Terrorism

Here in the UK we are in the throes of a general election. The last one we had was June 2017.

At round about that time there were some terrible terrorist incodents. One was at a music concert in Manchester. There was another in London, on London Bridge. These attacks, and others, caused loss of life, horrific injuries and were utterly deplorable.

Well, sadly, it has happened again, yesterday (Friday) at lunch time on London Bridge again. Two people were killed and their attacker, who appeared to have a suicide bomb vest (it later turned out to be fake) was shot dead.

You can read about it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50594810

Now, this saddens me greatly, not just because terrorism is a terrible thing but also because I have a great affection for London Bridge and the area. I travelled through it twice a day to and from work for very many years. I always loved getting the bus over the bridge, seeing the river, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

It’s a very historic area. There is Southwark Cathedral, the Clink jail, the Borough market, now a bit of a tourist trap, some old coaching inns… There are also many fine restaurants and wine bars, and it is very busy at all times.

The actual station has undergone massive refurbishment recently. Traveling through became a real pain as workscontinued, but it looks sensational now.

The terrorists have motives I do not understand. They want to interrupt our way of life, our democracy. The best thing Londoners can do is carry on, but be aware.

No news

You may think it is odd that I am not writing about Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, UK elections, impeachment, USA elections or indeed any of that nonsense.

And there is a reason. It’s nonsense.

Yes, here in the UK it is barely days until we find out who the new Prime Minister is going to be. Will any party get an overall majority? Can anyone govern this country?

My friends ask, what will change next year? Nothing. Will Brexit actually happen? Who knows, possibly not. Who will stand against Mr Trump in the USA? Does not make any difference, he is bound to win.

It’s all very grim and depressing. As Christmas approaches, and the election looms, I know so many people are depressed about all this business. That’s what comes when you have politicians who lie whenever they open their mouths.

Was it always like this? Well, yes, except social media and wall-to-wall tv news mean it is on all the time with fifty people giving their opinions on nothing.

The prince’s trust

I have deliberately stopped writing about politics and news, because it is too depressing, but I wanted to say a few words about the interview with Prince Andrew on BBC last Saturday.

Andrew is the Queen’s second son and third child, and has been involved with convicted and now dead financier Jeffrey Epstein. The interview was to clear the air about the various sexual and other allegations against the partying prince, set the record straight etc I assume.

But this article from GQ magazine says virtually all of it in a much better way than I possibly could, and I commend it for your attention.

https://www-gq–magazine-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.gq-magazine.co.uk/politics/article/prince-andrew-jeffrey-epstein?amp

There are, however, a couple of other things I would say.

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Spam

I run a website for a teddy bear. No really… It used to do quite well, less so now.

Associated with the site is an e-mail address. The teddy bear has, in recent weeks, started getting an awful lot of spam.

One appears a lot. It is a request to invest in a film being made about Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Epstein also managed Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and the Pacemkers and others. He shaped much of the Merseybeat music scene.

Epstein had his issues, but there is no doubt he made The Beatles. At the time, the contracts he negotiated with record companies etc seemed OK. Looking back, it is clear Epstein lost a lot of opportunities (merchandising for one) but then, who knew?

Anyway, I haven’t invested in the film for several reasons:

  • the mail is addressed to the bear so I should not read it anyway
  • bear has no money
  • I have little money
  • there have already been great books and at least one good tv documentary about Mr Epstein, and I am sure others are not needed. They will probably say ‘based on a true story’ and mangle the facts anyway

It’s amazing to think that Brian Epstein died aged just 32 in 1967. His death, from a drug overdose, has been well documented as to the events but there have always been questions about exactly why it happened.