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Greek Radio Fined………………..

………….for saying what it thinks of Ms Merkel.   Just had to share this as it made me smile.  This after the the German press did this to the Venus de Milo.

The Greek Crisis explained…..

I haven’t owned a television since John Craven presented Newsround, but I am currently staying with someone that owns one.  I am glad to say that it seems that I have not missed much, and that I at least have not contributed some money to Jonathan Woss’ pension fund.

So there I was surfing the internet when in the background ‘NewsRound’ the BBC’s children’s news channel comes on.  Gone are the days of surfing pet dogs, and budgies trying to sing.  The headline article was the ‘Euro Crisis in Greece (for under 10’s).  So here it is.

‘Greece joined the Euro (Jan 2001), this allowed them to lend money cheaply.  So they did lend some money and spent it on stuff like the Olympics (Athens 2004).  They have spent too much money and now can’t afford to pay it back.  The stadiums for the Olympics are no longer used.  So to pay back this debt to the rest of Europe, the price of food and petrol is going to rise.  This is the reason for the riots.’

That’s it in a nutshell.  No Athens Olympics – Cheap food and fuel in Greece – No riots.  Not one mention of dodgy politicians, Goldman Sachs cooking the books.  Inflated civil service.  Early retirement.


Italy Joins in The Fun

I have just been reading on the news websites how Italy has joined some of the other Eurozone members in having its bonds put into the ‘junk’ folder.  Some of the comments on the BBC’s website really does have me wonder what planet some of these people are on.

They vary from the ‘corrupt political elite’ to the ‘nation of tax avoiders’ where it seems to me both are mutually inclusive.  If you have a ‘corrupt political elite’ then you are going to have a ‘nation of tax avoiders’.  I believe that our illustrious leaders are just as corrupt as any Italian, Greek, or any other European equivalent.  I also don’t blame anyone for trying to avoid taxation.  In the UK it is called ‘effective-tax-planning’ and seems to be the preserve of the ‘banking classes’.  But if you know that your political class is just lining its own pocket with your tax money, you are hardly going to join a queue to hand over your cash.

Our politicians are just better at hiding there scams, either that or us Brits are just too gullible, and believe what our leaders tell us.

Whose next after Italy, Spain are odds on at the moment, no doubt they are bunch of ‘tax avoiders’ or have a ‘corrupt political class’.  I wonder who these commentators are going to blame when its our turn.

Greece – the birth place of ‘Democracy’

The Greek PM is facing a backlash from his own politicians for offering the people of Greece the ability to make a decision on their future.  They would rather that Greece and its population enslave themselves to EU for the next 50 years.

This referendum is not a vote on repayment of debts, this referendum represents a plebiscite on membership of the EU itself.  So unless the career ‘politniks’ with noses in the trough get there way and stop this referendum from happening what choice do the people of Greece face.

a.  A vote for the new repayment schedule, enslaves the people of Greece for the next two generations – this just manages to repay the interest, the debt still remains, and bankers in France in Germany get to collect this years bonus.

b.  A vote against, in effect bankrupts Greece, they leave the EU.  The bank loans are default – they fail (no bonus this year).  Greece goes back to the Drachma – nobody starves.  The children of tomorrow are not enslaved to the banks of the EU.

No wonder the politicians are worried about the choice given to the people.  Its not a hard one is it.

Spring Is In The Air

Some great new laws have come into effect today in Bulgaria, after successfully turning my garden into a cow free zone by applying
100’s of metres of barbed wire around it, as from today cows are not allowed to roam freely around the village and have to be either tethered
or escorted.

More interestingly though due, to a recent plague of rodents in southern Bulgaria it is now possible to get an EU subsidy for keeping cats! Luckily
my two cats (Alan & Dave) have full EU status and therefore qualify for the grant. Which dependent upon the amount of rodent kills they make could
make keeping cats a full time business. I am begining to regret having them neutererd, as this could be a real money spinner.

If you live in Bulgaria and would like to register your cat for the subsidy you will need to get the documnet from your local Kimet or email me for more details.

Alan & Dave = CASH!

This year I am also trying to grow some more unusual crops, including asparagus, celery (I know its not unusual), and I even have some seeds for red
bananas. I have distributed a few of the seeds around the village and have offered a prize for the first of anyone to grow an actual banana!

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