Oh god, what is it about those nights when there are so many subjects I’d love to cover in the blog, and can only do 2! And all this on a day when I’m running miles behind par, because the body hasnt wanted to behave today.
Thankfully, one, in Strasbourg, I cant strictly comment on, because its Euro Politics, and I’m still a civil servant (Politically neutral) until they finally get around to confirming that I need to be put down, sorry, medically retired, so I mustnt. But seriously, anyone who knows me will know what I’m talking about, and how I feel about it.
The other I’m not doing (and again would need to be done today), is a sport I cant stand, but suddenly, after decades of being ignored, women’s football (soccer) is suddenly cool because England are in the semi finals tonight, against the USA. Yes, the main thing that amuses me is not anything about the game, but the increased interest in the sport, in a nationalistic way, that will be over by tomorrow, unless by some miracle England win!
Strictly I could also have done the changing of the guard thing at Wimbledon yesterday, with the defeat of Venus Williams by a 15 year old American girl, but having seen the latter’s mother on the new tonight, and her ‘how wonderful am I’ attitude (it was her daughter that won the match after all), that I’d probably wish to slap her hard, so…
Lets do a moderately feminist thing, sports related. Its fair to say that Horse Racing, especially the flat version has always been called the sport of kings. Principally because you need to have that much money to get involved lol. This generally means that the chances of the big prizes going beyond a very small number of people is virtually zero. One of those at present, is the ruler of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed. No, thats not his full name, but that will do for now.
Like so many in that corner of the world, a lot of his deals seem to be dodgy, he has more than the standard number of wives (6), and a ridiculous number of children (officially 23, but supposedly over 30 if you include ones outside of marriages). Like a lot of countries in that corner of the world, the rights of women are pretty awful, if any at all.
Not so long ago, one of his daughters tried to escape the ‘gilded prison’ she was forced to live in, by escaping with assistance, by sea. Unfortunately, the Sheikh coerced the Indian Government to stopped their escape yacht on some ridiculously trumped up charge, and she was returned to Dubai. Its fair to say that since then, he’s kept her under house arrest, drugged up to her eyeballs, and no longer a threat. I’m sad to say that a high up Irish politician was conned to going to Dubai, to supposedly show she was fine. She wasnt just being ’emotional’ as stated, but heavily drugged, but she fell for the story. Of course the fact the Sheikh does so much racing related business in Ireland, she may have been clouded by that.
Anyway, amusingly, in the last week or so, news has got out that one of his wives has escaped to Europe, seeking divorce in a very clear way. His response, to request her to be arrested, returned to Dubai, where god knows what he would do to her. Thankfully, up to now, Germany, and UK have ignored his request, I only hope it stayed that way, and she doesnt ‘mysteriously’ disappear, only to end up back in Dubai.
No, I dont think this will have any part in my marriage prospects with the Sheikh, even if I was a natural woman. He likes them far younger than himself, pretty, and fertile, so I miss out on all counts.
Amusingly, a racing newspaper was today defending him. Well, only amusing in the sense he owns it, and like everything else in his ‘kingdom’ anything put out is clearly heavily censored. But yes, I hope she remains safe, I hope she gets her divorce, and maybe the truth about how awfully he treats women gets out.
OK, rant over. The video, well there’s a few clues floating around, especially in the blog tile. This is 45 years old, oh good grief!
Put it this way, there are some places in the world that I’m unlikely to visit. For example, 3 places I’d love to visit, but would be hell for me to get to, as I’m not a fan of really long flights, are New Zealand, Japan, and Alaska. The latter I still hope to get to, some day, but suspect it will be post retirement (if I can then afford it?), but will probably do an overnight in the ‘main 48’ somewhere each way, en route, to aid my poor old body.
There are others I’m unlikely to visit, for other reasons. If I say that my only stop so far in the Deep South of the US, is Atlanta Airport, you probably get my drift! However well I pass, I think I’ll generally avoid redneck country, all the same. Russia, I’d also probably miss for LGBT reasons, even if my passport does now say I’m a woman!
But as the title hints at, this is a country I’m avoiding for more than LGBT issues, its the whole attitude to women thing! Yes, Saudi Arabia. Mind, as a good little submissive, I might enjoy doing things how I’m told to, and given my looks, covering my body, pretty much as a whole, might be a blessing! Who knows, if they could only see my fluttering eyelashes lol…probably not!
But at the same time, if in Rome, you have to do as the Romans do! Yes, earlier this week I saw an article where a German female politician went to Saudi Arabia, and refused to ‘cover up’ as required by local rules. I know, I know, their rules are horribly antiquated, but if you want to do business there, of any kind, you obey the local rulings! I also saw, in I suspect a related article, 11 things that women cant do in Saudi Arabia. I have to say eek, given that one of them is currently that women are barred from a branch of Starbucks, because the dividing wall between the genders has been taken down for repair work at present. Keeping me from my coffee, no! Not that I’m a huge Starbucks fan, but if thats all there is…?
So no, I’m not a fan of all those Saudi laws, but as I say, you know the rules when you go there, and have to abide by them. Alternatively, dont go there, but if you must…
Mind, as I say, a submissive like me might enjoy that sort of control, and I’m sure those Arabs have the money to give me the perfect female body? Oh fine, probably not going to happen…with luck!
Video time. I tried to think of something that worked, and this was the best I could come up with.