Sunday, October 22, 2017

Betty MacDonald and Betty MacDonald - and Mary Bard Jensen letter project

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

i'd like to tell you about my contribution to the Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard  letter project. 


My mother was a huge Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard fan. She wrote a letter with many questions to Mary Bard Jensen's husband, Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen.

I'm convinced Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen was the world's most patient and kind doctor and husband, father and friend. Where are these guys today? Mary Bard Jensen was very happy indeed to find such a very rare exemplar.

Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen answered my mother's millions of questions in a very friendly and detailed way. I'm not sure at all I would have done this because mother wanted to know so many details. Mother is darling but can nerve at times. 


My God! This poor man! Mother asked a hole in Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen's stomach. Mother wrote back and there are three letters with so many, many information about Mary Bard Jensen, Betty MacDonald, Anne, Joan, Donald MacDonald, Dorothea Goldsmith, Alison Bard Burnett, Cleve Bard, Mary Alice Bard, Madge Baldwin, Darsie Bard and Sydney Bard. Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen shares very important info about life in Seattle, Laurelhurst, Chimacum, Carmel, Vashon Island and Firland Sanatorium. I know you will adore this very important documents.

I adore Alison Bard Burnett's golden memories of Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen in Wolfgang Hampel's Betty MacDonald Interviews. 


Everybody loved Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen and after reading his letters I know the reason why.

One of my favourite writers is our Betty MacDonald fan club  honour member Monica Sone, author of Nisei Daughter and Betty MacDonald's friend Kimi in The Plague and I.

My sisters and I have many cats. Our children love them. I'm not sure what our husbands think about them. I guess they like dogs, but we are crazy about cats. We know Betty MacDonald owned cats but what about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle?


She has a cat named Lightfoot and Wag, her dog. Nancy and Plum play with a black mother cat and her three kittens in the barn on Christmas Day. Even Ma and Pa Kettle own a cat.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Letizia Mancino loves cats. You can see this in her delightful Mr. Tigerli stories and  in her artwork and books


A famous writer and artist and President of Goethe Society in Heidelberg.

Our Betty MacDonald fan club honor members are outstanding.


Betty MacDonald adored our Betty MacDonald fan club honor members, her fascinating nephew, artist and writer Darsie Beck and her wonderful friend, author Monica Sone.


Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard would have been crazy about author and artist Letiza Mancino and Mr. Tigerli.


Do you have any books by Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard Jensen with funny or interesting dedications? 


If so would you be so kind to share them?


Our next Betty MacDonald fan club project is a collection of these unique dedications.


If you share your dedication from your Betty MacDonald - and Mary Bard Jensen collection you might be the winner of our new Betty MacDonald fan club items.


Thank you so much in advance for your support.



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I am neither Christian enough nor charitable enough to like anybody just because he is alive and breathing. I want people to interest or amuse me. I want them fascinating and witty or so dul as to be different. I want them either intellectually stimulating or wonderfully corny; perfectly charming or hundred percent stinker. I like my chosen companions to be distinguishable from the undulating masses and I don't care how. - Betty MacDonald





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Wolfgang Hampel's Betty MacDonald and Ma and Pa Kettle biography and Betty MacDonald interviews have fans in 40 countries. I'm one of their many devoted fans. 




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Linde Lund is delighted that Wolfgang Hampel presented one of her favourite songs with his outstanding voice.

Thank you so much dear Wolfgang Hampel!

You made her day!

We are going to publish new Betty MacDonald essays on Betty MacDonald's gardens and nature in Washington State.

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Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerl is beloved all over the World.

We are so happy that our 'Casanova'  is back.

I'd like to visit Betty MacDonald's paradise on Vashon Island.

I'm a huge Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle fan.  

Take care,

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Following in Betty’s footsteps in Seattle:

or some small talk with Betty

Copyright 2011/2017 by Letizia Mancino
All rights reserved
translated by Mary Holmes


We were going to Canada in the summer. “When we are in Edmonton”, I said to Christoph Cremer, “let’s make a quick trip to Seattle”. And that’s how it happened. At Edmonton Airport we climbed into a plane and two hours later we landed in the city where Betty had lived. I was so happy to be in Seattle at last and to be able to trace Betty’s tracks!

