January 2014
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What terrible mistake are we making today that will have horrific consequences in the future?

As we move into the centenary year of the start of the First World War, most people realise that it was the punitive reparations imposed on Germany after WW1 that contributed to the rise of the Nazis and the deaths of about 40 million people in the Second World War.

Incidentally, though they were the […]

Perhaps Rolf Harris should have tied his kangaroo down?

A trivial post today as the next few days are going to be ultra serious.

As housewives’ favourite, Rolf Harris, faces charges of indecent assault and possessing illegal images, I wonder if he can see any small irony in the titles of some of his greatest hits.

There’s Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport – perhaps […]

Adam “Global Warming” Boulton – you are (IMHO) either a liar or a fool or both!

Those of you who watch Sky News or read the Sunday Times will know that Adam Boulton is a leading political correspondent. In the Sunday Times this weekend, Boulton wrote a piece seeming to support the idea that human activity is responsible for supposed Global Warming.

Boulton wrote “But evidence is mounting and it goes […]

People used to protest against hatred, intolerance and war – now they protest for hatred, intolerance and war

Until recently, people in Britain and other countries would protest against our self-aggrandising leaders’ attempts to involve us in pointless, unnecessary wars. And we would see scenes like this (click to see more clearly)

But since the mass arrival in Britain of millions of people belonging to a certain religion, we now […]

Sadly, the EU is not a joke

Probably over 10 million people in in the EU have lost their jobs since the start of the EU debt crisis bringing the total number of unemployed in the EU to a staggering 27 million. That’s 27 million people, most of whom want to work, who cannot have the self-respect of knowing that they can […]

Muslims will be majorities in some European cities within 25 years. Interesting times ahead?

Currently Europe’s (excluding Turkey) 50 million Muslims only make up about 7% of the total population. However, as Muslim communities tend to be found in the main cities, here the percentage of the population that are Muslim is much higher than in the general population.

About 30% of Marseille’s population are Muslim, around 25% of […]

Russians have a lot to learn in the Land of Smells

I thought I’d start 2014 gently with a few travellers’ tales from the Land of Smells. Tomorrow’s post will be much more serious.

The background to the first two stories is that it’s only in the last few years that Russian tourists have been coming here and so most aren’t aware of some interesting local […]