The Letter From Home

It was in 1959 that the school arrange a trip to Bembridge in the Isle of Wight. There were forty girls and boys and their teachers. I still have some photographs of that short holiday. Continue reading

You Must Have an Enemy

Whoever you are and whatever you are you must have an enemy. If you are simply living a life sooner or later you will find an enemy or one will be thrust upon you. If you are a nation there will be an enemy and if there is not one your leaders will invent one for you. Continue reading

Greedy Greeks?

German tabloid newspapers have, describing the present debt negotiations between Greece and the European Union, as “Greedy Greeks”. It is a singularly inappropriate epithet for a nation in distress seeking to alleviate its distress, rather than to surfeit on that it does not own. Frequently tabloid newspapers can hit the metaphorical nail squarely on the head, but in this case they simply use convenient alliteration to whip up undeserved contempt for a nation with which theoretically they are in partnership but in truth presently treat as a vassal state. Continue reading

Gaza

One new war takes the world’s focus away from old wars. One new misery makes folk forget old miseries. One new disease makes people forget old diseases. A new sorrow pushes out some of the sadness of old sorrows. Continue reading

Russia in Cyprus

Cyprus has now agreed to allow the Russian Navy to use its ports and is in discussions with the Russian Federation to use Cypriot airports to provide a base for Russian aircraft that are involved in providing humanitarian relief.  Continue reading

Debt – In the Long Run

Yesterday I wrote about the changing role of banks in tax evasion. At one time banks across the world facilitated tax evasion, but are now by the enactment of new laws becoming key players in preventing tax evasion. “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws” Mayer Amschel Rothschild is said to have stated. It may have taken three hundred years but the politicians elected to enact laws, may have now understood that governments must not let bankers either issue or control a nation’s money. Continue reading

Bank Accounts and Tax

Anyone who has tried in recent years to open a bank account has found that it takes about a month; ten years ago you could open a bank account in a week. Twenty years ago the process took half an hour. Today in the developed nations people need bank accounts far more than they did twenty years ago. The vast majority of payments are not made in cash but by bank transfer or credit card transactions. The reasons for this simple operation taking so long is modern days is given as the need to prevent money laundering. The reason given is not the whole truth. Continue reading

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