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Donald Trump Inspires ‘fine-tuned machine’ Memes

Donald Trump is a gift to those with a sense of humour, as this article on the BBC web site shows.

February 17, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Fake News – The Zinoviev Letter

My father told me all about  the Zinoviev Letter, which was written around the time of the 1924 General Election and published in the Daily Mail.

He certainly knew all about the letter, but I doubt he was anything to do with its production, as he’d only have been twenty at the time.

But in the 1920s and 1930s he moved in left-wing Tory political circles, so he probably knew the truth, even if all he told me was the basic story, you can now read on Wikipedia.

The Zinoviev letter would certainly be considered Fake News today.

February 17, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Trump Launches Stinging Attack On Media

This is the headline on a post on an article on the BBC.

Perhaps, I’m wrong, but I always thought that any successful politician needed the media on their side.

Or is it different across the pond?

February 16, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

Any Americans Living In Stoke-on-Trent Can Vote For A Real Loony

I hsve just read this page on The Official Monster Raving Looney Web Site, which is entitled The Incredible Flying Brick will save Stoke.

As Screaming Lord Sutch used to say “Vote Loony! You know it makes sense!”

I first came across him in the 1966 General Election, where he stood in the Huyton consituency, which was where I was living at the time.

I remember him appearing on the radio in the 1990s and going through the original manifesto from one of his first elections.

Strangely several of his proposals had been put into law, like lowering the voting age to 18.

February 16, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 6 Comments

Amateurs!

That is my one word response to this article on the BBC, which is entitled Michael Flynn resignation: He had to go, says White House.

February 14, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Will Britain Negotiate With A United Europe?

In this article on the BBC, which is entitled EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker ‘will not seek second term’, this is said.

Mr Juncker also said the UK could divide opinion among EU leaders once Brexit negotiations begin.

I think that will be highly likely, as putting 27 people in a room and asking themany question, will give several different answers.

Last year, I wrote Brexit – Signalling Implications For The UK, which was based on an an article on Rail Engineer.

This is a paragraph from the article, which talks about implementing signalling post-Brexit.

The endless committees to discuss and agree how the standards will be implemented do not get in the way. Whilst not suitable for main line usage (at least in the foreseeable future), there could be suburban routes around cities (for example Merseyrail) that could benefit from CBTC deployment.

I know it is talking about one small part of railway signalling, but if the states of Europe can’t agree a common position on that, how will they agree a common position on how to deal with the UK during and after Brexit?

In some ways, the biggest problem with Brexit, is that we will still be arguing about the details of the settlement well into the 2030s and beyond.

I can see some absolutely silly arguments going on and on!

 

February 12, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

London’s Housing Market Is Changing

This article in Construction Enquirer is entitled Quintain launches London’s largest build to rent site.

Quintain are to build thousands of rental homes at Wembley Park around Wembley Stadium.

Reading the article, they seem to be making a professional job of it.

  • 3,000 houses will start construction this year.
  • 5,000 houses will be built  over seven years.
  • There will be a primary School, a seven acre park and a landscaped square.
  • Four companies will share the building.
  • Quintain have even set up their own company to manage the properties and their rental.
  • Brent Council seem to have given the development their blessing.

Looking back to the 1970s, when C, myself and our three boys were looking for somewhere to live, and were unable to get a mortgage because my income wasn’t in any way guaranteed, we had no option but to rent.

We had one choice of a quality development in London, where we could rent and that was the Barbican.

I don’t think we’d have gone to Wembley, but we would have loved to have had a choice.

I suspect we could see other developments like this all over the country.

Everyone will benefit.

February 7, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Trump Shoots The Messenger

This article on the BBC is entitled Trump sacks defiant acting attorney general.

This is said.

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general, after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban.

I think that the only winners on this spat will be American lawyers.

January 31, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Should Brexit Mean A Return To £sd?

Why not?

I wouldn’t have a problem, as I honed my £sd skills in a pub, where a bottle of Guinness was one shilling and eight pence or three for five shillings.

Those were the days!

 

January 31, 2017 Posted by | World | | 4 Comments

A Visit To The Design Museum

I visited the Design Museum yesterday.

It is an interesting concept and I think as it settles down it will be worth visiting again.

One problem, I had with the Museum is getting to and from the site in Holland Park.

I went by the Underground to High Street Kensington station and took about ten minutes to walk along to the museum.

Coming back, I thought I’d go a different way after a walk.

But after emerging from the Museum, there were none of London’s excellent Legible London maps and signs to be seen.

Eventually, I walked through Holland Park, but it was the same story on the other side of the Park; no maps or signs to the Underground. There were several fingerposts in the Park, but none pointed to the Underground.

I suppose if you’re in a Chelsea Tractor, many of which were rushing around the area, you’re not interested in walking maps and are against your Council spending monry on them, as it might attract more visitors.

 

January 30, 2017 Posted by | Travel, World | , , , , | Leave a comment