GROUND FORCE IN KABUL
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The panic in Alan Tichmarshs eyes are quite palpable as surveys
the ruins of the Mullahs garden - but it makes for good TV.
Of course it could all be a terrible mistake.
When President Blair ordered in Ground Force to Afghanistan and
left it toSecretary of State for Transport Stephen Byers to organise -
something was bound to go wrong. That is why today the boys in Khaki have
parachuted into the back garden of 22 Montclaire Avenue in Brixton and
immediately started digging trenches across the South Circular and Alan
Tichmarsh is sweating as he clears rubble in Kabul under the eyes of the
BBC satellite cameras. But the show must go on.
Everything has to be done before the Mullah gets back from prayers - which
luckily for them he attends to five times a day.
A breathless Alan is ready for the camera:
What we need here is a tree and a nice water feature perhaps, maybe
some hardy thornbushes, this soil clearly hasnt seen water for three
years at least. You need to plant things that dont get too thirsty
and can withstand heavy shelling.
was trouble with Charlie at the border at first. Apparently this
was the first time Afghanistan soldiers had ever seen a womans
eyes and their natural reaction was to begin stoning her. Luckily
Alan was ready with a wheelbarrow, he knew that with this good granite
material theyd be able to build a pretty good rock garden
by the rocket launcher. Charlie took it well and tried to catch
as many as she could.
Photo of Charlie just before she crossed the border
Come on put your backs into it, weve only got two hours to
go, Alan mugs for the cameras as he tries to disguise a burned out
tank with some trelis work.
Charlie found the digging a bit hard dressed head to foot in winter clothing
but what with the weather changing for the worse soon she wasnt
moaning, besides the rough cloth was good for soaking up the blood. A
regular trooper that Charlie.
We need some hanging baskets, Alan was saying. How far
is Babylon from here?
A must see show
GROUND FORCE IN KABUL - the must see British Gardening Programme
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