Monthly Archives: July 2019

Mad, bad, or just dangerous to know?

GrieveThe question arises as to how to categorise the MPs who are determined to try to block a “no deal” Brexit.

Strictly speaking, of course, it is not a “no deal” Brexit at all, because both the UK and the EU are bound by the deal of the World Trade Organisation treaty terms, and in any event, both the UK and the EU are committed to the notion that all sorts of things, such as the free passage of aircraft, are agreed even if there is no comprehensive withdrawal agreement.

But moving on from that terminological inexactitude (we will live with it for the moment):

Mad?

We don’t mean “mad” quite in the mental health sense. We mean just really, really stupid.

The car analogy has been made before. Telling the EU that under no circumstances will the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal deal is not dissimilar to walking into a second-hand Mercedes dealer and saying “I will not leave this forecourt without having bought one of your cars”. In those circumstances, the price of a second-hand Mercedes (and the EU is very much second-hand goods) goes up quite a bit. Or, put another way, committing that there will never be a “no deal” is tantamount to putting oneself over a barrel and asking the Germans to give one a very thorough Continue reading

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Soaking rich

bathYou would need to be seriously, seriously rich to want to spend $49,157 for a bath.

It does not even come with taps. They are Continue reading

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Invention

LighthouseSIt is a delight to see my godson Ollie Lockhart doing such brilliant and amusing things at The Lighthouse Stroud.

Good for him.

Get yourself armed with a cup of coffee, settle back and click the “doing” above.

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Nose job

noseMy daughter Annabel Fenwick Elliott has been let loose at the London Telegraph to write about all sorts of other stuff apart from travel (her main subject).

An article of hers just published is about her nose job.  As usual, a really good read.

Curious, I decided to read the comments. Sometimes, readers’ comments can be viciously unpleasant. But this time, I rather agree with the general drift: she looked Continue reading

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