As so many of my friends and followers on this blog hail from the USA, I cannot let the 4th of July pass without wishing you all a very happy day.

As you enjoy your celebrations; the beers, the fireworks, fairs, and family time, perhaps also reflect on the fact that recent events have divided your nation in a way that has not been seen since the Civil War. I hope that you can reconcile some of your differences, and have a happier year ahead.

My very best wishes to all my American friends. Pete.