Glory be to God — but it’s Gloria I’m writing about, and it’s a little scary! We first met at Universal City, where Gloria had a bit-part in a film and I was hoping to interview a feisty English actress for a US magazine. I was very taken by Gloria when I first saw her. She had a great figure with incredible legs and dark eyes that drew you to her in the hope that one might discover a little more about this amazing woman.
We've had a rough time recently in the UK with terrorist murders in London and Manchester - and these vile assassins may strike again in the coming months. Fortunately, we've got our police, the army and our security services to protect us. But there are now threats of more riots, serious anti-social behaviour and unruly demonstrations on our streets. So where are the threats coming from? Well—there are escalating numbers of potentially violent Labour lefties. But there are also "nice" liberals who write for newspapers like The Guardian and broadcast freely on our once cherished and previously not too biased BBC.
There is apprehension with nervous indications all around a bar that is close to our House of Commons in Westminster. We have just had a 'Day of Rage' following on from the Grenfell Tower disaster in North Kensington. There weren't all that many protesters, although there were quite a few noisy Blacks and lefty White agitators with frequently illiterate messages on placards, such as: "May's coalition of milionares & bigots will not give truth or justice." "Our lifes end the day we become silent" and "Why do tragedys always happen under Tories?"
Think back a few years to the war in Korea when our best Western armies fought gallantly to dissuade Russian and Chinese Communist Northern forces from taking over in the South. It worked well for a while until the decidedly overweight Kim Jong-Un started making provocative noises about how he was going to deal with the North's perceived enemies, and particularly the United States. Initially, no one took this lunatic seriously. He was after all little more than a tubby joke - albeit with some support from China. But until recently, China wasn't taken too seriously on the international political scene. That has now changed, however. The Chinese are beginning to make an impact internationally, both economically and politically.
Most of us look back with horror at what Hitler did to the Jews – and the slaughter on an industrialised scale that took place in Nazi extermination camps in German-occupied Poland and Germany during the 1940s. After WW2 most of us were convinced that there could never be a second Holocaust – but we were wrong, and now suddenly the warning omens are surfacing again all over Europe and in the United States.
So - 1930s Germany and the Western world of today. Are there any serious similarities? Within the last five years, most of us would have said 'no - we've made a lot of progress since those dim days.' However, events have been moving rather swiftly lately, and it's maybe worth considering just where we are now.