Wolfgang Hampel had told Betty’s friends about our arrival.
They were happy to plan a small marathon through the town and it’s surroundings with us. We only had a few days free. One should not underestimate Wolfgang’s talent in speedily mobilizing Betty’s friends, even though it was holiday time. E-mails flew backwards and forwards between Heidelberg and Seattle, and soon a well prepared itinerary was ready for us. Shortly before my departure Wolfgang handed me several parcels, presents for Betty MacDonald's friends. I rushed to pack the heavy gifts in my luggage but because of the extra weight had to throw out a pair of pajamas!

After we had landed we took a taxi to the Hotel in downtown Seattle. I was so curious to see everything. I turned my head in all directions like one of the hungry hens from Betty’s farm searching for food! Fortunately it was quite a short journey otherwise I would have lost my head like a loose screw!
Our hotel room was on the 22nd floor and looked directly out onto the 16-lane highway. There might have been even more than 16 but it made me too giddy to count! It was like a glimpse of hell! “And is this Seattle?” I asked myself. I was horrified! The cars racing by were enough to drive one mad. The traffic roared by day and night.
We immediately contacted Betty MacDonald's friends and let them know we had arrived and they confirmed the times when we should see them.

On the next morning I planned my first excursion tracing Betty’s tracks. I spread out the map of Seattle. “Oh dear” I realized “the Olympic Peninsula is much too far away for me to get there.”
Betty nodded to me! “Very difficult, Letizia, without a car.”

“But I so much wanted to see your chicken farm”

“My chickens are no longer there and you can admire the mountains from a distance”


But I wanted to go there. I left the hotel and walked to the waterfront where the State Ferry terminal is. Mamma mia, the streets in Seattle are so steep! I couldn’t prevent my feet from running down the hill. Why hadn’t I asked for brakes to be fixed on my shoes? I looked at the drivers. How incredibly good they must be to accelerate away from the red traffic lights. The people were walking uphill towards me as briskly as agile salmon. Good heavens, these Americans! I tried to keep my balance. The force of gravity is relentless. I grasped hold of objects where I could and staggered down.
In Canada a friend had warned me that in Seattle I would see a lot of people with crutches.

Betty laughed. “ It’s not surprising, Letizia, walking salmon don’t fall directly into the soft mouth of a bear!”
“ Betty, stop making these gruesome remarks. We are not in Firlands!”

I went further. Like a small deranged ant at the foot of a palace monster I came to a tunnel. The noise was unbearable. On the motorway, “The Alaskan Way Viaduct”, cars, busses and trucks were driving at the speed of light right over my head. They puffed out their poisonous gas into the open balconies and cultivated terraces of the luxurious sky- scrapers without a thought in the world. America! You are crazy!
“Betty, are all people in Seattle deaf? Or is it perhaps a privilege for wealthy people to be able to enjoy having cars so near to their eyes and noses to save them from boredom?”

“When the fog democratically allows everything to disappear into nothing, it makes a bit of a change, Letizia”

“ Your irony is incorrigible, Betty, but tell me, Seattle is meant to be a beautiful city, But where?”

I had at last reached the State Ferry terminal.

“No Madam, the ferry for Vashon Island doesn’t start from here,” one of the men in the ticket office tells me. ”Take a buss and go to the ferry terminal in West Seattle.”
Betty explained to me “The island lies in Puget Sound and not in Elliott Bay! It is opposite the airport. You must have seen it when you were landing!”
“Betty, when I am landing I shut my eyes and pray!”

It’s time for lunch. The weather is beautiful and warm. Who said to me that it always rains here?
“Sure to be some envious man who wanted to frighten you away from coming to Seattle. The city is really beautiful, you’ll see. Stay by the waterfront, choose the best restaurant with a view of Elliott Bay and enjoy it.”
“Thank you Betty!”

