The Anonymous Widower

Has The World Cup Draw Been Kind To England?

When the draw was made for the World Cup, I didn’t pay much attention.

Perhaps, I should because England and Belgium were drawn in one the last two groups, they are playing virtually last in every round of matches.

So they are getting a good look at those they might meet in the future.

I don’t know how much of an advantage it is! But we shall see!

July 1, 2018 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

England In Kaliningrad

There is a good chance, that my great-great-great-grandfather; Robert Muller, came from East Prussia, the capital of which was Konigsberg East Prussia was annexed by the Soviet Union after the Second World |War and Konigsberg was renamed Kaliningrad.

My father was about fourteen, when his grandfather died and my father once told me, that his grandfather had told him, about meeting Robert, who would have been his grandfather’s grandfather.

Apparently, the elderly man didn’t speak any English and only spoke German. Knowing that my male line is Jewish, I wonder if it wasn’t German but Yiddish.

Konigsberg was an important city and the Prussian

Wikipedia has a section about the Jews in Konigsberg, where this is said.

The Jewish population of Königsberg in the 18th century was fairly low, although this changed as restrictions became relaxed over the course of the 19th century. In 1756 there were 29 families of “protected Jews” in Königsberg, which increased to 57 by 1789. The total number of Jewish inhabitants was less than 500 in the middle of the 18th century, and around 800 by the end of it, out of a total population of almost 60,000 people.

Speaking to someone at the German History Museum, a lot of Jewish men had to leave East Prussia, when they became adults, unless they were protected.

As Robert would have been a young adult,, when he turned up in Bexley, I suspect that soon after he qualified as a tailor, he left the area.

This keeping out of the way of trouble, is very much a family trait.

Konigsberg was at that time a port city and there was quite a lot of trade with London. So I suspect getting to London was not that great a problem.

I very much regret not asking my father for more details.

Like me my father was an atheist, although with a Jewish philosophy of life. He was also very much against fascists, communists and dictators of both the left and right. He was proud to have been at the Battle of Cable Street, when the East End of London stopped Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirts.

In some ways, I regret not being at the match tonight. But then I was advised that there would be trouble.

I have been to the Polish border with the Russian enclave. I wrote about it in At Poland’s Border With Russia.

June 28, 2018 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Chris Waddle And Terry Butcher Are Complaining About The Flies In Volgograd

Apparently, they’re something else!

 

June 18, 2018 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Novichok Used In Spy Poisoning, Chemical Weapons Watchdog Confirms

The title of this post is the same as the title of this article in the Guardian.

This is the first three paragraphs.

The international chemical weapons watchdog has backed Britain’s findings on the identity of the chemical used in the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said an analysis of samples taken from the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and Det Sgt Nick Bailey confirmed the UK’s assessment that the three were affected by novichok, a military grade nerve agent developed by Russia.

The executive summary released by the OPCW does not mention novichok by name, but states: “The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirms the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.”

Let’s hope that the Skripals continue to improve and make a full recovery.

What fairy tale will the Russians invent this time?

April 12, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Is The World Cup In Russia Going To Be A Disaster For England?

A few weeks ago, I was travelling on a train to Southend and I was sitting opposite a guy about fifty.

He noticed my Ipswich Town bobble hat and we got talking about football.

Talk turned to the World Cup in Russia this Summer, after I said that I’d been to Moscow to support Ipswich about twenty years ago.

It turned out he was an analyst for one of the big betting firms and they felt from their research, that there were an awful lot of shenanigans being planned.

We parted by agreeing that the best place to watch the World Cup would be at home or in a friendly pub.

February 25, 2018 Posted by | Sport, World | , | Leave a comment

Can I Have Some Serious Rain, Please?

I haven’t really felt well since, I went to Sunderland a few weeks ago!

I’ve searched weather maps and systems and I can’t find any serious rain, anywhere!

Even Manchester hasn’t got any!

It’s all a Russian plot to kill me! Or at least get me seriously ill!

February 24, 2018 Posted by | Health, World | , | 4 Comments

Russian Sex Workers Are World’s Best, Boasts Putin

This is the second headline on the front page of The Times today.

I suppose as President Putin is an important Russian, he should have access to all the statistics and know the truth!

I certainly won’t be arguing with him or going to Moscow to give the city’s highly-rated sex workers a personal rating!

January 18, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

Russia Has Killed More Civilians Than ISIS

The title of this post is taken directly from The Times.

August 20, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Russian For Schadenfreude?

I just felt that this was worth posting.

Did the diver get his substances all wrong?

He certainly wasn’t able to stand straight!

Will Putin send the poor unfortunate diver to Siberia?

August 17, 2016 Posted by | Sport | , | Leave a comment

The Medals Over Morals Mentality Disgusts Me

This quote comes from Sir Philip Craven and is fully documented in this article in the Daily Mail, which is entitled IPC disgusted by Russia’s ‘medals over morals mentality’ and issues blanket ban.

This is a flavour of what is said in the article.

In an IPC statement, Craven said: “I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed its Para athletes. Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me.

I am doing my own one man protest, in that every time I see a Russian in an Olympic event, I give them a double-handed, two fingered salute, as only a true Brit can.

 

August 7, 2016 Posted by | Sport | , | 1 Comment