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Monday, 30 January 2017

New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 29 January 2017

Good morning everybody.

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Donald Trump, who is the New President of the United States, has banned practically everyone from going to America, which has sparked protests and demonstrations not only on the streets of towns and cities in the US, but also in countries around the world. Trump is a very dangerous individual who now occupies the position of the most powerful man in the world. It seems that the "hand holding" incident was nothing to do with some romantic affection, but was Theresa May supporting the 70 year old son of immigrant parents, who suffers from Bathmophobia, a fear of slopes or stairs. (I had to Google the word too.) With Trump in the lead, and Theresa May "standing shoulder to shoulder", (or more accurately peeping out from Trump's pocket), will anyone hold our hands as we are dragged down the slippery slope of international tension?

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In an historic judgement on the 24th January 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that government executive prerogative powers do not take precedence over Parliament, and that Parliament shall debate Brexit, prior to the triggering of Article 50. A judgement with which I completely agree, even though there are those misguided people who will still argue that the judiciary are interfering on the question of United Kingdom membership of the EU and there are elements of the media who continue to contend that judges are attempting to overturn the decision of the British people as expressed in the Referendum result of 23rd June 2016.
(Read the whole story at copy and paste link.)

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This week also saw the passing of another two great talents from the entertainment industry.
I was always a great fan of "Allo, Allo" and after watching all the episodes on television, I now have the entire series on boxed DVD.The exchanges between Rene and the other characters, together with his "introductions" were well written and often hilarious.
Gordon Fitzgerald Kaye (7 April 1941 – 23 January 2017), known professionally as Gorden Kaye,probably best known for playing Rene Artois in the British TV comedy series 'Allo 'Allo!

A great series and a great actor. R I P.
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Another of the great British actors who is no longer with us.
Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE January 1940 – 27 January 2017 was an English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades.
He had roles in over 129 films with dozens of television roles.

John Hurt R I P

Meanwhile, back in Jersey, there is a well known developer and builder who has secured yet another development contract.

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Developer Dandara was given approval to construct 12 homes on the land in St Peter, which is the site of the former "Living Legend-Jersey Experience" tourist attraction. The development will see nine four-bedroom homes and three six-bedroom homes being built on the site of the former tourist attraction, which announced that it was closing last year after 24 years of business. Dandara given approval to construct 12 homes on the land in St Peter. What a surprise. 

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A former bank in St Aubin is to be transformed into an Indian restaurant. Approval has be granted on an application to change the use of the old NatWest building opposite St Brelade’s Parish Hall . Great news. We used to eat regularly at the Shapla before Mia closed the restaurant. The "Spice House" which replaced it, we visited once which was more than enough. (Once too often in fact).It will be good to have a proper Indian restaurant in the village again and to renew our acquaintance with Mia and the family.

The Express seems to have gone very quiet with its weather forecasting role. Perhaps they are waiting for their new seaweed to arrive at 10 Lower Thames Street, but in the meantime it is still raining, or frosty, or windy (or both) or mild and bright, or snowing all dependant of course upon what time of day you happen to look out of the window.
Ce'st la vie.

Have a nice week. February 1st on Wednesday!! Another year flashing by.