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| The Mill
June 24, 2016;
On a commercial site, avoiding
sensitive topics, like politics, is the best
policy, and I've managed to do that. This
time, I'll dabble just a bit in politics...just
a little toe in the water.
The subject is the Brexit, and I'm some-
what comfortable in bringing it up because
I don't have a strong opinion on what the
English should do with their lives. As
long as they don't attempt to take back
the U.S. and re-colonize us, I'm happy to
let them do with their country as they
wish. (An Irish friend thinks the English
are particularly dense, but an Irishman
would, wouldn't he?)
As you all know by now (how could
you avoid knowing?) the English have
voted to leave the European Union,
creating an unremitting chorus of "Henny
Penny, the sky if falling."
"Henny Penny" is supposed to be a
child's story, intended to teach. It has
not resonated...it is a sentiment that is
repeated so often, we don't even hear it.
Let me give you an example to which we
are both inured, although sometimes I
manage to catch myself. Let's say the
year has about 365 days. There is no
doubt that during one of those days
during the calendar year, the stock market,
or the value of the dollar, or the
temperature, is going to hit its low point.
Unless there is no movement, it is
inevitable. And when it does, the Town
Crier will scream, "stock
market hits lowest point of the year," as
though it were a crisis, and maybe even
create a sell-off. Well, yes, among 365
days of inevitable see-sawing, one of
those days has to be the lowest.
What of it? One day or another has to be
the lowest point. It is not really news, it is
just score keeping. Better to monitor
Buster Posey's batting average.
The Brexit vote is probably not
completely counted as I type this, yet the
predictions are dire. So, all of a sudden
everyone is a prophet and can read the
Nothing has happened yet and it is un-
likely that everything that does happen will
be negative. And if the result is more
negative than positive, is there a universal
rule that adjustments can't be made? Will
the European Union refuse re-entry if
the English want back in?
Certainly, arguments can be made that
the Euro Zone (is that what's it's called?)
has had a less than salutary impact on
the economies of many member nations.
In Italy, with which I am familiar due to
lots of trips there, the cost of many items
instantly doubled when the monetary
unit transferred from the Lira to the Euro.
That did not help the finances of probably
the majority of Italy's working class.
Just as surely, a case can be made that
a united Europe has provided very
welcome stability and consistency.
Again, it seems too early to either wring
hands in despair or drown oneself in
expensive sparkling wine. (I would have
said "Champagne," but that's French, and
the ability to import that product into
England might be jeopardized at this
point.) About all I can say with assurance
is that I am already tired of hearing the
news media talk about it, since there is
nothing to say beyond the obvious:
England has opted out. Bon Voyage.
Posted some pre-1968 Dunhills on the
English page, and an unsmoked Upshall P
along with some fine looking old
Charatans. An early, and even
earlier, possibly 1950's, Castello went
onto the Italian page, along with a brand
Tins still available.
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale. $100
Three Nuns 50 g. from Germany, before the
warning labels on the front. 1 tin each. $100
Balkan Sobranie 759 tall pop top 1 3/4 oz.,/50 gram
tin, 4 available. $400 each.
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.
For what it's worth to you, there are many more of
the Balkan Sobranie tins available.
New Tins arrived, including
Mephisto, Blackpoint, Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.