I find a table on the terrace of “Elliott’s Oyster House”. The view of the island is wonderful. It lies quietly in the sun like a green fleecy cushion on the blue water.
Betty plays with my words:
“Vashon Island is a big cushion, even bigger than Bainbridge which you see in front of your eyes, Letizia. The islands look similar. They have well kept houses and beautiful gardens”.

I relax during this introduction, “Bainbridge” you are Vashon Island, and order a mineral water.

“At one time the hotel belonging to the parents of Monica Sone stood on the waterfront.”
“Oh, of your friend Kimi!” Unfortunately I forget to ask Betty exactly where it was.

My mind wanders and I think of my mountain hike back to the hotel! “Why is there no donkey for tourists?” Betty laughs:

“I’m sure you can walk back to the hotel. “Letizia can do everything.””

“Yes, Betty, I am my own donkey!”

But I don’t remember that San Francisco is so steep. It doesn’t matter, I sit and wait. The waiter comes and brings me the menu. I almost fall off my chair!
“ What, you have geoduck on the menu! I have to try it” (I confess I hate the look of geoduck meat. Betty’s recipe with the pieces made me feel quite sick – I must try Betty’s favourite dish!)
“Proof that you love me!” said Betty enthusiastically “ Isn’t the way to the heart through the stomach?”

I order the geoduck. The waiter looks at me. He would have liked to recommend oysters.
“Geoduck no good for you!”
Had he perhaps read my deepest thoughts? Fate! Then no geoduck. “No good for me.”

“Neither geoduck nor tuberculosis in Seattle” whispered Betty in my ear!
“Oh Betty, my best friend, you take such good care of me!”

I order salmon with salad.

“Which salmon? Those that swim in water or those that run through Seattle?”

“Betty, I believe you want me to have a taste of your black humour.”

“Enjoy it then, Letizia.”

During lunch we talked about tuberculosis, and that quite spoilt our appetite.

“Have you read my book “The Plague and I”?”

“Oh Betty, I’ve started to read it twice but both times I felt so sad I had to stop again!”

“But why?” asked Betty “Nearly everybody has tuberculosis! I recovered very quickly and put on 20 pounds! There was no talk of me wasting away! What did you think of my jokes in the book?”

“Those would have been a good reason for choosing another sanitorium. I would have been afraid of becoming a victim of your humour! You would have certainly given me a nickname! You always thought up such amusing names!” Betty laughed.

“You’re right. I would have called you “Roman nose”. I would have said to Urbi and Orbi “ Early this morning “Roman nose” was brought here. She speaks broken English, doesn’t eat geoduck but she does love cats.”

“Oh Betty, I would have felt so ashamed to cough. To cough in your presence, how embarrassing! You would have talked about how I coughed, how many coughs!”

“It depends on that “how”, Letizia!”

“Please, leave Goethe quotations out of it. You have certainly learnt from the Indians how to differentiate between noises. It’s incredible how you can distinguish between so many sorts of cough! At least 10!”

“So few?”

”And also your descriptions of the patients and the nurses were pitiless. An artistic revenge! The smallest pimple on their face didn’t escape your notice! Amazing.”

“ I was also pitiless to myself. Don’t forget my irony against myself!”

Betty was silent. She was thinking about Kimi, the “Princess” from Japan! No, she had only written good things about her best friend, Monica Sone, in her book “The Plague and I”. A deep friendship had started in the hospital. The pearl that developed from the illness.
“Isn’t it wonderful, Betty, that an unknown seed can make its way into a mollusk in the sea and develop into a beautiful jewel?” Betty is paying attention.

“Betty, the friendship between you and Monica reminds me of Goethe’s poem “Gingo-Biloba”. You must know it?” Betty nods and I begin to recite it:

The leaf of this Eastern tree
Which has been entrusted to my garden
Offers a feast of secret significance,
For the edification of the initiate.

