Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 1st


well it is that day again, and that clever April Fool's almost 60 years ago, was remembered on the radio this morning.  First fake news? not so long ago of course, spaghetti was not really known in Britain, and as for olive oil you had to buy it from the chemist according to Elizabeth David.  A couple more  'spoof' stories also came through my email, one on underground tunnels under Stonehenge.
But of course the news all this week has been Britain withdrawing from Europe.  Theresa May even made a pretty good speech of it, and the letter handing in our resignation.  We will see what we will see ;) Two years of argument of course, the first already looming on the horizon - What is going to happen to Gibraltar? that little piece of rock we own,  unfortunately attached to Spain.  Figures are bandied about, will we pay 50 billions euros/pounds to Europe, we seem definitely to be taking some European dictats/laws with us, but what is this about the government finding some old Elizabethan law which gives them the power to take decisions without the will of the people/parliament.
There was an interesting book reviewed this morning on the radio - The Three Sisters, The three Queens by Phillipa Gregory which should be worth getting.

Another April 1st by the National Trust - 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/news/second-chalk-figure-discovered-near-uffington-white-horse?campid=Social_Central_Twitter_Conservation_D











6 comments:

  1. I treated myself to that book recently and it is on the top of my pile of books to read - all the more relevant since the mobile library is facing extinction!

    For me, I think the spoof 2nd figure near the Uffington White Horse would have had more relevance had it been a Goose (Pictish symbol - on holiday!!)

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    1. Yes you are right, it reminded me of the Celtic Roquepetuse shrine in France with its goose. Sad about the mobile library, all the libraries round here are using volunteers to keep the libraries open.

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  2. I can see the complexities in this issue but am sorry to see the breakup.

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    1. Think many of us are Tabor, it was practically a half and half vote, but now we have to view it as an adventure into the unknown!

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  3. Do you think we will all be very tired of hearing about Brexit before long?

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    1. Yes Pat, especially as we were never kept up to date with what was happening in Europe, now we see Donald Tusk always in miserable mode. But as you know, switch on the radio and it is either Trump or Brexit, given that there is other news in the world why can't we be kept up to date with it?

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