Diary Blog, 24 May 2022, with something about lost railways, and more on the Ukraine situation

Morning music

[Waffen SS contingent welcomed by Dutch citizens, 1940]

On this day a year ago

Industrial archaeology

Well put together and narrated.

War artist

Escalation in the Black Sea


Britain is co-ordinating with its allies on a potential plan to send warships to the Black Sea port of Odesa to offer a protective escort to ships exporting Ukrainian grain.

  • Britain, NATO and other nations could create a ‘protective’ corridor to Odesa
  • It would allow Ukraine to export large amounts of grain needed worldwide 
  • Denmark meanwhile announced it will send US-made missiles to Ukraine
  • The Boeing Harpoon missiles could help Ukraine to deliver long-distance strikes 
  • The Russian war in Ukraine has exacerbated a global food crisis

The plan would see allied navies clear the area around the southern port of Russian mines before protecting freight ships carrying the vital produce from Putin’s warships according to The Times.

Long-range missiles will also be deployed to deter any Russian attempts to sabotage the corridor.

[Daily Mail].

This is mad, and carries with it obvious dangers, both of direct conflict between forces of NATO and Russia, and also that the Russians will increase attacks on Odessa itself, to destroy the port area and perhaps the whole city. Odessa is the third-largest city of Ukraine.

It would be tragic were Odessa, a beautiful city in large parts (look on Google Earth or elsewhere), as well as one with a history going back 2,000 years, to be destroyed. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odessa.

[Odessa, c.1900]
[Odessa, 2020]
[part of the harbour area of Odessa in 1960, when it was the largest port of the Soviet Union]
[Chaika —“Seagull”— Beach, Odessa]
[Passage Galleries, Odessa, akin to Leadenhall Market or Burlington Arcade in London, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, or GUM in Moscow]
[Odessa Archaeological Museum]

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This worldwide situation is not straightforward but, in part, is the New World Order [NWO] and ZOG [Zionist Occupation Governments] in opposition to states not part, or so much part, of that (notably, Russia).

That Shaun Walker (Guardian drone) seems to have missed the way British TV reporters are often seen dressed and accoutred these days.

Journalists for major msm orgs are often pretty ignorant. I recall encountering an American in 1988, the only other customer in the rather nice marble-floored cafe at the old Warsaw Airport (the terminal I knew was remodelled in the 1990s, then demolished and rebuilt a number of years ago, the new one being finished in 2015).

Not many people were travelling from Warsaw —or to it— on that dark and snowy evening in mid-December 1988.

The American (I strongly suspect Jew) turned out to be the Newsweek correspondent for not only Poland but the whole of Eastern Europe, though based in Bonn, then capital of West Germany.

Conversation revealed that said American knew little about Poland, even as compared to me, and I myself was little more than a casual visitor who had been there a few times.

Also, imagine the idea— the whole of Eastern Europe covered by one unimpressive “journalist” who did not even live in the region!

The readers of the American news magazines, UK/US newspapers, and the audience for TV reports, give the reporters more credence than they usually deserve.

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There are two sides to almost every story.

I have driven past there a few times, though quite a few years ago. Picturesque.


More music

[Ukraina Hotel, Moscow, where I myself stayed in 1993]


I am at present about halfway through reading The Stasi Files: East Germany’s Secret Operations Against Britain, by Anthony Glees, which was published in 2003.

Just saw this hearsay comment (somewhere else):

The nostalgia referred to is called Ostalgie in German. Ost means East and Nostalgie means Nostalgia. Well, East Germany is still behind the Western part of the country, sadly. And the Ostalgie is there for a reason. I once talked to a man, an Ossie, a former East Berliner. In 2010 he told me: “I used to have one job. I couldn’t go where I wanted, for example Paris or London. But I could go on vacation to Prague, Budapest and the East-German and Polish coasts. We always went on summer holidays. Now, I have two jobs, and I barely make enough money to sustain myself. I can’t go anywhere these days. I haven’t been on a holiday for over 20 years now.”

Again, every story has at least two sides. The repression noted by the author of the book I am presently reading was real, but that was not the whole story, just as a picture of happy, perhaps wealthy, Americans enjoying the surf in Southern California is not the whole story about the USA.

I myself only saw the DDR/East Germany for a couple of days (in the summer of 1988). Not a terribly good impression (I have blogged on or around it in the past) but I have seen worse.

I sometimes wonder whether the East German rulers would not have been better to allow more travel to the West, and to allow their citizens to stay and work there at will. They might have found that quite a few returned, in the end, if given more freedom to come and go.

Of course, the drain of population East-West from 1945-1961 (1961 being when the Wall went up) was part of the reason, to stop that drain, but the Wall was a propaganda coup for the West. How could it not be? What kind of state needs to imprison its citizens? Etc.

The same factors might have been true of the Soviet Union.

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As usual, poor Brits are last in line; as usual, those who give nothing are first to be given whatever.

Three guesses what kind of “anti-racists” will be organizing and influencing this nonsense? That’s right— “them” (((them))).

Every. Single. Time.

Late music

8 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 24 May 2022, with something about lost railways, and more on the Ukraine situation”

  1. Hello Ian! That place in the Cotswolds is really gorgeous, England at its best. Your countrymen (at least the majority of them) had/have a wonderful feeling for beauty in regards to Nature, that is why English gardens are the most beautiful. It was not a coincidence that towards the end of the 18th century, the most sensitive and refined European noblemen (particularly in France, Germany and Russia) began to employ English gardeners and designers to landscape their estates.

    This passion for things “made in England” was particularly strong among the Russian aristocracy during the reign of Catherine the Great and carried on under Alexander I. I have a book that dedicates a whole chapter to the work of the English landscape gardeners in Russia from 1770 to 1800.


  2. Very good observation and comment of yours regarding the former DDR. I fully understand and sympathize with that old East German. We, educated and brought up in the West, with its perverse materialism and glorification of wealth and success, lost sight of what matters most. Sure, Communism was hateful and cruel but it at least provided some security and protection to the working classes.

    Around the 1980s, the greedy bastards running the Western world drop their masks and imposed a most cruel and rapacious capitalism (Reaganomics in the USA, Thatcherism in the UK) that ruined the working class and now (thanks to the plan-demic) has practically destroyed the middle class. Hitler was right (as always): “The state must not be at the service of the economy, is the economy which must be at service of the state”


  3. Here is a beautiful video from the French government (the palace of Versailles and its gardens are maintained and administrated by the State) about the restoration of the Royal Chapel. As a bonus all the videos of the series come with English subtitles; merci! (LOL)

    What amazes me is the admirable attitude of the French ruling classes that, since Napoleon I, understood perfectly the importance of preserving the wonderful national monuments and buildings, something that the English State failed miserably and shamefully to do. Almost all great restorations in England were carried out by private organizations without almost any support from the government.

    Another thing that is admirable is the way the French State has preserved all the traditional crafts with the creation of the National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts in 1794. Today it controls nearly 160 schools where young French men and women learn the techniques that enable them to recreate or restore sculptures, paintings, tapestries and pieces of furniture.


    1. Claudius:
      As you say, the English tend to eschew State direct involvement, not only in respect of ancient buildings etc, but in terms of the lifeboat charity, even air ambulances (helicopter ambulances). Almost all are charities, not State or official.

      It is just the English way. Sometimes worse, sometimes better than the more centralized French approach.


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