Sunday, January 24, 2016

Betty MacDonald and a very difficult situation

Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

we are sending all our love and support especially to these Betty MacDonald fan club fans who have to face a very cold Winter.

Stay strong dear Betty MacDonald fan club fans and be careful, please.

We hope it'll be better very soon.

Join Betty MacDonald fan club birthday contest, please.

The sender of the best written birthday card will be honor guest of next International Betty MacDonald fan club event. 

Deadline: March 15, 2016

You'll enjoy Betty MacDonald fan club event in March 2016 very much.

Just imagine!

A Betty MacDonald fan club birthday exhibit with many very special birthday cards by Betty MacDonald's family and friends.

You'll be able to see wonderful cards for Betty MacDonald with very touching messages for example by her daughter Joan MacDonald Keil or her good friend Monica Sone.  ( Kimi in Betty MacDonald's book The plague and I )

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter January is outstanding with many Betty MacDonald fan club surprises.

Thanks a million!

There are only a few days left. 

Don't miss current Betty MacDonald fan club contest, please. 

There are several documents and letters in Betty MacDonald fan club letter collection you can use to answer the Betty MacDonald fan club contest question:

Tell us Betty MacDonald's favourite flower, please.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Another good advice: You can find the answer in one of Betty MacDonald's books for adults!

International Betty MacDonald fan club events are unforgettable events. You have the opportunity to meet the most wonderful personalities there.

By the way I made my best friends ever there.

Wolfgang Hampel's new Vita Magica guest is a very famous TV lady, author and singer. 

We are crazy about our unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli.

We are delighted that our darling  is back.

In case you have very cold Winter weather enjoy a great  breakfast at the cozy bookstore with Brad and Nick.

Betty MacDonald's very beautiful Vashon Island  belongs to the places I'd like to visit soon.

According to my opinion Onions in the Stew   is Betty MacDonald's best book.

I bet  this song will be in ESC 2016 TOP 3.

Enjoy your Sunday,


Don't miss this very special book, please.


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Germany should close its borders to refugees, Angela Merkel's own transport minister says

The country can no longer show its "friendly face" if the number of refugees arriving doesn't fall soon, Angela Merkel is warned

Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia
Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border
from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia  
Photo: Reuters 

Germany must close its borders to refugees as it can no longer show its “friendly face” if the huge influx continues, its transport minister has urged Angela Merkel.
Alexander Dobrindt called on the chancellor to prepare to shut the country’s borders unless other European countries agreed to help reduce migrant numbers.
Mr Dobrindt said Germany could no longer show the world a “friendly face” as the country struggles to cope with the 1.1 million migrants who arrived in 2015. 
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt 
“I urgently advise: we must prepare ourselves for not being able to avoid border closures,” Mr Dobrindt told the Münchner Merkur newspaper, adding: “I would advise us all to prepare a plan B.”
Mr Dobrindt is a member of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which has been highly critical of the chancellor’s open-door refugee policy.
Bavaria is the main entry point to Germany for refugees.

Mrs Merkel has promised to reduce the number of arrivals this year, but has refused to impose an upper limit as she said it would be impossible to enforce without closing Germany's borders.
She has instead tried to convince other European countries to take in quotas of refugees and pushed for reception centres to be built on Europe’s external borders. She has also led an EU campaign to convince Turkey to prevent refugees from entering the EU, but there are doubts over how much Turkey is doing to uphold its part of the bargain to curb the refugee flow in exchange for 3 billion euros (£2.3 billion) in EU aid funds.
Mr Dobrindt has rejected Mrs Merkel’s argument that closing borders would jeopardise the European project, saying: “The sentence, the closure of the border would see Europe fail, is true in reverse. Not closing the border, just going on, would bring Europe to its knees.” 


A baby waiting with its parents to depart to Croatia by train from Presevo, Serbia
But other members of the coalition government remain resistant to the idea of closing the country's borders. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a member of the Social Democrats, said it would not solve Europe's refugee crisis.

"The solution...does not lie with closing borders," Mr Steinmeier said on Tuesday in response to a question referring to Mr Dobrindt’s calls for border closures.
Mr Steinmeier added that it was essential to address the conflict in Syria, as well as working with Syria's neighbours to manage the refugee flow, while also setting up "hot spots" in Greece and Italy to handle those arriving in Europe.
It comes as the EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Greece and Italy must have set up hotspots for registering and processing migrants and refugees within the next four weeks if they are to honour their commitments.
The hotspots are supposed to register arriving refugees, including recording their fingerprints and checking their details in an EU security database in order to distribute them to other states in the European Union.
“We have no more than four weeks in order to achieve results at the borders,” Mr Avramopoulos told German newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung.