On 14th October ML, happy to have a roof over his head, celebrated his 27th birthday in Oxford prison. A week later on the 21st October the Aberfan disaster in South Wales dominated the headlines in the national newspapers. 144 people died when heavy rain caused a coal tip above the village of Aberfan in Wales, to slide down the mountain on, engulfing a farm, a school and several houses. No one ever expected this type of thing to happen. The feeling of being numbed, that so many innocents had been drowned or suffocated in mud, was widespread. The public had become used to being fed high death tolls from war films, but Aberfan was different: it was a new generation, domestic and televised.