The British cherish being islanders. Inhabitants of islands are a bit opinionated. Islanders are a bit eccentric. This is even more true of people who live on an island close to a big island.
On Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, voices are being raised for their own referendum on independence from Scotland. And therefore Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides are threatening to rob Scotland of 67% of its oil and gas reserves.
But what will happen to the Scots? Will…
Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:39pm
It’s only now that I realise that everyone in the station is drunk. There isn’t a normal person on the platform. Well, except three or four, who stand noticeably close to us, so that we form an island. Every now and then, apprehensive-looking policemen put in an appearance.
The train is packed, mainly with people no longer qualifying as young adults – in short, people in their thirties, who’ve been out in Birmingham. It’s just after 9pm.
Four women are occupying the seats…
Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:22pm
Recently, I had to go to the pharmacy. There is always a bowl of liquorice on the counter. Customers are allowed to take a piece of liquorice. Most people do; after all, it’s free. I never take one; I’m in a pharmacy, people who go there are ill.
Another phenomenon is the behaviour of the queue at the checkout in a Dutch supermarket.
The cycling experience is best described as a combination of a Western and the last three kilometres of a stage in the Tour de France.
Posted on March 23, 2014 at 10:42am
The British Museum is showing an exhibition about the Vikings with the title: The Vikings Are Here! There have been times in the past when this wouldn’t have been such a welcoming message.
I always thought that the Vikings plundered, raped and torched the land on a large scale. Yes, that too, of course, but they also created beautiful jewellery. And their ships, too, are quite magnificent! They got rather enthusiastic on BBC Breakfast. You almost wanted to become a…
Posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:47pm