Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gaddafi's speech

Five days ago Col Gaddafi released a speech which was (of course) translated into English.  You can listen to someone reading it here.

If you've never read the Green Book, you should.  If you don't know much about Libya, it's time you learned what he did for his country if it's not already too late.

I knew something was up from the very beginning.  When I heard that the very first thing the "rebels" did (months ago!) was set up a central bank I knew who was behind the whole thing.

God help us all.  God bless the Libyan people!

Now some quotes from the article "West Wants to take Control of Libya's Oil Wealth" ... this is not a revolution.  These are NATO trained gunman, and they are al Qaeda related paramilitaries, mercenaries.
They have very little support within civil society in Libya. . .  The large majority of the population are against the rebellion, and the only thing that sustains the rebellion, are the NATO bombings.  And these are criminal bombings; let's say what they are.

They are in derogation of international law, actions that are criminal in terms of their consequences: the killings of children, the killing of people in their own homes, and this has been well documented.
And what is criminal in this process, is the fact that this war is presented to the media as a humanitarian operation.

Realities are turned upside down.  We are told, that war is peace.  The lie becomes the truth, essentially that is what has happened. . . neo-colonial, re-conquest of not only Libya, but the whole continent of Africa is contemplated.

This implies the militarization of the African Continent with AFRICOM [United States Africa Command].  This is an integral part of the agenda. . . The Libyan Oil Company was a very important state entity, which was there to serve the Libyan people. It was used to finance economic development.  It is slated to be taken over and privatized, handed it over to Total, which is the French Oil company and other Western oil companies.

The full story is at :

I'm a Christian.  I think all this is important.  Don't you?

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Claire is helping me clean my office again; a long-overdue event.   We've run across boxes of photos and cards and assorted papers; most of origin unknown.

So today, just for fun, I'd like to present to you all my two sisters (who, in order to preserve their innocence, shall remain nameless).

Let me start with an early Christmas card for you featuring a photo a set into the outer page. I won't insult you who know us well by asking to guess anything about the card but I just pass it on, as is, for your entertainment.

Inside, my dad has written, "Dear Ruth, Still a month to xmas but thought I'd make an early start.  Don't know what you will be doing, or where you will be, but do have a jolly time.  Much love from us all, Dave & Brenda"

In view of the known birth date of my sister (1965) I'm dating this card as November 1966.

Now, this photo needs no guessing as the saucy expression on her face leaves no doubt: this is indeed my other sister, taking a bath—but staying modest nonetheless.

Also (luckily) there is no need to try and date the photo since it's clearly written on the back "last year" so that must mean 2010, right?  Either that, or we could guess somewhere in the spring of 1953.  (Why don't people use real dates?) :-)

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Friday, August 26, 2011

War crimes and doublespeak

Along with many of my compatriots, I am deeply ashamed of France's warmongering actions toward Libya and all the justification gobbledegook that didn't fool one of us for one single minute.  Of course our government will be soundly rejected next year for such a stand.

We have all known from the very beginning the reasons for their jealous and covetous frenzy of stirring up hate and animosity and it is inconceivable that we have done what we have done to such a people.

They think us dupes, but we are not fooled.  We have never believed them.  We have never been fooled.

Our only hope (which does the poor Libyan people no good now) is that God will judge!  Let your justice be done in your way and in your time O Lord, and let it be seen to be done by all!

They will not prosper.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Seen in England

This picture from Raph, speaks for itself.  We have so much fun with English food and advertisements!

Raph writes, "Seen in England.  Millac : if you say it fast enough it even sounds like milk.  The label says : "Long life skimmed milk with non-milk fat".  So what is it exactly ?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Neve party

At the end of a week on the road seeing the sites of northern France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, we dashed back from our holidays to Lisière, then Caen to catch the night boat over to attend the "Neve-Do" that seems to roll around every ten years now.

More details later, suffice to say a good time was had by all. :-)

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Claire picked up a small picture from a bag on my office floor and said "Who are these two scallywags?"

I thought that would make a good posting to continue my long line of mysteries. :-)

Can anyone venture anything about this photo?  Your one hint is written on the back, which says, "Swindon 1928".

Saturday, August 13, 2011

What I'm reading now

A 2007 book that has only recently come to my attention written by a very likeable and soft-spoken man who comes across and very articulate and sensible: the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus.

He calls it Blue Planet in Green Shackles and, as you may guess, he is scathing in his judgement of the ecologist "green" movement.  Get the book and find out why.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

L'ile aux Moines

A little island off the coast of Perros Guirec.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011


This picture is from yesterday (Plestin les grèves).

We picnicked and spent the day at this beach with a kite, inflatable boat and baseball bat.  You'll be happy to know that the next village, "St Michel en Grève" has nothing to do with archangel labour unions.

This is pink granite country.  As I mentioned when we visited here last year, the only other place you can get pink granite on planet earth is ... in the Seychelles !

Rock pooling at Perros Guirrec

Monday, August 08, 2011

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Château de la Roche-Jagu

Raph and Camille left Saturday taking all the young children of the house (age ten-year-olds: Olivier, Christine, David, Susanne, and Amos) on one of their wonderful exploratory trips in Brittany.

Took bad I'm over the age limit; I'd love to go one day!

Yesterday Raph sent us back this photo of a place called the Château de la Roche-Jagu which Wikipedia tells me is an old castle built overlooking and for the defence of the river Trieux, right near the coast.  It is a medeaval fortree, being finished in 1418 and has been under the protection of the Historic Monuments Commission since 1930.

If you can spot Christine in the foreground near the wall you'll get an idea of scale of that wall!

Saturday, August 06, 2011


Today's entry comes to you from Claire:

Today we decided to go on a day-trip to Saumur and visit the castle and the Cadre Noir.  We heard about it and read a little but we felt it was time to see for ourselves -- since it was only just over an hour away we had no excuse!

At the castle, only the fortress can be visited because they're restoring the inside and will only be finished in a few years.  We went around the ramparts.  We learned that Napoleon saved one of the rooms from destruction by turning it into a prison in 1808.

It turned out that the Cadre Noir are not open to visitors on Saturday afternoons so that put an end to that idea.  But the castle had a one-room display dedicated to horsemanship and training and included a film of them performing.  We'll have to make it another time.

We heard about a film presentation so went down into an underground dungeon which had also been used as a prison and as a storage place for food.  Later on we saw a medieval show of riding and jousting.  This was very interesting and the horses — this being Saumur, after all — were really beautiful!

The house we are staying in

The first of many ancipated pictures of Raph and Camille's trip to Brittany.

They left early this morning so they could be sure to avoid all the holiday traffic that was forecast and Raph later said they'd passed Rennes by nine o'clock so it was clear sailing after that.

Here then is their first picture.  Short and sweet and leaving lots of details to be supplied later on.  It's simply a picture of the house they have rented for the holiday.

Check back tomorrow for more!