Scottish Roe

April 15, 2017 3 comments

Watching the Caviar Queen squirm and squeal is a sight that warms the cockles – from a distance. Read more…

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Tommy Robinson Speech at The Oxford Union.

April 12, 2017 Leave a comment

This is worth listening to.

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Progress or wha’?

April 12, 2017 9 comments

King Donald would have made a fine Tudor monarch. Of course the pace of life has picked up since the arrival of instant communications and almost as instant travel; but the priorities remain the same. Top of the list: the acquisition and control of personal/family wealth, the pursuit of personal pleasure and when there’s time, the interests of the state (which for the Tudors included the church). Read more…

Flying the Friendly Skies

April 11, 2017 13 comments

My fellow Charioteers will already know that I am hardly the world’s largest fan of the USA. That I am hardly enamoured with the idea of going on holiday in the USA will, thus, surprise no one. That’s not to say that the USA is without its merits and charms. It has both, at times in abundance. In my experience Planet ‘Murca’s native aggro simply outweighs the good. Read more…

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse

April 11, 2017 7 comments

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (R) holds and hugs a lamb as he poses with Michela Vittoria Brambilla, animal right activist and member of parliament for Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party.

Palm Sunday in the beechwood

April 9, 2017 5 comments

The path is strewn with wood anemones this morning.

Maybe Trump is a fool after all.

April 7, 2017 17 comments

The US strike on a Syrian airfield with 59 cruise missiles is an act of unparalleled stupidity. The strike was in retaliation for a Sarin Gas  attack on Syrian civilians allegedly by Assad’s military. Naturally there is ‘incontrovertible’ proof  that the Syrian army is responsible.

Personally I doubt that either Assad or the Russians are stupid enough to use poison gas and as Sarin isn’t difficult to manufacture there is a better than even chance that a rebel  faction had something to do with it in order to elicit exactly this kind of response from the dumb Yanks.

Naturally the UK is tagging along behind the US wagging its tail  like some pathetic lap dog.

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Is it just a yoke?

April 7, 2017 8 comments

Germany and Europe

Metternich once quipped “Italy is a geographical expression”. Replace “Italy” with “Germany” and that quote would be equally applicable. Germany is a geographical expression. In 1805 there were over 300 political entities in German-speaking Europe. After Napoleon, these myriad polities were reorganised into 38 Germanic states in a loose, Austrian-led confederation. Eventually, Prussia grew increasingly powerful as Austria was forced to focus on the ever-growing number of problems in its formal empire. Bit-by-bit, Prussia expanded its territories. In 1871, a Prussian-led federal German empire was formed comprising 26 states. Read more…

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A good read

April 6, 2017 3 comments

I frequent the English/American section of the local public library, which offers an apparently random selection of novels of every genre. And a couple of weeks ago I spotted this – not a name I recognised -and gave it a try.

The story reveals the complications arising from the young lives of two brothers brought up near Calcutta; one of whom moves to New England.

I particularly enjoyed the author’s insights into relationships, expressed fluently and never dull, each character revealing their take on the dramatic events they experience.

I’ll be looking out for Jhumpa’s other titles.