It's Thursday the 31st of August, only 4 months to wait for those who celebrate Christmas. Time goes faster and faster and, as a result, it is already time for us to publish our newsletter for week 35.
First off, our thoughts go to the many victims of the flooding in parts of Texas and we hope that the authorities can take long-term initiatives to prevent future catastrophe. A storm like that shows us that we are frankly powerless against nature, but we can prepare for it.
Turning our attention to the business which most of us rely on to pay our bills, in this week's issue we focus on the UK, where we have interviewed not only a specialized ship and barge owner, but also a a shipping veteran of 47 years. It isn't everyday that we can provide living proof of such a long and distinguished career, so read on!
I personally started in 1980, so I am getting there, and in those days telex was the main line of communication. I recall that on my 18th birthday in 1981 I received a telegram from my father onboard Pepnautica, a ship in the Indian Ocean. Who knows about telegrams these days?
Finally, I wish to comment on the subject of the UK and Brexit. life goes on regardless. I recall how our politicians scared us about the consequences if we rejected the Euro and it turned out that we in Denmark have done okay, if not better than many other Euro countries. The UK will prevail also in the future, judging by the way Brussels is operating these days.
Wishing you a pleasant read and, until next week,
Bo H. Drewsen