Euro-loathing in Bulgaria

7th July 2015 0

Two tenants live side by side. One lives frugally and strictly within his paltry salary. He is just about able to pay for food, rent and other necessities. His neighbour earns more but gets greedy, making all kinds of extravagant purchases. It transpires that the richer neighbour has defaulted on his rent for so long that he now owes a … [Read on]

Between a Furniture Depository and a Meat Warehouse

6th July 2015 0

Going by underground tunnel between terminals recently at Frankfurt Airport, I thought I saw, or rather heard, the future. To help the passengers on their way, to calm them down, de-stress them, as they hurried to catch their flight, birdsong was relayed over the public address system. Could it be that one day this recorded birdsong will be the only … [Read on]

The Greek and Versailles Money go Round

30th June 2015 0

Casting my eye idly over my bookshelves the other day, I picked out The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes, his internationally best-selling attack on the Treaty of Versailles, published immediately after his resignation from the British delegation to the Peace Conference in 1919. He predicted it would lead to disaster, and certainly disaster was not long … [Read on]

The BBC converts to Islam

29th June 2015 0

The current ISIS terror attacks abroad, in Tunisia, France and Kuwait are successfully spreading alarm and despondency, not just in beleaguered British people. Haras Rafiq, Managing Director of the Quilliam Foundation, a think tank established and funded to challenge extremism and encourage pluralism, told the Sunday Programme on R4 this week, that he is also having to change his holiday … [Read on]

Thieves are not responsible for their actions?

27th June 2015 0

Every few days when I am in my house in France I receive a telephone call from India claiming to be from the technical department of Microsoft. The first time I received such a call a young woman informed me that my computer was on the verge of implosion and that if I did not follow her instructions, give her … [Read on]

Gay Bulgaria is still living in a Britain of 31 years ago

27th June 2015 0

Organisers of last weekend’s Bulgaria’s Gay Pride rally decided to show a free screening of a rollicking movie called Pride – one that deservedly won widespread praise for its ensemble acting and direction. The film showed how a group of flamboyant London gays and lesbians supported the 1984-5 miners’ strike, winning over homophobic Welsh macho miners in the process. As … [Read on]

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