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Late Life Crisis - August 2018

I wrote this at the beginning of August:

"I awake to another hot and sunny day in London, and it makes me fed up.The weather sucks out one's energy, and pleasures such as a good long walk are valueless unless one moves into safari mode, heading out soon after 5am and returning by 10am. Everything is about craving the shade and minimising exertion.

Various folk have written that they will never complain again when the skies are leaden and rain is pouring. Personally I would not trust the British generally on that."

Antisemitism and Labour's Labours: Behind the Rhetoric

It is, of course, all about Israel.

The IHRA antisemitism definition

The International Holocaust Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism (2016) reads:

"Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."

Late Life Crisis - July 2018

The Airport Idiot

The theory is that if you fly British Airways, you are more likely to be insulated from the type of fellow passenger that you would wish to avoid. Anyone who has found themselves on a budget airline flight to Spain wedged in the middle of a partying hen or stag party, woud welcome that insulation. 

However, there is no guarantee of avoiding the undesirables.

Australia - Journey to the Rock

By early afternoon five flights have arrived; by mid-afternoon the last of five outbound flights is leaving. As the final passengers shuffle out of the departure hall, the cafe is closing down. Connellan Airport doesn't do pressure.

991 miles from Adelaide; 1,216 miles from Darwin; 1,274 miles from Perth; 1,440 miles from Melbourne; 1,761 miles from Sydney. Welcome to Ayer's Rock.

This ignores Alice Springs, but Alice Springs is still 287 miles away - six hours of driving, or a 50 minute flight.

Not so Blue Mountains - A Tourist Experience

For a tour guide, it is good sometimes to see life from a tourist's perspective...

You get up in Sydney at 6am in order to be at another hotel in time to catch a coach that takes you to a further hotel to wait for the coach that is your coach for the day. By this time you are back near to your own hotel.

There are other people waiting. They are bedraggled, as it is raining. They have empty faces. This could be through tiredness or jet lag or both.

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