Saturday, April 11, 2009

Boom Bang A Bang

It's all the rage ...

A bodyguard was being quizzed by detectives after explosives were found in his house.
An army bomb squad searched Justin Cartwright's family home after police found suspicious items that could be used to make explosive devices.

According to friends, the accused intended to supply incendiary devices to bodyguard firms to use in training scenarios. Once again our rulers stifle the honest endeavour of the British working man. No wonder so many members of the British explosives community find it easier to relocate to Waziristan.

As for the British exploding community ...

A 30-year-old man has appeared before magistrates, charged with making explosives at home. The court heard police found 12 grams of the homemade explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) in Donatien Chamchawala's kitchen cupboard in Blackwood, Caerphilly. Mark Topping, prosecuting, told the court at Newport it was enough to cause "substantial damage" had it exploded.

Mr Chamchawala was remanded in custody to appear in court again on 20 April.

Some HMTD crystals were also found at the two-bedroom semi-detached house, as was an attempt to make a form of plastic explosive, the hearing was told. Mr Chamchawala was arrested and the house raided by Gwent Police on 4 April, after neighbours heard loud bangs and saw smoke, Mr Topping said.

Donatien Chamchawala ? Where's that name from ? Donatien was the first name of the Marquis de Sade, while the Chamchawala family feature in Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses.

While we're blowing things up, I hadn't realised that the 7/7 bombers apparently used the same H2O2/chapatti flour mix as the 21/7 asylum seekers. I'd never heard of the NEFA Foundation, an American band of anti-jihadis, but their report on the 21/7 flop is fascinating stuff. In my chemistry days I used to think 100 vol hydrogen peroxide was pretty pokey stuff, an opinion based on what happens when you drop a grain of pot permang into some. Fume cupboard and eye protection are advised, rather than this foolish chap's kitchen surface.

The 7/7 bombers were apparently buying 60 vol (i.e. 1 ml of peroxide liberates 60 ml of oxygen gas) or 18% solution, and boiling it down to 70% - which if my maths is right equates to around 230 volume. Quite a lot of oxygen. You wouldn't have thought chapatti flour made a terribly good fuel, but apparently it does.

Not a bad site, NEFA. This portrait of Bradford wannabe jihadi Aabid Khan, given 12 years in 2008, is far more detailed than anything Uk-sourced.

Lordy. Eight o'clock Mass tomorrow and then off to see the in-laws. Back Monday.

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