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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Interesting Geography...

The Monk freely admits that his geography of some countries is a bit woolly, but he can generally locate them in the right places on the various lumps of land called continents and get them in the right hemispheres. He can also generally identify where certain key things, like the pyramids, various canals and major shipping routes are.

So he is always rather surprised - and sometimes dismayed - when someone who has sat next to the 'throne' of the US or some other major power, can't.

And a former speech writer for a US President would, one would think, know that the Panama Canal is not located in Egypt. Apparently not, because that is exactly what a certain Chris Matthews, once President Carter's speechwriter has just dropped on a live TV show on MSNBC. According to Mr Matthews, the instability in Egypt is a purely local matter, the great thing, he says, about Egypt is its always been there and it has great assets, like the Panama Canal....

Oh dear. I don't think navigation is a strong point with him either. Either that or someone has pulled off a major shift of continents and The Monk hasn't realised it...

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