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Lost for Words

Dear Reader, I have a confession to make. I don’t know what to say. Rare, indeed, for me, as sometimes I find it difficult to stop! I am starting to feel that the world is approaching ‘Trump Overload’ and because of that, I shall say no more on the subject – this issue. (more…)

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Here we are again in a New Year, and as I finish off my piece for this issue the 45th President of the United States is being sworn in, and a couple of days ago the Prime Minister told us that “Brexit was Brexit”, and it was likely to be hard! It remains to be seen exactly what flavour Brexit we will get, and in any event, it will take considerably longer than 2 years before we fully understand how the economy will fare outside the EU. Some things will undoubtedly change, but the UK has a long history of making the best of any situation, and in the long-term I’m sure we will be fine. There will be challenges, some domestic and, probably, more international. A number of European elections loom this year; and the rise of populism, which contributed to the EU referendum outcome and swept Donald Trump to US election victory, could pose a threat to the eurozone in the years to come. (more…)

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11chappatte-master768-v2Well, the unthinkable has happened: what was previously considered to be the comic scenario, has come to pass, and Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States of America. The people have spoken, and the political establishment seems to be in retreat. It took most of us by surprise, but perhaps recent referendum results ought to remind us of the potential perils of complacency. It appeared to all the world that the US Presidential Election was Hilary Clinton’s to lose, and she managed to do just that. Despite being considered by many as a loud-mouthed bully and bigot, Trump seems to have harnessed the increasing public sentiment against the status quo and the desire for change. (more…)

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Rest in Peace

Forgive me, if I indulge myself for a few moments. Last month my dear old Mum passed away. She lived to see her 100th birthday and other than working in my Grandfather’s Post Office, and being an auxiliary nurse during the 2nd World War, she devoted her working life to her family. It must have been difficult bringing up three boys, born between the end of the war and the late 50’s, together with looking after both her parents, who lived with us in a big Victorian house. Dad worked all the hours to pay the bills, and Mum did everything else. When she ‘retired’ as we could all look after ourselves, she spent 27 years volunteering at a day centre for the elderly even though she was, latterly, older than some of the attendees! After Dad died and the ‘jobsworths’ at the Council discovered that Mum was nearly 90 and stopped her from volunteering, the light seemed to go out of her life. Despite her abiding love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren she felt that she lacked a purpose in life, and slowly illness and old age overtook her. (more…)

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Well, it’s happened, and we’re coming out. Whether we like it or not, the future of the (currently) United Kingdom will be independent of the European Union. On a personal note, I was hugely disappointed with the conduct of both campaigns: it seems to me, that the cases that were presented were, at best, misleading, and at worst, downright lies. It saddens me that our political elite have such a low opinion of the great British public (or an over-inflated sense of their own importance) that they cannot, simply, tell the facts – as far as they may be known – and not make dark threats, or promises that can never be fulfilled. (more…)

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Following last year’s successful run of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at BOAT, the Brighton Shakespeare Company was founded by Mark Brailsford, the Artistic Director of Dyke Road’s Rialto Theatre, and founder the satirical revue, ‘The Treason Show.’ BSC’s aim is to bring the cream of Brighton’s  characterful comedy talent to the works of William Shakespeare  and to make the canon more accessible and entertaining to modern audiences by being faithful to the writing genius of the Bard himself. The company will present ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ at BOAT in Dyke Road Park between 10-14 August. See full information at brightonshakespearecompany.co.uk where you can also find details of an interesting approach to raising funds to pay the actors for their work in both ‘Much Ado’ and ‘Macbeth’, which will be produced and shown at the Rialto later in the year. (more…)

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This is not a political column. It is about money. But currently, whenever I open a newspaper, turn on a radio or the TV, or browse the internet, pretty much all I see or hear is  about whether or not the UK remains in the European Union. As a result, I will comment on the potential effects of Britain leaving or staying in the EU, specifically relating to the monetary aspects and investments. (more…)

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