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PM May is so anti-drug of any description I doubt she would contemplate Hemp as a great solution towards the plastics pollution situation.

Hemp, can be grown anywhere …brownfield …urban…green belt. It does NOT have the active stoner ingredient in enough quantities to make it worth stealing from the fields. It’s a plant, able to suck the shit out of the atmosphere …and pump out Oxygen which is so handy for breathing and the like.

British Naval Supremacy was reliant on Hemp for ropes, it’s so versatile …can made into paper, textiles, and plastics such as vehicles.

Of course, current plastics are part of the Petrochemical Industry.. so that is a big stumbling block. I would guess quite difficult to incentivise as the same amount of effort is needed to produce crops to the other stuff where the profit yield is so much higher.

I assume that waste from this material dissolves in sea water much more quickly that the other stuff.

We really need to chastise, tax and fine the pack producers too… 2 bananas on a styrene tray shrink wrapped is ridiculous

I go along with the deposit charging element… Germany has been doing this for years. But come on you product designers!!! Even though carting around that bottle of water may be healthy, I think it’s as much a statement of Hipness.

Ok…if you don’t want to cart an empty bottle around all day… then a “bottle for life” collapsible thing can’t be that difficult to design can it?

All for fountains..and free water in Restaurants… but then you have an attitude thing to deal with… some places here would even piss in your mouth without charging 2 bucks!

Then you have the Nestlé concept… water is not a god given right…. mind you, they are battling with Coke to suck the water out of the water table…and sugar to it and CO2…and slept back to the villagers.

Still there’s me starters PM… need any more tips?…send me a PM.

We cheat!

Sweet Potato
#IamEuropean #chipsforbargaining

Wise up you Eurocrats!! The EU sentiment regarding the #Brexit debacle will have been tempered by the thatcherite-lady-is-not-for-turning days.

This Union-crushing-handbag-toting’ Lady PM ( the Iron clad Lady ) hacked everyone in Euroland off by bringing back a discount.

And now we have a clone of this dragon… who only has a position at all by the skin of her teeth.

So I have had a belly-full of bollox, sick to death of #Brexit means Brexit! settled status? WTF!!!?? Tory rebels? The DUP… ? A month ago no one knew who the frick the DUP were? … But yes… Mrs. May is happy to deal with these former ( fill in your own description here ) and get into bed! along with a nice little palm greaser.

So you MEPs and co-ordinators…get real.

In Politics we LIE, CHEAT, FIDDLE our expenses…in between stabbing our allies and associates in the back. WE back-peddle, we fudge, we avoid issues… WE DON’T PLAY FAIR! And all of this shit! is likely to split my family up…suck the fuck out of my pension and totally disorientate my kids and their education.

Thanks… thanks for NOTHING!

#iameuropean #britineu

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Preamble:

At the time of writing I confess that I am not 100% sure of the exact status regarding myself and family with regard to our current citizenship.

My situation. I am 66 years old and a pensioner, I have been living apart from my wife for 4 years.  We have 2 children. My wife, at least in the eyes of German law as I understand it, resides in France, where she is obliged to look after our youngest daughter who is 15 and at the local Lycée. Our eldest ( 19 ) is studying at Lille University.

For reasons which are out of my control I cannot return to France at least until sometime in  2018. Next year I could also return to the UK, but this is dependant on the outcome of the called called #Brexit negotiations, with particular regard to #citizens rights and moreover the freedom of movement element.

Technically I am economically inactive ( moribund ) … should I need to relocate to the UK, say because my annual income falls below that required by the German State so as NOT to be a burden on their resources, or if I somehow fall foul of the law here, my feeling it that my private pension fund will be subject to a tax of ( I believe ) 55% of the total.

My fund is a QROPS ( I changed from a SAS  some years back. )

Both pensions are as I understand it approved by the HMRC, although the fund is registered in Malta. With regard to my UK state pension, compared to say most German that I know, the monthly payment is poor even though I paid in to the NI scheme for over 38 years.

I have been tax resident in Germany for 4 years, and have paid copious amounts to the tax authorities here, due to an inheritance. Whilst I was happy to receive this inheritance, to my personal calculations the net result for my has been a mere 10% or so.

I believe that the marital status with my wife as far as the French tax people is that we are married, but living apart… a status not, as such, recognised by the German authorities,

I would like to return to France, ideally, in order to be nearer to my children. When we first moved to France in 2003 our income was sufficient, but my healthy pension pot was halved during the financial crash … ergo the draw down ( income ) was also halved. Of course we are not the only ones to have suffered in this respect. But now financially at least my out goings far out-way my income. So what ever life savings I have are being rapidly depleted in that I pay rent here in Germany, I pay my daughter’s rent also.

