The other day I was shocked to hear about the shootings outside the Empire State Building. It sounded like another person had gone on a crazed rampage with a gun, shooting innocent people.
I heard the new today that the gunman was waiting for his victim, stepped out and shot him. That's horrific, clearly, but it was also - like almost all murders - targeted, not just a random incident.
And then the two police officers who happened to be close by opened fire and shot a further nine people.
Now, I'm in no position to say their actions weren't the correct ones - they were being confronted by an armed man, who, for all they knew, would try to shoot them next. Neither of them had ever fired their weapons on duty before. I'm sure both are deeply thankful that no one else was killed. I'm sure they're both devestated anyone was injured at all.
But I hope everyone in the UK who backs giving firearms to regular police officers takes a long hard look at cases like this and realises what it means. Very few people open fire on police officers in the UK because they know the police officers aren't armed, and therefore have limited powers to harm them. Most of them will not go on to kill anyone.
Right, so that was political and undoubtedly a complete downer of a blog entry. Here's something completely different.
Things I have so far unpacked from my bag:
20 books. Yes, 20. From John's medical books to cookery books.
A large pot of talcum powder.
A box of custard powder.
Some cinnamon sticks.
Both the dogs' leads (I'm not asking.)
An electric toothbrush with no actual brushy bits.
A box of ink cartridges.
A collection of plastic bags.
A frying pan.
A pack of strawberry jelly.
Apparently, the sponge, ink, plastic bags and jelly was for Sherlock to make a decoy jellyfish to attract either turtles or other jellyfish... he promises he wouldn't have let a turtle get near enough to eat it an get ill, he just wanted them to come closer.
And now I'm being alternately glared at and ignored because I laughed too hard at Mycroft's last comment on John's blog.