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The Caviar Bottler

February 21, 2017 9 comments

The great abortion that is Holyrood is all abuzz. For the first time, the Scottish “Parliament” is preparing to exercise its semi-independent tax policy. Scottish Labour and the Limp Dims, predictably, couldn’t see an opportunity to put up tax rates they didn’t like. The fragrant Greens were chomping at the bit at the chance to impose a 60pc tax rate on those earning over £150,000 pa. The Scots Tories were quite sensibly arguing that making Scotland an even dearer place to live and do business was probably not the soundest approach to take. Read more…

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February 21, 2017 12 comments

I have in the past railed against twitter, however since Donald became president I have opened a twitter account and am having great fun following the 45th President of the USA@realDonaldTrump .

Trump of course also has a Facebook account and is using social media brilliantly and it’s becoming clear that most of his critics have completely underestimated him.


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Good night!

February 18, 2017 4 comments

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Just for a laugh…….or not ?

February 18, 2017 10 comments

I ordered 3 of these from Vistaprint.

Will have great fun wearing it around Henley and Wallingford.



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In A City Transformed

February 17, 2017 11 comments

The Schengen Treaty has transformed Trier/Trier-Saarburg beyond recognition. The city looks much the same as it always has – at as much as I remember. Every now and again there is a new building, another development or something that’s always been reinvented. Never-the-less, it’s a city transformed Read more…

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Phony Tony is at it again

Tony Blair is bleating on about how Brexiteers did not know what they were voting for in the referendum and should reconsider their vote. Apart from the fact that most Brexiteers knew exactly what they were voting for, in spite of Project Fear and all the other dark propaganda, it is too late now.

What a horrible man he is and no wonder he made sure the death penalty was no longer available for treason. Does he not realise that he has become one the most hated people in the UK and that anything he supports is likely to lose support amongst normal human beings?

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Who’s going to pay the piper?

February 16, 2017 19 comments

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President Trump has declared that NATO members must pay their whack. Apparently members ‘should’ be paying 2% of GDP p.a. but very few do, notably Canada, France, Germany and Italy, whose annual subs fall well short. Only Greece, Estonia and Poland pay up alongside the US and UK.

Now, being a simple soul, I think Trump has a point. No doubt the defaulters have long lists of excuses to offer but (as Jazz has kindly observed) I’m a stickler for rules.

At a time when Russia seems intent on reigniting the cold war and reasserting its control of its borders with the EU, are the less enthusiastic NATO countries expressing their apathy, their poverty or wha’?

Answers please on anything saleable.


February 15, 2017 33 comments

That’s Spanish for “sports.”

What kind of sports shall we play, then? Hunt ’em all down and fling ’em all out? Even the only President we’ve got is realistic enough to understand that there’s not enough manpower to track down and deport all illegal (undocumented) aliens and so is concentrating instead on weeding out those who have committed real crimes while here. Not to mention that we need all those law-abiding fruit pickers, roofers et al even though they may not have gone through “proper” immigration channels. Fair enough, but not enough fair to allay the fears of the decent and hard-working, even though technically illegal, immigrants. More demonstrations! I wish I’d invested in companies that produce sign-making materials. Read more…

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February 13, 2017 5 comments

In a state of post-Spanish crisis I accepted a job offer from a school in China. Being naturally cautious, even more so after two nightmarish international moves, I inserted a clause in the acceptance agreement.Should there be any significant inconsistencies, contradictions or tangible changes to the written agreement prior to my departure they could lump it. I was informed that my preference for having a work visa issued on my primary, read: German passport was simply impossible and that I’d have to use a second passport to which I hold legal right through my father’s nationality. I only very grudgingly agreed to this. After all, should any problems arise I could do precious little to influence matters as that would, in extremis, require flying to California.

Over the week-end I was informed that a problem did arise. It seems as if the format of a California Department of Justice criminal record check was not acceptable to the Shaanxi police. They were, however, eager for me to go to town hall and put in an application for a criminal record check from the Federal Ministry of Justice in Bonn. They could then proceed to issue me a work visa for a different category. I feel very confident in my decision to put in an application to work part-time at a local supermarket in Germany.

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Trump invites the Pope to Lunch

February 13, 2017 2 comments
President Trump invited the Pope for lunch on his mega yacht, the Pope accepted and during lunch, a puff of wind blew the Pontiff’s hat off, right into the water.
It floated off about 50 feet, then the wind died down and it just floated in place.
The crew and the secret service were scrambling to launch a boat to go get it, when Trump waved them off, saying “Never mind, boys, I’ll get it.”
Then Donald climbed over the side of the yacht, walked on the water to the hat, picked it up, walked back on the water, climbed onto the yacht, and handed the Pope his hat.
The crew was speechless. The security team and the Pope’s entourage were speechless. No one knew what to say, not even the Pope.
But that afternoon, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN all knew how to cover the story. Their banner
headlines read:
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