Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, my Marine husband called home to tell me he would be late – again.
He went on to say that dirty magazines had been discovered in the platoon’s quarters and they had to discipline the whole squad.
I launched into a tirade, arguing that many men had pictures hanging in their quarters at our previous post, so his new platoon should not be penalized for something so trivial.
My husband calmly listened to my gripes and then explained, “Honey, dirty magazines: the clips from their rifles had not been cleaned.”
A modern government can only work if it is pulled by two enormous locomotives, the prime minister and the chancellor. That can cause a problem. The two engine drivers often fall out. Although Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were an extreme case, premiers and chancellors are rarely such staunch allies at the end of a parliament as they were at the beginning.
It might be assumed that something similar would happen now and that fraughtness was about to break out. In recent weeks, the Government has suffered a serious loss of authority. Most Tory MPs blame this on the Budget and the Chancellor; according to recent polls, many voters agree. If George Osborne were required to stand for re-election in a secret ballot of Tory MPs, he would be in big trouble. Fortunately for Mr Osborne, the only ballot he faces has an electorate of one: his next door neighbour in Downing Street. There will have to be a reshuffle over the next few weeks, even though the PM is not looking forward to it. He will not enjoy sacking people. But a change at No 11 is very definitely not on the agenda. This Chancellor still enjoys this PM’s full confidence.
“A bail-out would not be the apocalypse,” said José María Beneyto, foreign affairs spokesman in Spain’s parliament. “You have to live with it. We have got to escape this or we’ll go mad worrying about bonds spreads.”
Mr Benyeto accepted that it would mean cuts in salaries and pensions dictated by a Troika from the EU, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. “Portugal is living with it relatively passively, and Ireland, too,” he said.
The shift came as Cyprus edged closer to a bail-out after President Demetris Christofias said his country had been engulfed by large exposure to Greece. “I don’t want to absolutely exclude it,” he said.
Russia has effectively shored up Cyprus over the past two years but rising defaults in Greece have proved overwhelming. The Cypriot banking system is nine times the country’s GDP, with assets of €157bn (£127bn). It has been called the “Iceland” of the South.
Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel is actively pushing Spain into the arms of the EU bail-out machinery, concluding that Madrid cannot hope to tap the open market for the estimated €50bn to €90bn needed to recapitalise banks.
The question is, what does a 23 stone woman look like?
Now, before you look at her pictures, get a mental image of what you think a woman who weighs 23 stone looks like….
Here goes – brace yourself
Not what you were expecting was it??!! The tallest woman in the world lives inHolland. She is 7’4” and weighs 23 stone.
What a relief! Now we ALL know we aren’t overweight, just too short!
Have A Great Day and Enjoy some Chocolate!