Thursday, 17 November 2016

Poppies are not political, but a cultural symbol of remembrance

FIFA, the international football federation, should be condemned and castigated for trying to prevent our footballers wearing poppies, therefore by interfering with our cultural and well established tradition that transcends politics.

The Football Association, the FA, should be commended for allowing and encouraging our national teams to wear the remembrance poppy at matches.

Well done FA.
 Shame on you FIFA.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Leavenworth, Washington, or was it Bavaria?

This place in Washington State, and I was there during Oktoberfest, was more like Bavaria than the US. What do you think?

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Awesome Oregon on the West Coast, USA

Awesome is overused in the USA, but when you see the scenery and admire the grandeur, then you do get a sense of awe and wonder. It is a beautiful state and it is becoming a popular place to live, and it may be hard to leave. The standard of living is high, crime seems low and there is a healthy laid back approach to life that appeals to many people. In summer the weather is excellent, though the ocean is not that warm.

Mount Hood

Cannon Beach

Manzanita, Oregon
       From Highway 101 looking down to the beach on the coastal resort.

Manzanita Beach, Oregon
                  Looking back to Highway 101, from the beach below.

Sunset at Vista House, Crown Point, Columbia River Gorge

Friday, 4 November 2016

It is so good to chill out with family and friends

Laid back, but not sleepless, in Seattle.


River Stour