If Britain votes to leave the EU, when will it lose its MEPs and right to attend the Council of Ministers and thus its veto? When will they expel the British Judges on the Court and the Commissioner from the Commission? It would seem from my reading, that it will be at the end of the negotiations, either the date the new treaty becomes law, or two years from the date that the UK gives its notice to quit, whichever’s first.
Yesterday, the European resident British ex-pats lost their court case to get a vote in the Brexit referendum. Think they’d have done better arguing their ECHR right to vote and UNCHR on the right to a nationality.
Went down to the New Cross Learning last night to watch their film club’s showing of “Pride”… it’s surprisingly uplifting and the evening was added to by the presence of one of the founders of LGSM, and their recent retrospective film completing the story of what happened next, which is where the film ended. It’s an important and inspiring story of solidarity.
And now, hours after my wiki rant on Xcode failing to upgrade on my El Capitan Mac, it does! I deleted the install log. So that’s good. Another rant wasted.
The BBC are reshowing “The secret history of our streets”; it’s based on Charles Booth’s social surveys and episode 1 is about #Deptford High Street. It’s fascinatingly shot, with focus of the story just outside my flat.
When Booth started his surveys Deptford Hight Street was a retail Mecca and while surrounded by poverty, there was money around. Somethings only change slowly and London was biggest city that had ever existed; the wealth north of the river must have been stupendous. The post war period was a retailers golden age, but the wealth dried up, and the urban planners decided to rebuild London. The show discusses the family disruptions caused by the redevelopment of Reginald Road, and to complete the story, they’re starting again. They have some contemporary film of some housewives talking about depression, one even was sent to the Doctor’s by their husband. These disruptions were made worse by a level of family proximity which they valued, but I find incomprehensible and was seen to be disrupted by moving to Brockley (about 1 mile away). There have always been nomads and homesteaders though.
The pictures of the horse drawn rag and bone man, the 19th century’s attempt at recycling brought back memories. No. Really!
You can’t make a film about Deptford High Street without talking about the Deptford Arms, and its left wing history and the film talks in some depth about the street’s relationship with alchohol. It’s hard to comment, since the film was made some time ago, possibly before I arrived in 2009, but they record that the number of pubs has fallen from 12 (on a street about 800 yards long) to two, although the Job Centre has just opened. They capture the Deptford Arms becoming a betting shop and the growth of street drinking, and contrast it with the hard drinking undertaken by our parents and grand-parents (although lets face it, most of this drinking was done by the men.) There’s a story about the colour bars in the pubs, one of which was disrupted by a black army veteran who shot up the Deptford Arms. (While one never condones terrorism, he claims it worked as a political protest, they let him drink there afterwards.)
Since its on the BBC, it’ll only be on the web for a couple of weeks, and then disappear into their /dev/null.
A good panic wasted. My upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan failed with the failure to unpack error, which apple’s support communities suggest, outrageously, is due to 3rd party memory. Oops. I spent a whole day panicking about whether I’ll need to restore from my time machine backups. But it sorted itself out, and I have a nearly perfect working El Capitan build.
I have just read the sad news that the world’s oldest dog has died, aged 30.
Today, I am mainly reading COBIT. I am surprised to find it, with the exception of some of the HR processes, very interesting; although given these people have worked so hard to write down how to run an IT shop, why CIOs are paid so much.