Is it one living thing.
That has become divided within itself?
Are these two who have chosen each other,
So that we know them as one?

The friendship with Monica is like the wonderful gingo-biloba leaf, the tree from the east. Betty was touched. There was a deep feeling of trust between us.
“Our friendship never broke up, partly because she was in distress, endangered by the deadly illness. We understood and supplemented each other. We were like one lung with two lobes, one from the east and one from the west!”
“A beautiful picture, Betty. You were like two red gingo-biloba leaves!”

Betty was sad and said ” Monica, although Japanese, before she really knew me felt she was also an American. But she was interned in America, Letizia, during the second world war. Isn’t that terrible?”

“Betty, I never knew her personally. I have only seen her on a video, but what dignity in her face, and she speaks and moves so gracefully!”

“Fate could not change her”

“Yes, Betty, like the gingo-biloba tree in Hiroshima. It was the only tree that blossomed again after the atom bomb!”

The bill came and I paid at once. In America one is urged away from the table when one has finished eating. If one wants to go on chatting one has to order something else.
“That’s why all those people gossiping at the tables are so fat!” Betty remarks. “Haven’t you seen how many massively obese people walk around in the streets of America. Like dustbins that have never been emptied!” With this typically unsentimental remark Betty ended our conversation.

Ciao! I so enjoyed the talk; the humour, the irony and the empathy. I waved to her and now I too felt like moving! I take a lovely walk along the waterfront.

Now I am back in Heidelberg and when I think about how Betty’s “Princessin” left this world on September 5th and that in August I was speaking about her with Betty in Seattle I feel very sad. The readers who knew her well (we feel that every author and hero of a book is nearer to us than our fleeting neighbours next door) yes we, who thought of her as immortal, cannot believe that even she would die after 92 years. How unforeseen and unexpected that her death should come four days after her birthday on September 1th. On September 5th I was on my way to Turkey, once again in seventh heaven, looking back on the unforgettable days in Seattle. I was flying from west to east towards the rising sun.




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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

we are Betty MacDonald fan club fans and we shouldn't discuss political issues here.


Stop this Trump bashing, please.

It nerves a lot.

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That's about Betty MacDonald, her life and her books and that's what we are interested in.

By the way I believe Betty MacDonald wasn't interested in politics at all. 


She never mentioned politics in her books.  


I'd love to hear the opinion of other Betty MacDonald fan club members especially the thoughts of beloved Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli


What do you think?

Best wishes,


Lara 


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Trump will Release Final Set of Documents on Kennedy Assassination









 
President John F. Kennedy before his assassination in 1963. Credit Jim Altgens/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to release a final batch of thousands of classified government documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Trump announced in a tweet on Saturday morning.
“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.




The release of the information being held in secret at the National Archives — including several thousand never-before-seen documents — was mandated to occur by Oct. 26 under a 1992 law that sought to quell conspiracy theories about the assassination.
Mr. Trump has the power to block the release of the documents, and intelligence agencies have pressured him to do so for at least some of them. The agencies are concerned that information contained in some of the documents could damage national security interests.

In a statement to reporters, the White House left open the possibility that Mr. Trump might halt the release of some documents.

“The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise,” the statement said.
It is not known what revelations might be contained in the unreleased documents, though researchers and authors of books about Kennedy say they do not expect any bombshells that significantly alter the official narrative of the assassination — that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Dallas — delivered in 1964 by the Warren Commission.
But the documents are likely to “help fuel a new generation of conspiracy theories,” according to Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter and the author of a book about the commission, and Larry J. Sabato, a University of Virginia professor and author of a book about Kennedy, who wrote a recent article about the documents in Politico.
They wrote that the documents relate to what they call a “mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination — a six-day trip that J.F.K. assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the C.I.A.’s Mexico City station. Previously released F.B.I. documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.”


