Through 2020 – FEBRUARY
The mildness of the year so far meant that in week one of February, white blossom was appearing on a red-
If January was the month of fires in Australia, February has been the months of floods for the UK. Time and time again the TV news pictures portrayed the living nightmare that people in the west and north were suffering under acres and acres and acres of floods, again and again. So it was a wet month and an incredibly windy one, not with massively high winds (but often around 45-
Almost certainly, not open for debate, the biggest news issue has been the development of Coronavirus, first in China and then in such varied places as South Korea, Iran and Italy, with lessor reportings elsewhere. Initially, I suspect, back at the end of January we watched as semi-
One of the, therefore, lesser news items from across the Pond was the Iowa Democratic caucuses, the first nominating contests in the Democratic Party primaries for the 2020 presidential election. This year this created more interest after a whole series of delays in counting and then in agreeing their results. It may appear a big yawn from this side of the Atlantic but you have to admit the cousins certainly know how to make a meal out of electioneering. More and more and more to come this year. Along the way the President was acquitted on impeachment charges while the rest of the world went, “I don’t believe it!” Amazing how popular he is – at least among the Republicans.
On this side of the water, a cabinet reshuffle followed by the resignation of the Chancellor, raised a few eyebrows as did, later in the month a resignation of a high level civil servant in a row about bullying. And who said politics was getting boring? The Irish election results raised a stir, breaking free from the usual two party system with Sinn Fein winning 37 seats alongside Fianna Fail’s 37 seats and Fine Gael’s 35 seats in the first-
So yes, the world continues to fuel the media news channels (with so much more than I’ve picked out here). We’re on the verge of Spring and wonder what more the environment is going to dump on us this year. Mildish, wet (very) and windy (very), has been the name of the game this month. Will it just be a vague memory lost in a year of health concerns? To cite the old Chinese curse (or so it is said), we are clearly living in ‘interesting times’! (May you live in interesting times”.)