US, Poland Sign Missile Shield Deal
Under the agreement, the US will install 10 interceptor missiles at a base on the Baltic coast in return for help strengthening Polish air defences.
Russia reacted angrily, saying that the move would worsen relations with the US that have already been strained severely in the week since Russian troops entered separatist enclaves in Georgia, a close American ally, the New York Times reported.
Moscow has said the project will upset the military balance in Europe and has warned it will be forced to redirect its missiles at Poland.
The US says the system will protect itself and Europe against long range missile attacks by "rogue states."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is reported to have cancelled a scheduled visit to Poland shortly after the deal was announced.
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I love San Diego. Smashing place indeed. I guess what I should have said in my post is "nr. San Diego". In the case of 'Somewhere In Time' it is, however, one of those extremely rare cases where the film (which as I said is set mostly on Mackinac Island) is better than the novel by Mr. Richard Matheson.
One cannot help marvelling at Jane Seymour in the film either. The late lamented Christopher Reeve is in it too... in a refreshing non-Superdude role :-)...
I'll have to pay the 'Hotel Del' a visit some day. Me lady-friend lives in Newark, CA at present. I'm planning a trip to CA in October so I'll ask her to take me to 'Hotel Del'.
"set in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado (as opposed to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island..."
Actually, the "Hotel Del", as it's known locally isn't in San Diego. It's in Coronado, on the other side of the bay. It's big, beautiful, and expensive! I've been in it, looking around. It's made entirely of wood,and has some of the most extraodinary chandeliers I've ever seen. (I was stationed in Coronado for four years.)
I really appreciate your input, sir. All I know about the area is what I have gathered from said film which is among my favourite flicks of all time. Oddly enough the book of the same title (i.e. 'Somewhere In Time', a.k.a. 'Bid Time Return' by Matheson) is actually set in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado (as opposed to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island). What a gorgeous place it seems to be. I really long to spend at least a weekend there with my amazing lady.
How are you, by the way? Nipper? Indoors? How are the both of them? Still rocking and rolling?
'Sayonarra' for the time being...
That was the text 'massage' from me mucka... verbatim, I swear... He's never been renowned as a grammar, spelling or punctuation guru of note! He so oft times places the apostrophe in places we literate folks wouldn't dream of, oh bless him!
It's a common occurrence, I am afraid! All I can do is try to improve people's spelling and grammar but at the end of the day there's always gonna be a meff who'll write:" WERE CLOSED DU2 A GAS LEEK" :-D... or "He was a gluten for punishment" or better yet "Please use the ashtray's not the table"... For everything beyond everything else there's AmEx :-D
Here in the US we are all Americans, but there are Irish Americans, Italian Americans, African Americans, Cuban Americans, German Americans (like Bill), Russian Americans, Greek Americans, etc. The surname is a lead as to what part of the world your ancestors hail from. You are still a Scouser, born and bred, it is just that you have either a Bulgarian or some sort of Eastern European in your family background. Are there any Anglo-Saxon or even Celtic names like Ilchev? I don't think so. Just look at all the people you get when you Google Ilchev - all Bulgarian dudes. Don't worry, I am not accusing you of being Bulgarian, God forbid! A fate worse than death! lol
My biggest dream as far as US visits are concerned is to pay Mackinac Island a visit. We are talking Lake Michigan territory. Ever since I watched 'Somewhere In Time', I have longed to spend at least a weekend there. Hopefully, me bird and I will re-create the film's scenes at the Grand Hotel.
You will be looking a very very very long time in Lake Michigan for Mackinac Island.
It is found in Lake Huron, to the East of the Mackinac Bridge, Lake Michigan is on the West Side.
Just a friendly geographic tip from a born and bred mid-westerner.
I almost become inwardly apoplectic with rage when our nippers refer to verbs as 'doing words'. Honestly, for feck's sake! Our mindless nanny-state New Labour government are just enthralled by the prospect of pulverising our land's education's past glories.
It is also a fallacy that Primary schools place such great emphasis on subjects such as World Religions, Animal Science and other such. People under ten need to have their English and Mathematics nurtured. Our best-selling education author and television journo, Bernadette Tynan of Channel Five fame (a very fit bird, I hasten to add.. and a far more vivid personality than I could ever hope to be) has already presented her damning verdict on our country's current grass-roots education system. We are ranked twenty-third in the world and that might very well be flattering considering the textspeak fads and earnest flirtations with illiteracy that we countenance on a daily basis. By the way, Bill... another mate of mine from Fazakerley (we're going back a fair few years) thought that 'octogenarian' meant someone with eight limbs :-))
Not necessarily a "doing word", either. There are transitive and intransitive verbs as well, but right off the top of my head I can't recall what group that belongs to. Are they moods as well?
When I started teaching English in an adult night school in Bavaria, I asked my basic question. Who is the 1st person, who is the 2nd person and who is the third person?
(Come to think of that, I left "person" out of the list of characteristics, didn't I?)
I don't know what the textbooks say nowadays, but I define "person" as follows:
1st person = the person speaking
2nd person = the person spoken to
3rd person = the person spoken about.
One place where British and American English differ widely is the so-called collective nouns, i.e. where one noun is used to describe a number of things or people.
British usage is to use a plural form of the word, based on the components of the group, whereas American usage is the singular, based on the group itself.
I always have to stop and think when I see, say, a sports report in British English, like "England are doing well". To my mind, "England" is singular.