With the Oct. 26 deadline to release the remaining documents fast approaching, Mr. Trump had been under increasing pressure from advocates of transparency not to hold back any of the documents from the public on the grounds of national security.
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, introduced a resolution in the Senate this month that urged Mr. Trump to make a “full public release of all remaining records,” saying that he should “reject any claims for the continued postponement of the full public release of those records.”
Conspiracy theorists have long clamored for what they hope will be evidence to prove that the government covered up the truth about the assassination. This week, Roger J. Stone, a friend of Mr. Trump’s, told Alex Jones, the radio host and conspiracy theorist, that Mr. Stone had directly urged the president to release all the documents.
“I had the opportunity to make the case directly to the president of the United States by phone as to why I believe it is essential that he release the balance of the currently redacted and classified J.F.K. assassination documents,” Mr. Stone said on Mr. Jones’s radio program.

Mr. Trump is no stranger to conspiracy theories, including those involving the Kennedy assassination. During the presidential campaign, he at one point alleged that the father of Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican primary rival from Texas, had been with Oswald shortly before Kennedy was killed.
“You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot,” Mr. Trump told Fox News in an interview in May 2016, as he battled the Texas senator for the nomination. “I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right, prior to his being shot, and nobody brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it. But I think it’s horrible.”
He went on, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It’s horrible.”
Mr. Trump has at times dabbled in other conspiracy theories: He once seemed to consider the possibility that Justice Antonin Scalia had been murdered. The president has more than once spread the discredited urban legend about Muslims being shot with bullets dipped in pig’s blood. And for years, he was the most vocal purveyor of the falsehood that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.

Erdogan: U.S. isn't a civilized country



Ramping up rhetoric, Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over democracy

By Dirimcan Barut and Tulay Karadeniz


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal



By Dirimcan Barut and Tulay Karadeniz

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed no retreat from a diplomatic row with the United States on Saturday, castigating Washington for what he said an "undemocratic" indictment against his security detail.
His comments may further dash hopes of a quick resolution to an on-going diplomatic crisis between the NATO allies. Both Ankara and Washington have cut back issuing visas to each other's citizens as ties have worsened.
"They say the United States is the cradle of democracy. This can't be true. This can't be democracy," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.
"If arrest warrants are issued against my bodyguards in absentia ... in the United States, where I went upon invitation, excuse me but I will not say this is a civilized country."
A U.S. grand jury in August indicted 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl between protesters and Erdogan's security personnel during the Turkish president's visit to Washington in May. Erdogan has said the indictment was not binding for Ankara.
The row deepened after Turkish authorities arrested two U.S. consular staff, both Turkish nationals. In May, a translator at the consulate in the southern province of Adana was arrested and two weeks ago a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) worker was detained in Istanbul.
Both are accused of links to last year' failed coup. The U.S. embassy has said the accusations are baseless.
Turkish police want to question a third worker based in Istanbul. His wife and daughter were detained this month last week over alleged links to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the abortive putsch. They were later released.
COUP, KURDISH MILITIA
Turkey has been angered by what it sees as U.S. reluctance to hand over the cleric Gulen, who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999. U.S. officials have said its courts require sufficient evidence to order his extradition.
Turkey has also been enraged by Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State. Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
On Saturday, the U.S. embassy issued statement reiterating its stance on the PKK and its jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in an apparent response to criticism from Erdogan.
"The U.S. government works together with Turkey in the fight against terrorism and maintenance of stability in the region," it said on Twitter. "The PKK is listed among foreign terror organizations. Ocalan has been jailed in Turkey for his actions related to the PKK. He is not a person to be respected."
On Friday, Erdogan criticized the United States over a huge banner of jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan unfurled in Syria's Raqqa by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. The banner was raised at a ceremony to mark Raqqa's capture from Islamic State in a campaign spearheaded by the YPG.
"How can the U.S. explain the poster of Ocalan in Raqqa? Is this the way they are cooperating with us in the struggle against terror?" Erdogan said. "You are not standing by us against terrorism."
Ocalan has been in jail in Turkey since 1999 on a treason conviction. More than 40,000 people, most of them Kurds, have died in the fighting since the PKK took up arms against the state in 1984.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Turkey and the European Union.
(Reporting by Additional reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Ros Russell)

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Many ESC fans from all over the world are so very sad because we lost Joy Fleming - one of the best singers ever.  

