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Friday, 27 January 2012
Oh My God!
Lady Magnon has just returned from a couple of weeks in Blighty, bringing back a few items of unwanted post for me; which included the above.
Just imagine how thrilled I was to learn that my BANK ACCOUNT and BRANCH has been SOLD to Spanish wonder-bank SANTANDER.
My bank has seen many changes over the years. I set up my first account with them in 1964 when they were known as 'Williams Deacons', a small private non-clearing bank in the City of London. This later became 'Williams and Glyns', and eventually turned into RBS... I stayed with them simply because I was too lazy to change.
So, am I worried? Well a quick glance at Standard and Poor's international credit ratings tells me that Spain has a credit rating of A with an outlook of 'negative', whereas the UK has a credit rating of AAA with an outlook of 'stable'.
One might have expected things to have been the other way round, and RBS bought Santander!..... I wonder if the National Bank of Greece also put in an offer!
Q. Why do you think the man in the top picture looks so bloody SMUG? No prize for the plainly obvious answer!
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!