I’ve been meaning to finish this off for a while. It’s the longest video I’ve done, shot in multiple pieces. Finding a piece of music that I wanted was challenging. So it’s quite a lot more up tempo than my … Continue reading Jetski Sunset VS Heartbeat
A friend of the blog from Canada, said that they were interested in what’s happening in UK regarding Brexit. When initially searching for news last year (because I was fed up with Google recommending The Guardian and The BBC), I found that it was difficult to obtain the facts. So, have had to hunt around, a hunt which paid off, I’m now able to get up-to-date news, which isn’t propaganda or fake news.
So, I’m sharing this, as it’s current and Jeff Taylor (who’s probably more a centrist than anything else), reports factually (which can easily be confirmed via other reputable sources, like the video feeds from Parliament and House of Lords).
Basically, the UK Brexit withdraw law was passed in the Parliament last year. The House of Lords then have a chance to add amendments – which they did this week. It was then passed back to Parliament, and voted on, and all of their amendments where denied/ voted down.
From what I understand it has to go back to House of Lords again. It’s likely they will this time approve it, and not add any amendments. One of the reasons being is that they’ve made themselves unpopular already in the past and there’s talk of reform of the House of Lords (keeping one’s job springs to mind). Do we really need 800 people being paid at top tier salaries in the House of Lords – isn’t that a bit of a waste of money ?
Then next is that the law needs Royal ascent, which basically mean the Queen signing off on it – which will just happen, basically.
And, then lastly it needs to be approved by the Europe. If they don’t, then it’s a “hard Brexit” on 31-Jan-2020, ie UK leaves without a trade deal, on WTO terms. Which, from what I’ve been hearing may not be a disaster (as the scare mongers have prophesied), might actually be a better outcome for UK. It’s actually my preferred outcome, get this shitshow over and done with, and get on with sorting out UK’s real problems. But – Dunno, not an expert here regarding WTO vs Europe/UK trade agreement, and I don’t know anyone who is either.
If Europe do approve it, then UK still “leaves” Europe on 31-Jan-2020, but then there’s a Brexit implementation period (basically UK and Europe negotiating a trade deal), with final FULL leave date of 31-Dec-2020.
Most likely Europe will begrudgingly approve the law. So most likely UK will “leave” Europe on 31-Jan-2020, into the Brexit implementation period.
Or there, or there abouts, in somewhat layman’s terms. Sorry I’m not a journalist, or news blog, just putting the word out there. More I enjoy creative writing and opinions, than the hard stuff like serious journalism.
Jeff produces videos every day, and if Brexit is of interest to you, then might be worth following his channel.
I don’t know his political leaning intimately, but those that lean to the left, or are pro-Europe, or are a communist, well, he may not fit your confirmation bias. So might not be your cup of tea. Just saying …
Anyway – For me I’m a centrist, so am able to digest traditional real journalism/facts, and Jeff fulfills my inquisitiveness into what’s actually happening in politics in UK, especially regarding Brexit.
So for that, Thanks Jeff, and also Thanks for filling the void made by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The Guardian, The Independent and the other one, forget the name, sorry about that. Should also say – thanks UK fakestream media for becoming irrelevant, and making space for new entrants, truly in this case it seems that “diversity is our strength” 🙂 Perhaps soon now I can stop paying for (on pain of a criminal record) a BBC service I don’t use, like or want, or think is relevant anymore.
Lastly, thanks to the 1000 or so new followers, over past couple of days – I don’t know where you came from (or why), but a heart felt welcome anyway. I don’t know if I can live up to your expectations, only time will tell that. A lot of the time I do photography, sometimes I write. A lot of the time I don’t blog at all.
