[Warning. Extremely rare political rant preceding the round-up. I am not even apologising. It has to be said.]
I knew that today was going to be sad. Today is the second anniversary of my father’s death, a loss that I still feel acutely every single day. And another kind of pain now stands alongside that sorrow. Because today is day 1 of the new reality. Ok, Britain has not exited the EU yet. But this is a day after the decision to leave the Union has been officially confirmed. I spent all of yesterday in a mixture of dazed and hyperalert. For starters, I could not believe what had happened. The idea that a country with all the benefits of education, prosperity and a colonial, imperialist history should seriously take such a step, had never occurred to me. I am seriously split with my leftie friends – as a national from the (geographical) heart of Europe, European unity to me has always stood for peace and stability. Even though I was born long after the last war, war was always very present in my youth (you only have to look around in any big German city, and you can see the consequences of war; I had grandparents who lived through the war) – and every step taken closer to European integration to me meant that peace in Europe was guaranteed. Sure, my opinion on Europe was always idealist. And there is no doubt that there is much wrong with the bureaucracy and aloofness of the European institutions. But I literally cried yesterday when I heard that one of the cornerstones of the EU had crumbled to dust. My heart is breaking for the UK. I am sorry for a country that is so deeply divided, and for the young people of Britain who did not vote for this outcome. – I am very afraid of the future, particularly for my children, even though they are neither British, nor do they live in Britain. I may have 40 years left – but they have 70+ years to live as Europeans, with the consequences forced upon them mainly by elderly voters who have reaped the rewards of European integration but will not share the burden of the referendum for as long… If there is any way to apply the emergency brake, now is the time to yank it!
Right – off the soapbox, Guylty. This is a place of fun and distraction. If you feel the need for the latter, here are a few links. I apologise for the short list – I found it hard to concentrate on anything other than the impending Brexit yesterday.
- Let’s get this out of the way first: For a man in trade, the political developments of yesterday are worrying. By redroselady
- Just because it is handy to have: The latest 3 Armitage images in one post, by kimanne723
- Queenoferebor1204’s Saucy Saturday instalment… *yum* not sure why I am thinking of raspberries and cream right now
- Guys-texts-from-last-night rings pretty true
- Aw. Bilbo always to Thorin’s defense. A piece of fan-art by shockabsorbers
- And here are Bilbo and Thorin with their dogs. By bianjula
- Interesting interpretation re. Richard’s professed preference for sonnet 144 by Shakespeare. By rekallthirteen
- I loved this little glance in the short interview for ‘Wild’. Thanks to anne-ofgreengables
- Francis and the Great Dragon say thank you – says sinnaminie
- This manip by queenoferebor1204 had me laugh out loud. Jeez, I like rockstars but eh… no… not like that
- Is that so??? What do you think about this richardarmitage-confidential?
- I may have had a little role in the making of this particular plushie by sinnaminie… And I am still laughing about it
May the future turn out better than it looks today!