Posts Tagged “the british way”

It’s a fake, but it’s a lovely fake :)

This was from the July 2005 underground bombing:

“It’s hard to panic the British. They’ve dealt with the Blitz, the IRA, the Silurians, the Daleks, the Cybermen…”

To quote an old Londoner who lived through the blitz and got caught up in the Canary Wharf explosion: “I’ve been blown up by a better class of bastard than this!”

Every time we come back to Leicester, we always make a point to go to Buck’s chippy. It’s insane to think you can have a portion of cod ‘n chips or half a chicken and chips for 5 quid that can feed two people!


Katy and I went to the 45 West gin school yesterday, and I made my own bottle of gin!!

All pictures here:

My super secret recipe is:
20g juniper
3g coriander seed
angelica root
1 peppercorn
dried orange peel
fresh sweet orange peel
fresh lime peel
earl grey tea

After a few lassis, ordering the blandest thing on the menu and ordering 24 plates of chips. 

Cheeky Nandos: “It’s when u and the lads are having a bit of banter in town and ur mate is like ‘im hungry lets go greggs’ but then ur like ‘nah man not feeling a pasty lets go somewhere else’ and then ur top mate (probs called Gaz) is like ‘oi lads lets go for a cheeky nandos'”.

Mel, grab a pack with two green ones. 

They don’t have any. Two blue, but not two green. 

You mean to tell me that your sponges are color coded?!?

Of course. 


What about these ones, they have two green ones in the pack. 

They’re the wrong type. 



So what do you guys do when you come to ours and have no sponges? Bring your own? 

Don’t give mother any ideas. The suitcases are heavy enough as it is. 



Now this! This, is a proper English piece of deep-fried cod goodness. Served with a small mountain of chips. For a fiver.


If Boris Johnson looked downbeat last week, that is because he realises that he has lost.

Perhaps many Brexiters do not realise it yet, but they have actually lost, and it is all down to one man: David Cameron.

With one fell swoop yesterday at 9:15 am, Cameron effectively annulled the referendum result, and simultaneously destroyed the political careers of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and leading Brexiters who cost him so much anguish, not to mention his premiership.


Throughout the campaign, Cameron had repeatedly said that a vote for leave would lead to triggering Article 50 straight away. Whether implicitly or explicitly, the image was clear: he would be giving that notice under Article 50 the morning after a vote to leave. Whether that was scaremongering or not is a bit moot now but, in the midst of the sentimental nautical references of his speech yesterday, he quietly abandoned that position and handed the responsibility over to his successor.

And as the day wore on, the enormity of that step started to sink in: the markets, Sterling, Scotland, the Irish border, the Gibraltar border, the frontier at Calais, the need to continue compliance with all EU regulations for a free market, re-issuing passports, Brits abroad, EU citizens in Britain, the mountain of legistlation to be torn up and rewritten … the list grew and grew.

The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction.

The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50?

Who will want to have the responsibility of all those ramifications and consequences on his/her head and shoulders?

Boris Johnson knew this yesterday, when he emerged subdued from his home and was even more subdued at the press conference. He has been out-maneouvered and check-mated.

If he runs for leadership of the party, and then fails to follow through on triggering Article 50, then he is finished. If he does not run and effectively abandons the field, then he is finished. If he runs, wins and pulls the UK out of the EU, then it will all be over – Scotland will break away, there will be upheaval in Ireland, a recession … broken trade agreements. Then he is also finished. Boris Johnson knows all of this. When he acts like the dumb blond it is just that: an act.

The Brexit leaders now have a result that they cannot use. For them, leadership of the Tory party has become a poison chalice.

When Boris Johnson said there was no need to trigger Article 50 straight away, what he really meant to say was “never”. When Michael Gove went on and on about “informal negotiations” … why? why not the formal ones straight away? … he also meant not triggering the formal departure. They both know what a formal demarche would mean: an irreversible step that neither of them is prepared to take.

All that remains is for someone to have the guts to stand up and say that Brexit is unachievable in reality without an enormous amount of pain and destruction, that cannot be borne. And David Cameron has put the onus of making that statement on the heads of the people who led the Brexit campaign.