allowed entry. Very strange that 8 and a half
million people who live in London are allowed to breathe this polluted
and poisonous atmosphere every day of their lives, but it is not allowed
at the exhibition. Apparently, there is a difference between
encouraging people to do it voluntarily for a minute or two, but not by
It makes me wonder if it was bottled London air which was used down in
Salisbury to poison those two unfortunate Russians, and that the secret
services and the government were so frightened to release the truth,
that they hid behind a different name of nerve agent and decided that
the safest bet was to blame Vladimir Putin and the Russian State, and so
provide another excuse to bomb Syria for the alleged chemical poisoning
of its own population.
We will never know, of course, because the kind of nerve agent is being
kept a secret and a task force has been sent out to clean up and leave
no trace of the nerve agent anywhere in Salisbury. Just in case them
pesky Russians send in Spetznaz to collect some samples...:-).
One couldn't make it up...