This is not just to do with tax, and income it is more to echo the quandary that we like many others we find ourselves in. I am falling asleep now…

It is my intention to apply my personal details to both the English and German versions of this letter. And once I have clarified that I am doing this correctly, I shall convert these into Posts on this WordPress site, with a view to messaging all of the 70 German MEPs whom I have found and followed on Twitter.

I shall shorten the resultant URLs of these posts and message them directly to the recipients. This page serves merely as an aid memoir whilst I try and work out the whys and wherefores.

At this moment in time and throughout process I acknowledge the author’s copyrights.

 

Template for letter to host state and UK MEPs

Template for letter to host state and UK MEPs Please adjust the bits in square brackets to fit your own circumstances.

Ronald Birks

Florastr8 Krefeld 47799 Heute

Dear MEP,

I am a British citizen who has lived in Krefeld NRW for 4 years. I am writing to appeal to you as one of my MEPs. It is now 18 months since the Brexit referendum.

Despite promises by both Mr. Barnier and Mrs. May that securing our rights as citizens would be a top priority and that Brexit would not affect our daily lives, no agreement has been reached on our rights, leaving us in limbo and constant anxiety as to our future. [My family and] I remain fearful about what will happen to [me/us] and unable to plan for the future.

I understand that although there has been some agreement during the negotiations on aspects of Citizens’ Rights, there are many issues that are extremely important to British people like me on which there is no agreement. The negotiations are now at a critical stage and the European Council has to decide in mid-December whether “sufficient progress” has been made on, among other things, Citizens’ Rights. It is crucial that the Council does not confirm ‘sufficient progress’ simply so that talks move on to the next phase if there is in fact no agreement on all fundamental issues on citizens’ rights. If that were to happen we would literally become ‘bargaining chips’ with critical elements of our rights being bartered by M. Barnier and Mr. Davis against future trade relationships.

I therefore urge you as one of my elected representatives in the European Parliament to do all within your power to see that the rights I mention below are safeguarded and that there is no artificial finding of “sufficient progress” if they are not.

British in Europe, the coalition of groups of UK citizens living in Europe has written to you spelling out the big issues which are still outstanding. As one of the millions of citizens directly affected, I would like to support what they have said, and urge you to support our claim to:

  •   Continuation of our right to family reunification, so that families are not divided by Brexit;
  •   Continuation of our right to freedom of movement throughout the EU27, vital to so many UK citizens who came to Europe to work;
  •   Relaxation of the rule that will deprive us of the right to return to our homes after Brexit if we have to leave them for two years or more (“the two year rule”);
  •   Acceptance by the EU of the UK offer to lift the two year rule for EU citizens in the UK in exchange for freedom of movement for UK citizens in the EU. This has not yet been accepted by the EU negotiators despite being in the evident interest of their own citizens.
  •   The continuation of full recognition of all professional qualifications throughout the EU27 and in the UK, vital for so many who work;
  •   Continuation of existing cross-border working and other economic rights throughout the EU27 for those who are exercising them at the moment;
  •   Continuation of our existing rights to vote in EU and local elections.
  •   Ring-fencing any agreement that is made so that the progress which has been made
    on matters like securing residence rights, health-care, pensions etc. is not lost.
    Please do all that you can to see that we, the British citizens who left the UK to embrace the European ideal, and the EU citizens who moved to the UK in the same spirit, are protected against the consequences of a referendum in which the majority of us had no vote. It is vital that both sides in the negotiations live up to their promises that Brexit should not affect our daily lives.
    Yours sincerely,

Ron Birks Florastr 8 Krefeld

Heute
Sehr geehrter MEP

 

Ich bin britischer Staatsbürge Der 4 Jahren in Krefeld NRW lebt. In meinem heutigen Schreiben spreche ich Sie in Ihrer Funktion als für mich zuständiges Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments an.

Trotz Zusicherungen seitens Herrn Barnier und Frau May, dass die Sicherung unserer Bürgerrechte höchste Priorität habe und dass Brexit unser alltägliches Leben nicht beeinträchtigen würde, ist bisher keine Einigung bezüglich unserer Rechte erzielt worden. Somit hängen wir in der Luft und haben fortwährend Angst um unsere Zukunft. Meine Familie und ich  nach wie vor Angst um [unsere/meine] Zukunft und [können/kann] nicht entsprechend vorplanen.