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel sings  'Try to remember' especially for Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund at Vita Magica September

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Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( French ) 


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Brexit deal by Christmas

Pay £48BILLION for a Brexit deal by Christmas: EU leaders make demand as they prepare to start talks on trade deal with Britain as soon as next month

  • A senior diplomat reportedly said that EU leaders would accept £30billion, bringing the total bill to £46billion 
  • Emmanuel Macron yesterday warned that UK's divorce bill offer was not even 'halfway' to what the EU wanted
  • Last night it emerged that formal talks on a comprehensive free trade deal could begin as soon as next month 

A Brexit deal could be agreed as soon as Christmas - but only if the UK pays £48bn, EU leaders said on Friday.
In a meeting held after Theresa May attended a Brussels summit, EU leaders gave the order to prepare for a trade deal.
However the talks will only go ahead if the Prime Minister agrees to pay the eye-watering sum, according to reports.


British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels on Friday
British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a news conference on the second day of the European Council Meeting in Brussels on Friday

An unnamed senior diplomat told The Sun that leaders would accept £30billion for future commitments. Along with the 18billion offered for the transition period between 2019 and 2021 this would amount to £46billion.
News of the possible deal comes after  Emmanuel Macron threw cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough - warning that the UK's divorce bill offer was not even 'halfway' to what the EU wanted.
The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December. 
Last night it emerged that formal talks on a comprehensive free trade deal with the EU could begin as soon as next month.

At one point before her bilateral meeting with Mr Tusk this morning the PM was left sitting all by herself - summing up her status at the summit despite attempts by other leaders to show warmth
At one point before her bilateral meeting with Mr Tusk this morning the PM was left sitting all by herself - summing up her status at the summit despite attempts by other leaders to show warmth

Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel appear to have developed a close working rapport since he became president


Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel appear to have developed a close working rapport since he became president

Theresa May was seen deep in conversation with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at a breakfast session on the second day of the EU summit   
Theresa May was seen deep in conversation with Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat at a breakfast session on the second day of the EU summit 

  
In a breakthrough for Theresa May, the EU said it was starting work on its negotiating stance on trade immediately.

Donald Tusk, EU Council president, said he was ready to receive British proposals for a trade deal – despite the fact EU leaders ruled yesterday that there had not yet been 'sufficient progress' on the 'divorce bill'. 
The move came amid growing concern on the Continent about the possibility of a messy split from the UK, the EU's biggest trading partner.
Belgian economy minister Kris Peeters said a no-deal Brexit could cost 1.2million jobs across the EU and have a 'catastrophic' effect on his own country. He said the figures, from an official Belgian study, showed 'how important it is to reach a deal'.
German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday said she was hopeful of beginning formal trade talks with the UK in December.
EU officials told the Daily Mail an informal summit in Gothenburg on November 17 could be expanded to include discussions on trade and a two-year transitional deal.
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said Mrs May's Brexit presentation to EU leaders on Thursday night had been 'helpful' – and revealed they had told her: 'You might want to see us in Gothenburg.'
A senior EU official said: 'Of course we can have a meeting before December. It truly depends on whether there will be any step [forward] on the UK side or not.'
Rapid progress will depend on the Prime Minister providing fellow leaders with more detail on how much she is willing to pay in a 'divorce' settlement. Mr Rutte said the EU needed 'more meat on the bone' about Mrs May's pledge to 'honour our commitments' to the EU.
But Mrs Merkel struck an upbeat note, saying there were 'zero indications' that the talks would end without a deal. She added: 'I truly want an agreement – and not an unpredictable resolution.'

