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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

 
 
Apologies for being pants.
 
I am however trying to save the world - hence red pants - and I will continue to try, God willing...
 
... and post something more complete and inspired.
 
There has been a lot going on... those of you who talk to me know.
 
When I have digested all these things I might be able to make sense of them
 
til then
 
you've got the pants
 
 
1:52 pm

Saturday, May 27, 2006

17 days later - and the world has changed

 

Oh my goodness you know some days I’d kill for a cod piece – now there was an intelligent piece of male attire.

All that room for the family jewels, nice and airy, not like today’s pants, cramping everything in, making life uncomfortable.

 

Just driven to Scotland, crossed the border, and it was instantly grey and raining, yup I said I’m in Scotland for sure, no wonder they brew the whiskey – you need it up there – can’t say I did any looting and pillaging though.

 

Actually it’s all terribly sad, for this week I have lost a dear friend and colleague, - a surrogate Granddad I guess, and almost namesake Karl.

 

 

Karl died suddenly en route to Glasgow on the train – and today I drove my Parents to Lockerby – sadly notorious as the crash site of PAN AM Flight PA 103 in 1988 – to collect his personal effects.

 

The last couple of weeks have been hectic – hence my lack of dairy entry here – those of you – which I guess is all of you – who know my stumble upon blog will see that I have been busy enough there – then again that is an expression of my interests – mostly diversionary ones.  It is pretty difficult having to break the sad news of some ones unexpected death time and again internationally over the phone.

 

Before Karl left The Burrells for Glasgow – the last brief journey for the dear, cosmopolitan gentlemen and international traveller – we visited my Dad in hospital.

Dad – now home after a five days in the care of Carlisle Hospital trust – had and is recovering, well thank God, from Pancreatitus - in his case of indeterminable cause; all I can say is don’t go there – its really painful.

 

Angela and Paul celebrated their wedding anniversary taking a trip to Spain followed by a wedding in Portugal too – typically my Dad falls ill a couple of days before they were due to fly – but sensibly I think they took their holiday break – little Paul/a is doing well by all accounts.

 

The good news personally on a purely Charles related front is that of course I have been able to talk to some dear friends – and they know who they are – especially you – *points*

 

Any way *points* - as you wish – this is a new blog entry.

3:28 pm

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Cooking with Gas

 

aashika

thats cos you are a silly

charles:

I am a big silly

 

I guess that's part of my charm too

aashika

it really is

charles:

oh my supper has made feel that way = reflective

aashika:

what are you reflecting on?

charles:

my sillyness

 

life

 

meaning of life

aashika

any conclusions?

charles:

pie is stodgy and pulls energy from your head to digest it

aashika

lol so nothing about your silliness, life or the meaning of life?

charles:

pie is a good place start

 

home, baking, flour, earthy that

aashika

okies, I was hopin to gain some insight into the mind of Charles.....instead I get pie

charles:

well pie is central

 

insight mmm

 

I like the notion the universe is cyclical

 

that this is just one of interminate series of big bangs and big crunches

aashika

that’s what you were just thinking?

charles:

well I've been thinking that for some time

 

but the idea is back in favour with cosmologists again

aashika

hehehe, you are surprising

charles:

I have hidden and unplumbed depths

aashika

I can imagine

charles:

I guess I'm thinking on various levels all the time, and choosing which menu to go with at any given time

aashika

so tell me more

charles:

so I alternate between the silly and the deep easily

 

some find that confusing

 

to be honest I find it confusing at times

 

O_O where did that idea come from

 

I think in circles linking things together

aashika

I think its wonderful

charles:

thanks

aashika

its different to how I think

 

I couldn’t even describe how I think

 

not how you described the way you think

charles:

well I even think about how I think

 

that's how much I think about things...

aashika

thinking is bad for you, mostly

charles:

it is but I can't stop myslef...

aashika

i know, im the same

 

I drive myself nuts with too much thinking

charles:

mmm me too - cashew nuts

 

but mainly pistachio's

 

can't get enough of them nuts

aashika

I think thinkin is more productive for you than it is for me

charles:

pfft, I'm just a good salesman

 

plenty of spin

 

good presentational skills

aashika

so the truth is?

charles:

I'm charming?

 

I tell a good story...

 

its hereditary

 

we are story tellers in these parts

aashika

and the truth under the story?

charles:

the story is the truth

 

but the prose just sounds pleasing to the ear

 

well that's the thing give two people the same ingredients and a cooker

 

one makes a tasty dish - the other a dogs dinner

 

the essentials were the same...

