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Things have a dangerous way of escalating out all control. While renewed hostilities between Israel and Gaza continue after the shortest ceasefire in living memory, a Malaysia Passenger Jet was shot down over Ukraine territory occupied by Russian Separatists. Many are calling this the end result of Putin’s annexation of Crimea and the inveigling of Russians in other areas to try to do the same. Only time will tell where this all leads.
One can always tell when the UK Government has missed the chance of calling a General Election – The whole structure of The Administration starts to crumble and falter. So it is with the Coalition Government. Most British Governments never see out their full five-year terms, instead opting to call an Election after four years in the hope of getting re-elected. The big difference with this Government is it is two Parties (Conservative and Liberal Democrat,) that are tied to an agreed full Parliament until May of 2015. The Lib-Dems Leader Nick Clegg now disagrees with the unpopular under-occupancy penalty known as ‘Bedroom Tax’ but he was in support of it, now he is not. Yet, this penalty has caused so much upheaval for many people who have been evicted by private landlords or have had to give up their current home and downsize by force. I have yet to hear Mr. Clegg say sorry. No doubt he will be sorry come May 2015.
Many parts of the UK are now experiencing the hottest summer for some time. How long the heat wave will last is anyone’s guess but as long as it lasts it to be enjoyed. There have been warnings of how to deal with the heat wave (fairly commonsense unless you are British,) and weather warnings of flash floods in some areas caused by thunder and heavy rain. Sounds like a good British Summer to Yours Truly.
Empires rise, Empires fall. News that Microsoft is shedding 18,000 jobs comes as something of a surprise. The job losses are thought to be mainly from its $5 Billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Business Services. While Microsoft will not go the way of the Greek and Roman Empires or fall from grace in the way IBM and other big players of years gone by, it does seem that it now just another big player, rather than thee Player. It does seem that Nokia ‘phones may well end up running the Windows Phone Devices rather than Android program. Either way I don’t think that will be keeping Google awake at night as Android is a fairly standard platform among many mobile phone devices.
Imagine this scenario: You lose your banking job but you managed to get your first, semi-pro camera. What do you do? You go out and photograph people and build up a blog of a kind of photographic census. That is exactly what New Yorker Brandon Stanton did and his Project – HONY – Humans of New York is an unparalleled success. You can read his amazing story right here:-
You can do anything if you turn your mind to it.
It is with great sadness to learn of the death of Actor, James Garner. To many he will be remembered for his role of luckless Private Investigator, Jim Rockford in the TV Series ‘The Rockford Files’. A Role he played between 1974 and 1980. Either side of The Rockford Files, James Garner enjoyed a career as a Hollywood Leading Man in ’36 Hours’, ‘Move Over Darling’, ‘The Americanization of Emily’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Grand Prix’, ‘Hour of the Gun’, ‘Support Your Local Sheriff’ and in later years ‘Victor Victoria’ opposite Julie Andrews, his co-star in The Americanization of Emily. He also enjoyed a TV Career alongside his Hollywood Career, most notably as Brett Maverick – A Role he would return to three more times, latterly opposite Mel Gibson in the Movie ‘Maverick’. He will be sadly missed.
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