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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

People and things......

 
It has become my habit, when I lie down at night, before trying to sleep, to allow various things to go through my mind (they do anyway) as possible future subjects for this Blog.
It's become quite annoying, I always forget half of them and can't go to sleep until I've recalled them!
I am obliged to ask my wife - 'what was so-and-so called' etc.......
This amuses her, except sometimes she can't sleep either until she has recalled the word in question.....!
Last night I thought about this person below, and in the future of doing little articles showing people I admire(d), dead or alive, even things I admire the function of.
I'm cheating really, because I shouldn't have to think nightly of more than just one person/thing!
Already, I'm starting for tonight......!
Certainly Mr Donald Trump will not figure, apart from the occasion that I start a series of totally ridiculous and utter imbeciles - and that's not right now!
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Stephen Hawkins is remarkable. Take the time to look at his history....If you have the standard fitted size of brain, you won't, like me, understand very much, but you will have to, like me, have enormous admiration of his successes and courage.
In spite of his problems he has carved a life of unbelievable magnitude - it makes me feel ashamed to have arrived at the end of my short stay on this planet, in such a condition of nervosity and anxiety, but there we are, I've lived and loved and now await.
There are many other people and things that I like or admire, and that fact gives me some hope for Humanity......maybe, just maybe......it's not all 100% bad.
Good reading.........

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

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Monday, March 13, 2017

NEWS - From 13 March 2017 -ONGOING

29 March 2017 UPDATE

UK & EUROPE:

Most important today is the UK and Europe. The famous letter will be hand delivered from UK to EU announcing the fact that Britain wishes to leave the Community.
For me one of the biggest mistakes possible but we will know nothing about the 'deal' for at least 2 years - probably much longer! Politicians are good for one thing - talking, for very long periods. 
Maybe they are delivering it by hand because they, like me, have no faith in the UK Postal Services!
For the moment there is nothing else I can add, except Goodbye and Good Riddance.




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The future?
USA:
Complicated and getting more so on a daily basis.....It's getting closer and closer to the time that Mr Bannon must go - along with all the rest. Renegading on Treaties destined to improve the quality of our air DOES touch me, my wife and billions of others. It could be qualified as a crime against humanity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/section/politics
Trump's impeccable sense of diplomacy is always at the forefront!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-angela-merkel-nato-bill-defence-ignore-usa-germany-spending-a7650636.html

Once again his ignorance showed he is not up to date with current rules nor even knows what NATO is!

FRANCE:
We're finally getting closer and closer, so the insults and accusations are getting worse and worse.
The most important thing is that ALL those allowed to vote go to VOTE, and not with a 'vote invalid' (vote blanche) either. That is effectively a vote for the FN (Front Nationale)
It is important not just for France, but for Europe and the World.

GERMANY:
Germany continues it's stable path. Mme MERKEL is still way ahead in opinion polls, and hopefully will stay so.

Finally - just letters, but so important in all our lives......USA, EU, UK........

It's down to you reading this to put the world in order.

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26th March update: And - apart from Germany, the world is still spinning backward, but more dangerously than ever.....!Image result for World spinning backwards

USA:  A spoilt little boy went into a tantrum because his buddies wouldn't play with him!
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/03/21/trump-heaps-pressure-gop-back-health-care-plan/0iZ1QhZWv5fay3a3tMnbNO/story.html

EUROPE:  Very few people are even thinking about UK........60 years of the European Common Market was celebrated - WITHOUT Theresa MAY, thank God!
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/25/eu-leaders-sign-new-declaration-60-years-after-the-treaty-of-rome

FRANCE: Just a few days from Elections the danger now seems to be 'vote blanche' (give in a vote 'void' ) - The FN voters will not do this - so Français/Française - GO VOTE CORRECTLY!
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/24/poll-finds-unprecedented-uncertainty-among-french-voters-before-presidential-election.html

GERMANY:   The SPD finally presents its new leader to face MERKEL -  Germans awake - Socialists are NOT required right now!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39397148
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March 2017 - UPDATE.......

USA: The situation is becoming more and more complicated and time wasting....A money waster monumental.....
http://edition.cnn.com/opinions     -    Read all the subjects here - it'll be outdated of course, but there you go - things move so fast without going anywhere!

EUROPE:   Still waiting for the British to move their butts - I'm starting to think it's a question, like USA of winning time till the next possible regular election (in around 2 years time) and then 'We'll see'!
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk   - General themes, look for your own!

FRANCE:  
http://www.france24.com/fr/   -   Change the language top of the page if you wish and then look for what interests you!

GERMANY:   Just about the only place where a relative normality reigns.....Germany is not Utopia but at the moment - YES, it is!
 http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/germany/s-1432

All in all, the World IS still spinning - backwards.......!


