Yesterday was my 30th birthday, the earth did not stop turning and I look much the same as I did when I was 29, my arse has not fell off and my chin has not sunk to my knees…not yet anyway. I do however have man boobs…
That was a joke.
It was not funny but what is funny is when you stop blogging regularly how many things happen in the wider world that you wish you had time to blog about. For example, the recent bombing in Tel Aviv has re-opened an already ragged debate on the future of the Middle East and the ability of Hamas to govern Palestine; it comes at a time when Israel has a leader looking to partially withdraw many of the settlements and some kind of resolution could be achieved in the short term. Add to this the political masterstroke of Iran (and Qatar) in funding the Palestinian nation now that Israel has withdrawn funds (I can’t decide whether President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a master of neo-con style brinksmanship or determined to get invaded and test the mettle of the US armed forces) and you have an increasingly foggy situation.
Speaking of Iran, a fascinating diplomatic event is set to take place soon, the US government is going to sit down and talk to the Iranian government but not about nuclear capabilities, it is still refusing to meet face to face and discuss this beef. Rather it wants to discuss Iraq and Iranian interference, I wonder if an Iranian representative will try and take the conversation off topic onto alternative energy sources? Oh to be a fly on the wall.
And then there is Rumsfeld, of whom President Nixon said: ”He’s a ruthless little bastard. You can be sure of that.” and the attack upon his abilities by a cabal of generals who have decided to tell us what we already knew: that Iraq Mark II could have been planned better. Why that’s just his fault alone I’ve no idea (I personally think Rumsfeld is being ‘punished’ for his immense arrogance and his attempted restructuring of the US military), why these generals expect us to fall over in shock at their disclosures when the dead Iraqi civilians pile up, along with the dead US/UK troops and the Iraqi government still refuses to meet some 6 months after its formation…WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER!!! THAT’S CRAZY TALK! I THOUGHT WE’D WON THE WAR ALREADY! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, I SAW IT ON FOX NEWS!
Brussels was an absolute treat: the world’s best beer, great food and a smattering of sights; a much needed holiday with Marie before my time is stolen away by rehearsals and walking across Britain. Last night Marie and I were joined for birthday beers by our good friend Nick, who from this point on shall be known as either Spazbastion or Bistro Vapours, I wish I could remember why but we got drunk…at the time though it was very, very funny; so much so that beer may have shot out of my nostrils but don’t quote me on that.