Thank you so much for your words of condolence. I appreciate every single kind comment that you took the trouble to make. I was just told this morning that the Chief Coroner has released my dad's body and we can now go ahead with his funeral arrangements. We will give him the send off he deserves on 12th November.
Germany was everything I remembered it to be: good beer, friendly people, and efficiency in extremis. The only truly remarkable thing was the sheer number of non-Germans I saw and heard. It was almost like being in the UK......
Yesterday, scudding my way across a lovely landscape on the train was mostly a pleasant experience. Decent scoff in the restaurant car and good, cold beer. Then, just 50 km's from Munich it all goes pear-shaped. Wrong kind of tree fell on the line and we stopped at a station we were supposed to whizz through, this train being the intercity express. Within five minutes, seven coaches arrived to take us all to Fleising where we could catch a train to Munich. I missed my connection to Stuttgart but in the event I only had to wait 18 minutes for another service. I got to the airport in good time and my travel was not too badly interrupted. So, all's well that ends well.
Until I see the news this morning, that is. I picked two stories to look at and in that great newsy tradition, we end on a silly.
WTF is wrong with this government?
The Border Agency, those much
"Such a move would raise concerns because of the immigration system's appalling data security record.
In 2006 it emerged more than 450,000 asylum records had been found dumped in drawers and left in corridors. The backlog was finally cleared only this year.
Full story here
The EU game continues, I see.
"Tory Euro rebels humiliate Cameron"
Runs the headline.
Further reading reveals that not enough damage was done to Cameron and the twonk is still hell bent on donating vast sums of taxpayer cash to the numpties in Brussels. On the upside, it looks like some (Tory) MPs decided to go with public opinion and will no doubt pay the price for their betrayal...
Full story here
A human interest story. Well, perhaps not, as it involves a hedgehog. Read the story. Marvel that so many resources were expended on little Crispin, then think about how poorly these agencies respond when it is a human being in difficulty. I am sure you can think of your own examples.
It is here
And, just so you know how important that news is compared to some really heavy shit going on just now, look where it features on the "most widely read" list:
Mind you, it's mostly shite anyway.
The mind, it boggles, does it not?
Oh, I did see a story on those greedy Westminster fuckers but I lost the link. Apparently they are allowed to claim £160 per week for food. I think a state pensions is half that amount. I am so very, very pleased that we are all in this together.
We really are fucked, aren't we?