Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Do-it-yourself blogging: Exam time

Having carefully studied our Treatise on Blogging, it's time for your graduation exam. Provide appropriate blogworthy comment on the following news item from RTE:

Cocaine with a street value of over €500,000 has been seized by UK customs in one of three trucks delivering theatrical sets to Dublin for Opera Ireland's Winter Season. The trucks were carrying sets and costumes for a production of La Traviata and were due at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin for the start of rehearsals this week.

They were being shipped from Theatre Aachen, one of Germany's state theatres, which is co-producing the performance with Opera Ireland. Six kilos of cocaine were found on board one of the trucks when it was searched by UK customs officers at Dover. The vehicles had driven through Belgium and the Netherlands before crossing the English Channel.

The drugs have been impounded but David Collopy, Opera Ireland's CEO, says he is now concerned that the seizure will delay rehearsals. He wants police to allow the costumes and sets to be sent on to Ireland as soon as possible.

UPDATE 15 NOV: The operation's Mr Big has apparently been arrested.

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