Saturday, 24 November 2007

our world, our problems

Two shocking articles that give rise to concern:

This about Iraq veterans living in Britain. I find it hard to believe anyone would treat veterans in this way, but then again only recently I read another article about the hundreds! of veterans living homeless in the U.S. As this was a war of choice how can we allow the soldiers who fought to be treated this way? There should be an outcry. This is my part - for now.

and this about the future of terriorism in my back yard.

I went out yesterday, for the first time in days, to find grey, overcast skies, chilly wind, and intermittent pouring rain. It was brilliant! The three people in Morocco who did NOT think I was a bit “off” are now convinced that I am. I can only assume they are unaware that in Scotland we bring our crazies, I mean eccentrics right down to the parlor where everyone can see them.

The rain in Fez falls in soft intermittent showers; the rain in Rabat falls as if Thor is empting a bucket on your head. The rain rolls in, sits just off the beach beyond the breakwater and sends in what can only be described as a celestial bucket that then dumps the rain onto Rabat, then there is a quiet period before the next bucket makes its appearance. There were real splash-your-feet-in puddles, and yes…. I did. By the time I arrived back home my jeans were soaked through and I was being very pleased with myself that I had chosen the Moroccan version of proper rainwear – in leu of wellies, sandals. I’m smiling.



I Beatrice said...

I entirely agree with you about the shameful treatment of the wounded war veterans in the pool in (I think it was) Weybridge!

We have been incensed and ashamed - as have all right-minded Surrey pool-goers, I'm sure. Somebody wrote that these women should be named and shamed - and I, though for the most part the least vindictive of women, am entirely in agreement with this.

If only there had been some brave and quick-thinking pool attendant present at the time, to put them sharply in their places! I fear though, that they were probably toadied-to, as is usual in such cases - and allowed to get right away with it!

I often go to the local Health Club pool with my very young grand-children - and I would have seen this as an opportunity for opening their young eyes to all that these brave men endure for all our sakes. It would have been a timely lesson, in my view....

lady macleod said...

i beatrice

well said.

thank you for coming by.

Winchester whisperer said...

hope you haven't caught a cold

jmb said...

You must be very happy about the rain, except for wet feet. Is there no worry about lack of water when it doesn't rain for so long?
The terrorism article is indeed scary.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I love the rain, especially big dramatic rain. Well done you for letting your 'inner child' rejoice! (pause for mild embarassment at Pig's use of 'psycho babble')

Omega Mum said...

The UK has a fine and honourable tradition of brushing servicemen under the carpet. As I understand it, they become a national liability as soon as they return home - first world war has lots of shaming stories, too. We're proud of our consistency (well, there isn't much else left is there?)

lady macleod said...


No way!

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lady macleod said...


There is only worry about water when it does not rain enough in the winter.

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lady macleod said...


You're like so totally new age dudette!

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lady macleod said...

omega mum

Not a happy situation indeed.

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Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'm with you on rain! People here think I'm crazy when I just go and stand out in it. Funny how it can fall differently in 2 different towns in the same country, too - Catania rain is wetter than Modica rain!