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We have a number of British visitors here in the United States this week. And the yare very welcome indeed.

Prince Harry is making the rounds of various sites (avoiding strip billiards this time I trust).

Prime Minster David Cameron is meeting with President Obama to discuss the various issues of the day (why can’t they both turn to ATW for advice?).

I also understand that the English Football team is in New York City and visited the Manhattan Orphanage. “It is good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible,” said Timothy Jones, age 6.

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23 thoughts on “Guests of The Nation

  1. This is still not the peak tourist season, but NYC already has very large numbers of tourists from Europe and elsewhere. You see them all over the city.

    Despite a rough global economy, New York City tourist numbers continue to rise to new all time highs every year now.

    They’re very welcome.

  2. For the record the English Football team line is an old joke.

    Phantom – yes, they are out and about, I give direction about three times a day.

  3. You see a lot of French and Germans too. I thought that they all took vacation in August!

  4. We’ll see who has no hope on 29th May at Wem-ber-lee when the Rep of Ireland come to town.

    You heard it here first: England 5 – 0 Rep of Ireland

  5. Pete – given you split allegiance that must be terrible for you.

    Of course we Yanks have a rather poor World Cup history (the gents that is) but I take solace in the fact that we don’t have much emotion invested in it.

  6. Which just goes to show that there is still a lot of goodwill from us Brits towards you miserable Americans…
    We were discussing cultural differences this last weekend with old friends.In days gone by we had all lived and worked with Americans, and two of their children have married Americans. W were saying that Americans tend to socialize on “neutral” ground i.e. eating out, whereas we Brits often entertain friends at home.

  7. Nifty title. Have you read the short story by Frank O’Conner? – a gloomy masterpiece; based on a real event in Ireland’s War of Independence.
    One of the best accounts ever of the sadness of war IMO.

    BTW, the term “Silicon Alley” has just arrived here to describe NY’s .com industry.
    I checked it out and found it’s been around for about 15 yrs!

  8. Noel – Yes I have read that story, a haunting little piece. I think I may have used that title here before, I always thought it a great one.

  9. Obama just landed outside our building a little while ago…maybe he’s meeting Cameron in NYC…at least they won’t disrupt our commute home unless I end up having to work until 10pm…bah!

  10. Obama and Cameron already met and had the joint press conference. Obama is up here for some fundraising.

  11. Then he really better not disrupt my commute home if he’s just here for the $$$!

  12. Obama just landed outside our building a little while ago…maybe he’s meeting Cameron in NYC…at least they won’t disrupt our commute home unless I end up having to work until 10pm…bah!

    You mean you’re not being evacuated to a hotel for security reasons until the event is over like the good people of Fermanagh? Seems a bit unfair.

  13. Obama is up here for some fundraising.

    He is always here for fundraising. He is a gombeen man, the ultimate part time president.

  14. “You mean you’re not being evacuated to a hotel for security reasons until the event is over like the good people of Fermanagh? Seems a bit unfair.”

    They cardon off the sidewalks and block the use of the Vietnam Vet Plaza and flood the area with police. I haven’t looked in a while but there are also sharpshooters on the rooves of the surrounding buildings. When Bush was pres, we had to stay away from the windows so he wouldn’t see our signs telling him ‘to go home’ among other things……;-) Only joking…we weren’t allowed near the windows so our pretty shiny things wouldn’t be mistaken for flashes from weapons or something like that…some of us also move rather suspiciously I guess and might distract the shooters. Anyway…most people don’t take any notice of president’s landing outside our window anymore unless we have visitors from our other offices/countries — I guess seeing the pres is unusual for them so they turn into momentary gawkers.

  15. mahons

    Yes, they all are.

    Every one of them ( presidents , all the House and Senate members ) belong in Leavenworth.

  16. “we weren’t allowed near the windows so our pretty shiny things wouldn’t be mistaken for flashes from weapons or something like that”

    Eh? You weren’t allowed near your own windows on your own property?!

    I’d like to see the Secret Service tell me not to stand by my own window.

  17. mmmm, let’s just say we were strongly advised against standing near the windows lest we be mistakenly shot. That was more or less right after 9/11 but things are much less ‘secure’ nowadays. Those of you from the north: I remember being advised not to take photos with a flash while the BA and RUC were around because they might mistake the camera’s flash for a flash from a weapon/bomb/etc (and of course, they wouldn’t much want their photos taken anyway)…don’t know if my hosts were being overly cautious or not but I always thought the warning to steer clear of windows when the pres was coming and going were along those same lines.

  18. I was yelled at by British Army personnel when I took non flash photos in Belfast back when.

    Oh if only I had mighty Pete to defend me. He would surely have straightened them out on the spot.

  19. Oi Yanks….You can keep Cameron, send him to Gnome or Keokuk just not back here.

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