AOB – July 2018

31 July 2018

Signs from little town America: East Glacier Village.

The Izaak Walton hotel in Essex adjoins the Glacier Park. A railway hotel from the 1930s that has changed little. Kind of neat being next to the rail tracks. Nice people. Decent restaurant.

A three day visit to Glacier National Park – about a five hour drive from Sandpoint heading east into Montana.

The scenery is terrific. The summer crowds excessive. The roads are a parking lot. And at 30C and warmer the glaciers are disappearing quickly.

24 July 2018

So we made it to Sandpoint, North Idaho, but I am so jet-lagged that I can hardly think let alone type!

18 July 2018

This from the US President a couple of hours ago:

“Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!”

No we will not be going to war – no we are not expecting war – this is simple – Trump creates a false crisis to try and make him look strong to his already fawning followers.

It is nonsense.

Just depressed – I have largely stopped writing because I do not know where to start…

Try this from President Trump: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

Err – Cuban Missile Crisis; the partitioning of Berlin; the years of the Cold War….

And more recently:

Russia’s invasion of Crimea, it’s interference in Ukraine, it’s part in shooting down a commercial airliner (MH17) killing 298 people, its support and assistance to Assad’s murderous regime, the murder of Russians on British soil and its attack on US democracy?

US foolishness and stupidity? Or Russian aggression? You choose.

16 July 2018

Trump – Putin met in Helsinki yesterday. America just gave up her status as a world leading nation. An example to the world no longer.

13 July 2018

Nick Kristof of the New York Times:

“The headlines are about Trump undermining NATO, or creating a crisis in relations with Britain. That’s all real, but the real issue is larger than that: Trump is taking an ax to the entire post-WWII Western order. For seven decades, the U.S. has nurtured a Western alliance based on friendships, norms and institutions that have served American interests. These include our security relationships, our trade relationships, our special friendships with the UK, Canada, Germany, and institutions like EU, WTO, NATO, UN. America’s great advantage over China and Russia is that we have friends and institutions working for us in a way that they do not. So when Trump undermines this Western Alliance, he is doing precisely what Putin and Xi hope he will do. Trump’s assault on the alliance is a Russian dream come true.”

12 July 2018

So England went out in the semi-finals losing after extra time to Croatia, a nation of just 4 million people.

And Croatia deserved the win. England were disappointing. Looking tired and short of ideas.

Thailand and the world were gripped the last two weeks by the search and rescue for the 12 boys and their coach of the Wild Boars football team.

There are links to news reports elsewhere. Just an amazing story.

4 July 2018

England won on penalties.

Four words that no one ever expected to say or to read!

1 July 2018

I have started to be rather lazy with this web site – sorry!

Grounded at the moment by bee stings which hurt!

Spain out of the word cup – following Argentina. Portugal and Germany.

France and Belgium look good but are in the same half of the draw.