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The Girl who Lived and then lived some more

June 27, 2017

I almost died in May.

My appendix ruptured leaving me undergoing surgery; in which I decided to almost die. When I awoke, I felt different. Everything happens for a reason right?

It’s been over two years since I wrote a blog piece and boy, has a lot happened.

I have moved back to the UK

Got my degree

Got my place in a law firm

What’s missing I sense you wanting to ask?

Well, apart from the obvious – my appendix, there is something missing. Maybe its almost dying.? Maybe its reaching my goal? Whatever it is, I’m going to take advantage of it and channel the confusion of the current predicament in both my physical body (walking has become tough) and the UK into this.

I’m back folks and at the encouragement of an erratic musician (or as I’m sure he’d prefer to be referenced – rising Barrister) I mentioned surgery. Sex Surgery sells right?

Grexit: every man for themselves.

June 17, 2015
Best of a bad bunch?

Best of a bad bunch?

Britain is now stepping up its preparations for ‘Grexit’ following a stark warning from the Bank of Greece.
(or pretending it hasn’t been doing this for years anyway…)
The Athens stock market has stooped to its lowest since before September 2012 and Alexis Tsipras is looking weaker than ever. You gotta admire a man who fights for something he believes in.

What happens now?

There are 2 main options being touted around by various economists, politicians and the regular man propping up the bar.

Grexit becomes a reality. Already described as something which would make Greece in to a poor country of the European South the future is looking bleak.

Negotiations.  Because we haven’t had enough…

The serious economic risks that now face the European Union are enormous and the exit of Greece should not be taken lightly. Its the first crack in the framework that highlights so many of the problems that years of hard work have been trying to cover.
The people – what do they do? Although the rest of the European Union will be hit financially, no-one will feel the affects of an exit more than the Greek people. When do things improve for them?

Whatever happens, there is no doubt it will be bad. The best of a bad bunch perhaps?

As stressed by the Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann solidarity is important. He also added, “I stand on the side of the Greek people who in this difficult position are being proposed more things detrimental to society.”

I also stand on the side of the Greek people. How can we expect people to make decisions which only make things worse and worse for their country?

Whatever decision is made one thing is certain – the EU is not ready for this.

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47701782.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

She went there… again and again and again.

May 29, 2015

The House of Commons has always been a location for political grandstanding, lots of words with no meaning and a great deal of pomp. Often it can be painful to watch and rather pointless.

However. *enter the Yvette Cooper of today*  The Shadow Home Sec. was on fire today. She admitted that she would have preferred to be on the Government benches and in Theresa May’s shoes…and not just because they are cool shoes. Yvette you witty thing. 

To take things further she said at least one of them admits they are running for leader of their party. Oh burn. Cameron has admitted he will not run for another term meaning top Tory figures such as Boris ‘goldilocks’ Johnson and Georgey Osborne are circling. Add firecracker May to the mix and that will be one interesting leadership election.

Not everyone however agrees that May is a ‘firecracker’ as frequently acknowledged by some of her colleagues. Most notably, Michael Gove, who she will now have to work with more closely due to his appointment as Justice Secretary. AND OF COURSE good ol’ Yvettte fired this awkward shot – almost like she wanted to make it awkward…

For full coverage and the live recording of this click here.

Today we witnessed Yvette Cooper coming out strong, focused, elaborate and hilariously on point.

She should start doing stand-up.

All’s fair in love and the EU

May 28, 2015

Headlines across England today all ring true with the same raging warnings – ‘THE UK WILL LEAVE THE EU IF IT DOES NOT GET ITS OWN WAY’.

The relationship has gotten to this. Numerous supporters of a newly single UK are telling the public not to be scared of ‘Brexit’. Will the UK emerge without needing a re-bound relationship, several tubs of ice cream and severe counselling? Time will tell…
Lets be Frank (whoever he even was anyway) it is a good thing that David Cameron is making the effort to visit other European Leaders and trying to negotiate a deal for a country he supposedly loves. But he is just pushing the other side away?

The changes he wants to include are – stopping EU migrants claiming in-work benefits for 4 years, get the UK can opt out from an ever closer union and stopping more changes to the single market for countries outside of the euro zone. Not to mention allowing countries to group together to stop legislative proposals. A far stretch from just asking for the toilet seat to be put down…

Wanting change is good. Starting a conversation is good. But last time I checked no-one ever got anything that wanted by demanding change with a threat to leave. Desperation has never been attractive. 

I disagree with leaving the EU. I disagree with having this referendum so early. But I really disagree to being made to feel ashamed of my country. This insistence of acting like a child and demanding whatever ‘we’ want will not work. And then what? We sleepwalk out of the EU…?

Maybe the UK would emerge; glowing, a new lease of life, completely independent and loving single life. But the alternative? – the lives of millions are jeopardized over pride and pigheadedness? No thank you matey.

Being in Austria over the elections and now is a relief and a frustration. I read the news and despair. What on earth is happening and why do people think it is acceptable? No Human Rights Act, Snoopers Charter, Right to Buy (don’t even get me started) AND the referendum on Europe. I have clearly missed the memo that said UK citizens are no longer allowed civil liberties.

I urge everyone in the UK to not only look at the direction we are being taken in. But look at the manner in which our representatives are attempting to do it.

Even if there are no winners and losers in a break-up; its clear that the UK is the cause.

Politics and People – including all of the f*** offs

October 2, 2014

Studying abroad has already taught me one thing – people have different opinions. Now I was fully aware of this obvious fact before I moved to Vienna, it’s just that here, you can see it more clearly.

You take thousands and thousands of erasmus/exchange students from all around the world and say live together. In itself it’s amazing, but when you consider the sheer breadth of opinions and viewpoints it’s remarkable that there isn’t more violence!