Image result for european flags Having taken the decision to no longer follow threads online regarding this mixed up world, I still felt that I wanted to spend some time giving news on this front and saying what I felt. Image result for USA Flag
I have decided to do so by a weekly (roughly) post on this blog.
You'll know it because the title, when published will always be the same - just the date changed (see title above).
To put things in their place, the reader has to know I am Scottish born, a German Pensioner and I live in France. I am living happily with an American/Italian lady in a small village in Southern France.
I am basically against President TRUMP, Prime Minister MAY, BREXIT, any form of extreme right political parties or deeds.
I am in favour of the EU.
Ian W Mitchell & Tina Concetta Marzocca
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The point of these articles is 'To highlight stories I think are important and engaging and to put forward my own opinions on any subject taken, with links to the original articles.'
I'll start with this, from last weeks events: 

USA:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/11/opinion/sunday/the-moral-failing-of-obamacare-repeal.html?emc=edit_ty_20170313&nl=opinion-today&nlid=78340000&ref=opinion&te=1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fake_news_websites

Europe - Turkey: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/opinion/sunday/propaganda-in-istanbul.html?emc=edit_ty_20170313&nl=opinion-today&nlid=78340000&ref=opinion&te=1

Europe - Scotland :

http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/uk_leaves_the_eu

Europe - Brexit: 

You can go to watch all about this  HERE   (Just click)

http://news.sky.com/story/brexit-deal-or-no-deal-muddle-or-method-on-uk-break-from-brussels-10799622

http://news.sky.com/story/what-happens-when-article-50-is-triggered-brexit-questions-answered-10795380

http://news.sky.com/story/single-market-customs-union-your-guide-to-brexit-jargon-10729833

A subject which is, to say the least, ridiculous and confusing. The British, particularly at Westminster, have simply no idea what they are doing, or of how to do it.
An advisory Referendum is taken as a mandatory one.
Millions were not even allowed to vote because, like me, they lived outside the UK for too long!
Now we can all, it seems, stand by and watch while a band of egoistical politicians do their worst for their country.

France - Political News:

http://www.independent.co.uk/topic/FrenchPolitics

A country I love, just full of one scandal following another.
Be it LePen, or any of the others, simply impossible to know who the French should vote for.
In not even 2 months time they have to!

Just in case you don't know the French System, here it is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_France

Germany seems to be relatively calm for now in this crazy world, Angela Merkel is currently the most honest and intelligent politician - Worldwide.
I hope it stays so!

Here is the German System explained:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_Germany

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This article could go on forever, but I can't!
North Korea, China, ............etc, etc, etc......

Just a final word......
http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/09/heres-how-donald-trumps-election-could-lead-to-nuclear-war-next-year-by-nato-chief-6246353/

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The big bang!
I'm 70+ years of age.......others aren't!

More next time - if I'm alive!

Ian Watson Mitchell - your author.










Sunday, March 12, 2017

IMPORTANT - TRUE KEYS and your PC

Informations on these links: https://www.truekey.com/fr http://www.intelsecurity.com/

Image result for PC'sLast night was not a good night. Couldn't get to sleep, my brain was racing in all directions so I decided to put the Radio on. I finally had just fallen asleep when I was jolted awake! By what? SILENCE! Once again, my pc had turned itself off - no Radio! The same thing that happens when you have an update from Windows - when the update is finished, Windows can 'force' the pc to close down, and you have to restart it.
I did just that, and I found myself on the normal 'log-in' page, with a difference.
Instead of putting my password in, I found an extra possibility....'Carry on without password' (on the bottom left side) together with 2 other possibilities.Image result for True Keys for Windows 10
This was new to me, so I had a look. It turns out it's really a programme to save a 'master' password called 'True Keys' (see link above)
Now I have had to change passwords recently, due to the theft at my home of CB's and other details, but - upon reflection, I thought it was maybe NOT such a good idea to have just one master password which would give access to all of my Accounts and programmes.
One theft or publication would give the thief access to everything!
Google Chrome have been plugging their new system for some time now, a sort of double sign in programe where you have to add your mobile phone number as an added security measure.
Google then send you an SMS with a code nuber which you have to enter. That is at least some kind of security - any thief would have to steal your phone as well!
Image result for google signing in and securityhttps://myaccount.google.com/?pli=1 

This new thing seems to come from 'Macafee', and I think I prefer Google.
You can turn the 'True Keys' affair off by going to your Windows Settings - open your Windows by pressing the button on the bottom left of yur screen - normally at the top of the list you'll fnd 'True Keys' - To install it, click on the link and follow the directions - to 'Disinstall' it, right click and choose 'Disinstall or Uninstall'

Your Decision.......!      Image result for Decisions, Decisions

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Cevennes and a Scotsman

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Robert Louis Stevenson - Author.
It is said by jealous people that there are Scottish people everywhere on the surface of this Globe!  
Few of them make such a mark as this one in the literary world:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson

It so happens I find myself, a Scotsman and aspiring author, now living in the area in which he spent quite some time and wrote a few stories and essays' about, 'The Cevennes'  Image result for The Cevennes France

Here it was that he went around on a Donkey and wrote later his work:
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Pont du Gard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travels_with_a_Donkey_in_the_C%C3%A9vennes    ....       
I was reminded about this on the news today, because they were talking about a meeting of a Society dealing solely with this route taken by Stevenson. The same route apparantly attracts some 6,500 visitors, yearly to WALK the same way. I have seen at least one who did it in the same way -
Didn't have a carriage, but it did the trip!
on/with a Donkey, right here in my Village, Vauvert which is also a Station on the famous 'Chemin de la Compostelle', a much longer wander route see below: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago_(route_descriptions)

Stevenson was of course much better known for 'Treasure Island' and a few more books, but he was also a formidable Travel Writer.

As I said, Scotspeople are everywhere and their customs are followed everywhere, even here in the South of France.....!
Local (French & British) Group practicing in Vauvert.