Beyond the Deepening Shadow – 100th Anniversary of Armistice
Tomorrow will see the 100th anniversary of Armistice which ended the war in the land, air, and water during the First World War.
As a symbol of remembrance, some 10,000 candles were lit at dusk (5 p.m.) at the moat of the Tower of London in the last few days and will be culminating tomorrow at the actual day of the anniversary: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Peter and I went to see the candles at the tower yesterday. It was packed by people who were uncomplaining in an orderly but extremely long queue.
In the end, it was all worth it, the vista of the flickering thousands of lights was evocative and atmospheric. It was amazing and wonderful to behold.
Robredo Vs Marcos, the Recount (ABS CBN photo composite)
Vice Presidency of the Philippines – Latest
The 2016 election for President and Vice President in the Philippines is a worthy saga on par with the adventures of the classic Beowulf.
In fact it is more exacting in parts as it has given not only the Philippines but the world Duterte, a charismatic man, though not to everyone’s cup of tea, someone who cannot be ignored.
This election had made famous Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines as its duly elect president and rather infamous with the rest of the world 🙂 because of his bloody war on drugs.
The lesser role of vice president, though Leni Robredo was duly sworn as the winner, is still being contested due to alleged ballots tampering and cheating.
Bongbong Marcos had continually opined that there was a massive anomaly during the election. His complaint had been finally heard by the Supreme Court and had started a recount in the last couple of days.
This new recount, which is done manually, had apparently not started well as four of the psychologically tested number crunchers have resigned.
Perhaps they have to look into the psychological form of testing as well. 🙂
Peter and I were out and about today; we took an uber to go for Peter’s physio at the Royal Free Hospital.
Our Uber driver was really chatty. After talking about the weather, we told him that it would be the first day of spring tomorrow, 20 March.
He mentioned that it would be an important day for him tomorrow. In fact he will be taking a few days off beginning tomorrow.
He said it is Persian New Year.
He further elaborated that the first day of the New Year is spent visiting friends and relatives who are older than the visitors. Parents, older brother, older sister, uncles, aunties, etc.
On the second day, it would be the turn of the younger ones, especially the children, who gets presents, usually money. So it would be normal to see Iranians handing out fiver or tenner to children during the next few days.
I asked him how to wish someone a Persian New Year. He said carefully, Nowruz Mubarak. I repeated it and he was very impressed. 🙂
So wishing you all a Nowruz Mubarak.
He said that a lot of pomegranates will be on offer as well as recipes with saffron. There will be a lot of sweet things like cakes and biscuits.
He mentioned a funny thing, he said that they even have a version of Santa Clause during the New Year celebration. Interesting!
The family get-together will happen during the weekend for grand eating out or dining in.
He said that in Iran that new year festivities usually last for a good couple of weeks.
For the 31 years I have been living in London, UK, this winter snow 2018 has been one of the most ferocious one I have ever seen.
There have been fatalities due to the freezing weather. Public transports and the traffics , of course, as always are the first one affected.
Apparently because UK generally gets a mild winter and we do not get many inches of snow, the Government thought it was not worth to invest billions in once in a decade of 6 inches of snow. We just have to grin and bear it for a few days and hope for the best.
Perhaps a rethink is now needed.
This 2018 winter of discontent is due to the unwelcome beast from the East, which may be a product of global warming. It is a polar vortex, which is a mass of super extreme cold air which sits on the top of the north and south poles.
What made the beast from the East more ferocious is the 70mph strength of Emma Storm coming from Portugal. When she met the beast, all snow broke loose, causing disruptions in many parts in the UK.