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Steve Bell cartoon on Trump
Photo: Steve Bell / The Guardian

Sometimes, the fire at Notre Dame seems to fade into insignificance.

In the USA, the sheer tumult of the Trump era, the unceasing torrent of events that were unthinkable even hours before, has left a nation constantly off balance, unable to find its bearing and grasp how far it has traveled.

On Monday, an entirely peaceful protest was driven out of a city square in front of the White House with teargas, baton charges and mounted police, so Trump could pose in front of a church with a Bible.

Perhaps, some heroes may be needed.

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Boris Johnson is expecting another child

Boris Johnson

The mother of the child will be Boris Johnson’s current girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. He’s planning to marry her.

Reports that Boris Johnson opened a condom, put it on his head and then complained that it didn’t work properly, are unconfirmed.

However it is confirmed that Boris Johnson, when Mayor of London, once said “Nick Clegg is there to perform a very important ceremonial function as David Cameron’s kind-of lapdog come prophylactic protection device for all the difficult things that David Cameron has to do that cheese off the rest.”

Get her pregnant, marry, divorce, seems to be Boris Johnson’s way. Well he seems to have done the first bit with this girlfriend.

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Boris Johnson loses his chancellor

Johnson and new chancellor
Photo: Reuters
Boris Johnson with his new chancellor, ‘golden boy’ Rishi Sunak, who must prove he is not a glove puppet.

That the ex-chencellor Sajid Javid made a large donation on behalf of the British Government to help restore Notre Dame is completely unproven.

That Boris Johnson wanted to sack all his advisors is a fact.

We are in a strange world where Britain is becoming extremely right-wing.

Still, there is always comedy, right?

Isn’t there?

The new chancellor Rishi Sunak married, in 2009, Akshata Murthy, the daughter of an Indian billionaire and co-founder of Infosys.

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To remember the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust

Photo: Getty Images

This is not about Notre Dame but it is to remember all the millions of people who died in the 2nd World War because of their beliefs.

Now I’m not a traditional believer, as a scientist I think their are lots of problems with the belief in any God, but I believe you should respect the belief of others, provided their belief is not violent.

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Sympathy for Australia

Australian bush fire

A fire took hold of Notre Dame in April last year and it left an immense mess but nobody was killed. Right now in Australia bush fires are burning the country. Some people are dying and tens of thousands of people are displaced.

Climate change is happening, and happening right now.

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Welcome to the 20s from this Notre Dame site

New Year at Notre Dame

Some people know the 1920s as the roaring twenties but for many people the 1920s were years of little money and depression. So what will the 2020s bring?

I don’t know of course, but as long as it’s not as bad as 2019 when, in April, a massive fire almost destroyed Notre Dame and later Boris Johnson was made UK Prime Minister, it might be better.

But of course as climate change takes hold, it might be worse.

And if you listen to this post on a Google Speaker, it may include something else.

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Happy Hew Year everybody.

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Boris Johnson has a hard time in a Sunday interview

Johnson on Sophy Ridge show

Boris Johnson was being interviewed by Sophy Ridge this Sunday. He was doing okay until one question.

A month ago, Sophy had asked Boris Johnson to name the naughtiest thing he had ever done. Now she was going to get an answer. Although Johnson didn’t mention Notre Dame he had once cycled on a pavement.

“Cycling on a pavement?” a startled Ridge repeated. Did the prime minister really think that was a more serious offence than conspiring to get a journalist beaten up? Or getting Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe a longer sentence in an Iranian jail? Or being sacked for making up stories as a journalist?

Johnson just blinked.

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