"As a child, I did also live for a few years in a Commonwealth country. The experience certainly broadened my horizons, but that was less because it was part of the Commonwealth than because I'd led a very sheltered existence up to that time."
Snap! And we might just mention the Commonwealth/Empire troops who helped make our present lives possible.
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"My dad annexed it in the late 60s when the neighbours were shopping at Agnews."
Mind you keep assuring the rest of your neighbours and your friends that you really want the whole business settled peacefully and that you're not really territoria;lly ambitious at all, but just want control of your own land and all that borders it.
After all, how else can you sleep secure at night?
"If not all elected representatives are party affiliated, then there is a problematic occurence whereby your formula is one out considering that the unaffiliated is not duty bound to be in agreement and therefore the majority becomes a zero rating and therefore not able to formulate decision making majorities. If more than one member is unaffiliated then the reverse decision is applicable and the ruling cohort are minus one in any voting scenario..."
I'm not even going to try to understand that at this time of night!
"We became a nation of debtors relying on other countries savings to keep us."
We also became a nation of travellers relying on untaxed aviation fuel and an overvalued currency to enable us to tip foreign waiters a week's wages at the cost of a few minutes' worth of our 'earnings'...
"Financial markets responded poorly to Thursday's much weaker-than-expected report, though pressure on Ireland has been building for days. The euro drifted lower, falling 0.3% to $1.3350 against the dollar, while prices of Irish government bonds plummeted. To borrow from the capital markets, Ireland now pays an interest rate that is 4.25 percentage points higher than Germany, the euro-zone's benchmark—the highest so-called risk premium since the introduction of the euro in 1999.
In recent weeks, some investors have begun to fear a Greece-style bailout for Ireland, though most observers say it is unlikely for now, in large part because Ireland has financed its budget until the middle of next year..."