‘Let The Battle Commence’

By Wednesday, July 17, 2013 0 Permalink

On Monday evening I was lucky enough to be at the launch of an interesting new manifesto for the EU. Better off in a Better Europe. Not only are they advocating Britain stays in the EU, but also that Britain should be leading Europe. Strong words indeed! The event was attended by a diverse selection of Pro Europeans from Green, Labour, Tory and Lib Dem persuasion. Political hacks, business leaders, a few mere mortals like me, some French, some Greek, some Russian  - a fairly broad spectrum. And even some of my own personal heroes. Kenneth Clarke, and Lord Mandelson gave rousing impromptu speeches declaring the need for Britain to take control and influence the EU. Bizarrely, but also I think quite reasonably, there were a few recognisable sceptics in the form of UKIP members and Conservative Sceptic MEPs. I had some lively debate with them over the relative merits of Europe and they seemed shocked ...

‘Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the Politicians’

By Sunday, July 14, 2013 0 Permalink

MPs need a pay rise for the sake of true democracy. That's right, you read correctly, and no I am not playing devil's advocate. In fact this is just what I suggested in previous posts. Prussia propounds and everyone else listens! As per the report from IPSA it has been recommended that MPs take a pay increase of around 9%. I wouldn't normally suggest you read lengthy parliamentary reports, but in this case, seeing the virulent backlash in recent days, I would recommend that you do in order to understand better. If it really is unpalatable then please read at least the foreword which make a very succinct and compelling argument in favour of the rise. So, the report makes some very interesting points and suggestions which seen in the wider context are extremely sensible and forward thinking. Suggestions on second incomes, retirement packages and those all controversial expenses are all well set out and necessary for ...

‘The Whicker Legend’

By Friday, July 12, 2013 0 Permalink

No ingenious comments, no deep analysis. Simply have to say RIP Alan Whicker, who died today. Legendary journalist and all round gentleman. Always chic, wearing a suit and tie; ever ready with a witty remark delivered in his classy and cool manner, and all the time keeping the audience enthralled with his exciting adventures. They definitely do not make them like him anymore. 'Whicker's World' was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a little girl. My parents enjoyed mocking me for it. When familiar things from my childhood disappear, it makes me feel a pang of sadness for my invisible roots. But they also force me to recall fond memories and revisit things I have long forgotten. His shows whetted my appetite for travel and made me want to experience the world and all the strange things in it. And he certainly encountered some odd stuff! Perhaps also, he was one of the first men I looked ...

‘Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word lacks imagination’

By Saturday, July 6, 2013 0 Permalink

Naughty Mark Twain... One should not encourage incorrect spelling. This matter has recently become my bête noire, and something I did a few days ago is further proof. I corrected someone's caption and subsequent comments on a photo sharing app. So, you know the type of thing, inane banter or the sharing of in depth personal information back and forth between strangers who either type badly or are illiterate. Or both. Adults who use American teen speak, and would abbreviate the word 'so', if it were it possible. The word in question has no American alternative and had been mispelt each time someone made the comment, perpetuating the error, and it was beginning to make me twitch with annoyance every time I scrolled down! So I added the correct form. In capitals. No one seemed to mind or mention it. They probably just wondered why I had written the word in a different form. It all seems so ...