Politics plays a big part in conversation. Only because international news is something we can all discuss (apart from those who prefer to not bother themselves with other countries bad news and sorrow…nice people. Apart from nice sheltered people…) It comes up often. And this is where you see the differences. All of a sudden Germany and England are arguing the same point against Turkey or America whilst Russia blissfully acts as fuel to the fire.

Often people from cultures that we don’t recognise as the same as our own come across as rude, confrontational or just plain wrong. But that is because they had a different education and they know a different way of living and not one way is correct.

Something which initially shocked me was how many homophobic people there are. (Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of those in England as well). They use words which one finds hurtful to hear and they seem proud of their beliefs. I can’t understand. At first (in one particular…’conversation’…) I engaged in this debate. Something which I immediately regretted. There was no winning, no convincing to be had; the conclusion was ‘f*** off’ and dinner was swiftly over.

Debates happen often. It’s amazing. It’s clear that people enjoy having their opinions challenged and they want to try and see different viewpoints (most of the time)! Opportunities like this is where you see that people from around the world, despite huge huge differences (some people hate cake…however that could just be personal taste – who knows…) can come together, live and work together.

Politics will always be a dividing line. But that is what it is meant to be. Without discussion and occasionally getting frustrated about something talking about politics would, quite frankly, become rather boring!

So now as I go to try and teach people that there is more to my culture than tea (tea is pretty good…) and far more to my politics than Thatcher I say – see how much you learn from people today.

Not quite a book review – more a passing thought.

October 1, 2014

Andrew Marr: Head of State.

My love of Andrew Marr combined with my love of both reading and politics – what could go wrong?

With a book opening held at Downing Street and every Journalist and Politician waiting to see how they will be described – was it ever going to meet expectations? Firstly, I must say that despite the bad reviews of this book I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Since I picked it up I’ve raced through it, only stopping briefly to contemplate whether it is realistic or who the characters were based on. After finishing the book this morning and having some time to reflect this is the conclusion I have come to…

The characters are wonderfully colourful, dark, unrealistic and strangely lifelike all in one. The descriptions of the Whitehall circus and the focus on getting and securing power (at all costs) are entirely believable. On one hand it makes you dislike the politics of the UK but at the same time it draws you towards the cloak and dagger atmosphere which oozes out of Westminster.

I won’t spoil the plot for anyone if they are going to read it but I will say this (slight spoiler alert)- I did not see the first death coming! It was doing very brilliantly and the chapters immediately following it transferred the book very quickly into a page turner. The story was good. However towards the end, it felt like it was dragging. There was no big bang. No grand finale. The UK had left the EU and things didn’t seem to be going so well. Although a great amount of emphasis was put on there being a new beginning. The characters seemed largely at a lose end and by the final pages the book seemed to have lost its spark.

Side note time: A nice treat in the book were these quaint little illustrations –

booh photo 2

boook photo

I would recommend the book to other people but only to other people with a grand love of politics. As you turn each page it’s clear that Mr Marr had more fun writing it than the majority of people will reading it. But, get immersed in the politics, revel in the historical references and allow yourself to laugh at the subtle, but clever wittiness and ‘Head of State’ will carry you along with a relative ease and wanting to stand out.

How to teach that terrorism is bad? Blow people up of course!

August 26, 2014

Oh Boris Johnson, with your quick wit, hilarious opinions and such blonde hair….STOP. Get a hobby or something? NO. enough is enough. Calling a change to the presumption of innocence is not a ‘minor’ change. Not even for people YOU suspect to be terrorists!

The most recent blunder (I’m calling it a blunder because of it’s level of hilarity) from Boris blondilocks is that individuals (or hen parties, school groups, etc….) travelling to Iraq or Syria should be presumed guilty and presumed to be wanting to blow everyone (including themselves) up in acts aligned to that of ISIS. He did add some level of rationality  reason …forethought to this change to legislation – the presumption would only be reversed if you did not, I repeat DID NOT  notify the authorities.

“Dear Ms May,

I’m writing to inform you that I find the Western situation and stance on the world intolerable and I can’t bear to see life go on this way. In regards to this matter I shall be taking the first flight I can to Iraq (or Syria – it depends which flight is cheaper) to fight with ISIS.

Kind Regards, 

Mr stickler for the rules.”

…it could happen…

ANYWAY, Boris would also like the British jihadist who beheaded the American Journalist, James Foley, to be killed in a bomb attack. Now…before I start I’m sure there are a lot of people who would like much worse to be done to that man and what he did was truly horrible and upsetting. But Boris Johnson …advocating blowing people up…that’ll solve the ‘war of on terror.’

''what will stop terrorism?....EXPLOSION, A BIG BOMB, BOOOOOM LIKE THIS ....''

”what will stop terrorism?….EXPLOSION, A BIG BOMB, BOOOOOM LIKE THIS ….”

He added, “the Isis “wackos” must be tackled…What is the point of having a defence budget, if we don’t at least try to prevent the establishment of a terrorist ‘caliphate’ that is profoundly hostile to civilised values?”.

“ISIS WACKOS” fuel to fire Boris, fuel to fire…

Terrorism in all it’s forms is bad and I don’t think Politicians should be advocating for it. But of course BB Johnson can because he’s big Boris, Boris the bumbler, THE blonde bombshell…(you get the drift)! He can say whatever he likes, because people either agree with him or just think he’s a bit bonkers.

Boris is probably thinking – ‘well…I’m sure people have said worse than about me…ooo biscuits…’ and Boris. Yes. Yes they have. Now let’s all work together, overhaul the entire basis of the English Legal System, something we sometimes seem to be proud of …now lets get cracking with those ‘bunker busters’!