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Writing Eating Babies was a real shock for me‭ ‬-‭ ‬I just didn’t know where that story came from.‭

Here I’ve tried to work backwards‭ ‬-‭ ‬to find out a bit more about the war.‭ ‬

The trouble is that anyone who was capable of explaining it is probably dead by now.‭

‬And those still alive have only got their own personal experiences to call upon.‭

‬Still,‭ ‬here goes…

Winter Kills

I was in the basement with Carla when the bombs exploded.‭ ‬Or,‭ ‬should I say,‭ ‬one of the bombs.‭

I don’t think anyone knows how many bombs were detonated that day.‭

I don’t think that anyone expected that the five hour war would totally change the way the world worked.‭

I don’t think that anyone realised that when the radios and telephones stop working,‭ ‬when the hospitals fill up and the drugs run out,‭ ‬when the food runs out….‭ ‬well then,‭ ‬anyone with a gun becomes a warlord.‭

Yes,‭ ‬we all saw pictures of the run up to it on the TV.‭ ‬I guess none of us thought that it would go so far.‭ ‬But that was Mogadishu and Somalia,‭ ‬and Iraq and Iran.‭

It’s different when it’s Basingstoke and Brighton.‭ ‬It really is.‭

And five hours is all it took.‭ ‬From the chemical bombs in London to the suicide nukes in the States‭ ‬-‭ ‬the world didn’t die from nuclear fallout,‭ ‬just the total breakdown of communication and supply chains.‭

To find out what happened next you’ll need to buy a copy of Different Roads – available from from 1st August 2011.