Attitudes are beginning to harden as the EU lets slip its negotiating stance in Outrage as Spain given effective Veto on future of Gibraltar.
Credit: Daily Telegraph 31/03/17
That’s cleared the air so here’s my predictions:Next week the EU plans to give Brussels a veto on the internet on the grounds that the internet is international, the EU is international: the matter speaks for itself.
In other developments, it (the EU) is still debating whether to take back those parts of London settled by French emigrées. Residents of Little France, as it’s known, are brushing up on their German, just in case.
The New York Club WMC, 11th March 2017
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Net migration to UK falls by 49,000 after Brexit vote
Or expressed another way net migration into the UK was 329,000. That is a net 165,000 from the EU and a net 164,000 from non EU nations. Simple maths gives you the total figure of 329,000. The Guardian’s headline figure of £49,000 me of misleading price drop announcements at the supermarket. Harsh words until you consider the actual figures never in the article. When the media make their pronouncements about fake news, all they need to do is examine their own headlines and compare them to the facts.
Unpayable debts and an existential EU financial crisis – Is the break-up of the euro now inevitable?
The Break-Up issues are real. Not Holly convinced by the impact on city of London activity. To put it another way, when markets unload there have to be brokers. That means winners as well as losers. At the moment the EU is a confidence trick waiting to be exposed. While there is political buy in, vested franco-german interests will stop it going down… but the bill will get bigger. The childish attitude of “let’s punish Brexit” will be a magnet for tit for tat Gloom and Doom scenarios. Except in this case the Gloom and Doom is a real risk.
The following emerged in discussions about story structure at one of Writing Workshops run by Bunbury Press*. The starting point was linear plots, looping plots and fractured story-lines…
Reading a novel has some differences from writing it as I discovered some years back. It helps to have a healthy repertoire of plotlines in mind when you begin. Writing is great; stitching it together sucks your brain of energy unless you have a plan. Most fiction has a number of taken for granteds – the reader is expected to know this or that so put assumptions and shortcuts on the creative menu… in turn this provides a comfort zone to critical analysis… many works are similar.
SF (& Fantasy) requires world building and even universe building which often end up as information dumps: there because they’re necessary, but more like an appendix than narrative. This is a special problem, the extent of which is governed by the range of ‘what-if’ assumptions. Embedding information dumps is a challenge. Techniques to deal with this tend to affect plot structure so not unnaturally, SF began to borrow ideas from conventional fiction. This became more pronounced with New Wave Science Fiction: consider the harbingers of change: Michael Moorcock and Harlan Ellison.
In my case I work up a cosmology** and then choose which bits would look interesting and find ways to bring then to the notice of the main characters.
Does the authorial process of creation map directly to an analytical structure? i.e. is the world made the way we see it? There’s no right answer but considerations such as this took me away from the safe but sterile me-too offerings of ‘Roll up, roll up and ride from A to B, just like your last one thousand rides’. It isn’t necessary to tread just one path for a harmonious whole.
eg: ** Pre-contact protocol, how technology transfer is controlled, when those out there are permitted to prey on newcomers to space, what was before big bang, what lives in the blackness between the spiral arms…
* Bunbury Press hold their workshops at the Two Tubs (the oldest pub) in Bury, Lancs. It’s just by the parish church. For those with an interest, their next programme will look at Scriptwriting.
OFrancois Fillon and British wife Penelope expected to face legal proceedings this week over payments, reports say
Such practices were legal and widespread.
Let’s just stick to widespread