Maybe it’s my subconscious self rallying against those doom-laden words, ‘when we leave Europe’. An awful political future ahead. I can’t bring myself to even write that STUPID ‘B’ word that is causing such a sorry mess. But I’ve found myself listening to a lot of continental pop these last few days. Really enjoying The Limiñanas’ ‘I’ve Got Trouble In Mind Vol 2’, an album of ‘rare stuff 2015/2018’. So many gems on there. Track one ‘The Mirror’ (featuring Kirk Lake) left me feeling as though I’d read an entire book. A book about a world of 17th century Italian mirror making mystics, if I was paying attention properly. Pop music BLOWS MY MIND. So clever. There’s this window you can listen/look through that comes along only every few years or so I think. It’s that rare moment where you hear a new song and the SOUND of it clings on to you, mesmerises your melodic mind. But then a few seconds later, the composer has you FASCINATED lyrically because you’re hearing a story that is so intriguing, so utterly beguiling. THAT is track one of this album. What a start! Track three, ‘Maria’s Theme’ is beautiful, cinematique (I think I just made that word up, you’re welcome.) It’s reminiscent of ‘Repeat To Fade’ or ‘Is It Any Wonder’ by The Shortwave Set (what happened to them? I saw them perform in Brighton somewhere...) Track nine, ‘The Gift (Anton Mix)’, is almost a studied reworking uptempo version of Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’. How can that even happen? But it does. Switch the vocals from male to female with all the glorious melancholia you could want in a pop song and there you are - trust me, you can sing “Walk.....in silence...” over the top of it. Just when you’re thinking the track listing is bulging with so much franglo (french/english) indie greatness, in walks a Christmas carol cover! I know that sounds cringe but.... the Limiñanas’ downbeat low key ‘Silent Night’ hits the festive spot and defrosts it nicely. And that, mes amis, is what they call a wrap (ou un sandwich, peut-être?)
Couldn't handle more than a good ol' cuppa (with #almondmilk obviously to #keepitvegan ) this morning after the high octane drama of last night's 'events'
I know my pals Moggo and Bozza are only joking, but sometimes their 'banter' can feel a bit much you know? Reminded me of the time at #Oxford where my roommates hid my #subfusc the day of my final exam for #banter ♥️So my #resolution for today is #selfcare ♥️
👉 Lots of cups of tea
👉 Lots of pauses to meditate
👉 Lots of yummy belgian choc when I get to #Brussels
🕯️I'll also light a #scentedcandle on my train to Brussels to cultivate #goodvibes
Thank you all for being there for me in my time of need - couldn't do it without you, #instapals
Is it just me or UK politics at the moment feels like one of those chaotic Doctor Who Christmas specials but instead of Daleks shouting ‘EXTERMINATE!’ it’s stuck-up Tories repeating ‘take back control’ on a loop? 🙋♀️🤦♀️ #brexshit#brexit#cancelbrexit#brexigue
This is a good rule to follow in life. But not Brexit😐
In the words of a member of the @AboutTimesnews team it feel likes the government are following a mandate of "In case of fire, add more fire"... 🔥⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The more I learn, the more questions I have. And swearing, lots of swearing...
A People's Vote seems like a good idea, but what are we actually voting for? Accept the deal; reject the deal and remain; reject the deal and leave on No Deal; or reject the deal and renegotiate? That's a pretty crowded ballot paper. Choose the latter and do we do the whole things again once a new deal is on the table? And how long does that go on for?
Is the best idea to Revoke Article 50 and sacrifice any chance of a united country? Have we ever even been united, or has the referendum result simply ripped the plaster off the divisions that have always been there? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Is the best idea to leave on No Deal. Are we all being hopeless pessimists and actually everything will be alright... in the end... one day... maybe...?
Do we appeal to our MPs to accept the deal that's on the table? There is no winning scenario - large numbers of people are going to be dissatisfied whatever happens, and at least this saves the NI/ ROI Good Friday Agreement. Is it fantasyland to suggest someone else could do a better job?
Do we hope for a snap election and that Labour get in? I'm not sure what they'll be able to do about the whole mess but I am certain they'll be handed the same poisoned chalice Theresa May has been drinking from. I'm also sure that all the benefits of having a Labour government will be lost amongst the chaos - let's not ignore that the Tories have not even tried to tackle some of the reasons why many people voted Leave in the first place - rampant inequality and the underlying feeling of being "left behind". In fact, they've made many of them worse...
Or do we break into the wine and Christmas cake and get shit faced for the foreseeable? Merry Christmas, yeh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