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Where in the world have I been? 

A quiet time on the blog, because of some personal and work matters. One of them relates to an assault against me and a staff member—and I found out today that despite four arresting officers, the New Zealand seems to have lost the entire file. As far as the fuzz is concerned, this incident never took place on August 12, 2005. Convenient for the assailant, but not good for those of us who want to press charges.
   Tomorrow begins my private investigation into this by following up the arresting officers. Normally we have the cleanest cops in the world, probably save for some Scandinavian countries, so I am sure there is an innocent explanation—not that that helps me or the staff member, or a frightened witness. The police officer I spoke to today was apologetic—and totally puzzled on how, in this age of computerization, he could not find anything. I am puzzled, too.
   So, yes, company CEOs and people who appear on TV, even as little as I do, have to deal with crap and waste a lot of time doing so.
   Speaking of the fuzz (very bad segue there), Johnnie Moore has a link from the excellent Open blog on how members of the Met are getting into trouble over blogging. In Open’s Antony Mayfield’s eyes, this masks deeper problems inside.
   However, a fun tool today found via Ben Casnocha’s blog: a site that generates, on the fly, a map with the countries that you’ve visited. Here’s mine, with Africa and South America untouched:

   The same site has one for US states, where I am not doing too well either:

   Click on the maps or the links above to trial the applications.
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Best of luck with your investigation, Jack, and my sympathy goes out to you and your colleague. I know how frustrating that situation must be for your both.

Thanks for the mention of Open, also - much appreciated.  
Thank you, Antony. The colleague has a relative in the police force so hopefully she will be able to start some enquiries of her own. But it looks like my morning’s going to be devoted on this stuff, sadly.
   You had an earlier post I wanted to follow up on as well, but time got the better of me. It was one about The Times’ global edition. I’ll see how I go this week: it was bookmarked for quite some time. I always enjoy your blog: one of the smarter ones out there.  
No joy on this one. Even the local nick has no information on even being called out on August 12. What gives? The officers I know all agree this is highly unusual, especially since the prisoner was transported to a psychiatric hospital for observation, and there’s no record of that, either. Four officers, three statements, two cop cars, one prisoner—but no record exists of that fact. However, the hospital tells me a record of the prisoner being there in mid-August exists, but that is the extent of the information they can realistically give out.  
Let me know when you decide to add D.C. or even NY to your travel itinerary. We could put our heads together about collaborating on some project.  
Update: we have the hospital passing the buck saying it’s a police matter, which it isn’t. The sergeant at the local station has some more info, saying that the assailant was covered under the Mental Health Act and the police could not prosecute. That night, the police merely acted as a ‘transport service’, so it means I need to follow up on the hospital and insist that it’s in their court.
   Andrea, thank you. I might have to add DC to my itinerary in future. I have been to NYC many times, but not to the nation’s capital. And while last night I dreamed I had just started courting Eva Longoria and escorting her to Fashion Week (my dreams can be glamorous), I still would prefer to avoid New York and its rather thick smog (which a New Zealander really notices, believe me) for as long as possible.  
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