Yes tribute band and the EU’s CAP

I am suffering from a nasty soar throat at the moment, which has been with me for three days. I usually go straight from soar throats to colds, but thus far the mucous-fest has failed to materialise.

Went to see Fragile yesterday evening at the Robin 2 in Wolverhampton. Fragile are the UK’s top Yes tribute band, and yesterday evening’s gig was special, featuring as it did a 30 minute acoustic guitar spot by Steve Howe of Yes and then a second set, where Fragile played some more songs featuring Steve Howe on his trusty Gibson ES-175 electric guitar. The atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to see Steve play in more intimate surroundings than the usual big venues.

In current affairs, France is trying to get the UK to give up its £3 billion EU rebate. Tcha, right… When the EU stops spending 40 percent of its revenue on propping up agriculture (which represents five per cent of the population and less than two per cent of its output), maybe we can talk. Until the Common Agricultural Policy has been sorted out properly, Chirac can take a jump. He’s no right to make any such demands when the UK makes a net contribution to the EU 2.5 times that of France. Sort out the CAP guys!