Mein Verständnis ist, dass – trotz einer gewissen Übereinstimmung im Laufe der Verhandlungen bezüglich einiger Aspekte von Bürgerrechten – es viele ungelöste Fragen zu Themen gibt, die für britische Staatsangehörige wie mich von enormer Bedeutung sind. Die Verhandlung sind an einem kritischen Punkzt angelangt und der Europäische Rat muss Mitte Dezember eine Entscheidung darüber treffen, ob – unter anderem – in Sachen Bürgerrechte „ausreichende Fortschritte“ erzielt worden sind. Es ist eminent wichtig, dass der Rat das Vorliegen „ausreichender Fortschritte“ im Bereich Rechte der Bürger nicht einfach bestätigt, damit die Gespräche über die nächste Phase beginnen können, ohne dass jedoch in allen grundlegenden Fragen der Rechte der Bürger wirklich eine Einigung erzielt wurde. Sollte dies eintreten, wären wir im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ein Faustpfand, mit dem M. Barnier und Mr. Davis einige unserer zentralen Rechte gegen künftige Handelsbeziehungen eintauschen könnten.

Ich bitte Sie als [einen/eine] meiner gewählten Vertreter im Europäischen Parlament, alles in Ihrer Macht Liegende zu unternehmen, um die Sicherung der unten aufgeführten Rechte zu gewähren und – sollten die Rechte nicht gesichert sein – dafür zu sorgen, dass keine Vortäuschung „ausreichender Fortschritte“ stattfindet.

British in Europe, ein Zusammenschluss von britischen Staatsbürgern, die in Europa leben, hat Sie bereits angeschrieben, um die großen noch offenen Fragen darzustellen. Als [einer/eine] der Millionen von direkt betroffenen Bürgern möchte ich das, was BiE geschrieben hat, untermauern und Sie ersuchen, unsere nachfolgend aufgeführten Ansprüche zu unterstützen:

  •   Fortbestand der Gewährleistung des Rechts auf Familienzusammenführung, damit keine Familie wegen Brexit geteilt wird;
  •   Fortbestand der Freizügigkeit von britischen Bürgern innerhalb der EU27-Ländern, die für viele britische Staatsangehörige von wesentlicher Bedutung ist, die in ein europäisches Land gezogen sind, um zu arbeiten;
  •   Lockerung der Regelung, die uns nach Brexit das Recht abspricht, nach einer Abwesenheit von unserem jeweiligen Gastland von zwei Jahre oder mehr dorthin zurückzukehren („Zwei-Jahre-Regelung“);
  •   Annahme durch die EU des Angebots des VK, die Zwei-Jahre-Regelung für EU-Bürger im VK gegen eine Freizügigkeitsregelung für britische Staatsangehörige in der EU aufzuheben. Dies wurde von den Verhandlungsführern der EU noch nicht angenomen, obwohl es eindeutig im Interesse ihrer eigenen Staatsangehörigen liegt.
  •   Fortbestand der vollen Anerkennung aller beruflichen Qualifikationen in allen EU27-Ländern und im VK, da dies für viele Arbeitnehmer von existentieller Bedeutung ist;
  •   Fortbestand der bestehenden grenzüberschreitenden Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsrechte in allen EU27-Ländern für alle, die diese Rechte im Moment ausüben;
  •   Fortbestand unseres bestehenden Wahlrechts bei Kommunalwahlen und der Wahl zum Europäischen Parlament;
  •   Feste Verankerung aller getroffenen Vereinbarungen, so dass der erzielte Fortschritt bezüglich der Sicherung von Gesundheitsleistungen, Renten usw. nicht später durch einen eventuellen “Kuhhandel” verloren geht.
    Bitte unternehmen Sie alles in Ihrer Macht Stehende, damit wir – die britischen Staatsangehörige, die im Namen des europäischen Grundgedankens das Vereinigte Königreich verließen, sowie die EU-Bürger, die im selben Geist aus ihren jeweiligen Heimatländern ins VK zogen – gegen die Auswirkungen eines Referendums geschützt werden, an dem die meisten von uns nicht teilnehmen durften. Es ist wichtig, dass sich beide Verhandlungsparteien an ihr Versprechen halten, dass Brexit unser alltägliches Leben nicht beeinträchtigen wird.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 


About me

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Ron Birks in Lderhosen

A brief history to date.

My father joined the British Army at the age of 15. During WW2 he was stationed in Krefeld with the REME attached to the Black Watch. As many soldiers did, he married a Krefeld girl, Magdalena Rafolt, one of three siblings who’s father came from the Weimar Republic and was married to my Oma a Hanoverian girl of 16.

