Due to some family issues, I am currently at home. Anyway, to cut to the long and the short of it: today I was searched by the police under the terrorism act (it's not the first time, by the way, it's the second). Anyway at first I was bemused as I witnessed, for no apparent reason, a police officer rummaging through my undies and toiletries. Then, as the train wandered from Manchester to Watford, I started to feel a bit strange. Firstly: what is the efficacy of the system? It's basically a more formal equivalent of yelling: 'is anyone a terrorist?' Secondly: what would they do if they actually found a bomb? It's not as if two random members of the British Transport Police are particularly well qualified to take down a terrorist. It just strikes me as really pointless. On the plus side: 1) I now have a pink slip to suggest that I am, at least at the moment, not a terrorist. 2) On the slip it lists my build as 'slim'. Checked at home and I've lost over a stone over the last 2 months. Woo.