NATO and Wales, all you need to know over lunch.

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G Force While I write this from sunny Charleston SC eating my sausage sarni, the Nato Leaders are meeting and getting chummy together in Cardiff Wales. The award winning chef, Stephen Terry has been chosen to feed them all and I’ll go out on a limb, as the menu is secret, but guess it might involve a few more ingredients than a sausage, bread and ketchup. I digress because while eating, I was asking myself, what exactly is NATO and what is it meant to do?
While eating one handed I managed to Google some info and for those who are not as ambidextrous as me to Google and eat a sarni at the same time, here are my top 5 facts about NATO and Wales boy-o. (that’s Welsh for mate I think)

If you read all this you will be fully armed with info to impress everyone you meet over the weekend!


1/ The North Atlantic Treaty Organization = NATO
2/ NATO’s essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.
3/ NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis-management operations. These are carried out under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty – NATO’s founding treaty – or under a UN mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
4/ Members currently are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, The United Kingdom, The United States. (Phew…. try saying all that with a mouthful of sandwhich!)
5/ At its founding, Lord Ismay, the first Nato secretary general, famously stated the group’s goal was: “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

As the crisis in Iraq and Syria shows no sign of easing following the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff, and the threat that a British aid worker may be next, the summit’s program was hastily revised to include how Nato can bolster its existing operations in the region. Equipping Kurdish forces, sending humanitarian aid to besieged communities and intelligence and surveillance assistance will be on the agenda. Ukraine joining other former Soviet Union nations in Nato will also be discussed – a particularly tense topic in light of escalating Russian military intervention in the east of Ukraine.


Wales, otherwise known as Cymru, is part of the United Kingdom and a country known for its rich history and culture. Here are 5 facts about this fascinating place.
Exterior of Cardiff Castle – Wales, United Kingdom
1/ Only 21% of the entire Welsh population of Wales can speak the native language
2/ Wales is believed to have more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world
3/ Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch is the name of a town in North Wales which translates as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. It is believed to be the longest place name in the world. (Impossible to say even without a mouthful of sandwich!)
4/ Lamb is the meat traditionally associated with Welsh cooking owing to the amount of sheep farming in the country. However, international cuisine is very popular with chicken tikka masala among the favourite dishes.
5/ It rains more in Wales than England as if that’s even possible.

How was your lunch? Well that’s your lesson for today.
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The Moving Doctor
The Moving Doctor
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

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