Rafolt

Depicted: Centre my Oma Anna Rafolt and the guy behind the accordion player my Grandfather Johannes Rafolt.  They had a  Schuhplattler ensemble.

It is my I understanding that they relocated before the war was in full swing to Krefeld and like many and having had their savings misappropriated by the manager of a bank.

It was tough times all round. The whole family worked in The Crefelder Baumwoll-Spinnerei as Krefeld was at the time the epicentre of the silk and cotton-weaving industry. Oma’s Mother lived in the Ulmanstr which was situated in an area specially for the factory workers.

My Opa, whom I never met studied at the Technical College on the corner of Hagerweg. He was an extremely talented man who spoke 6 languages including Russian, and Serbo-croat. He was also a highly talented musician who played many instruments.

Below:

My lovely great Aunt, Tante Kate… I miss her dearly.

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My folks lived ( before I was born ) I in the famed Wasserturm, a Krefeld landmark, sadly now no longer there at the end of the Glabacherstr.

When I was 6 months old my folks took me to live in the UK, living with my Dad’s mother in Oxford England. My English Nan was a true Mackenzie who had been married dot Percy Birks, an Irishman who had lived in Hull in Yorkshire.

Post war is was difficult for everyone, certainly in Europe ( not forgetting Nagasaki and Hiroshima ) and the millions of tortured and displaced refugees.

The 50s were a time to start to forget the pain and atrocities this global catastrophe, and Europe, in particular the devastated Germany set about rebuilding.

By the time I was 4 years old, I was being detached to Krefeld during the Summer Holidays to stay with my German relatives in Krefeld.

It was during these times where I learned German and of course the local slang Krefelder Platt Deutsch.

One of these visits, the first time my Mum had been back “home” she came with me.  I contracted a mix of Scarlet, Glandular and Rheumatic fever and was very close to death. I remember the hospital vividly, not a happy time.

My memory if Germany from those early years is extremely vivid, I even remember the Lloyd Loom pram I was in..the were the fashion pram item of the age.

to be continued

 

lobbying MEPs

The campaign –

lobbying MEPs on citizens’ rights in November 2017, courtesy British in Europe.

LOBBYING CAMPAIGN

Preamble:

At the time of writing I confess that I am not 100% sure of the exact status regarding myself and family with regard to our current citizenship.

My situation. I am 66 years old and a pensioner, I have been living apart from my wife for 4 years.  We have 2 children. My wife, at least in the eyes of German law as I understand it, resides in France, where she is obliged to look after our youngest daughter who is 15 and at the local Lycée. Our eldest ( 19 ) is studying at Lille University.

For reasons which are out of my control I cannot return to France at least until sometime in  2018. Next year I could also return to the UK, but this is dependant on the outcome of the called called #Brexit negotiations, with particular regard to #citizens rights and moreover the freedom of movement element.

Technically I am economically inactive ( moribund ) … should I need to relocate to the UK, say because my annual income falls below that required by the German State so as NOT to be a burden on their resources, or if I somehow fall foul of the law here, my feeling it that my private pension fund will be subject to a tax of ( I believe ) 55% of the total.

My fund is a QROPS ( I changed from a SAS  some years back. )

Both pensions are as I understand it approved by the HMRC, although the fund is registered in Malta. With regard to my UK state pension, compared to say most German that I know, the monthly payment is poor even though I paid in to the NI scheme for over 38 years.

I have been tax resident in Germany for 4 years, and have paid copious amounts to the tax authorities here, due to an inheritance. Whilst I was happy to receive this inheritance, to my personal calculations the net result for my has been a mere 10% or so.

I believe that the marital status with my wife as far as the French tax people is that we are married, but living apart… a status not, as such, recognised by the German authorities,

I would like to return to France, ideally, in order to be nearer to my children. When we first moved to France in 2003 our income was sufficient, but my healthy pension pot was halved during the financial crash … ergo the draw down ( income ) was also halved. Of course we are not the only ones to have suffered in this respect. But now financially at least my out goings far out-way my income. So what ever life savings I have are being rapidly depleted in that I pay rent here in Germany, I pay my daughter’s rent also.

This is not just to do with tax, and income it is more to echo the quandary that we like many others we find ourselves in. I am falling asleep now…

It is my intention to apply my personal details to both the English and German versions of this letter. And once I have clarified that I am doing this correctly, I shall convert these into Posts on this WordPress site, with a view to messaging all of the 70 German MEPs whom I have found and followed on Twitter.

I shall shorten the resultant URLs of these posts and message them directly to the recipients. This page serves merely as an aid memoir whilst I try and work out the whys and wherefores.

