Versatile Blogger Award


A big THANK YOU to Shreyathewriter and ClumsyandSilly  both of whom nominated me for this Versatile Blogger Award, on the same day no less!

I was really surprised to be nominated since almost all of my posts have been exactly 17 syllables short, which I’m not sure demonstrates great versatility… Anyway thanks for prompting me to write something a little longer this time: I reckoned I couldn’t cover the whole thing in a haiku!

Apparently the rules of the award are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you: CHECK
2. Share the award on your blog: CHECK
3. Share seven random facts about yourself: Hmm…

a. I’ve been blogging each day since the beginning of July and I’m getting worried about how I’ll feel if I miss a day!
b. I’ve become obsessed with trying to say things in a 5-7-5 syllable format; some words just never seem to fit!
c. I like cycling long distances.
d. I live in the UK.
e. I love the sound my phone makes when someone I don’t know, have never met, and never will meet likes one of my posts. Thank you!
f. I took the photo of the sunflowers on a cycling holiday in France.
g. Sometimes I like to count in letters…

4. Tag 10 other bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they’ve been nominated.

Well, sometimes I’m not sure how many followers people have so I hope I’m not insulting anyone here, but please check out these great blogs anyway if you’re not already familiar with them:


Finally, thanks again to everyone who ever reads, likes or comments on my stuff. It really is appreciated.


Democracy? Let’s vote on it…

We like to think we know a bit about democracy in the UK. After all we do plenty of voting.

We expect to have our say in the hullabaloo of a general election every five years or so, in between times letting our elected representatives get on with all that tiresome governing – whilst reserving the right to moan about what a rotten job they’re making of it, and looking forward to giving them a kicking next time round. Continue reading “Democracy? Let’s vote on it…”

Reasons for “Brexit”

Before the recent EU referendum I wrote a document explaining my rationale for voting to Leave the EU.

My thoughts developed further during the final 3 weeks before the vote, but this document is still a fair summary of the conclusions I reached: The EU Referendum – reasons for Brexit


Can you live with not being right?

Last week slightly more than half of voters elected to leave the EU and slightly less than half elected to stay in.

We also know of course how the in/out split varied across the country. And ancillary polls and population statistics purport to tell us which demographic groups probably contributed most to the Leave and Remain totals.

But we don’t know why each of the 33 and a half million or so voters marked their ballot as they did. Continue reading “Can you live with not being right?”

Is it reasonable to be concerned about immigration?

Nick Carter-Lando’s post on Facebook is a strong contribution to the ongoing EU Referendum debate, and makes a persuasive argument for Remain.

However, if we look at current context and the longer-term future, there are some reasonable counter-arguments to his primary assertion on EU immigration that “even under extreme assumptions the impact on our overall population just isn’t very large”

From 2001 to 2014, the UK population increased by 5.5M (or 9%) from 59.1M to 64.6M, at a faster rate than any time in the previous 90 years, with migration estimated to account for 85% of this increase (ref 1). Continue reading “Is it reasonable to be concerned about immigration?”

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