My wife comes from Brittany, and so at least once a year we drive up there, using the opportunity to drive around and see other parts of France. Inevitable, once we hit the A8 on the way back, I'm made aware of the worsening state of driving. One can almost see the teeth becoming more pointed and two little horns appearing on the head as drivers speed up, go through red lights, fail to turn on their light at night. And don't get me started on motor cyclists....... However, I have seen a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Since the belated introduction of radar cameras, the majority of drivers are finally (and I suspect, reluctanly) reducing their speed. In then old days, I was one of those drivers, who having passed the police setting up traps by the side of the road, would flash on-coming drivers of the dangers ahead. Not any more? This is one issue where I'm totally behind the police. If people want to drive like selfish idiots, endangering the life of innocent victims, then they deserve all that's coming to them. Access4, Gate 96, Block 352, Row 28, Seat 11
ok here's a poser for you. An Italian colleague of mine who is frequently in the UK is totally at a loss as to why on earth us Brits often have separate taps for hot and cold water and not a mixer tap as more or less everyone else does. I could offer him no explanation - can't for the life of me think why we do - could it be simply on cost? But shirley two simple taps would be about the same price as one mixer one?
I'm doing a little research into great local wine and food marriages. Do you know of a great combo? I would love to hear from you - and if it is a particularly esoteric dish, could you please include a recipe.While Sauternes is always quoted as being perfect with Roquefort - they are hardly a local pairing. I hope you can help,Many thanks,Ian
I know it's an old fashioned question, but really do you? And if you do, do you also believe that there is a Devil.I saw footage of an exorcism in modern day Tuscany last night. It was really quite confronting. And if there is a Devil wouldn't it be in your interest to first defeat the belief in GOD because, pouf, the belief in the existence of the Devil would go with it and the way would be open for you to do as you wish without anyone putting the finger on you.I know this is so not modern. Not scientific. But right now I think at least we should be thinking about it. I know I am.
Is life just a game? You make one bad move and you take back a step or you take a really bad move and you have to start all over again. You make good decisions and you move forward. You have to obey the rules, and if you break them then you go back. People play, some give up half way through because it's just too difficult, some cheat and some play by all the rules. Is life really just one big game?
Are the attacks in Jordan, history repeating itself? Jordan is a fairly progressive country by middle east standards. There is some religious freedom, etc......the king even met the new pope in rome..... And now the jihadists have split blood in Amman. This reminds of the fall of the Córdoba Caliphate, as more hardcore and intolerant Almoravids (to be followed by the Almohads) forced a collapse due to a civil war. Some comments by the Saudis would makes you think they have finally woken up to the danger they themselves face. How do you think it will end? Lead not follow!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6973605.stm "Communist China has introduced new rules that appear aimed at controlling the selection of the next Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's spiritual head" 1 September 2007 BBC NEWS Surely freedom of religion without the 'input' of the government should be a right all humans deserve. Any thoughts?
The many media are trying to sell us the virtues and beauties of paradise. A bungalow on water in Bora Bora. A week-end in Bali. And so many other fantastic tropical destinations. Even Norway, and Alaska will offer unusual deals for the one who don't feel too cold. The world of dreams is wide open. I am flabbergasted by the many people so gullible as to accept to do anything to get out of their routine. They will believe anything. Is change essential ?... Wanting to travel and to discover new things and ideas is natural. But the world is now so small, and the people so many, what to do ?... Staying home or spending money to look at others ?... There is no paradise on earth. Poverty, cockroaches, local conflicts, spoiled food, corruption, and so many other things, will alter your vision of an artificial dream. Close your eyes, and you might see Paradise. Well, if you concentrate enough !...
I am assuming that as a French resident, EU citizen, paying SS, and all the local, departmental and national taxes that this time round, I will be able to vote in the 2007 presidential elections. If I do not have the right to vote, surely I cannot be expected to pay 100% of the taxes, especially the deductions that are made to fund the political parties. Only seems right and fair. After all, France is a democracy. Vive la République!!
I read in the international press that Dick Cheney is advocating a war against Iran.Have the US gone crazy ?...Is Dick Cheney the modern Doctor Strangelove that will take us all to doom ?...Iran is not Andorra, Monaco or the Caiman Islands, with all the respect I have for these small places. Iran is a very great country.I am really not surprised that more and more EU people are against US policies. The Great Divide has come to life.