At this moment in time and throughout process I acknowledge the author’s copyrights.

 

Template for letter to host state and UK MEPs

Template for letter to host state and UK MEPs Please adjust the bits in square brackets to fit your own circumstances.

[Ronald Birks]

[Florastr8 Krefeld 47799 [Heute]

Dear MEP,

I am a British citizen who has lived in [town/province/region] for [number] years. I am writing to appeal to you as one of my MEPs. It is now 18 months since the Brexit referendum [in which I had no right to vote as the legislation authorising the referendum denied the right to vote to those who had lived abroad for over 15 years]. Despite promises by both Mr. Barnier and Mrs. May that securing our rights as citizens would be a top priority and that Brexit would not affect our daily lives, no agreement has been reached on our rights, leaving us in limbo and constant anxiety as to our future. [My family and] I remain fearful about what will happen to [me/us] and unable to plan for the future.

I understand that although there has been some agreement during the negotiations on aspects of Citizens’ Rights, there are many issues that are extremely important to British people like me on which there is no agreement. The negotiations are now at a critical stage and the European Council has to decide in mid-December whether “sufficient progress” has been made on, among other things, Citizens’ Rights. It is crucial that the Council does not confirm ‘sufficient progress’ simply so that talks move on to the next phase if there is in fact no agreement on all fundamental issues on citizens’ rights. If that were to happen we would literally become ‘bargaining chips’ with critical elements of our rights being bartered by M. Barnier and Mr. Davis against future trade relationships.

I therefore urge you as one of my elected representatives in the European Parliament to do all within your power to see that the rights I mention below are safeguarded and that there is no artificial finding of “sufficient progress” if they are not.

British in Europe, the coalition of groups of UK citizens living in Europe has written to you spelling out the big issues which are still outstanding. As one of the millions of citizens directly affected, I would like to support what they have said, and urge you to support our claim to:

  •   Continuation of our right to family reunification, so that families are not divided by Brexit;
  •   Continuation of our right to freedom of movement throughout the EU27, vital to so many UK citizens who came to Europe to work;
  •   Relaxation of the rule that will deprive us of the right to return to our homes after Brexit if we have to leave them for two years or more (“the two year rule”);
  •   Acceptance by the EU of the UK offer to lift the two year rule for EU citizens in the UK in exchange for freedom of movement for UK citizens in the EU. This has not yet been accepted by the EU negotiators despite being in the evident interest of their own citizens.
  •   The continuation of full recognition of all professional qualifications throughout the EU27 and in the UK, vital for so many who work;
  •   Continuation of existing cross-border working and other economic rights throughout the EU27 for those who are exercising them at the moment;
  •   Continuation of our existing rights to vote in EU and local elections.
  •   Ring-fencing any agreement that is made so that the progress which has been made
    on matters like securing residence rights, health-care, pensions etc. is not lost.
    Please do all that you can to see that we, the British citizens who left the UK to embrace the European ideal, and the EU citizens who moved to the UK in the same spirit, are protected against the consequences of a referendum in which the majority of us had no vote. It is vital that both sides in the negotiations live up to their promises that Brexit should not affect our daily lives.
    Yours sincerely,

Dear MEP,

Ron Birks

Heute

[Sehr geehrte Frau … / Sehr geehrter Herr … ]

Ich bin [britischer Staatsbürger, der/britische Staatsbürgerin, die] seit [Anzahl] Jahren in [Stadt/Bundesland/Region] lebt. In meinem heutigen Schreiben spreche ich Sie in Ihrer Funktion als für mich zuständiges Mitglied des Europäischen Parlaments an. Es sind mittlerweile seit dem Brexit-Referendum [, an dem ich auf Grund des Gesetzes, das britischen Staatsangehörigen, die länger als 15 Jahren im Ausland leben, das Wahlrecht absprach, nicht beteiligt war,] 18 Monate vergangen. Trotz Zusicherungen seitens Herrn Barnier und Frau May, dass die Sicherung unserer Bürgerrechte höchste Priorität habe und dass Brexit unser alltägliches Leben nicht beeinträchtigen würde, ist bisher keine Einigung bezüglich unserer Rechte erzielt worden. Somit hängen wir in der Luft und haben fortwährend Angst um unsere Zukunft. [Meine Familie und ich haben/ Ich habe] nach wie vor Angst um [unsere/meine] Zukunft und [können/kann] nicht entsprechend vorplanen.

