AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – BIG BEN IS SILENCED

14
Sep
As I write this we are under a mandatory evacuation order thanks to Hurricane Irma, but it looks like she is veering westwards, so we watch, wait and pray. By the time this goes to print, old Irma will have passed, and we will all be dealing with the aftermath.  I can honestly say that sometimes hurricane season does make me miss the grey but relatively boring English weather! This hurricane season has caused me to reflect a bit on the longevity of buildings and historical structures which have stood the test of time.  In particular, all Brits are...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – CALLING THE EMERGENCY SERVICES

31
Aug
As we race towards September, my mind always turns to the somber anniversary of 9/11, and the terrible toll it took on the emergency services.  These brave souls headed directly into danger in the burning Twin Towers in New York to save others.  I have always had a strong affinity, appreciation, and respect for first responders of all kinds, and this tragic event sixteen years ago underscores how these outstanding people really do risk everything to protect others. It is believed that terrorists chose this infamous date as it reflected the telephone number – 911 - which all Americans...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – MEN’S NECKWEAR

17
Aug
There has been ‘a bit of a kerfuffle’ (as the British say to describe a fuss) back in the land of my birth recently over the demise of the men’s neck tie in that bastion of civilization – the British parliament.  The UK’s House of Commons (roughly equivalent to the US House of Representatives) enjoyed a raucous debate recently when a Conservative (Republican equivalent) Member of Parliament (MP) raised the question of whether another MP from the Liberal Democrats (Democrat equivalent) was breaching the rules by wearing a shirt open at the neck. While a suit and tie is...