Last Weekend UK footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch a little before the half-time break. Fighting for his life fans paid tribute to Muamba. Perhaps the power of prayer worked for Fabrice, although still recovering, appears to be doing relatively well. This tragedy has led to the UK FA tightening health checks for footballers.
Monday in Toulose, France, a drive by gunman killed four people. The dead included three children. The drive by attack took place in the South of France, the same region where a manhunt had been underway for the murderer of three soldiers. According to Sky News "Around two weeks ago, a parachutist instructor in uniform was shot dead by an assailant riding a scooter using a 9mm gun. And on March 15, two paratroopers were killed and a third wounded when a gunman riding a scooter drove up and shot them as they stood at a cashpoint." Following these military attacks military personnel were warned not to wear their uniforms when out and about. By the end of the week the gunman was under siege in his family home and ultimately killed by a police sniper.
Tuesday in the UK was budget day. Chancellor George Osborne announced his budget to the House. The commons listened to Osborne deliver his budget for an hour. Hidden beneath the froth was what has been called since a "Granny Tax". The fall-out continued for some days until the government's decision on alcohol pricing ruffled different feathers.
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was formally charged with the murder of 17 Afghan civilians this Friday. Since the terrible events speculation has continued to grow. Was he the only soldier involved? How could be carry out such a raid on two villages? Is he a scapegoat? Will he receive a fair trial? Will the Afghan people see justice served?
The UK lost another soldier this week, Captain Rupert Bowers, in Afghanistan which brings our death toll in that conflict to 405. Six UK soldiers killed earlier in March 2012 were repatriated also.
At last the, what many feel is unlawful, killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, in February 2012, drew the attention of the world. Finally it seems that the case will receive the notice it deserves and justice could be served.
In the UK the week drew to a close with allegations of Tory sleaze. David Cameron may have promised in 2010 to clean up Party funding but it seems to be "more of the same". Whether it was one man's foolish bravado or business as usual is not truly known. Peter Cruddas resigned within a short space of time and a replacement was quickly put in post. An undercover Sunday Times investigation looked to have let the cat out of the bag. Watch this space on this one. Can dodgy Dave survive yet again?
Spring has arrived in the UK, and we are now running on British Summertime. "Spring forward, Fall back" so it is now lighter evenings. In fact it almost feels like summer already. The weather may not hold but it is a nice taster of what may be to come.
Till next week, Stay safe TTFN.