Friday, March 18, 2005

Some of the most unhappy news in the world comes from the Congo, but I couldn't help but notice this:

'"Several witnesses reported cases of mutilation followed by death or decapitation," the report said.'

I don't know which I would take if I had the choice, death or decapitation.

Or maybe there are ways to kill someone twice: '"Again! Kill him again!" people shouted as Mohammad Bijeh's body swayed above the main square of the town of Pakdasht.'

'Mr. Bijeh was sentenced to one death sentence for each murder he confessed and 100 lashes of the whip for the rapes.' But did he die sixteen times?

Who came to see the "Desert Vampire" Mohammad Bijeh hang? 'Bunches of young boys dangled from trees and lamp posts.' Treebling, in other words.

Now, if you can truly die sixteen times, can you get sixteen of these coffins?

I knew about Ghananese coffins long ago and this is the main reason I want to visit Ghana. But I now know I am in the wrong profession:

"To my untrained eye, I had no idea how you would get a body into an enormous snail that would not have looked out of place on the film set of "Dr Dolittle". Isaac gently explained that the shell came off. And I felt even more foolish when I had to ask who it was for. A snail seller, of course."

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