Boris resigns (?)

Most of us by now will recognize an adulterated Turkish proverb doing the rounds: “When a clown moves into a palace, he doesn’t become a king. The palace becomes a circus.” Well, Boris, the clown has resigned and everyone hopes the circus will leave town along with the rest of the clowns, to be replaced with saner voices. But there is a question in all this: Why is he still sitting in Parliament doing PMQs? Has he really resigned? It would appear not. What is really going on here? For more, read on… Continue reading “Boris resigns (?)”

The AUKUS ruckus

This is a story that will not be going away any time soon. We all might live in a yellow submarine, as the Beatles would have it, but Australians now get to try their hands at nuclear submarines. Well, ‘Yellowcake’ is part of the process, isn’t it? And we aren’t talking about Betty Crocker here. Jokes aside, the AUKUS – Australian, United Kingdom and United States – agreement has many threads running through it, which we will unpack to a degree here. The general world view is that AUKUS is a sub-standard deal (pardon the pun) for Australia, a win for the United States and UK, a loss for the EU and France, and otherwise an unwise decision on the part of the Australian government. There again, opinions differ, depending on one’s geopolitical stance. So, let’s start unpacking. Continue reading “The AUKUS ruckus”

The changing fortunes of No. 10

There have been some goings-on at No. 10 in London over the past days. Cain and Cummings have ‘resigned’ – actually have been summarily dismissed. That’s ‘Dom’ Cummings and Lee Cain, the dynamic duo of Brexit and the fingernails-on-blackboards for Ministers and journalists alike. Apparently, not too many people are sad to see them go. Regarding their departure, as a friend of mine used to say, “Glad to see your back!” In other words, good riddance. Then, to top it off, Boris is self-isolating again, something about exposure to a mild flu virus. ‘Where’s Boris?’ is trending again on Twitter. We’ll look at the astrology of all that here and what it means. Continue reading “The changing fortunes of No. 10”

Tracking the special relationship

It has been stated in the past that the United States and the UK have a special relationship. The first most well-known reference to said relation was uttered in a speech by Winston Churchill in 1946, but there has been reference to the same since the 19th century. Many of us have heard the term ‘six degrees of separation’, referring to how we are all related to one another after some fashion by a string of six relations or acquaintances. There is an astrological measure that also refers to six degrees of separation between the US and UK, which is the subject of this post, among other measures. And there is one factor in particular, in evidence now, that is tracking both nations very closely, and which will signify very significant changes to come in both nations. Continue reading “Tracking the special relationship”

The US and COVID-19

This post is actually an update on the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, now called COVID-19. Here in Italy we have been in lockdown nationwide since March 10, which is the proper way to handle such an outbreak. We will get to why in due course. But, the particular focus here will be on the United States and its handling of this crisis, which will be reflected in the UK, too. It has yet to really affect the US. But it will, and hard, and that will affect the election and policy into the future, like the need for universal healthcare, for instance. We will examine that, too, and why, as I have many friends and all of my blood relatives in the US. What happens there will be particularly relevant to the world at large. COVID-19, as we have gradually found out, is anything but a ‘mild flu’, as many of our American leaders have tried to paint it. Continue reading “The US and COVID-19”

The UK’s new PM, Pt I

The UK has a new PM, having been selected as Leader of the Conservative Party. As of tomorrow (24 Jul 19) – one Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – otherwise known as Boris, will be sworn in as PM. Democracy in action. Oh wait…he wasn’t elected by the British people. He was selected by the Conservatives to head their Party. I forget that, as in Australia, people elect the political party, not the PM. So, what will this mean for the UK, Brexit and so forth? He says he is going to energize the UK. I expect he will, in more ways than one, if the featured pic is any indication. Continue reading “The UK’s new PM, Pt I”

What next for the UK?

With the recent announcement by Theresa May that she will be stepping down on June 7th, speculation is rife about who will take her place, and more to the point: What will happen with Brexit? From the last article, there is a forecast that very great changes are coming for the UK. And though that might sound ominous to some readers, it need not be so. There is a wider question, however, which is, what is to happen with the UK? A lot depends of how things go with Brexit. Halloween may be more trick than treat for the UK. Continue reading “What next for the UK?”

Ceres, the UK and life at the crossroads

There is more to the little world Ceres than meets the eye, both astronomically and astrologically considered. Ceres was long considered to be the largest asteroid in the main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter. But now evidence is emerging that little Ceres may not be an asteroid at all, and also that her origins may have lain farther out in the solar system than her current home – much farther out. And as it turns out, Ceres has more in common with Pluto than simply her mythology. The ancients knew more about the worlds that orbit our sun than they let on. Continue reading “Ceres, the UK and life at the crossroads”