“I stood stone-like at midnight, suspended in my masquerade, I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade”

He was 24 years old, when he recorded his first song, Growing Up. These were the first words he ever sang in a studio. The rest is history, also my history.

25 albums. 140 million albums sold, 1 555 shows, 33 shows in Sweden. I have been to 23 of the 1555 live shows he has performed.

The Boss, the only boss – Brice Springsteen has just turned 70 years old.

He was my first idol – and he is still my hero.

In recent years he has done solo performances on Broadway, he has donevfiöms and videos and some amazing new music, like Westers Stars.

But soon Bruce Springsteen will be on the road again with his legendary E Street Band.

Sadly Clarence ‘Big Man’ Clemmons is not with us anymore and neither is Danny Federici. It was in Dannys’ mothers house on E Street they once a long time ago started rehearsing as a band – and that is how they got the name.

All the others are still playing with the band, Professor Roy Bittan, Gary Talent, Nils, Mighty Max, Miami Steve and Patti Scialfa.

What a band. Still, we would have heard the best band world without its leader.

Congrats, Bruce. You will always be my hero.

For the first time my blog have had more than 18 000 vistors in a month.

This is absolutely amazing! Thankbyounfor reading my texts about Customs, borders, trade, development, sport, film and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

I suspect that Brexit and my work with Brwxot have sonething to do with the growing interest.

Anyway, now I aim for 20 000! Nothing is impossible.

This week I have visited five countries.

A lot of Brexitmeetings, but also work on a range of other connected and prioritized areas.

In my line of business you have to go where the clients, challenges and opportunities are.

So always in the air, always on the road.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. 

Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility. 

The prize, worth nine million Swedish crowns, or around $900,000, will be presented in Oslo on Dec. 10. 

“Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its citation. 

“The prize is also meant to recognize all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions,” it added. 

At 43, Abiy Ahmed is the youngest head of government in Africa. 

“This victory and recognition is a collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all,” the prime minister’s office said. 

It quoted Abiy as saying: “We are proud as a nation.”

A few days ago reports in Brussels said that EU leaders were prepared for a dramatic Johnson walk-out st the next weeks EU Council.

According to Irish Times a senior Irish Government source speculated on the chances of a deal by saying, “you should never say never even pigs might fly”.

Pat Leahy, political editor at Irish Times, today write in the paper that “suddenly, in the space of a few hours, everything changed. When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar emerged from his lengthy meeting with British prime minister Boris Johnson near Liverpool on Thursday afternoon, few observers had any expectations that the two men would report any progress”

Pigs might not be exactly flying yet, but they were certainly snuffling their way towards the runway.

He continues, “The two men spent about three hours together – some of it with their senior officials, some of it with just each other – and some sort of very significant breakthrough took place. When the meeting concluded, they released a joint statement which said they had “agreed they could see a pathway to a possible deal”.

You can read the article here: Brexit: Suddenly, it looks as though pigs might actually fly

Source: Irish Times

Yesterday I was back in Northern Ireland for meetings in Belfast and at the border.

Here with my colleague and friend Shanker Singham at Foyle Port

For a Customs and Border expert with 35 years experience from 120 plus countries and having seen hundreds of different borders, it is always a pleasure to visit borders.

The Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border I have visyed many times, and so also today – but it was my first time in the area of Lough Foyle. An extremly interesting place.

It is time to solve Brexit now.