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So much is a compromise...
So much is a compromise

Nothing’s perfect in life. So much is a compromise. Britain’s in a state of flux at present  but is a breakthrough on the horizon? A promising end to the Brexit stalemate has...  ...read more
Comedy central continues...
Comedy central continues

Comedy central continues both sides of the Atlantic. Trump’s US government has been shut down for five weeks so he can build a wall to keep out about six illegal immigrants via Mexico,...  ...read more
A tale of two tiny...
A tale of two tiny countries

A tale of two tiny countries... All hell was let loose inside the Commons over a sexist comment instead of concentrating on the Brexit chaos and the Irish backstop. And yet, if they had studied...  ...read more
Are we dancing with...
Are we dancing with disaster

Watching the Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) final on Saturday night, I was struck by the fact that the public voted not on the dancing expertise but the personalities...  ...read more
Brexit pantomime season...
Brexit pantomime season has arrived

Order! Order! Pantomime season has arrived.   First the French. Even though the President has totally scrapped the planned fuel tax rise, still the riots continue. Proof positive that once...  ...read more
The people may no longer...
The people may no longer be sans culottes

200 years ago a little Frenchman with a beaky nose rose to fame but then tried to quell the flames of a French revolution.... Today a similarly-short, sharp-nosed, Frenchman has the same...  ...read more
That is what charity is...
That is what charity is about

A recent episode of the Apprentice showed the hapless, egotistical candidates trying to ‘found’ a new budget airline. Significantly, they focussed entirely on their own ideals, rather...  ...read more
Who is the loneliest...
Who is the loneliest

Who’s the loneliest - PM May or President Macron?  Here’s what Europe has to say: Ouest-France, France’s best-selling paper, sympathises with May, calling her...  ...read more
Fought for different...
Fought for different reasons

Watching the war veterans on the Royal British Legion programme last night, I realised the complexities of war and the varying personalities of whichever leader was in power at the...  ...read more
Connecting...
Connecting

Enjoyed a lovely day yesterday with son Jon, discussing everything from Brexit to his forthcoming move to the US and things digital. I’d recently bought an expensive GPS system for the car....  ...read more
The clocks went back...
The clocks went back today

The clocks went back today, an anachronism. Native Americans say if you cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it on the bottom, the cloth’s still the same length. It’s made...  ...read more
Forming our own opinions...
Forming our own opinions

The clock stopped at 09.13h on this day in 1966 as thousands of tonnes of coal slurry engulfed a village in Aberfan, Wales. This week Cambridge students foolishly said we shouldn’t...  ...read more
Fast forward and it was...
Fast forward and it was a triumph

Wasn’t going to mention Friday’s royal wedding but... ..turned out to be quite entertaining, certainly when gale force winds caught a flash reveal of underwear on the steep steps...  ...read more
Yesterday when I was...
Yesterday when I was young

Yesterday when I was young, the taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue.... Friday saw French President Macron pay tribute at the funeral of singer Charles Aznavour. A large crowd at...  ...read more
A painful decision...
A painful decision

Yesterday Him indoors made a painful decision about his beloved, but ageing and now unreliable Land Rover. Elsewhere in Bham, today began the Tory party conference. Last week saw the Labour...  ...read more

 

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