My knowledge of the history of the region around Afghanistan is sketchy to say the least. In fact I am ashamed to say that I would find it difficult to put my finger on it on the map. You can imagine my surprise therefore when I read the 'On this day' paragraph in The Times this morning - and I quote:-
'In 1919 Afghanistan gained Independence from Britain after the signing of a Treaty on the 6th August.' So in 102 years not a lot has changed really has it?
It all seems such a long way away Geographically but how much closer than when it first gained independence. And twenty years of having British and American troops must have had a huge influence on the population - how difficult is it going to be to revert to how it was before? Let's just all hope that it doesn't descend into bloodshed. That does nobody any good at all.
It just always seems that regimes like that value life so much more lightly than we do, but maybe that is just how it is presented to us by our media. We have no way of knowing. And what can we believe about what anybody says. All we can say with certainty is that at present Afghanistan dominates the News.
I've searched the newpaper for the next 'most important' (ie where in The Times it appears) story and it seems to be that of Geronimo, the alpaca 'condemned to death' because a test has shown him positive for Bovine TB and his owner is trying to get his death sentence overturned. Any farmer who has gone through this with some of his cows will know the feeling only too well and the futility of trying to appeal against it. Not sure what it says about our society that the one is considered almost as important as the other.
Chilly grey day here .in fact now, in early evening it is still grey and chilly with a distinctly Autumnal feeling in the air. Already at half past seven in the evening the light is beginning to go and last night I noticed that the street light came on before nine o'clock.
For the last year I have had some kind of mole along the side of my nose - very itchy. Today I got my son to take a photo and send it to my doctor. The upshot is that he wishes to look at it and I have to go in to the surgery in a fortnight to see him. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say.
Well folks that is the sum total of happenings as far as I am concerned today. I still am not back to walking and exercising again although today I would say I am almost back to getting ready to start again - maybe tomorrow if the weather is a bit warmer. Take care everyone - and have a good evening.