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Tuesday, 05 May 2015

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David

A fascinating post, especially the part about the Jews. I too always thought of Albania as a total shitthole but recently there have been a series of articles about how plenty of young Italians are moving there as they have a more dynamic economy than the old continent...

Now about your remark about British ex-pats; currently resident in Tuscany I resemble your comments and expect a retraction! Or satisfaction.

I'm sure the Albanian code of honour has a chapter on such gratuitous verbal violence.

I suppose I could always cancel my subscription?

Heh! You could start by paying it first! My complaints concerning boring-snoring ex-pats standing around their tax-free villas swigging G&Ts and moaning on and on about how Britain's going to the dogs is of course exactly and precisely what I do on this blog, er, minus the tax free villa and the G&Ts! That, of course, is as it should be but doing it abroad where the natives might overhear you is appalling! (Er, by the way, where abouts in Tuscany and do you have any spare rooms? Jest askin'!)

Absolutely - there's nothing like swilling G&Ts flavoured with your own lemons!

I'm just outside Lucca. If you're in the area don't hesitate!

http://web.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/duncanduff1283.mp3

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Duff&state=AR&site=LZK&textField1=36.0006&textField2=-92.7625&e=0

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Duff&state=AR&site=LZK&textField1=36.0006&textField2=-92.7625&e=0

Today's useless factoid.

C. B. Fry, the England cricket captain in the Edwardian period, as well as a top class footballer, rugby player and athlete, was reputedly offered the throne of Albania just after the end of the Great War.

Flying into the general area of Duff Arkansas is, pretty much, a "Carrier Qualed" pilot's task.

http://160knots.com/Gastons.htm

Well David, I am overcome with anticipation that by now you have surely breached the wall of chapter 3 of MacMillan's latest book. If you have doubts about Albania, there is always nearby Croatia. A scenic and modern little nation.

The problem is - where?!

France! It's a basket-case on most measures, but nobody has stopped to tell the French and it remains a fantastic place to actually live *provided* you are neither working for or with the French. I've chosen to settle (using my rather loose definition of the term!) in Annecy, near the Swiss border: not as boring as Switzerland, not as infuriating as France.

On the other hand, all the attractive parts of Europe are already filled with British ex-pats and they are, without doubt, the most eye-stabbingly boring collection of people you could ever wish to avoid.

Indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS3cKJg8eog

David. If you go to Albania please do not attempt Friday Funnies. We would not want you returned headless in a box.

Whitewall. I have received an email from Ben Carson. What do you know about him?

Kiddin'

Jimmy, how do you rate getting these emails? You must "know people". Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and as a black man, he criticizes Obama from a vantage point that galls the white Democrat power structure. Carson has no political experience and it shows, but that is not his purpose for this campaign.

'Cuffers' - Lucca! You lucky so-and-so! That's a gorgeous town, I'm on the next 'plane over and you can bore me rigid for as long as you like!

But ... but ... perhaps we could put it off for a bit because, Tim, dammit, you live in the prettiest town in France! We had two holidays at the Abbaye de Talloires just outside of town. The whole area is beautiful beyond description and Annecy itself - like a mini-Venice. Er, just feel free to drone on and on, there'll be no complaints from me!

OK, people, I'm off to Cannes in ten days staying with a friend for two weeks holiday but after that it's June in Annecy and July in Lucca and I'm afraid Albania will just have to wait!

'Whiters', you are quite right about Croatia, another very attractive country and I recommend Porec up in the north near Trieste where you can catch a high-speed ferry that will whisk you across to Venice. I don't know what the ex-pats are like because I never came across any but, alas, the food is boring!

JK, your links are confusing me but by coincidence I am thinking of taking up flying my 'Cessna' again. I haven't crashed it since the last time I tried landing at Cairns to pay Andra a surprise visit. Perhaps I'll try 'Duff International Air Terminal'!

Annecy - some very happy student memories of behaving quite deplorably up on the lakeside. Gorgeous place indeed.

But ... but ... perhaps we could put it off for a bit because, Tim, dammit, you live in the prettiest town in France! We had two holidays at the Abbaye de Talloires just outside of town. The whole area is beautiful beyond description and Annecy itself - like a mini-Venice. Er, just feel free to drone on and on, there'll be no complaints from me!

Remember that year I did in Kuwait, the 3 on Sakhalin, and the 3 in Nigeria? That's the payoff. ;) I'm still living in Paris though, and get out to Annecy when I can. If you're there in June, we could meet up for a beer!

Ah yes, Sakhalin! I remember your posts from there. I think it's fair to say, Tim, that you've done your fair share 'up the sharp end' and so you deserve you reward - and what a reward Annecy is!

Mind you, you may have to put up with the latter-day 'Cuffers brigade' descending during the Summer hols and filling the lake with empty beer cans!

Whitewall. I read Jihad Watch and my email may have been passed on.

"JK, your links are confusing me but by coincidence I am thinking of taking up flying my 'Cessna' again."

http://warontherocks.com/2015/05/a-farewell-to-sobriety-drinking-during-the-great-war/

http://20committee.com/2015/05/02/100-years-ago-the-gorlice-tarnow-offensive/

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