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Signs of Hope – A continuing series June 23, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

It’s a great idea. Any contributions this week?


1. Gewerkschaftler - June 23, 2016

Woman without the use of her legs on a souped-up arm-powered tricycle going like the clappers down a bicycle lane last night after the Ireland match.


2. LeftAtTheCross - June 23, 2016

Will there be CLR contingent at the France match fanzone in Smithfield on Sunday?



3. ar scáth a chéile - June 23, 2016
ar scáth a chéile - June 26, 2016
4. Gewerkschaftler - June 24, 2016

OK enough Brexit.

Let’s look forward to Sunday – Unidos Podemos still well ahead of the PSOE especially among the young:



CMK - June 24, 2016

After SYRIZA I’ll look forward to seeing what Unidos Podemos achieve after a year in government. No scope whatsoever no for left grandstanding in elections and then, once in government, continuing business as usual or capitulating like SYRIZA. I hope they do well, but what they do with their support is the key question. Let’s wait and see what happens in Spain.


Gewerkschaftler - June 24, 2016

Spain isn’t Greece and Unidos Podemos aren’t Syriza. They’ve learned some lessons from that experience.


CMK - June 26, 2016

I’ll take your word for it. I hope you’re right.


5. Gewerkschaftler - June 24, 2016

Let me try that again:


Ed - June 24, 2016

Who counts as ‘joven’ there? Is it under 25, under 30?


6. Gewerkschaftler - June 24, 2016

Brexit means, I hope, that TTIP is less likely.

About CETA ratification I’m not sure.


gendjinn - June 24, 2016

Yes but only in the logistical sense. The same powerful stakeholders still want it done.


7. Gewerkschaftler - June 26, 2016

Here’s hoping that the latest PP & PSOE corruption scandals will reflect in an increased vote for Unidos Podemos today.

And after that that UP either forces the PSOE to join them in a challenge to the EU Fiscal Pact and the peaceful independence of Catalonia or to commit political suicide by going into coalition with the PP.

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8. Michael Carley - June 26, 2016

Slug pellets work. Can we talk about gardening now?

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Gewerkschaftler - June 26, 2016

That would be nice.

I planted nasturtiums on the balcony – by democratic request – I’m no great fan, they got serious blackfly (because, I think, of the mild winter that we had here). I painted them with washing up liquid solution and since then have some yellowing leaf disease.

Any suggestions – I’ve always thought of nasturtiums as pretty much indestructible.


9. Gewerkschaftler - June 26, 2016

Ada Calau (smiling – in red) – radical mayor of Barcelona, goes to vote.


10. Gewerkschaftler - June 26, 2016

Ian Paisley junior encouraging people in the North to avail of RoI passports. If I didn’t just dream that.

The Belfast Central Post Office run out of forms for that purpose.

The hopeful bit is that with more people holding explicitly dual nationality, including unionists, they may in time become more flexible on the status of the North.


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