The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff today, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December
The French president delivered a grim assessment of the standoff today, saying Theresa May would have to make more significant concessions for trade negotiations to be able to start in December

Mr Macron struck a significantly harder tone on Brexit than his fellow leaders, who appeared optimistic about a deal
Mr Macron struck a significantly harder tone on Brexit than his fellow leaders, who appeared optimistic about a deal

Mr Juncker talks with Mrs Merkel in Brussels today. In the background is the commission president's powerful chief of staff, Martin Selmayr
Mr Juncker talks with Mrs Merkel in Brussels today. In the background is the commission president's powerful chief of staff, Martin Selmayr

Donald Tusk and Mrs Merkel both went out of their way to be optimistic about the direction of the Brexit discussions
Donald Tusk and Mrs Merkel both went out of their way to be optimistic about the direction of the Brexit discussions

THE STICKING POINTS


Money:

Wrangling over cash is the stickiest problem and have held up trade talks.
The EU is demanding 60 billion euros – the equivalent of £54billion.
Theresa May agreed to pay 20 billion euros (£18billion) for the current EU budget in return for a transition deal.
The PM said Britain is prepared to meet its 'obligations' but what precisely these are is a matter of dispute.
EU Citizens rights:
Theresa May has tried to settle the issue to provide certainty to the 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK and the 1.2million Brits living on the bloc, but the EU has refused.
The British think the EU are stalling on an agreement to squeeze more money.
This week the PM wrote an open letter to EU nationals reassuring them that a deal is 'within touching distance'.
Northern Ireland:
The EU and UK do not want to see a return to a hard Irish border fearing it would endanger the peace process.
But the UK says the practicalities on how to maintain a soft border when the UK leaves the customs union means the issue can only be settled if they move on to trade talks.
Transition deal:
The PM wants a two-year transition deal and conceded EU judges will have power over the UK during this time.
But Europe wants more clarity on whether she will accept all parts of EU law and regulation.The German leader conceded for the first time that the EU will have to make concessions from its rigid negotiating position, saying: 'I see the ball not only in the UK's court.'
But she warned that the divorce bill had been 'dominant' in discussions – and that trade talks were likely to be 'much more difficult'.
EU leaders offered Mrs May the olive branch on trade after she warned them her political weakness at home meant she could not be pushed much further.
The Prime Minister is under pressure from Tory Eurosceptics to pull the plug on the talks if they drag on for much longer and to prepare the UK to leave without a deal.
In a presentation over dinner in Brussels, she urged fellow leaders to give her a deal 'we can defend to our people'. Some EU leaders are said to fear they could end up having to negotiate with Boris Johnson or even Jeremy Corbyn if they allow Mrs May to fail.
The Prime Minister yesterday said Brexit negotiations still had 'some way to go'. But officials were privately encouraged by the breakthrough in talks, which the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier this month warned were 'deadlocked'.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant said last night: 'We always knew the EU would play for time and try and bargain for as much cash as possible … But the EU needs trade too.'
In a sign of the tensions Brexit is causing in Brussels, Mr Tusk questioned Mr Barnier's assessment, saying: 'After Prime Minister May's intervention last night and our discussion about Brexit this morning, my impression is that the reports of the deadlock between the EU and UK have been exaggerated.' But Jean-Claude Juncker claimed he 'would have used the word deadlock four times, not only three times'.
The European Commission president added: 'I hate no deal. I want a fair deal with Britain.'
Mr Tusk yesterday said: 'I would like to assure our British friends that in our internal work we will take account of proposals presented.'
This will allow UK officials to influence a deal much earlier than expected. The EU's 27 remaining members took just 90 seconds to approve the so-called 'scoping' work in preparation for possible  
The EU leaders gathered for a breakfast discussion, before Mrs May left the session and the Brexit process was considered
The EU leaders gathered for a breakfast discussion, before Mrs May left the session and the Brexit process was considered


Theresa May held bilateral talks with European Council president Donald Tusk today as she battles to find a way through the Brexit impasse
Theresa May held bilateral talks with European Council president Donald Tusk today as she battles to find a way through the Brexit impasse

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