Evidence of climate change and recent warmer summers had led me to believe that weather might have improved in Germany. I hoped that the days would be over of claiming that summer was evident, because the rain was warmer. The few years of pleasant weather seemed to have fooled us.
This year, the North Atlantic Oscillation is working as it always has, sending Icelandic lows raging across Central Europe, while letting the benign Azores highs provide sunshine in the south. Restaurants and bars that had invested in outdoor seating are taking a bath; outdoor festivals are sorrowfully drowned. Lightning strikes have spoiled many a concert, as well as the lives of not a few.
Some are claiming that El Nino is as fault, despite being in the far off Pacific. Just as winter clothing brands and skiing resorts have suffered for a few years, hotels and beer gardens are out of hoped-for seasonal business. Sales of summer clothing started early, but are finding few takers. One can only hope that July and August, when days have already begun to be shorter will provide a glimmer of hope and sunshine.
Rarely—if ever—has the political news been so entertaining.
Of course, one does not know whether to laugh or cry.
Time will tell…
Anyone that has been paying attention know that I do not share the high opinion of the English/England that they have of themselves. I resent the arrogance, because there is little than justifies such a trait. The glorious past, when they were able to plunder the world is long gone. Living on memories to prove worth doesn’t hold up to anyone with a clear grasp of the obvious.
Recent news has shown the turmoil is what likes to be called the “United” Kingdom. It is only on paper, not in the hearts and minds of the citizens. Division are as rife as they are in the “United” States.
After the headlines and tumbling of financial indicators, England suffered the biggest blow to its self-regard: they lost a soccer/football match. But, this was not just any match, this was in one of the final rounds of the European Championship and they lost resoundingly to Island. Island?! A country of 300,000 people, but able to put together a team of 23 players good enough to beat Holland in the qualifying rounds and to beat England, the land with the richest football association, the highest paid coach, and the most-famous professional league. It is not without a bit of schadenfreude that I pass along this news of the worst humiliation in the history of English football.
I am happy for the underdog, who suffers in darkness for half the year and must play on indoor fields. This country has no professional league: there is only one city. The coach is a dentist. None of the players are known on the international stage...until now. Big salaries and big egos a team do not make.
The feeling of many of the disappointed—angry even—fans is best displayed by humour. The following is from the Daily Mail. I like best the one about how Island chose its team.
Now, the English team goes home in disgrace…or into hiding. The Island team faces France for a place in the semi-final.
If you ever run into the company named G4S, run and hide. This is a “security” company that makes millions, maybe even billions, but is associated with disasters waiting to happen. I first heard of them as the company responsible for security at the London Olympic Games. Despite paying this company millions, the government had to bring the military to ensure safety of visitors and participants.
Once again, profit trumps reliability.
TRUMP’S BID TO BECOME BORN-AGAIN FAILS AS JESUS TURNS DOWN FRIEND REQUEST
By Andy Borowitz
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.
Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.
In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.”
The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.
Privately, campaign staffers fretted that the candidate would pen a disparaging tweet about Jesus, which might alienate evangelical voters in key battleground states.
But, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump made no reference to Jesus, and instead touted endorsements he had received from Gary Busey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Joe (the Plumber) Wurzelbacher.
The former leader of the Disunited Kingdom, David Cameron, must be feeling smug. The results of his decisions have guaranteed him a lasting place in history. His name will always come up when people talk about the history of his country/countries. After all, he will be remembered as the man that destroyed the “United” Kingdom and/or Not-So-Great Britain.
I wonder if a company that makes statues has started to work…
Nothing will change overnight, but things are gonna change. As I wrote yesterday, some will suffer and some will benefit. Sadly, many undeserving people will suffer. Paradoxically, many that voted to leave the EU will suffer them most from no longer being in the EU. Just goes to show you (again) that people often vote against their own best interest…because they are too stupid to learn or believe the facts.
Sadly, this could be the ultimate case of the sins of the fathers being visited upon the sons (and daughters). I’m talking about the recent vote in the Disunited Kingdom to leave the European Disunion. It seems that almost 80% of of younger voters want to remain, while the old folks tipped the balance towards leaving. The winners will not live long enough to experience the woes they will have caused for their descendants, but they surely do not care. They yearn for a time that will never return and, if it did, they would not be around to enjoy.
BRITISH LOSE RIGHT TO CLAIM THAT AMERICANS ARE DUMBER
By Andy Borowitz , 10:37 A.M.
LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—Across the United Kingdom on Friday, Britons mourned their long-cherished right to claim that Americans were significantly dumber than they are.
Luxuriating in the superiority of their intellect over Americans’ has long been a favorite pastime in Britain, surpassing in popularity such games as cricket, darts, and snooker.
But, according to Alistair Dorrinson, a pub owner in North London, British voters have done irreparable damage to the “most enjoyable sport this nation has ever known: namely, treating Americans like idiots.”
“When our countrymen cast their votes yesterday, they didn’t realize they were destroying the most precious leisure activity this nation has ever known,” he said. “Wankers.”
In the face of this startling display of national idiocy, Dorrinson still mustered some of the resilience for which the British people are known. “This is a dark day,” he said. “But I hold out hope that, come November, Americans could become dumber than us once more.”
If you follow the news, you might believe that the world fell apart last night. Well, for some.
The main conclusion is that Europe will be different. The “United” Kingdom will be different. It might even fall apart, as Scotland will now vote on leaving and the two Irelands (one part of the EU; the other belonging to rich members of the English/protestant aristocracy) are considering joining up together. Young people wanted to remain and now will have to live with the mess created by older baby boomers and ignorant racists.
As with any major upheaval, some people will make a lot of money and many people will lose out. Some will benefit; others will suffer. It is interesting to note that the guy that led the Leave campaign and wants to be prime minister is now saying that there is no hurry to leave.
Of course, Fox News again proved how competent they are by announcing that the UK had voted to leave the United Nations. I guess that they do not what either is or understand the difference. Like with most things they talk about. Unfair and Unbalanced.
CASH-STRAPPED TRUMP CAMPAIGN AUCTIONS CHRIS CHRISTIE ON EBAY
By Andy Borowitz
NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In what some are calling a sign of its desperation to raise cash, the Presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump is auctioning off New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the popular e-commerce site eBay, campaign officials have confirmed.
Christie, who is described on the site as being in lightly used but good condition, is believed to be the first sitting governor to ever be auctioned on the Internet.
According to the description of Christie on eBay, the governor can perform a full range of escort duties and has “extensive experience in chauffeuring, door-opening, umbrella-holding, reflexive clapping, and soothing end-of-the-day foot massages.”
Speaking at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the presumptive Republican nominee said that he was still considering financing his general-election campaign himself, but he added, “First I wanted to see what I could get for Chris.”
When asked about his latest service to the Trump campaign, Christie told a reporter, “Get away from me. Just get away or I’ll hurt you.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.