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  • This is not superstition, but statistics. Two similar events or situations are always followed by a third one. After the Jimmy Savile and Lance Armstrong stories broke, I was waiting for a third one.

    Briefly, Jimmy Savile was an English TV personality who was best known for his good work, volunteering at hospitals, raising £45 million for charity etc... It has now been revealed that his interest in hospitals had its root not in philanthropy but in their ability to provide ready access to vulnerable teenage girls; there have also been allegations of teenage rape.

    Lance Armstrong is a champion cyclist who won the prestigious Tour de France several times; he too was very prominent in his charitabe work; after he had cancer he helped raise awareness of the disease and indeed raised millions too. But it has now been revealed that he not only achieved his athletic status by systematic drug taking, but as captain of the US team bullied his juniors into the same thing.

    Now the third story concerns a couple of elderly farmers, Susan Cooper and Michael Foster who lived in an idyllic Lincolnshire village, leading a quiet life, admired by one and all, but who for the last 6 years (when they were not that elderly) have been running a sophisticated cannabis factory, well outside the police radar, making them nearly a million pounds. The similarity with the above is that they continued to lead a humdrum life, and were using their money funding charities in Kenya, where they financed surgery for sick children and bought sophisticated computers for hospitals
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