May 28, 2004


The UK Telegraph’s Daniel Johnson had a ringside seat for yesterday’s Abu Hamza arrest:

Ever since the police had searched his home, 50 yards up the street, about five years ago, we had been aware that the charismatic cleric was our neighbour.

Not that he has ever offered the hook of friendship to us. He keeps himself to himself, as they say, and his privacy has always been respected. One Christmas, before we knew who he was, the children sang carols outside his door. They were sent packing.

Every time we organise a Neighbourhood Watch meeting, Abu Hamza gets his invitation through the letter-box, like everybody else. Oddly enough, he never turns up.

That doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping an eye out.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 28, 2004 01:56 PM

. . . and he's ready to give a hand to anyone in the neighborhood that needs help.


Posted by: SteveMG at May 28, 2004 at 02:08 PM

Are there Eid carols?

Posted by: Andrew at May 28, 2004 at 02:16 PM

That doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping an eye out.

Tim, Tim, Tim....

*shakes head*

You little scamp, you.

Folks, if you haven't seen it, go here:

It's Hamza's organisation's website. Makes you wonder why they have nailed him - and them - a lot earlier. His spokesmoron's latest press release is particularly nauseating, especially when you put in context of the rest of the site's content.

Best read with a beer in hand, and a bacon sandwich.

Posted by: Brendan at May 28, 2004 at 02:20 PM

Sorry, sorry - "haven't" nailed him.

Oops. What a silly kufr I am.

Was too busy balancing beer and bacon sandwich to type accurately.

Posted by: Brendan at May 28, 2004 at 02:22 PM

Well, everyone seems to be hooked on this story about Abu Hamza!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 28, 2004 at 03:00 PM

Well, I was saving this for someone else(*), but:

Eyyyye eye-eye eye-eye
I'm hooked on a feelin'
I'm high on the seethin'
Of a jihadiiii

Feel free to finish.

(*)Hugo Chavez! Hugo! Hugo! Hugo Chavez!
Hugo! Hugo! Hugo Chavez!
I can't stop this feelin'
Deep inside of me
That I'll finish upside-down, like

Thank you! Try the spotted owl!

Posted by: Angie Schultz at May 28, 2004 at 03:32 PM

Let's hope he gets an itchy nose...


Posted by: Quentin George at May 28, 2004 at 09:18 PM

Don't laugh, Quentin. Somebody's gonna have to help the bastard piss. I pity the guards.

Posted by: mojo at May 29, 2004 at 02:21 AM

Mojo, that's why jails have catheters and husky young orderlies with rough hands to install them.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 29, 2004 at 02:10 PM

Perhaps we should put together a new version of Living Next Door to Alice?

"So for 24 years I've been living next door to ... Oh they just arrested him."

Posted by: Huddo at May 31, 2004 at 12:54 PM