Language Lessons

I hope that everyone is having a nice weekend – the fall weather is starting and leaves are starting to turn. Luckily, the weather service was wrong yet again and today is supposed to be a nice day weather-wise. Far be it for me to complain either way. If I get up and both feet hit the floor unassisted, I … Read More

Whoosh

No, please don’t think that I’m in any way doing an infringement on Nike (FYI, they use Swoosh)…this is WHOOSH ie. the sound the toilet makes when you’re flushing. Ever since Mike prevailed upon me to write the ‘occasional’ column, it has morphed into a regular (almost) weekly dealio – I’m not complaining but just saying that, in the beginning, … Read More

Truth, Sanity & Reason

It has been an interesting week. The Donald labelled China, “a currency manipulator”. Leaving aside the fact that every single country ‘manipulates’ (sic) its currency to some degree, overtly and/or covertly, China has been adroitly and expensively (to it) manipulating its currency to maintain its level to NOT FALL. So they showed Donald and withdrew a degree of support…in 2 … Read More

The People Are Singing But is Anyone Listening?

So, at long last, Boris Johnson is now, as Ivanka Trump put it so cogently, Prime Minister of The United Kingston. Notwithstanding his previous adamantly categorical assurances of a No-Deal Brexit being “one in a million”, he has less than 100 days to get a deal done and his demands that the EU reopen its previous agreement and that the … Read More

Let’s Be Careful Out There

So I’m taking a break and decided to write the column today…I’m in the process of negotiating a reasonably complex deal between someone in Malaysia who wants to sell wood, someone in China who can cure and prepare it, someone in Pakistan who will do the final manufacturing, and someone in the USA who wants to buy the finished product … Read More

Flakier Fake News

President Erdogan of Turkey – oh, hell, let’s call him Emperor…I mean the guy just moved into a new 1000 room (no, I am not making it up) ‘office’ so shouldn’t he have a title commensurate with the building? All right, then, if you insist, we’ll call him King….anyway, he’s gone through with the purchase of the Russian missiles and … Read More

It Ain’t A Pretty Picture

I sat down to write what I thought would be a simple column but how this stuff adds up….it accumulates faster than Kangde Xin Composite Material Group Company’s manufacturing of profits; for those of you unaware, they didn’t just manufacture laminating film but also manufactured (sic) profits – from 2015 to 2018, RMB 11.9 billion of them ie. US$1.729 BILLION … Read More

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

Some interesting facts issued forth this past week – I use the word, “facts”, deliberately and advisedly as so much of what we read/hear today only loosely fits that classification (if at all). I am addressing not only the issue of fake news, however defined, but also the deliberate slanting of the raw data used to generate the so-named facts. … Read More

The Jerks Are Jerking Us Around

Good afternoon from Canada – land of the stockpiled canola and the embargoed pork.   Well, those of us concerned with international trade can breathe a little easier (but probably not for long). China and the USA have agreed to talk some more and, in the interval, Huawei gets a lifeline for parts and everyone else gets a lifeline from … Read More

Way Too Much Happening

First off, it was this, the 2nd week of June, that saw such a huge change for the better in the world’s fortunes 75 years ago. Nations put aside their differences and worked together to overcome the hate and tyranny espoused by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and proved that working together could be done and that the whole was greater … Read More