Mein Verständnis ist, dass – trotz einer gewissen Übereinstimmung im Laufe der Verhandlungen bezüglich einiger Aspekte von Bürgerrechten – es viele ungelöste Fragen zu Themen gibt, die für britische Staatsangehörige wie mich von enormer Bedeutung sind. Die Verhandlung sind an einem kritischen Punkzt angelangt und der Europäische Rat muss Mitte Dezember eine Entscheidung darüber treffen, ob – unter anderem – in Sachen Bürgerrechte „ausreichende Fortschritte“ erzielt worden sind. Es ist eminent wichtig, dass der Rat das Vorliegen „ausreichender Fortschritte“ im Bereich Rechte der Bürger nicht einfach bestätigt, damit die Gespräche über die nächste Phase beginnen können, ohne dass jedoch in allen grundlegenden Fragen der Rechte der Bürger wirklich eine Einigung erzielt wurde. Sollte dies eintreten, wären wir im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes ein Faustpfand, mit dem M. Barnier und Mr. Davis einige unserer zentralen Rechte gegen künftige Handelsbeziehungen eintauschen könnten.

Ich bitte Sie als [einen/eine] meiner gewählten Vertreter im Europäischen Parlament, alles in Ihrer Macht Liegende zu unternehmen, um die Sicherung der unten aufgeführten Rechte zu gewähren und – sollten die Rechte nicht gesichert sein – dafür zu sorgen, dass keine Vortäuschung „ausreichender Fortschritte“ stattfindet.

British in Europe, ein Zusammenschluss von britischen Staatsbürgern, die in Europa leben, hat Sie bereits angeschrieben, um die großen noch offenen Fragen darzustellen. Als [einer/eine] der Millionen von direkt betroffenen Bürgern möchte ich das, was BiE geschrieben hat, untermauern und Sie ersuchen, unsere nachfolgend aufgeführten Ansprüche zu unterstützen:

  •   Fortbestand der Gewährleistung des Rechts auf Familienzusammenführung, damit keine Familie wegen Brexit geteilt wird;
  •   Fortbestand der Freizügigkeit von britischen Bürgern innerhalb der EU27-Ländern, die für viele britische Staatsangehörige von wesentlicher Bedutung ist, die in ein europäisches Land gezogen sind, um zu arbeiten;
  •   Lockerung der Regelung, die uns nach Brexit das Recht abspricht, nach einer Abwesenheit von unserem jeweiligen Gastland von zwei Jahre oder mehr dorthin zurückzukehren („Zwei-Jahre-Regelung“);
  •   Annahme durch die EU des Angebots des VK, die Zwei-Jahre-Regelung für EU-Bürger im VK gegen eine Freizügigkeitsregelung für britische Staatsangehörige in der EU aufzuheben. Dies wurde von den Verhandlungsführern der EU noch nicht angenomen, obwohl es eindeutig im Interesse ihrer eigenen Staatsangehörigen liegt.
  •   Fortbestand der vollen Anerkennung aller beruflichen Qualifikationen in allen EU27-Ländern und im VK, da dies für viele Arbeitnehmer von existentieller Bedeutung ist;
  •   Fortbestand der bestehenden grenzüberschreitenden Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsrechte in allen EU27-Ländern für alle, die diese Rechte im Moment ausüben;
  •   Fortbestand unseres bestehenden Wahlrechts bei Kommunalwahlen und der Wahl zum Europäischen Parlament;
  •   Feste Verankerung aller getroffenen Vereinbarungen, so dass der erzielte Fortschritt bezüglich der Sicherung von Gesundheitsleistungen, Renten usw. nicht später durch einen eventuellen “Kuhhandel” verloren geht.
    Bitte unternehmen Sie alles in Ihrer Macht Stehende, damit wir – die britischen Staatsangehörige, die im Namen des europäischen Grundgedankens das Vereinigte Königreich verließen, sowie die EU-Bürger, die im selben Geist aus ihren jeweiligen Heimatländern ins VK zogen – gegen die Auswirkungen eines Referendums geschützt werden, an dem die meisten von uns nicht teilnehmen durften. Es ist wichtig, dass sich beide Verhandlungsparteien an ihr Versprechen halten, dass Brexit unser alltägliches Leben nicht beeinträchtigen wird.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 

Ronald Birks

Gypsy Women

An interesting example of Tagging…graffiti…  it sure ain’t no Banksy!

And I can assure you that if it was, someone would have had it away by now!

Gitan is the masculine singular of the French word describing Gypsies.

Gitains ( plural ) is the feminine version …depicted as a tambourine wielding dancer on the well-known cigarette box.

Who knows the people in the background may well be gypsy-folk, foraging for sea shells to furnish castanets.

