Next ringside seat spectacle will be the Italian refurendum. I am holding out on buying Euros for a week, I definitely think I will get a better rate when the Euro goes pearshape next week.
I think PM May is playing a very good hand of political brinksmanship by leaving the Brexit negotiations to start in March. I suspect she will put them back until after the German elections, so she knows who she is dealing with. Interesting the candidates lining up to stand against M. Merkel.
With no Obama, and support from USA the Merkel years will come to an end. It is like a political Tsunami the way the old establishment order is being swept away. As huge as the Berlin Wall coming down.
I am pleased Donald Trump is going to improve relations with Russia. Or intends to. The old adage of keep your friends close and your enemies closer comes to mind! As a business person Trump will bring a completely different perspective to any negotiation.
Talking of Tsunami, those Canary Islands have been a ticking bomb for decades, yes the mountain is very unstable. Yes I think it will blow up and cause a massive disaster and fairly soon. That's why I insisted when we moved a few years ago we bought a house on high ground. We must be about 400ft above the Atlantic coast of Jersey. Great view though. Great Surf!
One thing we have to thank the Germans for in Jersey are our fortifications. There is a huge granite wall all around our island. We now maintain this wall at great expense, as we don't want land erosion.
We have so many underground bunkers, and a huge underground hospital the Germans built. They are fascinating to war historians. The Jersey Occupation Society look after these bunkers and open them up for visitors in the summer. For a little island we have so much going on.
I think the UK needs to invest heavily in buying home grown seasonal produce.
That is the consumer who needs to make that choice as a personal national investment.
I think we need to demand our Supermarkets supply UK produce. The cost of imports is rocketing, and the political will from Europe is to make it harder for us to import and Export. I am sad about this as I know many French producers will be seriously affected. We can quite easily impose high tarrifs on European alcohol. They intend to slap more tarrifs on our whiskey! I could get used to drinking new world wines, and the UK are planting new vineyards by acres like the Romans did when they arrived. The Chalk downland all through the south of England is superb for vines.
We have an excellent vineyard in Jersey too! We make Cider, so we can make Calvados style spirit.
we have a Brewary, and the best restaurants you could hope for, and sensibly priced.
We have Jersey Cows that produce the creamiest ice cream, and the Angus/Jersey steers make for very good eating. Jersey rare breed pork is another local business that is excellent.
Jersey has a very strong Farming heritage, we used to have a huge tomato growing industry, both under glass, and outdoor tomatoes. The Supermarkets killed off these industries, and purchasers didn't understand that outdoor grown tomatoes are a different product to ones grown under glass. The outdoor ones here were considered the premium tomato for local consumption because of the gorgeous taste. Yes thy may not look as perfect as glass grown hydroponic tomatoes, but I know what I would buy if given the choice.
The difference is is like buying white button mushrooms, or the brown chestnut button mushrooms. More expensive, but more flavour, texture and make for better cooking and eating.
I just want to see the Supermarkets supporting the UK producers.