Friday 31 August 2012
NEWS FOR YOU AND ME TODAY.
We have to learn new names today. Boris Berezovsky – a Russian Oligarch has lost his legal case. He was suing his countryman. Abromavich, owner of Chelsea Football Club and another Oligarch, through the courts in London for £3billion. He claimed this as recompense for “blackmail” and for being done out of money from some oil deals in Russia. Anyway he lost his case we heard this morning.
Also on TV we saw a clip of Neil Armstrong being made a freeman of Langolm, a town in the Scottish Borders in the 1970s. It appears that his ancestors came from this town, and they are very proud of this fact in Langholm. Armstrong’s funeral is to be held this week in America. He is considered to have been a very great man throughout the whole world for being the first to have landed on the moon. Space travel has never been as adventurous or as mind-blowing since that great event in the seventies. Apparently Mars is the only other planet on which a man might walk, and the United States have recently landed a nuclear-powered vehicle weighing one tonne on that planet.
The Paralympics are ongoing and amazing feats of skill and endurance are being achieved every day. It is such an inspiring triumph! The history of Sport for people with physical handicaps dates back to the great medical work of Dr Ludwig Guttman at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He encouraged sport to rehabilitate his patients and started the first “Stoke Mandeville Games” - forerunner of the present-day Paralympics, another wonderful achievement.
Mari and Jerry got here on time on Wednesday 29th August only their luggage did not arrive with them. Luckily luggage arrived on Thursday, so that was not so bad for them. You won’t believe this but Jerry has an app on his iplayer which gives him great glee. He tells you he has taken a photo of you, and when you look an orangutan looks back at you, speaks and repeats what you say ad infinitum. Is he a school-boy or what? At first I thought I ‘God I look a fright today!” Much to his amusement. I think he also has an app that is a cat that talks. God Almighty!
Hilarity this morning when a package arrived from Thompson & Morgan. I had ordered this from the Radio Times advertisement. It was twenty-four plantlets of viola which I thought would make good ground-cover for Gerald’s border. He is always complaining about all the weeding he has to do. Well, Jerry insisted that they were marijuana plants. They were NOT! We were scared of what Gerald would say when he saw the package. He loves to shout abuse at me about any minor infringement of his authority. So-----after about 4 minutes the plants became his. His business entirely. He managed to enlist the help of the ever good-natured Mari, and within quarter of an hour, the plants were re-potted and sitting in the garage window. They look amazing!
We go to Skye tomorrow, and so the men are poring over a map of the famous island. Let’s hope it is not pouring with rain for our one day visit. Keep smiling! More news in due course!