However, the message on the bench ( which my local French taxes paid to have maintained ) is clear.

This is race-hate, ethnic-minority hate, a semi permanent analogue version of the type of hatred that far-right activists spread on social media like a cancer.

But the multi-billion dollar media providers such as Twitter and the like, have the power and the wherewithal to take such digital hate mongering material down, before the insensitive amongst us, who do not have the savvy to realise that perpetuating this venom serves only to instigate more hatred, are joining in the finger clicking frenzy.

Luckily our world leaders, those with the power and resources at their finger tips; those who tower above us in stature have the intelligence, research capabilities and aids to stop this ghastly chain of evil in its tracks.

I mean anyone in their right minds would realise this,wouldn’t they?

After all. Race riots and WW3 may only be one click away.

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In the Back of The Tranny

It is 4 am in Europe Town… I am tired, but can’t sleep… I only have one viewer or machine or Bot watching right now, so this is especially for you.
I penned the piece in 2011, I know that because it is still on a server somewhere…
This web site is important to me…as its aim is to be used to lobby 70 German Meps regarding the plight of the millions of people who like myself have no idea what is like likely to happen regarding #Brexit… even though anything we do before exit time could easily be trumped…by the rantings and actions of some overblown despot..anywhere on this planet… or above.
At the time of posting this text is still in its raw state, a bit rough, and not finely tuned like say a Tweet.
 
