Well... It would have been nice if I could have started-off the first blog on my brand-spanking new personal website, with something a little more cheerful. But there's not much else to talk about, these days...
Hopefully, I will be proven totally wrong and we can all get back to "normal" before too long?!
In the meantime, I have enabled "Guest Posting," just in case anyone wants to make a comment. (Just check-out the "Guidelines" link in the main navigation bar, on a laptop - or that
Meimei was my dearly loved 14 year-old Siberian Husky in the Philippines.
She passed-away peacefully the other day. I can't complain at that as she was well-loved and well looked after by my two youngest daughters. She enjoyed life. She was a real surviver and she lived to a ripe old age.
My only regret is that due to these ridiculous and largely useless travel bans, I was not able to be with her even once during the last 15 months of her life. 'Just one more of the billions of Covid-1
Cover image: NOW AND THEN: The Seaman’s Union on Ruperra Street, Newport - used with the very kind permission of the South Wales Argus
Before you shoot me, please note the quotation marks!
So who did say that?
During a recent email rant with a friend of mine, over not being able to get off a ship in the UAE, having already spent four weeks in quarantine - and despite the fact that Emirates are providing a limited number of repatriation flights to the UK - I mentioned to him
The cover photo shows the Perfect Strangers Band, with Bhebot on lead guitar at the Amazonia Bar in Ermita, Manila - some time in August, 2005
Here's the lyrics to the Led Zeppelin song, the title of which I stole for my blog!
Ramble On - from Led Zep II
Led Zeppelin - Ramble On Lyrics
Courtesy of azlyrics.com
I have finally had enough of the Financial Times and have now cancelled my subscription.
When asked for my feedback, this is what I gave them:
I could have added that in the good old days, the ft was a highly respected "paper of record."
Nowadays, I have better things to spend my money on.
And more power to Lord Sumption !!
Here's someone talking some sense, for once, in this crisis:
You don't need to take my word for it. This is from a former Supreme Court Judge in the UK:
For the record, I do not consider Lord Sumption's comments extreme in the least. I would place his views firmly in the middle ground when it comes to the great lock-down debate.
Well worth a read
International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) - report from a webinar with Anders Tegnell:
And well-worth watching
Johan Giesecke's LockdownTV video conference interview for The Post, at Unherd.com: