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It’s sad to see someone who was once respected, blundering around amongst the Hottentots of the European Union, and being sidelined and snubbed, but what could she expect? I’m a European, I like the EU and I can see its virtues, as well as its limitations. Brexit was never going to run and had the EU let it, it would have been the first nail in the coffin of the European Dream, and all the important political and social changes made since the WW2.
A reader of The Balkan News Magazine, recently remarked that the magazine doesn’t seem to have much to say about the Balkans. The BNM is a continuous magazine and added to as time permits, it also reflects the lack of news, or perhaps you may not have noticed? Unlike the EU or America, where things seem to happen in abundance, Balkan news is mainly about long forgotten promises, and a strange 21st century phenomenon called Macro Economics. Often quoted by professional pundits in the Balkans, where an improvement in the Macro-Economic forecast for the region really means that very little is actually happening at all, it remains a good old journalistic standby.
“A Disastrous Brexit but which one is Boris?”
One of the remarkable things about Brexit is the way that expats in the Balkans follow the official British Foreign Office line, and accept willy-nilly the often conflicting statements made to local British Embassy’s, by their masters in London. Although, under orders from Whitehall or Westminster, these embassies are clearly bound to announce these proclamations worldwide.
I see the Pound has fallen again today and is now valued at 1.11 GBP to the Euro. Just about every pundit knows that this is caused by the disastrous Brexit negotiations, and therefore the responsibility of the present Tory government. Tories, always at the helm of a floundering ship, when disaster strikes – read Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher, and now Theresa May – I find it very hard to understand why people continue to support this myopic Prime Minister, and her disastrous policies.
WHO IS THE BETTER MAN?
Much has been said, particularly by Boris himself, that he and the late Sir Winston Spencer Churchill share various personal characteristics, which reflect the aforementioned MPs statesman-like qualities. What frightens me more, is if our erstwhile wartime prime minister had characteristics ‘similar to Boris,’ because, that could easily account for many of the problems from the past, and the future too. But, let’s examine some of these characteristics, and see if they hold true.
In the 1990s, most of Eastern Europe had only recently declared its transition from communism to democracy, although logically this was a load of rot, and the phoney realignment of noted communists into different political parties was rather like a game of musical chairs. People who had been busy toadying up to ex-President Todor Zhivkov a few months earlier, now wanted to be seen as enlightened philosophers, and free thinkers. No longer shackled to the communist party line, there was no end of drivel being spouted by these twerps, both to the ignorant masses – now called the electorate – and to most members of the foreign diplomatic community.
This is the tale of an ordinary man, whose life has been spent in spectacular obscurity. Alfred Prufrock is not a man who chases distinction, nor fame or fortune, but is someone who studies life’s painted canvas, grateful that he is in it at all. Pleased to remember the simple pleasures of life, love on a budget, and cups of tea; how else should we ordinary mortals live our lives? T.S.Eliot remembered a time when London was beset by smog, where even navigating the streets of London was a perilous business, but these days the perils we have to face are far more frightening.
Evros writer releases his newest novel. Published on 1st May 2018, Goddess of The Rainbow is Patrick Brigham’s fifth book to date, and available from Amazon in either a paperback or in Kindle form. Asked by the Balkan News Magazine for a comment, the writer and journalist said –
“Each country is very different, but Greece has its own dignity and a special place in my heart.”
A series of short stories, they all occur in the Greek town of Orestiada. Stories, which simultaneously interlink and become a part of the whole, centre around Iris – the local DHL courier – who in Greek mythology is not onlyGoddess of The Rainbow, but also the Messenger of The Gods, thereby connecting the individual tales of this sixteen chapter book. Patrick Brigham said –
“When the heavens open up and swamp the town of Orestiada with incessant rain, it causes everyone to somehow change. Feelings and reactions, which have long remained dormant within the largely provincial Greek community, come to the surface.”
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