I was aiming to take a short video, showing just how quickly the sun moves at sunset. Within a couple of minutes the sun has gone from being fully circular to completely gone behind the clouds. (Re-uploading my old videos … Continue reading Beach Sunset Video With Random Family
I Imagine those who would wish to scare us, like to report all of the bad news about what’s happening in UK regarding business and jobs, and etc – this disaster and that problem. Whilst it’s important to let people know about news that may effect them. It’s manipulative just to report on things that have negative impact, especially when there’s a partisan motivation behind it. There’s a name for that “propaganda”, which isn’t journalism, and some of the outlets have upped their game to the next notch of purely producing purely “partisan rhetoric”
For past-me, I just went to the news to find out the facts, keep myself abreast of current affairs. These days mainstream media continuously seems to be trying to brainwash me, in ways I know are fundamentally harmful – divisive, manipulative, exaggerated and often not even factual.
It’s why, these days I look around for my news sources, and have discarded outlets who (perhaps) were once journalist, the likes of The Gaurdian, BBC and CNN, it’s long list. For the time being, real news seems to have scattered and involves a little effort to find, as it’s been obfuscated by those who wish us to be brainwashed. It’s actually quite refreshing, in a way, as I’ve not got access to a wide range of voices and can make up my own mind.
Overall I think there’s a real opportunity out there for new media outlets to become established, and also things like indie-TV and Cinema – Exciting times when mainstream media and Hollywood are rotten to the core, and are no longer serving their intended purposes – massive opportunities there for those who’re riding the next wave.
Anyway, enough of me sounding off – some POSITIVE post-Brexit news – from Reuters :
“A thousand EU financial firms plan to open UK offices after Brexit”
Which I was made aware of by Jeff Taylor :
For those who like summaries, rather than reading and watching :
LONDON (Reuters) – More than a thousand banks, asset managers, payments companies and insurers in the European Union plan to open offices in post-Brexit Britain so they can continue serving UK clients, regulatory consultancy Bovill said on Monday.
This would make sense to me that smart money would have been holding off on investing in UK during times of uncertainty. As Brexit is starting to draw to a close, I hope we’ll see this actually happening and prosperity actually returning to UK.
Even though I was originally pro-remain regarding Brexit, I’m looking into 2020 with optimistic outlook – I think the UK can become great again.
One thing about taking still photos is the difficulty in capturing the sunset over time, in this case around 1hr 15min. Video doesn’t really cut it either, as who wants to sit and watch a video of a sunset for … Continue reading Time Lapse Stormy Balcony Sunset Video
I shot this kite video a couple of weeks ago, only just got around to making it into a video … It’s the full club version of Cafe Del Mar / Energy 52 … 7min 30sec … The graphic special … Continue reading The Kite VS Cafe Del Mar
Free accounts on WordPress.com come with 3GB of storage for media files. Mine was nearly full. I realised that in moving the videos to YouTube, I could reclaim about 2.5GB of space. So, more space to upload my photography going … Continue reading Why I’m Reposting My Old Videos
I shared the GoFundMe for Bonging of Big Ben for leaving Europe – before the weekend. It seems, as with anything in politics, it’s not just as simple as raising the money, and getting it done. Feelings and egos come … Continue reading Will Big Ben Bong Or Not – Update
I love the colours that came out in this one 🙂 Fishing anyone ? Mar 11, 2014 at 18:00 Continue reading Beach Fisherman’s Sunset
Taken towards the end of the day, late afternoon, from a balcony position. Panorama was stitched together with PTGui software, which is one of the good … Continue reading Balcony Panorama Thailand
Taken with Sony A6500 – Pentax SMC Takumar 135mm f3.5 Lens Cheers Don Resources & Sources Unless otherwise stated everything here is (c) DonCharisma.org, all rights … Continue reading Orchids
I found what was to me an amusing summary of UK politics (over the past couple of years), so I shared it in a post, and in response I got this : If this comedian (never heard of him, don’t … Continue reading I Think I Just Received A “Wokening” – Can Someone Help Me Decode It ?
