Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY NAFTOGAZ OF UKRAINE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser DINING WITH A DICTATOR: Wondering what Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ate Wednesday night at their “social dinner” at the French colonial Metropole Hotel in Hanoi? Wonder no more — here’s the menu: shrimp cocktails, followed by grilled sirloin with pear kimchi, and a chocolate lava cake with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream for desert. They washed it down with dried persimmon punch. PLUS ÇA CHANGE: Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday evening’s vote in Westminster: The revolution has been called off, Prime Minister Theresa May remains in charge, she can continue to wield the threat of a no-deal Brexit, and the House of Commons will be presented with yet another opportunity, in another fortnight, to vote on May’s … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by Naftogaz of Ukraine: Dining with a dictator — Sweating over China — Is it Brexit yet?
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January 11, 2019 06:46 PM Tucker Carlson's worldview doesn't come across as particularly complex. It can be summed up in three words: Foreigners threaten America. That's all that's needed for good ratings. His show on the right-wing Fox News channel is among the most successful political shows on American cable TV. The mouthpiece of the American neo-Nazis, the Daily Stormer, has described him as "literally our greatest ally." His most prominent viewer is Donald Trump. In late November, "Tucker Carlson Tonight" once again tackled the subject of immigration, and, not for the first time, Germany. On the show, "Lessons from Germany" appeared in big red letters next to a photo of a grim German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her face framed by a Russian and a Turkish flag. Carlson was joined by a special guest from Berlin, a man with short, gelled hair sitting before a backdrop of the nighttime Brandenburg Gate dressed in a suit jacket but no tie: U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell. The … [Read more...] about Isolated in Berlin: Trump’s Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany
Get into the festive spirit early with some of these great events: PAID: Christmas Craftacular, Hoghton, Sunday, December 2 Hoghton Tower’s Christmas Craftacular returns. And it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Open from 10am until 3pm, you will find local crafts and have the chance pick up some unique Christmas gifts. There will also be Christmas music, street food and more. Admission is £2 per person, with under 16s going free. Father Christmas will be popping by too so make sure you pay him a visit. Separate charges apply. In addition, there will be Christmas Family Crafts taking place so you can make Christmas themed crafts for all the family.PAID: Family Reindeer Encounters, Wrea Green, from Saturday, December 1 until Monday, December 24Something very special is taking place at Wild Discovery on Ribby Road, Wrea Green, this December - it’s their new Family Reindeer Encounters. This is a family experience to meet Santa’s very own special … [Read more...] about 15 things to do in Lancashire this weekend
It may be 70-odd miles to the nearest coastline but Nottingham has got it in the back of the net when it comes to serving up award-worthy fish and chips. For the second year running The Cod's Scallops, in Carrington, is in the running to be named the Best Fish and Chip Shop in the UK at the chippy 'Oscars'. The Mansfield Road restaurant, which now has a private dining room upstairs, is up against five other chip shops for the number one spot. Seafish, the public body which supports the £10b UK seafood industry, revealed the finalists for the 2019 National Fish & Chip Awards today (November 20) with the winner to be announced on January 24. To reach this stage, the restaurants will have scored well from mystery visits to their respective premises in order to gauge quality standards. Key award judging criteria included great customer service, serving superb fish and chips and maintaining a first class dining environment. Judges were also looking for excellence in menu … [Read more...] about Nottingham fish and chip shop in running to be named best in UK
Sir Nigel Broomfield, who has died aged 81, ended his career in the Diplomatic Service as Ambassador to Germany; he was a diplomat almost by accident, having chosen the Army as his career. An outstanding athlete, Broomfield admitted that he saw the military as the best place in which to go on playing the games he loved – tennis, cricket, golf, rugby and, above all, squash. He won the Drysdale Cup, the national squash competition for schoolboys, for three years running and then in 1958, aged 20, the British Amateur Championship, a feat he repeated the following year while still at university. Broomfield’s choice of regiment on leaving Cambridge was the 17th/21st Lancers. It was, as a brother officer remarked, a strange decision, since Broomfield “loathed horses” and the regiment’s main pastimes were polo and poker. He was once reprimanded on parade for “dismounting without leave” – in other words he fell off his horse. But he proved … [Read more...] about Sir Nigel Broomfield, squash champion and Army officer turned diplomat who served as Ambassador in East, then unified, Germany – obituary