Football

Didn’t come home, this time. History was made, and lost. England made it to the finals of the Euros 2020, and couldn’t finish the task. Properly psyched out by the Italian goalie Donnarumma and his side-step, Rashford missed the box completely: (0:24) and Saka buckled under the pressure. To be fair, that was A LOT of pressure on the shoulders… Read moreFootball

Get them early

Today is the last Friday in June, and today is OBON Day. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it, no-one on this island really has. And it would have stayed this way, if the UK Department for Education hadn’t gotten involved. OBON stands for “One Britain One Nation,” and started out in 2005 in Yorkshire as a non-profit…. Read moreGet them early

Quo vadis, Ulster?

This is what happens when you have the week off, and don’t feel like following the news – the world turns in uncomfortable directions. Where to begin? Let’s start with the one that has the farthest reaching consequences: Arlene Foster, First Minister of Northern Ireland, resigned today. Most famous in Northern Irish politics for the Cash for Ash scandal. Also… Read moreQuo vadis, Ulster?

A man’s ego and a nation’s destiny

What does it take for a politician to realise that his career is over, that his influence is diminished, that the dinner speech circuit awaits, and that the rest is history? Alex Salmond was Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party during the first independence referendum in 2014; Nicola Sturgeon was his deputy and his protege. There… Read moreA man’s ego and a nation’s destiny

From one border to another border

It is one of those cases where the devil is in the details. When the Brexit referendum machine got into full swing, not one Little Englander gave a thought or a damn about the border between Ireland the Republic and the 6 counties on the north-eastern tip of the island. That border ceased to exist with the ratification of the… Read moreFrom one border to another border

El Dorado turns into a government-advised exodus

It has now been one full month since the transition period ended and especially trade had to do business under the proper rules of being a third country. And what a joy it has been. Within a week, DPD suspended deliveries between EU and UK, Waterstones (books) and John Lewis (everything household) stopped selling to European customers, Marks & Spencer… Read moreEl Dorado turns into a government-advised exodus

Diplomacy is overrated, obviously

The ink is barely dry on the Christmas-timed Trade Deal with the EU. A few important aspects are still to be sorted, hundreds of industries to be considered when creating the actual agreements, let alone the real red tape when several arrangements (aviation, Northern Ireland, etc.) expire in six months. GB needs all the goodwill it can get, both from… Read moreDiplomacy is overrated, obviously