Hugh sends these snapshots of Baghdad...
and writes: "George Bush said on TV two weeks ago, "Ordinary life is beginning to return (to Baghdad)". Inevitably, cocooned at an airbase in the western Iraqi desert, the President couldn't see anything for himself. So, in case you are an Eddie Mair blog fan, Mr. President, here's a sample of Ordinary Life in Baghdad.
It looks ordinary in this picture. Ordinary traffic jam. We are stopped to make way for a convoy of ordinary US Army Humvees.
Baghdad is only 'ordinary' behind concrete blast walls, sandbags and razor wire.This is Saddoun Street - Baghdad's equivalent of Oxford Street in London.
Barbed wire and sanbdbag protection for a bank on Saddoun Street.
A residential neighbourhood in west Baghdad. More ordinary concrete barriers and barbed wire.
Our bureau noticeboard. A typical day. Those details are so routine as to be barely reported.
Iraqi army AAV (Amphibious Assault Vehicle) guarding the road to Baghdad airport.
Remote control checkpoint on the airport road. Troops in the bunker use binoculars to check ID - so if you are a suicide bomber you only kill yourself, and other drivers nearby. The strange-looking sand-coloured vehicle ahead is the Rhino - an armour-plated bus for transporting contractors)
You have been warned.
Checkpoint, and anti-blast walls, near the airport.
Baghdad airport. An ordinary convoy of fourteen security vehicles - carrying Iraqi President Talabani - crossed the tarmac just before I took this picture."