‘The Mutti Returns’

By Saturday, May 25, 2013 0 Permalink

Or will she? Mutti is the affectionate term some Germans refer to Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Sorry to borrow from that awful Thatcher line but it was too obvious to resist! Though her other moniker of 'Iron Chancellor' sets up a harsh and unfair comparison with Bismarck. I prefer Mutti. Seeking her third term, with the election only four months away it seems that Frau Merkel is on quite the charm offensive in Germany. But as usual, the British media who will whoop with delight and salivate over the US elections barely utter anything on the topic. Considering Germany's role in the world now I would say their election was pretty important. At a recent Pro European event I got chatting to a highly articulate woman from the German Council on Foreign Relations and was fascinated to hear how Merkel is treated in her home country. Amidst the blatant hostility and frankly racist abuse she receives ...

‘We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are’

This Anaïs Nin quote is overused in the blogosphere, but is nevertheless one I favour. And for this post entirely appropriate. There are many topics I wish to discuss. France and President Hollande's unusual tax ideas. The real reason as it seems to me why the digital age advanced so quickly. Why the Kosovo - Serbia agreement is so precarious. A little musing on why Marcel Aymé back in the 1940s was so prescient on the economic mayhem we have now. Also probably a little something on why David Cameron has quite clearly lost the plot altogether regarding the EU. All these things can wait. Because what is P-for Prussia really in fact all about? What is the purpose? Coming out the other side of bereavement. I see dead people. No, don't worry, not like the little boy in 'The Sixth Sense'. I haven't completely lost my mind or discovered psychic abilities. I mean doppelgängers of people I've lost. Vivid , ...

Star Trek ‘Into Darkness’

By Wednesday, May 8, 2013 0 Permalink

Last week I was lucky enough to see a preview of the latest Star Trek film, so ahead of tomorrow's release I thought I would pass a few comments by way of light relief from the political mayhem and misery in the UK at present. Only so much politics a girl can take! Now apologies to any real Trekkies and aficionados out there but then this is not really for you. As somewhat of a Star Trek newbie I found myself totally absorbed, and even clapping enthusiastically at the end. As a non Trekkie therefore I can see the film as a stand alone sci-fi movie which really is one of the best of the genre I have seen for a while. Yes, you will know through osmosis many of the characters and the little phrases and so on, but simply as a film in its own right it is highly enjoyable whether you ...

The Westminster Bubble Part II

By Sunday, May 5, 2013 0 Permalink

Politics and sex. I was about to post on the disgraceful way I perceive the media to be addressing the recent spate of high profile historical rape incidents. How it is abysmally biased in favour of an anonymous and 'supposed' victim;  is causing gender equality and even distorting the very foundation on which male/female relationships are based. Not to mention the concern over how justice is now meted out by the press and social media rather than our legal system. And then along comes this. Not entirely disconnected. Now, unlike the media and much of the general public I do assume someone is innocent until proven guilty. I have defended in many an argument all of these so called predators who have appeared in the press recently over allegations made decades ago. People are so quick to condemn people they do not know regarding situations they have no knowledge of. The old maxim ' ...