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Thursday, February 22, 2018 continued

One day travelling down the motorway in the outside lane I took a call that was querying something I’d already sorted (the trouble with being organised!!) and after 10 minutes I managed to convince the office that everything had been covered (give you an idea on how trivial it was, it was about funding the paint on a van), finished the call and suddenly realised that the past 10 minutes I’d been travelling down the outside lane on the M1 and had no idea what was going on. The phone switched off and never used again, yet people still use them for all sorts of things (mine was just a phone) without a thought!!

BREXIT - There, that got you worried, didn’t it?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Some of us have nothing to do except to pass on information about things that interest me, but which you don’t really care about until I point them out. Today is a classic as I know you are sick to death about hearing about BREXIT, there, I said it quietly so you didn’t hear but if you want to know about the possible result of a second referendum see how the Irish did it in 2007 by watching a UKTV Dave program called ‘Unspun XL with Matt Forde’ currently available on their catch up service so look for series 4 number 4 broadcast on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 11pm. The bit of interest is just over 15 minutes into the program.

Talking about programs of interest, see if you can find the Kenny Everett Christmas Selection Box first broadcast on 25th December 2010 on BBC Radio 2. It’s how radio should be (in my opinion) - sorry but I’ve been an Everett fan since the Pirates and then Capital and then the BBC.

Monday, February 26, 2018

I’ve got some really bad news for locals in Birstall. It seems there might be an election held in Riverside ward for one of the three vacancies on the Parish Council on 5th April, so if you want to stand, get in touch with election services at Charnwood Borough Council on 01 509 634 613 and ask for nomination papers which will need to be signed by a proposer and seconder living in the ward together with your agreement to be willing to stand. If only one person (or even none!!) put in their nominations by 4pm on Tuesday 7th March you will not have an election.

The good news is that the Labour Party have now slightly changed their minds about leaving USE (United States of Europe), by expecting to have the same border and customs rules as present controlled by USE which I’m not convinced will be any different than exists complete with paying a fee. Why do I think the fee will equal any trade tariffs imposed if we actually leave? Talk about the worst of both worlds because they need our money to retain any semblance of solvency. The only people who seem to ignore this minor problem are the unelected negotiators who are out of touch with the 26 member states who are very concerned that we may actually buy cars and other goods from elsewhere and sell our products (services and manufactured goods) elsewhere. Unless someone moves from the current positions, it will do neither them or us any good, but I suspect it will affect them more than use overall.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

It looks like the idea of a customs union between the UK and USE could cause a few problems between the majority of electors who voted to actually take a chance trying to run our own country and the minority who seem to think it would be so difficult, if not impossible, to actually manage on our own. Or to put it realistically, the electors have faith and the group who may have to work at it rather than have it easy seem to think the world will end, it will be found to be really flat and men will never walk on Mars. Such little faith, it seems, from those taking rather large salaries to run their businesses. Watching a reporter wandering around a ‘typical’ town in middle England and speaking to, what appeared to be, ‘normal’ people, I got the impression that the majority who voted to leave USE seem to still be in the majority even after the woeful predictions by those who got it wrong last time. I keep thinking just how we managed to win the war and actually survive and prospered in the following few decades because it shouldn’t have happened in the way it did. It’s one of the things us little islanders seem to excel at. You only have to think of the Channel Islands, the Scottish Islands or even Japan. We don’t just sit back and do nothing, rather we look around and work out how to make the best of the situation. Maybe it’s all these foreign overseas companies who keep buying up our companies and expect the UK to simply accept whatever happens. They are only interested in taking, not giving so maybe they need to take lessons from the worm before it turns!

I know you don’t really care, but in case you are interested in providing feedback, I’ve reintroduced the feedback facility elsewhere on this site so you can get involved.

The paperwork came through for the Birstall Riverside ward election on April 5th, so if you want to stand for election, then you have just a week to get your nomination papers in. I hope to give you a good fight!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We have a sprinkling of the white stuff today, but they are still promising more to the north and the east with the southwest due to have a great dump sometime between Friday and Sunday. Looking at the local forecast, we are due a number of showers rather than prolonged snowfall, so let’s live in hope our 4x4 vehicles are not needed just to get to the road. Having said that, the previous owner had made a rather large snow shovel - just in case and left it for us.

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