politics, and the weather, Yorkshire flags will be flying high again
today. And even though politicians continue to ignore – or even block –
the region’s choices, normal life will go on without much in the way of
protests or demonstrations. The droughts, the floods, the heat and the
cold are just minor annoyances to be endured. The lack of accountability
at the Yorkshire tourism organisation will be handled without
melodrama. And in or out of the EU the average Yorkshire citizen will
just quietly get on with making a living.
today will more likely be celebrated by a pint or a larger portion of
fish and chips than a ticker-tape parade. Them southerners can do all
that sort’a stuff …
will be the 75th anniversary of the start of the battle to free the
occupied European states from German control. The Allied landings on the
Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to
liberate north-west Europe.
invasion, if successful, would drain German resources and block access
to key military sites. Securing a bridgehead in Normandy would allow the
Allies to establish a viable presence in northern Europe. But it was
not easy fight and over the weeks that followed the Battle of Normandy
would incur the deaths of nearly 37,000 ground and over 16,000 air
personnel for the invading forces.
the five invasion beaches the landings at Omaha suffered the most
casualties but none of them could be called, by any stretch of the
imagination, painless. Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were
killed, wounded or went missing during the landings and subsequent push
their tremendous costs in terms of lives and national wealth the
invading Allies did not seek control over the countries they fought for.
Instead they chose to restore these nations’ freedoms and encourage
different it could all have been if the D-Day plans had failed – or if
the USA and the British Commonwealth had opted to simply defend their
homeland borders instead.
Australia and New Zealand fought along side the British throughout World
War One – but they had to endure one of the worst of all the campaigns.
To quote the Imperial War Museum –
all the varied parts of the world where British and Commonwealth forces
were deployed during the First World War, Gallipoli was remembered by
its veterans as one of the worst places to serve.
Gallipoli has become a defining moment in the history of both Australia
and New Zealand, revealing characteristics that both countries have
used to define their soldiers: endurance, determination, initiative and
George’s Day – and this year it comes with a promise that it will be
made into a national holiday. Sadly the promise is subject to the Labour
Party being in government – and is only a promise; not a guaranteed
Labour party also promise to make the other three patron saints’ days
holidays – as part of their land of milk and money which would blossom
if they were in power … But then everyone believes that politicians
never break their promises – don’t they?
However back in the present the Labour opposition are instead promoting even closers ties to the EU. More tied than the toxic Dead Donkey deal of Mrs May.
So we should sell our freedom to Brussels in exchange for an extra day off … bargain!
It is sixty
years ago tomorrow that a four-seater Beechcraft Bonanza crashed at
around 1am in bad weather near Clear Lake, Iowa. All four on-board were
killed. A tragedy but nevertheless an event where reports would normally
be limited to just local news.
But this time the deaths of pilot Roger Peterson with singers Ritchie Valens (17), Jiles Perry “Big Bopper”
Richardson (28) and Buddy Holly (22) made news around the world. Not
least in Australia and the UK where Holly’s popularity was high having
toured both during the year before.
Even so at the time of his death Buddy Holly’s records had only appeared in the UK music charts for just over a year. With Peggy Sue, Listen To Me, Rave On, Early In The Morning and Heartbeat
being the ones that charted before the crash. Despite this brief and
restricted career his music and influences can still be heard today –
some sixty years on.
For many 3-Feb-1959 was not The Day That Music Died but a tragic loss that shaped a new and highly successful era of popular music – Rave On!
It’s six years since the start of this website – so how much as changed?
so much as happened around the world to so many people – and businesses –
since 2012 that we have to restrict things to just that mini-world of
topics that were covered here.
And tellingly many of the issues raised in 2012 have made very little progress and some remain unresolved.
tried and failed to leave the UK. The UK tried to leave the EU but is
still stuck in limbo. While at the more trivial level – road signs are
still in miles and yards; penny coins are still in use despite being
worth even less; DAB radio is still be pushed as the replacement for FM
channels despite missing all its take-up targets and the Daily Express
is still printing wildly inaccurate weather predictions. Even the successful Crossrail project has yet to carry its first paying passenger.
looking at the topics that have reached the top of in-tray during the
past six years it is clear that somethings do change much more quickly
Take retail for example where the six years have seen massive changes and some big names fail. From British Home Stores to Toys R Us from Mothercare to Maplin closures have been changing both the High Street and the retail parks. The stats show just how bad it has been with an estimated 10,000 stores closing since the start of 2013.
it’s not all been bad news. And despite some gloomy prospects on the
political front we still look forward with hope to more rewarding years
of postings. And to making more attempts at sticking a pin in the
elephant of bureaucracy.
For much of the British public professional cycle racing is a foreign sport. And this is largely true when you consider how many races are held in mainland Europe each year and how few in Britain. So it really is remarkable that all the races that make up the European Grand Tour trilogy have been won this year not just by a British athlete but by three different British athletes.
To put these results into some sort of perspective the situation in 2011 was that no British cyclist had ever won a Grand Tour. And Grandad was starting to think that it would never happen. Then everything changed as Team Sky got the funding and talent together for a serious attack despite the challenges faced. Now six of the last seven Tours de France have been won by British riders backed by Team Sky. And this year saw Team Sky win the Tour of Italy for the first time and so set-up the chance to take this unique triple victory in 2018.