Latest posts by obelixx

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:03

Have you heard of TTIF and CETA?  Check them out and then see what "free trade" can mean to your job security and working conditions and the things you will be eating.

As Obama said, the USA (320 million with lousy employment rights, growth hormones in their meat and GM food crops) is going to concentrate on negotiating its deal with the EU - 350 million - and will then have the luxury of imposing what it likes on a teeny UK market of about 64 million.

Globalization in its worst form and by the back door.

To counteract it the UK needs to improve education and invest in technology and training to produce a skilled work force making added value products that can compete with China, India, South Korea who will now be interested in Europe more than UK.

It would be great if you can pull it off but don't expect any patience form the EU.  They have a lot to fix themselves now without being distracted by what they are bound to see as unreasonable UK divorce terms.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:39

I expect a lot us have.   It is now raining and cold.   Typical.

Going to go and get mucky anyway and save the delights of the supermarket for later on after I've earned a good hot shower.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:11

Joyce - Hampton Hack is a delayed version of the Chelsea chop and is used on plants that come into growth later so aren't ready for chopping in May.   Helen Yemm explains here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/gardening/2011/07/the-hampton-court-hack.shtml

No sun here but no rain so far either.   Potting and pottering today.

Independence Day?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:37

It's in the treaty of Lisbon Frank.  Any country that invokes the exit clause has 2 years to negotiate the get out.   The EU naturally wants to get on with it while Boris wants to prevaricate and delay invoking the clause.   Clearly a man gifted with planning foresight.

However, yes, you do now have to get on with it but I see Cornwall thinks it can get the same finding from Westminster that it received from the EU, there are calls in Northern Ireland for a united Ireland and a petition for London to become independent in order to stay in the EU has been started.

A reporter on the Beeb this morning spoke of people who'd said they'd voted Brexit a a protest, never expecting it would win.  

Quite a lot of reality checks coming up.

As for the gardening - not raining for a change but very wet and soggy here so can't really go trampling on the soil or it will get too compacted so that leaves clearing up my work area and potting on previously made cuttings and divisions.

Does anyone else miss the weekly what to do now links

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 23:18

Hello again.  There's a very experienced gardener who posts on the A4A website and has his own website which includes an almanac of what to do and when, week by week.


You click or hover on the month and it gives you a list of jobs - veggies, ornamentals etc - by the week.  Try it and see.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 20:54

My veg garden has been eaten by slugs despite using wildlife friendly pellets.   Just far too much rain this June.   The garden is so wet it's oozing and squelching and the slugs are busy all day, even 5' up on my clems when I go and search.

My kohl rabi and pak choi have been stripped, half my salads have disappeared and brassicas are in deep trouble.  I have new babies ready to plant but I'm waiting till things dry out a bit.

Busy taking cuttings and divisions of treasures to take when we move to a new garden so all lunar calendar help with that gratefully received and I shall ask for that book for birthday or Xmas.

Echo request for pics of Bengal.  Our cat hardly ever goes out - we found her abandoned in the field next door and in a state so, having fixed her up and fed her regularly, she's not about to risk being shut out again.  Funnily enough, she's much more adventurous when we take her with us on hols to France.

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 20:36

It isn't hard to find info to show that the over-crowded south east and London area contributes most in taxes to the UK economy.





Ditto the fact that the north east, Scotland and Wales receive a disproportionate amount of tax spending per head of population.


Don't tell me you didn't bother researching all this stuff and making sure you were properly informed before voting.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:46

Busy - PM

Independence Day?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:44

No SV.  You'll need it.  I am not the one who reported on the split.  That was reporters and "experts".

I do wonder who will have the vision and the energy to push through what the UK now needs to bring it together and make it work in every sense.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 18:32

People will always want to trade and sell their goods.  The question is what conditions the big blocks can now impose on what is now a small country with reduced influence on the world political and economic stages and an economy that's likely to shrink.

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