Fishy Story


It's a bit quiet out there this morning. The road in from Birchington is almost empty, on account of both the A28 and the Thanet Way being closed by accidents, effectively cutting-off the island from the outside world until cleared. We appear to have escaped the worst of the snow as usual, having warmer sea temperatures on both sides and the further west you go, I hear the worse it is.

I'm trying to get to a meeting at the council offices in Margate today so rather than risk the icy roads; I plan to walk along the seafront, as it's a pleasant if rather brisk day. Neither one of my small dogs is prepared to volunteer for arctic sled work and earlier, the older one arbitrarily decide to turn around and head for home after experiencing the bitter wind chill on the beach at 8am.

Wednesday, was one more exciting day in politics with what appears to have been a failed attempt by Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, to unseat Gordon Brown from his 'Scotsman –like' grip on the premiership. By the end of the day, even young Milliband had issued a statement of support for Gordon, hammering a nail firmly in the coffin of the dynamic duo. Labour, it appears, are still convinced that the country loves Gordon and that he's the man to lead them to victory in the forthcoming election. I wonder how many readers out there would be prepared at this time to risk a fiver at the bookies, betting on a Labour election victory? I rather doubt that taxes and VAT will be going-up until after any change of government though and reportedly, the Labour Party much like the nation, will be bankrupt before that date, as political donations appear to have dried-up outside the big £million size cheques written by plutocratic loyalists like of Lord Sainsbury.

Finally, giving new meaning to the expression, 'Fiscal Prudence', the good news that the Icelandic government has agreed to repay its £billion pound banking liability in fish; setting a new gold-standard in equivalent weight of frozen Cod. The Bank of England, private investors and a number of County Councils have welcomed the gesture of goodwill and reportedly deliveries of the new currency will soon be appearing in specially prepared frozen vaults in banks around the country. With the pound now heading towards parity with the Euro, Chancellor Alasdair Darling is expected to announce Britain's own currency commitment to the new Cod-standard, on account of his predecessor having sold –off most of the country's gold when Labour first came to power.

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