 

it was in the cooking

aashika

I like how you put that

charles:

thanks

 

9:56 am

Friday, May 5, 2006

Fortress Building

 

A little while back while chatting with my Croatian friend Anna we strayed onto the Iraq war and the reasons behind the American actions

During the course of our conversation I struck by the fortress mentality of the US forces in Iraq, it resonated with me – reminding me of the Calvary holed up in forts as in the ‘old west’ against the hostile natives.

 

Further I characterised this as a long term strategy – to have a permanent US presence in the middle-east, and at the same time - as a by the by - creating cash for the people who know the right people and a generation of battle hardened veterans.

 

Machiavellian perhaps – but the US policy of retreat as in Lebanon, did not discourage Islamic militancy; in fact it had emboldened it, resulting in 911.  An unstable Iraq creates bad headlines, but stability in Iraq in the short term isn’t what this endeavour is primarily about IMHO, and a couple of new stories just reinforce this.

In the chaos of Iraq, one project is on target:

Fort Iraqi - Baghdad!!

Building work at the 104-acre complex , a giant US embassy - known locally as 'George W's palace', is supposed to be secret, but it is impossible to disguise the cranes dominating the Baghdad skyline.
The heavily guarded 42-hectare (104-acre) site -- which will have a 15ft thick perimeter wall - the diplomatic outpost will be visible from space and cover an area that is larger than the Vatican city

This mega-complex more than anything underlines the idea that presented itself to me, - incidentally before I learned of the 15ft thick walls that surrounded this self contained town – of a fort building complex, of hunkering down for the long term.

 

I also characterised the British Army as having a cultural advantage; of course the legacy of empire remains, but more importantly the conflict in Northern Ireland between organised crime masquerading as an insurgency and using terror to justify the criminal profits its accrued and the British Army, created a generation of battle hardened veterans – with experience of peace keeping and patrolling the streets.

 

Telegraph | News | Gung-ho US troops urged to be more British [telegraph.co.uk]
Gung-ho US troops urged to be more British

From the page: "A senior American general has ordered his troops to reduce the lethal force used against Iraqis, citing fears that trigger-happy behaviour is aggravating the insurgency.

Gen Chiarelli is known as an apostle of the British approach to counter-insurgency warfare that is increasingly favoured by many in America's military.

To underline his point, Gen Chiarelli sent his subordinate commanders articles from British newspapers criticising the sometimes tough tactics used by American soldiers at roadblocks and when driving in convoy.

British officers have told their men to use a softer approach with Iraqis. Troops are encouraged to use the traditional Arab greetings and spurn sunglasses, which prevent eye contact."

 

Maybe the final word should go to British Brigadier’s anecdote about a "subjugated Iraqi" just before his release from detention.

The Ba'athist was loudly lectured by an American officer, who was accompanied by a quiet British brigadier, on the dangers of returning to his "previously nefarious ways".

As the Iraqi left he said: "Hey, Mr American, next time before you shout so much you should speak to him. He is British - they know how to invade a country."

Sharpe Argues that the British Army's 500 years of experience gave it a marked edge over the Americans in insurgency operations, Brig Sharpe said the senior British officers in Baghdad should continue with their moderating influence.

Rather than Britain punching above its weight it should "stand in the corner, with a bucket and towel, advising the undisputed heavyweight champion about who and how to fight"

 

This was a fight America was going to take to the middle east regardless, the choice becomes do we sit on the sidelines wringing our hands because we don't like the details of America's long war, or do we choose to side with our natural allies in the hope of influencing the outcome of the clash between cilvillisation and barbarity?

10:33 am

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Silly Lady - Charles Knows

 

Charles says:

silly lady

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

something went wrong along the way, i bet it was that darn leprechaun again...the one that tells me to burn things

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

he is always sprinkling his magic dust in my eye

Charles says:

O_O

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

and then I wake up and cannot remember anything

Charles says:

don't  burn me lady!!

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

oh no, i dont burn peoples

Charles says:

not what iv'e heard

Charles says:

nat says you're hot stuff - ouch

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

no she didn't! LIES LIES LIES

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

liesssssssss

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

now I dance...

 

*dances*

Charles says:

 ask her see what she says

Charles says:

say ' nat am i hot stuff?'

Charles says:

we'll see

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

she will say something really sarcastic...watch

Charles says:

K

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

"Nat...Am I hot stuff?"

  Natalie   says:

yep

  Natalie   says:

manda reckons you're hot as well

  Natalie   says:

  Shandre is a hottie   *dances*

 

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

Dammit, you were right!!!

-x-X-x- Sweet Pandemonium -x-X-x- says:

*shakes fist*

Charles says:

LOL charles knows

 

12:10 pm

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