At the time of writing I am stood up using my ironing board as a workstation!

Why? basically I spent probably 12 hours sat on the side of my bed, using my laptop…errr…on my lap. I have now got severe pains in my calf.

I hope that it’s just a pulled-muscle rather than a blood clot. NB: I have a pump spray bottle of Nitrangin within reach. I haven’t had to us it yet for my extremely high blood pressure ( it’s a heart attack prevention medication ) which I believe opens up your valves allowing obstructions to flow through the network of veins, or should that be arteries? can’t remember.

It is Sunday here so no Docs are available, ambulances in emergencies are expensive, as are cabs to take you to A and E.

I have entitled this post as Disclaimer, simply to commit something to text whilst I research the complex ins and outs of German copyright law and the penalty of death threat from the LINK TAXERS.

I only started this blog 2 days ago in response to a directive designed to lobby MEPs ( in your country of residence ) in order to persuade them to champion the cause of those of us in the UK and Europe with regard to Citizens’ Rights.

The organisers of the directive have supplied links to MEPs and a host of pre-written letter templates, with a view to having some voices heard in Brussels or wherever.

My reaction was to try to help out…. more for my self and family than the other 3 million bargaining chips out there. Soz gang, but its dog eat dog here!

The terms I am Europe, I am European, Brits in Europe, #iameuropean to me are all much of a muchness, in that they tell the same story.

I assume that the lobbyist group was intending to persuade followers to email their reps in the EU ( or UK ) … frankly I thought this was a tedious excise for me to undertake.

My idea ( just pour moi ) was to track down the 90 German MEPs via Twitter. ( a great mass audience hitter is this platform, which as we all know was invented by the President of the World… Mr. Tower. )

It took me 3 hours solid to smurf through and find my 90 MEPs. Firstly I was struck by the fact that many were conspicuous by their absence.

Yeah, many were traceable as they have been “mentioned” by way of a #hashtag or email… or jut their name in a Tweet, but didn’t seem to have a Twitter page of their own. Many who did had few tweets showing, followed few, and had precious few followers… less than 100 followers in many cases… much less than the pages run by cats and hamsters, I note!

Whether this means that they are unable to interact with their following and co-twitter-ers, I don’t know…one eminent chap had his page set to private ( quoi? )….Anyway I have followed the 70 or so German MEPs which are listed as such, on my Twitter Page which is Ronnie Birks…that’s my name don’t wear it out, as they say.

This is as far as I have got so far with that side of my endeavours,…My idea was NOT to email these people with an amended “template “ laudable thought that is, but to put the text heavy items in a Post on a Blog, shorten the URL and hit these people direct with a few pics and  pertinent hashtags attached.

So far so good!

For what it’s worth some time ago I was coordinating some 70 or so WordPress sites ( the free ones ) in tandem with a raft of other platforms….

Many of the WordPress sites have been mothballed for some time, not deleted  but left moribund due mainly to the spectre of this proposed Link-tax… and, I suppose fear of being hacked… usurped, yada yada.

The content of most of my online activities was creative, and a few with a commercial bent…not for myself, and to monetize ( hate that expression ) but to help a few associates on their way with their start-up. Please note I never charged a penny nor expected anything in return….

No, I am not a serious Blogger. but I am a degree qualified designer, who cut his teeth in the advertising Industry with J. Walter Thompson as a Pack Designer/Art director, working on account such as That famous Irish stout, Cadbury’s et al.

I also ran several Photography Studios which boasted clients such as Castrol, Motorola, WH Smith etc. Plus Uk based Advertising agencies and design studios such as The Titanic Design Company  which employed over 30 creatives and billed some 250k PER MONTH in the 80s.

I retired at 50, and subsequently became a Blog hobbyist…and explored the discipline of NEW media … just to stave off dementia…( hmmm that doesn’t seemed have worked that well… )

Oops I digress. The reason for this post was to point out that I haven’t had chance, as yet to insert any legals, disclaimers nor an impressum…. But I will as soon as I can.

Trust me I am as transparent as a pair of Silk Stockings.

In the mean time I am only trying to do my bit, not for gain nor glory.

So if you want to sue me, go ahead I ain’t got anything worth having.

I insert here the hashtag #iameuropean if only that is what I AM.



Yesterday I spent 40 bucks on this WP URL

The choice of pertinent URLs which are not bespoke is limited when you are trying to conjure up something commencing BRIT…mainly by people referring to Disney’s ex-mouskateer Britney Spears ( used to know her cousin Asparagus Tips. )



Guy Verhofstadt* the most articulate MEP favours this hashtag  #IamEuropean so I am hurling that in wherever I can.

*he never found time to reply to my question regarding contrails, but he must be quite busy.

PPS I SHALL link out to this page…as to me I don’t care if you think this topic is only for conspiracy theorists….I see this stuff in the sky…look up and if there ever IS a clear day you will see it for yourselves.

Please see https://wordpress.com/page/britineu.blog/164 for disclaimer


In the Lobby


The complex set of negotiations involved in extricating the UK from the EU are undeniably fraught with complicated issues…. Everyone will want a say, but time is of the essence.

My interest is that of #citizens rights.

Please check the link below to see how you can help in lobbying your MEPs for your rights, and the rights of others.

So please follow the link below, adapt the templates by simply adding in your details, and  email them to your MEPs ( that is what they are paid for…handsomely, we are let to be believed….and don’t forget it looks as if YOU and your children, and your Children’s children will be paying for their, most likely, index-linked pensions.

*drops in sour-grapes icon*

If you don’t want to email them, the ones in your jurisdiction, try to find them on Twitter, assuming they have an account.

If all else fails, drop them a line on a postcard!

Lobbying campaign by British in Europe


Words in the Press

WordPress is a free platform for Bloggers, but understandably is also a business. I do not have the resources to purchase all of the add ons… But it will do for my purposes. ( at least for the time being )


I have recently invested in a WordPress Premium theme for most reasonable annual fee, I am most please with it, in particular the choice of FREE to use premium templates that are available , such as this one.


British in Europe

my 15 year old Daughter who studies in Agde in the South of France.