Over the water in Norn Ire, serious cycle commuter, and a bit of a bike geek.
Also draw, studying for IT/Maths degree on OU and I keep chickens.
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Still at the "functional strength" of building renovation.
My hip is barely complaining now as suspected a sitting job makes it worse. A few hours of extra exercise a day sorts it.
Half put my arm out of joint hammering though, more injury prone than weights if you ask me 😁
Pulling floors is surprisingly tiring (rotted floorboards, all for the bin, sad face...)
My partner chunkers force wins over my tiny technical strength in any renovation event. But I can lift and not hurt myself so all the lifting does help with everything :)
All the Covid wfh seems to slow down some government work. Had to update driving license before Covid it was a week, now, well... seems not.
Trying to get mot tests is another tricky one. They no longer send reminders for some unknown reason luckily I got one...
Hope Priti Patel isn't on here ;)
After Brexit the applications started spiking... Bit sad many are in because of distrust of the government.
I wanted to do it years ago before brexit, but wasn't married to a Brit then which meant losing my Dutch citizenship...
Dutch nationality laws are pita.
A good summary of the whole NI protocol situation.
The new UK trade deals don't have much parliamentary oversight...they just go for them :/
EUSS deadline looming, still no flexible approach from government for most cases, just vague assurances. Yey...
Waiting on my UK citizenship decision, it is taking ages at the moment.
With Frost the type to drink the liquid, thinking it is drinking water instead of the cleaning fluid for the urinals on a music festival...
Load of sh*te: Lol, suggests it was an Irish / NI / somebody living on the Emerald Isle person saying that :D
no breakthrough in talks, great...
USA is warning both EU / UK over GFA. Of course, they don't want to be seen to be taking sides publicly.
No worries, the lower USA standards for food still suit them.
While this is nice optics for the USA, part of the reasons we have these problems is, I suspect, the Westminster government pandering to the USA.
Or perhaps it is the EJC oversight. Or both.
FFS in any case.
The EU doesn't have to be nice to the UK, GB to mainland EU trade sanctions are an option. And those can be sold of needed, though that's also going to cause an unholy mess.
Seems this is what you get for trusting the Westminster government. Perfidious Albion.
The back and forth over the NI protocol continues.
I hope it's all noise and Frost is smart enough to accept the EU concessions on medication, pet passports, quit his whining and sell those concessions as a big win to the "no eye for detail" Brexit types. Be smart, sell it.
But I'm not sure how good his diplomatic skills are.
He might be stupid enough to keep kicking the EU hornets nest...at some point angry lawyer and backdoor diplomatic issues hornets will come out ;)
Hive.co.uk is great for books.
Clothing wise, community clothing for UK made basics, people tree for your full made abroad ethical kit.
I've boycotted Amazon for ages but easy for me...I notice many animal charities use them due to their gift list feature. You can buy items for the charity.