Friday, December 7, 2007

A Leaden Cucumber for Us?

We were planning to just say a sweet goodbye-and-see-you-soon before our upcoming

Leave of Absence #1,

that's a 7 to 10-day period, during which we will be on the road and possibly not in a position to post... and then it hit us again. You may think you're done with the blog, but the blog is not done with you.

It was such a heart-warming message that the French Minister of Agriculture was conveying through our very TV set. So they do know it's Christmas after all! He was going to loosen certain restrictions and allow French farmers to cultivate a larger portion of their land, because there are people in the world who starve. They're all waiting for the French grapes to arrive!

It just so happens that a couple of days ago we read how they solved their famine problem in Malawi. After one more disastrous corn harvest two years ago, they were indeed facing serious starvation problems over there. And then the new president Bingu wa Mutharika decided to henceforth ignore the suggestions and free-market preachings of the EU, the US -- and perhaps other U's we may be forgetting and the World Bank of course -- and subsidize fertilizers, which farmers there could absolutely not afford otherwise. Alas, no more free market in Malawi, they could go straight to hell! Well, they are now exporting corn to Zimbabwe. And the food aid that arrives there is being forwarded to Uganda.

The aforementioned U's do subsidize their own farmers. They just wanted Malawi to continue to export, say, tobacco and use the money to import their food. In that way U's would get the tobacco and the money U's would have paid for it. Hypocrites? U's?

This is not a Golden Banana anymore, this calls for a Leaden Cucumber up U's.


Dear Very Honorable Readers, as we said already, we'll be gone for several days. Posting is not guaranteed. Have a nice time this weekend, and let us remind you that you should air yourselves sufficiently -- physically and mentally.

By the way, as all Reading Heroes know, reading is a good way to air your mind, and helping Santa is another great one too! Dancing is highly recommended as well - it seems to keep Ms Quarks sane, sometimes. If you'd fancy some brain jogging, try and memorize the name of the Malawian President, see above. If you're German, you know what to do, we call it hiking.

In any case, be sure to enjoy whatever money you're making. If you absolutely can't, at least let somebody else enjoy it.


Bimmy the Bookish said...

Hello Rustav, Mimi, Sven and Rock Frog, and greetings of the season to you all!
We do hope you have a WONDERFUL time - you will come back wont you??
We just wanted to let you know that Sven and Rock Frog seem to have found their way into Frog's DAFTS Gallery - can you imagine?!
Thank you so much for all your support and frequent mentions, you are so kind.
Wherever you are, and wherever you are going, go safe, go in peace, go boldly!
With love from The Beach House Gang x

Bimmy the Bookish said...

OOOOOOPS!!!! Ive given Roufa Tav a new name - youchers, how did that happen??Maybe you can use Rustav as a pseudonym?!
Have gone to cover my face with brussel sprouts to hide my embarassment.

Roufa Tav Gosou & Mimi Lass said...

The DAFTS Gallery is super! We're honored! Thanks for the sweet words. We're back!