One way or another it’s been a very bad weeks for news. We have had the major problems with the nerve agent given to the Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, plus Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who got contaminated when he went to assist them.
However, Theresa May got a better press this week than Jeremy Corbyn on her handling of the crisis by expelling 23 Diplomats, she also indicating that Russia was probably involved. This has now resulted in Russia today, (Saturday 17th March) also expelling 23 of our Diplomats. This could result in a possible return of the “Cold War” between Russia and the west. There is already talk of getting FIFA to take this year’s World Cup away from the Russian Federation.
We have also seen this week, three deaths of some very popular and famous people. First there was Jim Bowen a popular comedian who did “Bullseye” on Sunday afternoon on ITV. His famous saying was “smashing! lovely! now let us see what you could have won.” Jim Bowen had suffered some bad health of late after suffering several strokes.
It was also very sad to hear this week of the death of the brilliant Professor Stephen Hawkins. He had a outstanding brain even though he suffered from Motor Neuron Disease. He was an expert on “Black Holes” in our universe. He lectured on it and wrote a bestselling book about it that sold worldwide. I must be honest, it’s all Chinese to me. The most amazing thing about this brilliant man was, they told him after he was diagnosed MND, he would die within two years, but he went on to live into his 70’s.
I would like to round off this week of sad news, by saying that we have just lost a brilliant entertainer and comedian, Ken Dodd. He was brilliant in a very different way, he would put on shows that lasted over four hours. He never told dirty jokes, they may have had innuendos in them that a lot of modern comedians would call old hat, but they never offended anyone. I was watching the other night a tribute to him on BBC TV. He was being interviewed by Michael Parkinson, however, after Parky had asked Ken Dodd a question, by the time Doddy had finished replying, Parky was in such fits of laughter, he threw his script away. Very very funny. I will leave you with just a few jokes he told, which might put a smile on your face.
Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26