18 Jul 2016


It was warm although the sun was not shining and we sat on Ilona's terrace with a nice fresh drink and chatted about ...... politics  ! Not like we are supposed to do, chatting about grandchildren, family, to do household works, no we started first with the terrorist attack in Nice, and came to the conclusion, that the actual situation is like a 3rd world war, only not in the classical worldwar style, but different. it can hit you everywhere, anywhere and finally you are not safe at all nowhere in the world. The best thing to do is live our life and enjoy it to the fullest before a car hits you when you cross the street.

Then we thought with the looks of actual politicians it's no wonder ....

Unfortunately they are not in a mad house, but working hard in politics. I wonder if they are twin brothers ? Maybe they have the same father and were adopted by different mothers ?? Fantasy has no limits !

Then we talked about the Brexit and all the British people living here in Belgium who have asked to become Belgians. I can't blame them, because I had never thought that the British government was such a mess !

So far everybody thought that the British people were disciplined, honest, and that at least their government was also like this. And then came the Brexit, which nobody understood, not even the British people themselves.  Ilona said that this referendum was a big mistake, it is just as asking a school class if they prefer holidays to school. Most of them would choose holidays, only those who understand that learning is very important would vote for school.

We ended our chatting with the Belgian politicians, and the fact that this little country of 11 mill inhabitants has now 14 ministers, which sounds a lot, but compared to 2011 when we had 67 it has improved. Of course they still cost a lot of money, especially now with the bodyguards for each one because of the terrorists !

When we realized with what subject we had spent the whole afternoon, we had to laugh, because the world didn't get better ! We hadn't improved anything !

Sundays Waterloo is a ghost town ! All shops closed, only restaurants open. 

It is empty, because there is nothing to do, not even a café to sit outside. During holiday times you see some tourists, visiting the church and the Wellington museum and then they leave.

But now there are quite a lot of tourists at the Waterloo Lion and the new built restaurant, which is the only one there, so you have no choice if you want to eat or drink something is very busy.

I went there to see if this time the soldiers did their weekend performance. The restaurant's terrace was full and indeed the soldiers were there !

They walked a little around, and then shot with these old guns which made a noise like a canon shot and flames came out of the gun. I was just chatting with a couple of English tourists with their son and daughter in law, when we jumped into the air not prepared to hear that shooting. Then the soldiers sat down and had a beer.

I explained a bit about the new site and how it was before and they told me that were not happy at all with the announced Brexit as for them now holidays are expensive, the pound compared to the Euro has almost lost half of its value.

Then they continued their way and I returned home, it was very hot and stuffy, no sunshine but no thunderstorm either.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - it's just not an easy time ... but is interesting - and now having vote out .. those people need to get on with it and not grump! I voted to stay in .. but who knows where things will lead ... cheers Hilary

Andrew said...

I am not saying Brexit is a good idea or desirable, but to understand you have to know how so many older British feel, that is disenfranchised and a stranger in their own country and swamped by foreigners. The sheer numbers are mind boggling. In my opinion some of the antipathy by the British towards Brussels is deserved. The EU knew that British people were unhappy with their situation and yet the EU did nothing. Many British people don't even know how much money comes back to Britain from the EU. Haha, the people of Scotland seem to know, though. I doubt there will be a huge dishevel of people having to leave countries where they are established. Already Britain has assured this for long term residents from overseas, without them being citizens.

Fun60 said...

Thank you Andrew you have explained it very well.

Anonymous said...

I guess you and Ilona need to run for public office! ;D

Betty said...

Sitting around and discussing politics would never be good for my health. I consider politics a necessary evil in a democracy...this year more than ever. The only good thing is that the comedians have a lot to work with nowadays.

Claudie Cartereau said...

With Theresa May, the new first Minister, all will be ok ! We hope for England and Europe ! I miss Waterloo soldiers !