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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

Russia ‘secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking’

The title of this post is not taken from some right-wing scandal sheet, but from this article in The Guardian.

I have an open mind on fracking, but keep these facts in mind.

  • A lot of the bad stories about fracking originate in the United States, where quite frankly a lot of get-rich-quick cowboys got involved in the process, in a manner that would be illegal in the EU and the UK.
  • The largest on-shore oil-field in Western Europe is Wytch Farm, which is close to Corfe Castle. I can’t find a report of any environmental damage around this oil-field, since production started in 1979. This proves to me, that we can extract oil and gas safely on-shore over a long period, which in Wytch Farm’s case is without fracking.
  • We have some of the best engineering Universities in the world and we should use them to develop better ways of extracting, transporting and processing oil and gas. A big project involving several European universities called SHEER, is looking at fracking on a Polish site.
  • Remember that if we need to import gas from outside Europe, we deal with countries with impeccable human rights like Qatar, Russia or the United States.
  • Fracking techniques are used in the Highlands of Scotland to extract water out of rock.
  • We need a lot of gas to keep us warm in winter.

I may have an open mind, but no-one could deny, that if Western Europe obtained the gas it needs from fracking or perhaps by finding a massive conventional gas field onshore in the UK, that the biggest loser would be Russia and President Putin.

 

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August 7, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Move 100,000 Containers A Year Between Germany And China

This article on Global Rail News is entitled DB and Georgian Railways to cooperate on new Silk Road rail corridor.

It described how Deutsche Bahn and Georgian Railways have signed an agreement to develop a new rail freight route between the Far East and Europe.

This map from the article, shows the various rail routes across Eurasia and how the new Silk Road will fit in.

DB transports more container by train between China and Germany

DB transports more container by train between China and Germany

I think the most interesting thing about the new route, is that it doesn’t go through Russia.

Vladimir Putin will not be amused!

If you read the Wikipedia entry for Georgian Railways, it does list a few problems, but it would appear that the route across Georgia is being upgraded to Standard Gauge all the way from the Turkish border to Almaty in Kazakhstan.

With Germany, Turkey and Europe at the Western end and China at the Eastern end both predominately Standard Gauge, I think that this route will be all the same gauge.

When this happens, trains will be able to go straight through, with perhaps just a change of locomotive.

How long will it be before, an enthusiastic entrepreneur starts to run a passenger service between Europe and China. Trans-Siberian Express eat your heart out!

Vladimir Putin will be even less amused!

If DB can build the Standard Gauge railway through to China via Georgia, it will give the following benefits.

  • Services will be faster than the Russian routes.
  • There will no change of gauge, which means unloading one train and loading another.
  • If the line is electrified, this will make the route more efficient.
  • Freight will move smoothly across Asia avoiding the pariah that is Russia.
  • The route avoids the more volatile parts of the Middle East.
  • Countries on the route like Serbia, Turkey, Georgia and Kazahkstan will surely benefit.
  • The route will surely be more accessible to Southern European countries, than the current Russian routes.

It is undoubtedly a good plan.

July 7, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

China, Russia And The EU’s Intermarium Bloc

The title of this post is the title of this article on the euobserver web site.

It is an interesting read, which talks about how trade routes will develop between Europe, Russia and China.

Incidentally, I found it, because it talks about Rail Baltica, which I think is an important project that could bring benefits to the Baltic States.

March 15, 2016 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment