Gary Littman

OWNER OF THE LANGUAGE HOUSE

Garry Littman is the owner and director of The Language House in Geneva which organises English language training for professional people, companies and students. He was a radio and newspaper journalist in his native Australia and ran a restaurant in Kathmandu in his younger days. He is an English language trainer and an aficionado of pétanque.

Another brick in the wall

Wall: (noun) a long vertical solid structure, made of stone, brick or concrete, that surrounds, divides or protects an area of land.

Want a secure, fail-proof investment?

The answer, my friends is simple. Walls. Cement and bricks are the future. And maybe razor wire as well. Mark my words, that money mountain is not called Wall Street for nothing. The US is in the middle of a wall boom. Everyone likes walls; the bigger, the better.

Bridges are passé. Connecting and uniting are out. Dividing and excluding are in. Barricades and barriers are all the rage.

US Republican presidential candidates are trying desperately to outfence each other. One candidate, Scott Walker managed the impossible. He trumped the Trump (Donald Trump) with some good old bricks and mortar logic: If you are going to wall the Mexican borders, why not wall the Canadian borders at the same time. It’s time to get properly walled-in.

It’s time to stop Mr Trump’s “criminals and rapists” from the south and Mr Walker’s “potential terrorists” and boring Canadians with their socialist free health service in the north.

Walls have become such a buzz word that Pink Floyd’s bleak and paranoid fantasy The Wall is back in the charts. Jethro Tull’s Thick as Brick is just behind it.

But, clearly two walls aren’t enough. There’s security and symmetry in four walls. With rising sea levels it won’t be long before someone proposes walls along the east and west coastlines. That’s another 21,000 kilometres of wall.

As any Wally knows, that’s good business.

Correction:

In a recent article titled The Rump gives Trump a bump, the writer mistakenly imagines that Donald Trump chooses Kim Kardashian as his vice-presidential running mate.

Last week Ms Kardashian’s husband, the rapper Kanye West, announced he will stand for president in 2020. Ms Kardashian would then be the First Lady, not the vice-president.

Once again, reality outshines fiction.

 

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