It happened at the start of the first Gulf War some 23 years ago and it happened in 2008 when the Russians and Georgians fell out and it’s happening again now. Only deeper and more tangible. Fear at the Towers. It also happens when North and South Korea shake their fists at each other and when Japan and China re-kindle their membership of the ‘Truculent Neighbour Club’, but……………..as they are so far away, it doesn’t seem quite so threatening.
At the moment it’s very different, very real, very close.
A pervasive sense of inevitability, of powerful numpties teetering on the brink, daring the other to blink first. Disaster looming.
Here at the Towers the worries of last week ( a new heating circulation pump required and a service for the Toyota etc etc) have been put into perspective by events in the Ukraine and the aspirations of the lunatic Putin and his ilk. These are days where we may actually see lots of folks, close to home, kissing their bottoms goodbye. We may even have to kiss our own. Worrying times.
Anyway, that said, pumps. Anyone know where I can get a bronze circulating pump, on the cheap?
Also, for what it’s worth, I’m open to offers for the Black Sea time-share I bought off that bloke Dimitri in the Dog and Hammer last year. It’s handy for Sevastopol and beer is cheap there…apparently. A competence in Russian will help you to blend in with locals as will, they say, a proficiency at waving a white flag.