I’m heading out at the crack of sparrowshit tomorrow morning for a couple of days of hideous rural experience. Don’t send me links, photos or files until Thursday night UK time if you can help it,
because I won’t be able to click, see or open them. Which kind of defeats the point of you sending them, really.

I expect there will be moblog horror.

My daughter has a thing about birds of prey. One day soon I’m going to wake up with chicken bits carefully sprinkled on my head and a falcon sitting on my chest eyeing me intently.

FBI Second-In-Command Claims To Have Been “Deep Throat”

According to Vanity Fair magazine, former FBI official W. Mark Felt admits he was “Deep Throat” — the source used by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to help uncover the scandal.

Their reporting helped bring about the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

Felt is now 91, and living in Santa Rosa, California.

Woodward and Bernstein had said they wouldn’t reveal the identity of “Deep Throat” until after his death. C.N.N. is quoting Bernstein as saying he’s going to stick to that agreement.

Felt was second-in-command at the F.B.I. in the early 1970s. The magazine says he kept his secret, even from his family, until three years ago. He initially didn’t want to go public — reportedly telling his son that he didn’t think it was “anything to be proud of…”