Who Won the Week (28 November 2021)

Prompt image for the Fandango's Who Won The Week prompt

In response to Fandango’s Who Won the Week posts, I have been looking at my own newsfeeds.

I wanted to highlight this week an ongoing story in the UK. If you are in Europe, you’ll undoubtedly know about it, but I doubt anyone further afield will be aware. But we all have our own concerns about immigration.

Migrants into the UK generally have to cross the English Channel first, and my story tonight was sparked by an event which was huge in its own right, a tragedy which saw a dinghy capsize, drowning all 27 migrants on board.

To an extent, the UK’s response to the tragedy was reasonable. They recognise that the French need to mplay a big part, because all these boats trying to cross the Channel are being launched from France.

I can maybe even understand that the UK is so concerned, it might throw possible solutions into the ring. Can we do this, can you do that, can we both do something else, even, to try to dilute the problem? But there’s a limit to how far you can go with this, because nobody wants to feel like they’re being pushed around.

But our PM, Boris Johnson, took it a step further.

He sent a letter to the French. It contained all of these things. But then, he made his letter open. Not only was the release timed to coincide with the evening news here, but he also released it to Twitter.

Now, someone using Twitter as a mouthpiece to spout forth their view of the world. Who does that sound like?

Not at all surprisingly, the French are pissed. Given that their response was to pull out of talks which had been scheduled the very next day, the UK shot itself in the foot. That’s not how you do diplomacy. Not if you want to achieve results.

I just thought that this parallel with Trump was uncanny. He took an already-low bar, made it lower, and now, the UK government wants to emulate him! We should be demanding higher standards from public servants, not lower.

I bet the rest of Europe must be sighing with relief that we are gone!

Sunday Stroll

Walked in the other direction today. Followed the course of the river, but stuck to the lane two fields away.

It started bright, by the time I got out the clouds were forming, as you can see, and now (about 3 hours later) it is completely overcast. We even have rain forecast within the hour.

Life through the Lens (28 November 2021)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

Cancale, in Brittany, in mid-July. Cancale is just 10km or so along the coast from Saint Malo. I used to go across on the ferry to Saint Malo, with my bicycle. We arrived around 8 AM and this was a wonderful place to enjoy petit-dejourner.


Photo of Cancale in Brittany, showing the tide out on an idyllic summer's day.

The Sunday Groan

I once met a tree,
Who was nursing a sore throat.
Was a hoarse chestnut.

Making you groan… any day of the week!

The Headache

Clipart image of a crane lifting a container on/off a ship, at a port.

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 28 November 2021, spot.

Once my uncle worked down at the docks,
Loading ship, as the crane slipped a box,
When he spotted the crate,
It was, sadly, too late,
And the only things found were his socks.

Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

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