The old Cold War games are still being played.

There is always something going on. I thought the Cold War was well and truly over; but in truth it’s probably just not as far up the agenda nowadays, so you don’t hear as much. But believe me when I say that everyone is still just as interested in everyone else’s affairs as they have ever been. There are more fronts to be held tight at present. But remember, in times of peace you are wise to prepare for war, so shut your eyes to what is going on around you at your own peril.

Just last week an incident confirming my suspicions took place right over our very own skies. Living on an island and not a huge one has meant that we monitor our skies pretty well when it comes to unwanted attention. Last week a pair of Russian Blackjack Bombers decided to stray towards a UK area of interest. Within milli-seconds the RAF had its Typhoon jets screaming off the runway and up towards the bombers. The Russian aircraft never got as far as they had intended before the jets from RAF Lossiemouth, backed by a pair from RAF Coningsby, were all over it like a rash.

An RAF spokesman said ” we can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby scrambled to monitor two Blackjack bombers while they were in a UK area of interest. ” He was also quick to point out that “At no point did the Russian aircraft enter UK territorial space.” The route they took was believed to have been between the Shetland and Faroe Islands and then down the west coast of Ireland.