Two dominating issues today. Firstly, we Welsh have to face the reality that Johnny Wilkinson is a true sporting hero. Watched the game and just wished he was Welsh - while taking nothing away from the dependable Stephen Jones. Bearing in mind what he has gone through, Johnny was just bloody brilliant today. But I have to say that Scotland were very poor - totally without any obvious game plan, other than to keep the margin of defeat down. I hope that the boy, Hook can do the same for us tomorrow - but I have to admit, my money is on the Irish. I am a huge fan of Brian O'Driscoll.
The other big issue today's has been bird flu. This is really serious. Not a great shock because it has looked inevitable that it would arrive at some stage. But today, H5N1 arrived in the UK for the first time (the whooper swan in Celladyke was a migrant bird). This is very bad news for the poultry industry. The Assembly Government will have no choice but to prepare for some tough decisions about housing free range flocks etc. I expect a Ministerial Statement on Tuesday. We are unlikely to find out how the virus came in - but it has come in. We all hope that it can be isolated and that it doesn't spread - but I fear that it will.
There is only miniscule threat to human health yet - and there won't be unless and until the virus mutates into a form which can be transmitted from human to human. What today has shown us is the scale of death that bird flu can inflict if H5N1 does mutate. It is terrifying. The scale of death amongst turkeys in Suffolk could become the scale of death amongst humans.