“The Convention in Cleveland Will Be Amazing”

That was Donald Trump’s proud boast. Well, it certainly was amazing, but perhaps not in the way implied by Trump. This report on the convention by Eliot Weinberger makes for truly terrifying reading.

As the world lurches ever closer to the possibility of there being a President Trump, I ponder on how much the world has gone to hell in a handbasket in this year of our lord, 2016. I wonder whether we shall live to see the dawn of 2018.

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Hooray for History…

As a fellow Manxman who got married to a Dutch man in the Netherlands, let me wish this happy couple all the best for their future.

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Strike 2…

Back in March, I blogged about my experience with the Microsoft Band 2, summarising it as a “nice idea, but bad execution”. After three months of use, the strap had begun to split. I bought it from Amazon UK, and they replaced it with a new one without question .

And now, after four months of use, the strap on the new Band has split:

WP_20160726_08_14_54_Pro_LIOnce again, Amazon UK has come through, and gave me the options of a replacement, a full refund, or a 20% partial refund if I could get the strap replaced. Since there’s no possibility of getting the strap replaced by Microsoft, I went for option 1: a replacement. 

Ominously, Amazon US are reported to be recommending the refund option to customers, because the splitting is such a common issue.

We’ll see just how long the strap on this one lasts. I fully expect that it will occur again. I hope that it does before my warranty expires in December this year (I bought my first Band in December 2015). If it does occur, then this time I’ll ask for a refund.

Microsoft is rumoured to announce the next version of the Band this October. Folk wisdom has it that it takes Microsoft three attempts before they get anything right. So the Microsoft Band 3 might last longer than four months. They really need to get it right, or once again, Microsoft’s reputation will take a hit.

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The Superhumans

Excellently done!

Although, for most of this, I’ll be the one saying no, I can’t… Sigh.

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The Brexit Nightmare

Here’s a good summary of the mess that the UK has got itself into, and why extricating itself from it will probably take years. Normal service will not be resumed soon. I particularly liked:

Q: I thought Boris said we could stay in the single market and get rid of freedom of movement.

A: He was either lying or he didn’t understand what he was talking about. Probably the first. The single market is a series of rules. His plan was like saying that you’re going to visit Paris but not abide by French law. It was nonsense.

And now he’s Foreign Secretary…

Another interesting point is that David Davis is now the “Secretary for Exiting the EU”. He is at least a serious politician, but there’s also a rather delicious irony in his appointment – he is currently suing the UK government at the European Court of Justice so as to enforce EU law. Curiouser and curiouser. Welcome to Wonderland.

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Yet Another Facepalm

Britain has been on something of a roller coaster ride in the last few weeks, and I’ve been looking on in fascinated horror. My worst fears were confirmed when a majority of compatriots chose the nuclear option, otherwise known as Brexit. With the resignation of Cameron, I fully expected Boris Johnson to fulfil his long-held ambition of standing for Leader of the Conservative Party and becoming the next Prime Minister.

The first shock was when Michael Gove turned round and metaphorically stabbed Boris in the chest with his declaration that he, Gove, would be in the race after years of denying that he had any ambition to become PM. A real “Et tu, Brute” moment. The second shock was when Johnson subsequently declared that he was withdrawing from the race.

Then the other candidates in the race declared themselves, and what a sorry bunch they were. The only candidate of worth being Theresa May, and while she is very capable, I’ve never been a fan of hers because she seems to have had a humanity bypass when it comes to dealing with immigration questions. Fortunately, the others fell flat on their faces, quite spectacularly in the case of Andrea Leadsom, with her denial of having played the motherhood card against the childless May. Unfortunately for Leadsom, the audio recording of the interview proved her denial worthless, and she withdrew from the race.

So Theresa is triumphant, and is now ensconced as Prime Minister. She’s gutted Cameron’s Cabinet – sacked Gove, and Stephen Crabb has resigned (or was he pushed?).

And then, and then, she announces that the new Foreign Secretary is to be Boris Johnson…

Just when we thought that things couldn’t get any worse, BoJo’s back, and as Foreign Secretary, no less. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry – and it would seem that that’s a common feeling shared by governments around the world. 

Oh lord, give me strength.

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A Marriage Proposal

With all the doom and gloom around as a result of Brexit; this cheered me up a bit.

How things have changed since the days I went on Gay Pride marches in London. Back in those days (the 1970s), the police were not at all friendly.


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