1. Who’d live in Shropshire?

2. Joyanna:

Clearly, by now, we all know that accusing a man of sexual abuse is the sure-fire way to destroy your political opponent, and it’s been going on since the beginning of the republic, so this Roy Moore scandal is just another repeat of the same old thing.

All the pundits are patting themselves on the back about how “brave” the women are, for accusing all these men of sexual abuse, and how everybody is taking the ‘moral’ high ground.

Right. Until the next cocktail party.

3. That’ll ‘learn’ ’em:

Champions League draw: Chelsea face Barcelona with Spurs drawn against Juventus

4.  US economy might recover now:

Janet Yellen is leaving: is the US economy in safe hands?

5. Is it clever to do this?

[H/T haiku and the ghost of Chuckles]

7 comments for “Wednesday

  1. Mark in Mayenne
    December 13, 2017 at 18:06

    “Only buy Bitcoin with money you can afford to lose” – probably good advice.

  2. dearieme
    December 13, 2017 at 18:38

    I talked to my sister today, in Scotland “Had any snow?” “No, just hard frosts.”

  3. December 13, 2017 at 19:05

    Shropshire is a very fine county. It is full of stalwart English, associate-Welsh and other good folks. It grows the very best of food (and brewed stuff) – and don’t they know how to enjoy it.

    A firm chill is often excellent for things: it keeps under control many tree pests. Elsewhere (but why not Shropshire too, I ask, if this weather carries on) it brings the delight of ice-wine (Eiswein). And it makes a fine statement about CAGW – with which the independently minded of Shropshire find little of good.

    Hills to walk in a gently pleasant way, refreshed by the local beer and steak, chop or sausage – plus the chilly historical reminder that you can be frozen even to death at a mere 1,500 feet: just like that. And one of the gentlest walks is along a coral reef escarpment with brilliant views, laid down four hundred million years ago, IIRC in the southern hemisphere.

    On top of that, the modern world (and its growth economics) were both created and cradled in Shropshire. It still boasts the world’s first iron bridge and the world’s first iron-framed building (in Shrewsbury). It has a new town named after an engineer (Thomas Telford) who served the county, the country and the world very well.

    James should try Shropshire – though I suggest not before May and not later than September (given his circumstances and unless he is staying mostly warm indoors).

    Best regards

  4. December 13, 2017 at 19:28

    Mark – shall avoid it.

    Dearieme – always hard.

    Nigel – confession time. Every few weeks I do go to Shropshire and Wales. Not for a couple of months now though. I’ve a connection with Oswestry and Mold.

  5. December 14, 2017 at 02:56

    They still in Boar’s head (well, his cousin the wart hog) in my hometown of Naples Florida.

    Not sure if it’s at Christmastime, but a fine drinking song that is.

  6. James Wilson
    December 14, 2017 at 07:48

    It is amazing how cold it doesn’t get in Britain. I was at lattitude 44 in Maine one night in a cold snap in 1969, and without heat. It was -41C, -42F. It sounded like rifle fire all night, trees contracted until they split. I see you running in the lattitude 50’s.

    • December 14, 2017 at 08:56

      Continental versus the islander. They’re not comparable. Needs a post.

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