checking out

Interesting day today. Not historically; perhaps best known for the guillotining of Marie Antoinette and the creation of the Walt Disney Co (every cloud….). But today marks the exact half-way point between the night of the announcement of London winning the Bid for the Olympic games in Singapore in 2005 (and what a night – see posting ‘To Paul’ of 20 Oct 2008) and the opening day of the 2012 Games. But despite all the good progress headlines were dominated by Nortel’s decision to seek Ch 11 bankruptcy protection thus jeopardising their investment and involvement in the event, quite possibly. Will they be the only sponsor to back out of the Games? – I’m not sure.

Also checking out this week is George Bush of course. I’m not sure he deserves the handle as the worst  President of all time. He’s had to deal with some  major frigging issues which would have tested the best of men. I’m not a fan of his; don’t get me wrong. But in compensation for being a dangerously bad leader of the gang, he has probably been the best language strangler in the last 50  years. The world will not miss his leadership but I for one  will miss his bon mots; some of his best:

‘They misunderestimated me’   – the classic quote

‘The illiteracy level of our children are appalling’ – I wonder why?

I’m honoured to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussain’ – now that’s magic

‘More and more of our imports come from abroad’ – v. insightful

‘It’s clearly a budget. It’s got lots of numbers in it” – just profound

‘Amigo. Amigo!’  – to Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi at G8 summit. 


Also checking out next season, Ron Dennis at McClaren F1 (Ferrari and Moseley win) and President Ramon Calderon at Real pain-in-the-arse Madrid. See you senor.

On a more permanent basis it’s kind of sad to say farewell to Patrick McGoohan brilliant actor, producer, director and, I guess, ultimate prisoner of his character portrayal of The Prisoner, No 6. Also Sir John Mortimer; barrister, raconteur , champagne socialist and author of Rumpole of the Bailey. And David Vine BBC sports commentator whose avunular style stimulated the growing interest in snooker and ski-ing in the 70’s. 

I think I’m in a relective kind of mood at the moment.


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About Paul

Having decided on a change of life by moving home from the UK to Italy, this is the story and thoughts of a man on a personal journey from the Blackpool Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, in search of la dolce vita. After several olive harvests he's now back in London but en route he shares his very personal perspectives on life.

6 thoughts on “checking out

  1. No doubt in my mind that Bush was the most destructive president in the history of the republic. It will take a generation or longer to undo the wrongs, misdeeds and sheer mismanagement of he and his administration.
    I can’t wait till the fuck-wit disappears back to Texas, I hope never to be seen again.
    Your sympathy is misplaced – save it for the incoming President who inherits this mess, God help him.


  2. Hi PP

    You forgot one of the major influences on children of the 70’s and 80’s – the great Tony Hart also sketched his last doodle.

    It’s a real shame for the man actually, as he suffered two severe strokes that meant he could no longer draw, which must have been devastating for him, he’s quoted as saying it was the “greatest cross he had to bear”.

    The Beeb have a really nice tribute to him here

    Let’s all have a quiet rub of the plasticine in his honour!

    Chin chin


  3. Strange how men go when there is no women in the house, well wives anyway.
    Don’t be so miserable – you have a bed a duvet and a hot water bottle – you are not on the street (not yet anyway) But I was also sad to hear about Tony Hart our kids loved him especially sarah. Must be sad when you cannot do what you always did.
    But the highlight of my week was the inauguration of Barack Obama – how good was that I got very emotional and I am not even American I am sure he will be a fantastic president . So I sign off pasta paulie maybe I will see you soon.

  4. Hey Carol,

    TBH i think it was a bit of PP’s own version of In Memorium bit on the Awards Shows, Carol.
    The SAG’s last night ‘featured’ among many the incomparable Paul Newman and the main honoree with the lifetime achievement was especally nice with special tribute to James Earl Jones (the voice of the Evil Empire, God and much more) and he too acknowledged PN.

    I went off on the lad over the shrub but couldn’t let him get away with any resemblance of ‘apology’ for that kind….. speaking of evil empires.

    Patrick McGoohan was part of a good cast in a court room drama playing a local juge in the US deep south we caught the last 1/2 of on the Sunday before he was gone… hadn’t otherwise seen him in anything in years.


  5. hey guys
    thanks for all your comments. tony hart will be sadly missed – I think he passed away the day after I wrote the posting. and you’re right mrs l and sf, let’s banish bush and welcome obama.

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