The security at London Olympic venues is now being provided by soliders. As far as I’ve heard, they’ve been polite, reassuring and quite hot. Phoarr! (That’s according to one Olympic volunteer anyway.)
But here’s a security dilemma that left the soldiers scratching their heads. And there’s a prize for the best (or correct) solution supplied by YOU.
It was like this: The first military searcher could not decide. He called in his sergeant. The sergeant pondered a while, before eventually coming up with a verdict.
The puzzle is coming up in a moment. But your challenge, dear reader, is to tell me in the comments below, what you think the army sergeant decided. (You’re also welcome to say what he should have said or done.)
So here’s the scenario:
A parent with accompanying children arrived at the entrance to the Olympic venue with two full plastic water bottles.
The rule is that no liquids are allowed to be taken into the site. (For security reasons. Free water is available inside. Empty vessels are permitted.)
But this resourceful parent, anticipating a hot thirsty day, had frozen the water bottles overnight. As it happened, the day was overcast, and chillier than expected – and the ICE HAD NOT MELTED.
The private soldier could see that no liquid was involved, but was wary of letting the containers pass, and so called in higher authority.
The sergeant ascertained that there was no liquid. That the bottles could not be emptied there and then, because the contents were solid blocks. And that the containers had some value – not much, but a little. (More than just plastic water bottles from a shop.)
So – apart from looking round for hidden prankster TV cameras – what did the sergeant do?
Did he ban the containers? Let them in? Or something else?
All will be revealed this time next week – after some of you have left your own guesses.
The correct or best one gets a prize. Ooh! Ooh! A prize!
And the prize is – A CD single of “It’s Just the Noise It Makes” by Irish guitarist, producer, songwriter and “folk legend” Declan Sinnott.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Declan Sinnott has played guitar and produced music for Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sinead Lohan and John Spillane to name but a few. He was a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts – two of the most influential trad /electric bands in Ireland, and spent 13 years guiding Mary Black’s career, producing the majority of her music. Since the year 2000 Declan has been guitarist and producer to Christy Moore, who was recently named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ‘s People of the Year Awards. (Click on the pic for more.)
So get guessing. I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone with military or police or security or Olympic experience.