Mr RR

 

Random Ramblings

Today, (27th November), in the Rochester and Strood parliamentary constituency in the UK a by-election is taking place.  Nothing remarkable about this event you may say, and I would tend to agree with you.  EXCEPT, I believe that the Prime Minister, Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, has pleaded with non-Tory voters (Labour, Greens and Lib-Dems etc ) to vote for the Conservative candidate, purely and simply to prevent the United Kingdom Party (Ukip) candidate being voted into parliament! Wow, Mr Cameron, you claim to have been educated at Eton, butRead More


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Recently, leading up to and including the “Remembrance Day” celebration/commemoration events, a great deal has been made in the press and media about the bravery of the common soldiers and other servicemen who sacrificed their lives, especially during World War One. I have never gone against popular opinion (oh, yes you have cry people who know me!), but, while some service men and women, or even many of them, were indeed brave, but, in trench warfare, the “common (British) soldiers” were forced to advance across “no-man’s land” with the optionRead More


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A few days ago, preparing for a social evening with friends I opened, well, “tapped” I suppose, a 5 litre box of wine.  This action, compounded with a recent viewing of Simon Reeve’s travelogue about Australia, set my little brain into contemplation mode about how my, and, I presume other peoples, attitude to wine has changed over the recent decades. “When I were a lad” in Rhodesia, bars and shops were stocked mainly with beers and spirits, but very few wines, despite neighbouring South Africa being a major wine producer. Read More


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KTHY

One of our Turkish-Cypriot friends recently visited a friend of hers who lives in our capital city, Lefkoşa.  While there her friend told her that a number of saplings had recently been planted in a local park.  As most trees are, compared with the life span of human beings, long-lived, the planting of a tree is an environmental salute to the wellbeing of future generations of human beings.  Indeed, this eco-friendly action is even more laudable if the trees planted are either of a local variety, or if not, stillRead More


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I was intrigued and somewhat confused by a photograph and an article in the UK newspaper “Daily Mail” of Tuesday, 14th October.  The British Prime Minister, David Cameron posed for a photograph with a group of local Morris dancers, who had (following centuries old tradition), “blacked up” by smearing their faces with a soot-like substance. Should any readers be unfamiliar with the term “Morris” dancers, it is generally accepted that “Morris” is a derivative of “Moorish”, which was the nationality of a nation of Arab Berbers who swept through NorthernRead More


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This part of my ramble is about naked women!  However, to the relief of my more puritanical readers, and (possibly) to the disappointment of those with raunchy imaginations, there will be no explicit details or images!  I am going to start with Lady Godiva, who is probably the most (if not the only) famous “naked” lady in English history.  Lady Godiva was a “real” person who lived in Mercia (modern “middle England”) in the 11th century.  She is mentioned in the Norman Domesday records of 1067 as being the widowRead More


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Thank-you, Nicos Anastasiades, for the best Bayram present EVER! On 7th October (the last day of the four day Islamic Kurban Bayram – Feast of the Sacrifice), the Greek Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, gave the TRNC president, Derviş Eroğlu, the best Bayram present EVER!  He threw all of his toys out of his pram, and then withdrew himself and the rest of the Greek Cypriot team from the Cyprus ”peace” talks! If President Eroğlu were a Christian, and it was December 25th, he would be able to proclaim “yes, Virginia,Read More


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This part of this week’s ramble is dedicated to “the plastic age”.  The plastics in this case are not the thin rectangular debit and/or credit cards issued by banks, financial institutions or stores that cause instant gratification, leading to (in some cases) ultimate misery.  No, the plastics in question are the plastic shopping bags, water bottles and many other “everyday” objects and items that have made their way into our seas and oceans. It has been reported that there are at least 5 immense “floating islands” of plastic detritus inRead More


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On this beautiful island most people seem to have a firm grip on reality. However, there are at least 64 people who have lost touch with reality! These are the 64 ex Cyprus Turkish Airline (CTA) staff who were, (possibly still are), demonstrating outside the former CTA headquarters building in Lefkoşa! My first question is why there? CTA ceased operations over 4 (FOUR) years ago. To paraphrase the Monty Python parrot sketch, “it is a dead airline; it has gone to meet its maker”! Apparently, when CTA ceased operations, theseRead More


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Two weeks ago I mentioned that Recep Tayyip Erdoĝan, the former Turkish Prime Minister, had been elected to the Presidency of that country.  I implied that with his charismatic and indeed assertive approach to politics he might take a more active role in ensuring that the current “settlement” talks progress beyond the stalemate situation that they are now in! Turkey’s new Prime Minister is Ahmet Davutoğlu, who also visited Kibris recently.  As I love and admire people with a sense of humour, here is a man for whom I haveRead More


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I understand that schoolchildren in the UK are to be taught various talents and skills such as, the “three R’s”, reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmatic!  This is an excellent idea, but way back in history, “when I were a lad”, these subjects formed the basis of every primary/junior school curriculum! Leaving aside the question of what has been taught instead of these educational basics, apparently “fractions” are going to be part of the arithmetical curriculum.  Why?  As Britain has adopted the decimal system (based on 10) rather than the “Imperial” systemRead More


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This week I would like to express my admiration and appreciation to the Egyptian negotiation team that brought about an open-ended ceasefire between the Israelis and Hamas Palestinians living (well, thanks to Israel’s aggressive policies, recently merely existing,) in the Gaza Strip. Politically both sides are claiming victory, but as neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis have either gained or given away any major concession, to my mind neither of these nations have scored a major victory. There are only losers! These, of course, are the thousands of dead PalestiniansRead More


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This week’s ramble is going to be (mainly) about the situation in the Middle East. This is partly inspired by my good friend in England, Chris, who sent me the self-explanatory image below. He was sent it by one of his friends Frank Bailey in New Zealand. Chris says that Frank writes a column of a similar style to my “rambles” for an “analogue” newspaper in New Zealand. I am grateful for this. Things are “hotting up” in this corner of the world, and I don’t just mean the ambientRead More