…..In the back of The Tanny* with Freddie Mercury with Chris Dummett ( Now Chesney ) is where I fist met Freddie Mercury.
Cherubim Seraphim recyc. from the Classical times. He stood like Donatello’s David! Every thing about him was class. He was sixteen, so was I, so was virtually everyone else in the College.
It had a fancier title but everyone knew the Alma mater as the Cowley Road Tech, everyone who was anyone, Peter Hitchens, O Ya, he was there, looking exactly like he does today, marginally slimmer….and wearing a scarf….always a scarf.
It was, like all Politics, yeah, Turning on, tuning in, dropping down the Rat hole, the inn pub to be.
 Yep we were all there, Sarah Fiske ( Wodger Fiske’s beautiful daughter’ he wrote ‘Jackanory’, and lived off if repeat fees, just like posh folks do ). Sarah’s Sister Alison Fiske ‘Helen’ a woman of today. You knew everybody was going to be famous, it just felt that way.
Famous in a Warhol-ian 15 minutes type of way? No real this ‘anti’ X factor’ proper sort of way? We were the kids, Godwin Matatu, Joe Skinner, Ronnie Birks, Google ’em up they’re all in there. Rightin’ rights and startin’ fights. It was ra, it was exiting, we had long hair. What more did you want as a 16 year old in ’66?
 Mind you Oxford aways had the edge, Town and Gown, not just gown, but grit ‘n dirt supplied by Lord Nuffield’s baby, The British motor Company.
If you were a Don you learn ed people, at then any of the 122 Colleges, If you were a Pete, you probably welded sills onto the Mini.
The dreaming spires were a glorious fusion of Bath stone, the Turf Tavern where every where smell of real ale emanated from, even the parks. It was lush, real Oxonian, very very Oxford.
Queen’s Lane, Broad Street, the Randolf, The Gandalf, St. Giles fair,…and there was Blackbird Leys. This was where the factory workers lived, near Gate 22 or 17 so handy to popping into work on your Honda 50, to throw the rust heaps together.
Blackbird Leys was ok then the sprawling matching Town planned urban jungle. In later year it was sh*t junction street drag city for stolen Hot hatch hand brake turners,
Seat of learning, home of Tolkien ( I lived next door) Alice in in Wonderland, Joyce, Jimmy Dingle, steeped in History, Oxford….
 Chris’s mother wielded the control of OCRI The Oxford Community for racial integration, when it was a charity. They lived a Georgian Muse house, littered with books and orphans and saxophones. The walls had graffiti, not “Pakis go home” or “Nobby wuz here” but a ne classical style. Chris’s Dad was Professor Sir Michael Dumett a Professor of Logic at the University, and co-founder of OCRI, I say was, Sir Michael has recently passed away. Rest in peace, and my thoughts are with your family.
I was most impressed the this Rich family had debts of £1000, wow I could never have imagined £1000, I was most impressed. It was a meeting of the classes, council house fodder like me thrust suddenly into a Dragon school of POSH kids…..
The Oxford College of Further Education, opened my eyes… The classes met.
Surprisingly we did communicate, there was no class divide, not till much later.
We could in fact communicate, me and the Port Out Starboard Homers. There were blacks too, second generation Afro-Caribbean, who you could call black, and a spade, the Afro Caribbean club was the place to be on a Saturday night, if it wasn’t Bret’s listening to Procol Harem’s Pastiche of air on a ‘G’ string, or the New theatre rocking to the Pretty Things…or Pete Warman and Dave Jeffs busking! music was everywhere.
My bessie Black Mate Billy even caught me one day,
“Ronal'” he said “You gotta com t’ ma disco”
” Sure man what sort of misc? “
evertin mon, Ska, Reggae, Rock Steady, Blue Beat…..”
 “Right,” I said, thinking that’s all different words for the same thing, as I walked off.
 Sarah, Chris, Angel Stratton etc were all in the ART class,
A level art and art history, We were all Surrealists, some still stuck in Dada but yes
Surrealism was the genre, as we emulated Dali, in gouache.
Savoy Brown cranked up on the Dansette, mono/ Blues, was the thing Robert Johnson, Leadbelly the black guys who needed the Stones to make them rich, if they wanted rich,
Champion Jack Du Pray, still lives in the UK…
Chris, his had a skill of making every sketch look like a Michael Angelo, or a Da Vinci….
He strummed a bit too.
Like of the these geniuses you see, no learning curve, gimme da box! here it is. Kertwannnnggg!
He would pick up my junk shop 5 quider, and it would sound as if Jimmy was in the room.
If you want the complete band-o-graphy it’s all here.
The first time I saw Chris ( now Chris Chesney) with Freddie was at the famed gig at The Randolf in Beaumont Street Oxford.
We all went cos Chris was a mate, and they had beer. God, it was music it, it was live, it was real.
Chris wielded like an axe man, a tiny Freddie strutted and vocalised like he did. Rubber and the rest of the band were amazing.
And at the Randolf!, how posh can you get? a room for the night was a fiver, I mean a fiver!
So I looked at Freddie and thought “one day that man will be the most famous rock star in the world…well, no I didn’t, you don’t do you, you think what skinny legs, and he’s so tiny… for such a Bellowing voice.
We went on our separate ways, I went to WSCD, to be an LSIAD landing an Art Director’s job @ JWT in ’71. Kept in touch with Chris on and off, Long acre,?
I went to college, got a bit famous started a company with Ken Ansell see Woodbine Pack
My letter head see pic was me superimposed on the Royal Mail Halfpenny stamp,
Ansell Birks and Sadgrove had a composite portfolio full of genius,
It took Ade to EMI to work for Paul McCartney, Bowie etc, I went to Thompsons to work for Guinness, Ken worked Kilroys, a sort of on the peripheries of the music biz, servicing Island, Stack Bronze, EMI, CBSs…..
Kilroys must have folded, as Ken and Ade traded on as Ansell Birks and Sadgrove, in the meantime was getting cancerous and nervously braking down. ABS picked up the Virgin account.
In the meantime,
I follow Sour Milk Sea, Tomato City, noticing that in rehearsals Freddie changed costumes 6 times.
WE rattled round in the back of the Tranny, I remember Fred said ,”what do you do Ron” ” err Graphics” ” hey that’s what I did!!!” he seemed genuinely pleased to have a design buddy on board. As we piled into Barns, ( this is where posh London folk live, and the streets don’t smell of dog urine ). because one of the lads lived there.
Oh wow! the place had been burgled!
NOW I’ve seen some trashing in time, but this was a neat Raffles burglary, nothing out-of-place but the alarm had been set off.
BACK AT EMI
Ade, by the way, had sailed in to EMI who had picked up my letterhead
( me as the Queen on a stamp! ) and said “hey we could use this, we’ve just signed a band called Queen? Ade got the job, and went on to be Senior Designer handling artists such as Queen, Sir Paul, Bowie etc
The day that Jimmy died….
Fred and Roger had a stall in Kenny market, Chris dragged me over to meet up, the approached us both wearing Afghan coats, and each being dragged by Two Afghan hounds! They had probably both been smoking Afghan Black! ( we had )
“Hey Man Jimmy’ s dead,”
we along with the whole world were gutted.
Some time later Queen’s Press launch was at some venue,
I was sent my invites, from Ade, or whom so ever
Great gig, free champagne and Salmon etc. I left early, and give my tickets to some girl.
Queen went of to become the Biggest Rock band in the world.
Chris Chesney, is cutting a new album, he still gigs with the likes of Eddie Floyd check it out!
The genius of Freddie, lives on, but he was unique, and is sadly missed.
I was pleased to have been in the back of the gig bus with him, an honour indeed.
If you are up there Freddie, see you soon!