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Notes And Queries [Dec. 11th, 2013|09:04 am]
Tony Grist
A second morning of mist and frost. The sheep merge into their background. We were in Paddock Wood yesterday and it was colder there than it was up here on the high ground, which seems entirely the wrong way round. Surely its normal for the valleys to be warmer that the hills?

I liked how they sang and danced at the Mandela Memorial; that's the way to do it! Also how they booed Jacob Zuma- who deserves it. Also how Obama took the opportunity to shake Raul Castro's hand; it was as if he'd been giving thought to Mandiba's way of doing things.

I ordered two books by Colin Wilson from Amazon. I expect many people had the same impulse. I wonder if it's generally the case that an author's sales figures go up immediately after they die. I'd be surprised if it wasn't.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2013-12-11 03:13 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you about the Celebration of Mr. Mandela's life. It's not gloomy and fraught with sadness, it's singing and dancing and smiling. He's released from his pain and - whether you believe in heaven or not - suffering.

You put words to my thoughts. I'm sure our President wasn't setting out to alienate Cuban Americans or insult anyone. He was acting a gentleman, not bringing POLITICS into the mix but honoring the spirit of Mr. Mandela.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-11 06:31 pm (UTC)
Is that what they're saying about Obama and Castro shaking hands- that it insults Cuban-Americans? I didn't know that. I think the feeling in Europe (it's my feeling anyway) is that it's about time the USA and Cuba came to some sort of an understanding.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2013-12-11 06:58 pm (UTC)
oh, yes, it's a *terrible insult* to all those people who have lost friends and family to the Castro regime in some way. It is, after all, still a dictatorship...but in the spirit of Mandela, I think, I liked it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-11 09:25 pm (UTC)
If a Mandela could talk to a De Klerk then an Obama can talk to a Castro...
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2013-12-11 09:32 pm (UTC)
My co worker said "It was classy." Yeah, that was the word I was looking for! And you're right, too.
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2013-12-11 07:18 pm (UTC)
>> it's about time the USA and Cuba came to some sort of an understanding.

And thereby embolden tyrants and bullies everywhere? No, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-11 09:21 pm (UTC)
The USA- the West generally- is happy to embrace tyrants and bullies as bad as Castro- and worse- when it suits its global game plan.

Cuba is changing. This is a not a bad time for the two governments to be talking.
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2013-12-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
That is a caveat, not a counterpoint.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2013-12-11 03:54 pm (UTC)
I also wondered about the fog, and coincidentally, stumbled on this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/24429515
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-11 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Now I know the difference between mist and fog. I'd often wondered.
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