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The Killer Instinct

“Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.”
(Prov 6:6)

The Killer Instinct

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

In my first professional job as an economist, I interned with the Economic Research Service (ERS) in the U.S. 776 more words

Called Along The Way


Pianist Stephen Hough (The Guardian: Arts hit back at Brexit) looks for vibrations deeper than words:

Musicians keep playing when the lights go out, when people are suffering, confused or angry.

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What's Wrong with the EU? Part 1

Since the Brexit vote last week, I have been trying to sort out my disparate thoughts about the EU. In doing so, I have been thinking about the early history of the EU and its origins in the early 1950s and the convoluted process by which Britain came to join what was then called the European Common Market. 3,877 more words

What was it you wanted to leave?

And, equal but opposite, what was it I wanted to stay in?

A few days after my gentle poem, urging everyone to vote and suggesting staying in Europe might be the best option, our world here in Britain and Northern Ireland has changed. 752 more words


Week 49 - Take a deep breath

We all go through difficult times in life. Moments of change, moments of anger, loss,  pain, or concern, which we think will never pass. This week I witnessed a tense moment in the life of many British citizens. 341 more words


On An Ordinary Day

On an ordinary day
On my way to vote,
In my ordinary place
On my way to vote,
Through ordinary streets
On my way to vote,

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Brexit or stay?

First published on May 14….For my UK readers…You think you know what it means to stay in Europe? It is nothing to do with being able to survive as a nation outside of Europe, the fear of losing work, financial losses et al. 143 more words