Thursday, 6 June 2013

Fence Painting !! Please Help Me Lord

Well its another sunny day here in the hills of Wales  and it looks like its going to hold out for another week or so at the least, but hold on that's not really a good thing, why? 

Because there is a lot of wooden fencing in Wales and most of it is in our garden and worst of all it needs treating. My wonderful girlfriend has been checking that weather forecast as regular as clockwork in order to nail me down to carry out the devilish task.

I wouldn't mind if the fence was just getting painted in the same colour all the way, oh no that would be way too easy. There is a trestle running along the top of it and that must, yes MUST go in cream, the rest of the fence is going in green. So have to take my time as we don't want the cream running on to the green, do we?

There is also a gazebo that need painting (can we call it painting just for the sake of this blog? Thank you!!) with the same aforementioned colours, however, this has three huge tressels on each side that will need extra careful attention. It doesn't matter how much you try and switch off when you are doing this sort of work, it is incredibly mind numbing, and makes you want to pull your hair out. I would sooner be in front of the computer writing my next book, my next best seller.

Well the missus is up in bed at the moment and I am down tryna do my computer thing before she comes and gets me with the fence painting materials. I am a llittle down yes, but there is one thing I have to admit, it does look good when its done and thats what its all about really.

I want to start adding interesting news story that caught my eye in my blogs so here we go.

Its not all doom and gloom but today I was reading about Syrian Unrest

The US has condemned the Syrian military's attack on Qusair, a strategic town over which it gained control after a bloody siege.

The White House also called on Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to withdraw fighters from Syria, where they have been helping government troops.
A BBC team that visited Qusair found that it was in ruins.

Meanwhile, France said growing proof of chemical weapons use in Syria "obliges the international community to act".

However, President Francois Hollande cautioned: "We can only act within the framework of international law".

He spoke hours after Syrian government forces retook full control of Qusair, after fierce fighting lasting some three weeks.

A team from the BBC were the first Western journalists to reach the city, and said they did not see a single building that had escaped damage.

More than 80,000 people have been killed in Syria and more than 1.5 million have fled the country since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, according to UN estimates.

International efforts to resolve the conflict continue, but the US and Russia have failed to set a date for proposed peace talks.

The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the international conference might now be held in July, rather than June as had been planned.

He called the lack of agreement between Washington and Moscow "embarrassing", but also noted that neither side in the Syrian conflict was ready to commit to attending.Humanitarian concernQusair lies only 10km (6 miles) from the Lebanese border and is close to important supply routes for both the government and rebels.
It had been the focus of fighting between rebels and troops backed by a pro-government militia and fighters from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shia Islamist group allied with Iran.

Syrian state TV reported on Wednesday that a large number of rebels had died and many others had surrendered as troops advanced swiftly.
The rebels said they withdrew overnight in the face of a massive assault.

The town where 30,000 people once lived is now all but deserted by civilians, reports the BBC's Lyse Doucet, who was taken to Qusair by the Syrian government.

She says both Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters were everywhere - travelling in trucks and armoured vehicles, firing guns in celebration and moving on foot through the streets.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said: "We remain very concerned, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime's assault on Qusair," he said.

"It is clear that the regime is unable to contest the opposition's control of a place like Qusair on their own, and that is why they are dependent on Hezbollah and Iran to do their work for them."

A White House statement said that "Hezbollah and Iran should immediately withdraw their fighters from Syria", and called on all parties to allow humanitarian agencies safe access to the area.

Hezbollah - or the Party of God - is a political and military organisation in Lebanon made up mainly of Shia Muslims. It emerged with financial backing from Iran in the early 1980s and has always been a close ally of Syria's.

While Iran politically and militarily backs the Syrian government, but it is not clear that Iranian forces were on the ground during the battle for Qusair.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it fears there are shortages of food, water and medical supplies in Qusair.

George Sabra, the interim chairman of the main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, said there were hundreds of injured people awaiting help in the Qusair area and called on the Red Cross to be allowed access.

Correspondents say the battle for Qusair has highlighted Hezbollah's growing role in the Syrian conflict - a development that has heightened sectarian tensions in the wider region.

Late on Wednesday Lebanese media said that several rockets had landed in the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek inside Lebanon. Earlier this week, the leader of the main umbrella of rebel forces said his men were ready to fight inside Lebanon.Sarin 'used'In Paris, Mr Hollande told reporters: "We have the elements which now allow us to give certainty over the use of chemical weapons in Syria - at what level we still do not know.
"What has happened in Syria must be one more piece of pressure that can be put on the Syrian regime and its allies."

His comments followed those of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who revealed on Tuesday that samples taken from locations of alleged chemical weapon attacks in Syria, including Saraqeb and Jobar, and brought to France had tested positive for the nerve agent, sarin.

Mr Fabius said he had "no doubt" that sarin had been used by "the Syrian regime and its accomplices", but did not specify instances of its use. The US says more proof is needed.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons, and has in turn accused the rebels of doing so, an allegation that they have also rejected.


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