The Sterling Countdown

Generally nowadays, I try to catch the national news at least a few times in a week, just to find out whats going on, but I avoid the regional news that precedes it on ITV for good reason. Unfortunately, Wednesday, I collided with it. To be fair, I’ve seen some of the regional news programmes in the US, and fine, they arent a lot better, but seriously, I have no idea where they got the couple that present the evening show in Yorkshire, but in all honesty, they could probably do better by going to any Amateur Drama Group in the county, grab a pair of people, and they’d be better.

Anyway, the article I caught, that lowered my opinion of them even more came on Wednesday. It could have been done decently, the subject being the fact that the pound now goes a lot less distance in Europe than it used to. Nothing to do with raging costs in Europe, and entirely to do with Brexit.

They started out by pointing out that about 5 years ago, you got 1.50 Euro to the pound. Then they mentioned that before the referendum, it was still around 1.40 to the pound. But it was the next line that killed me, they actually said they were shocked that it collapsed to about 1.20 after the referendum result was announced. They then added that they couldnt understand why (despite all going on) that it was now worth nearer 1.10.

They then went on to show a film of a number of people from the region saying much the same thing, and complaining about the fact, and some even said that they were sure it would improve all the way back again when we left Europe (stop laughing), which is as likely as me winning Miss United Kingdom! It might, I suspect, with a decent deal improve again, but to expect 1.50 to the pound again, oh please!

In  truth, the thing that scares me is that people actually believe this, but anyway… Yes, I wish I’d stored some Euros/Dollars away, but ah well…

The video? Well its only just over 3 months away, supposedly, so I guess we’re in this?

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Ode to golf?

Yes, for the next 3 days, Europe, and the US will be ‘at war’, and it will be nothing to do with a certain bewigged idiot, either. I’m sure if he had his way, it would be more like war, but lets just ignore him for now. Yes, its that time again for the Ryder Cup.

This time, its being held in Europe, in France, but sadly, no French player has made the European team. I’m surprised that none of their players was made a non playing vice captain, but hey, that probably makes far too much like sense!

Over the years, the Ryder Cup matches have varied between very friendly events, with just an element of competitiveness, right through to almost outright war, at least as far as the US saw it. Thankfully, given the 2 captains this year, I can see it being fiercely competed for, but no signs of outright aggression to opponents, as there has been in past. I say this, because I saw the opening ceremony (well, most of it) this afternoon, and thats the way it seemed to me at the time. How it plays out tomorrow, when play starts, we will have to wait and see.

Sadly, the only day I will see much of it is Sunday, as I will be working through most of the other 2 days play, but I hope for a close, and exciting contest, held in reasonably good spirit, if not better than that!

I think it will be close, and much though I’d love to see Europe win the title back, my head says the US will win narrowly. But fine, I’d be thrilled to be proved wrong! Bonne chance to all 24 players though, on both teams.

OK, video tonight, 2 for the price of one. Firstly, what could almost be described as a prog rock version of the so called EU anthem, Ode To Joy.

Secondly, the more traditional version, but fine, I know which I think is more fun!

Is there life on…?

So fine, the EU vote didnt go the way I wanted it to, or expected it to, but anyway, regardless, I accept the result of the democratic vote, unlike more than 2 million others, who are demanding another vote, because it wasnt the result they wanted. I know, just over a million, on a vote of over 33 million, but we have to take it, that needs to be faced. I am at least, whatever I think.

Alright, fine, if I actually qualified for an Irish passport, I might have taken my chance by applying for one, just to be able to stay in Europe. Only thing is, last distant point in lineage for that is grandparents, and my last known lineage is great grandparents. Equally, if I was at an early point in my working life, I might look to move over there, and work, but seriously, at 58, its not going to happen. Its been hellishly hard finding work over here, without attempting to find work over there, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Irony, getting a Green card to go to the US is far easier for Irish folk, than British ones, but all the same…

And no, I dont think at this point in my life, moving to a part of Europe that involves learning a whole new language is going to work with me, either! Well, unless someone can offer me a direct neural download to make me fluent in just about any language, and then you have a deal, regardless! Yes, I’d enjoy that FAR too much! 😀

Moving further afield? Well, yes, fine, I’d love to move to North America, but given my age, my talents, and everything else, its not going to happen, unless some crazy soul proposes marriage! No, I cant see that happening either! But yes, if someone wants to take a chance on me (job sponsorship, marriage, or whatever), feel free to offer.

Even further afield? Well, as far as I know, currently, all other planets, and the Moon, are pretty much out for habitation at present. If someone knows otherwise, I’ll go as human, robot, or cyborg, open to all suggestions there. Oh, and if an alien wants me to go even further afield, then feel free to come and get me, ideally in one of these!

CJ and Todd

OK, video. As I said, at present, life on other planets is out of the question, but it didnt stop Bowie mooting the subject. Live version, a bit different to the studio one