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I saw these and thought they were worth sharing. They were taken with my iPad, from the balcony of my home. Apart from adding my logo, … Continue reading Sunsets and Storm Clouds Breaking Through, Thailand
Floodlight onto spider’s web … I was quite drunk at the time if that adds any relevant context. Cheers Don Resources & Sources Unless otherwise … Continue reading Scary Spider Light
Alistair Williams lost his career as a comedian, over this sketch. He says that the woke establishment have basically shadow banned him, he can’t get bookings anymore in mainstream comedy clubs, for what they (the woke, pro-remain-Brexit establishment) believe was … Continue reading Brexit Burger King – Free Speech & Woke Cancel Culture
Dear All, My audience is global, so apologies, this is a UK thing – however I do think think it’s an event of global significance. I wrote a post yesterday passing on information about a crowd fund to have the … Continue reading Brexit Remainers, Remoaners and Rejoiners
Dear All, My audience is global, so apologies, this is a UK thing – however I do think think it’s an event of global significance. Sorry I’ve not been posting here, but other priorities had taken over, and been unwell. … Continue reading The Big Ben must bong for Brexit campaign
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Keeping it uncomplicated, so a mixture of photographic disciplines from two Sony cameras with SEL1855 and SEL1018 lenses. Theme – “A walk”. Continue reading A Walk And A Dragon (Well Two Actually)
Some more random photographic experiments … Continue reading Dragons And Random
Some recent photos experimenting with macro photography … I’m quite busy right now, so sorry in advance if I don’t get a chance to reply … Continue reading Experimental Macro
People have frequently asked me about my blogging patterns, and why I stop doing this/that or change how I’m blogging, how often etc. Well one answer is that I get involved in other things which take up my time. One … Continue reading Vaping – How I Quit Smoking And Started Living Again
Originally posted on Greercn's Blog:
So many terrific movies wowed me, in 2015. Either “Birdman” or “Whiplash” could have made this list. But they are from 2014, although I saw them in 2015. That’s also true of “Selma”. Anyone interested in civil rights should see this magnificent work of love. Reducing the list to 28 films was tough enough. But here goes. This is my list of the 10 movies I enjoyed most in 2015. 1) The Martian. So much here is original and evocative. Matt Damon leads a fine cast in an excellent and well-researched story of space… Continue reading Top 10 Movies of 2015
The problem is that when stocks start selling, others start selling their stocks too, it turns into to a selling frenzy. Short selling on stocks is rarely pretty, or predictable, fortunes have been wiped out in seconds. From what I understand, RBS has advised their clients, well basically to “sell everything” within the last few days. Doesn’t sound particularly responsible for a global bank, but I have no control over what they say. It’s also possible that RBS might be right. Continue reading Why I Think Stocks May Crash, Hard
One very wonderful thing about Thailand …
Is that you don’t have to look far to find beauty. Continue reading Transpicuous Balcony Sunset #0010
My local TV station has been showing World Science Festival, TED, and some other science shows. It’s fascinating to hear the accepted theories on how the universe was created, stars, black holes etc. From what I understand our universe is thought to be a little under 14 billion years old, which is a staggering length of time …
Some of the other quantities like the number of stars (10-200 sextillion) and number of planets they think are in our universe are even more vast, so vast in fact it’s pretty challenging to comprehend things like – there are (perhaps) more stars in our universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on earth.
From what I understand, our universe is expanding, has been since the beginning. It’s what scientists call “inflation”. Liking to think beyond what I’m told, I do puzzle about what exactly the universe is expanding into.
Is there simply more “space” which is infinite ?
Or is “space” being created to expand into ?
Or, something else ?
It’s lovely when you spot something new … this sailboat is a new addition to the beach sunset near where I stay, happy days ! Continue reading Breathtaking Sailboat Ocean Sunset #0182
The shot says it all … a privilege to witness and capture, the overhanging tree frames it all off nicely … Enjoy 🙂 Don Charisma is … Continue reading Paradise Lensflare Beach Sunset #9412