Kelly Michelle’s Diary Week 25, 2016

Weight: 97.3 kgs

“Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 25

My Life Goal, ze Weight

I’ve lost a bit of weight this week…I actually started to keep a calorie counter on my phone (not My Fitness Pal as I really dislike that app which always tells me to eat 1200 calories which isn’t actually good for you!) which has stopped me putting food into my gob…I see my calories dwindle down, I panic and stop eating…plus I didn’t tell me to eat 1200 calories a day which isn’t good for your body.  Plus as it’s so humid, I feel like eating more salads.

Shake Your Booty

I’ve done a lot of exercise this week and feel better for it…the humidity has caused me to have a major sweat session whenever I do exercise which I kinda like…I feel like I’ve actually exercised.  The past few weeks weather wise have really reminded me of an Auckland summer…hot, humid, rain, thunder and then delightful blue skies.

The Referendum…my two pennies

Can we not have a repeat of this week please!  I’m not going to say how I voted however I made a very balanced decision and looked at both sides of the argument when I placed my vote.  What I hated about this referendum was the name calling and trolling on social media which is still continuing now.  I fell down the rabbit hole looking at the referendum hashtags at 5am yesterday morning and I was disgusted…there were so many disgusting sods on twitter!  I totally understand that people are disappointed with the result.

Am I happy about the result…I’m rather indifferent at the moment and I would be still indifferent to the result if it had swung the other way.  My indifference is probably due to all the pettiness going on around this referendum.

Do I think the EU is working as a whole…no…does it have benefits…yes.

Democracy is where you all have your say and then we go with the majority vote…we have a majority vote folks as over a million extra people voted to leave the EU than remain (the difference is over a million, not a hundred thousand which I would call tight…over a million isn’t tight)…we now all have to live with this decision and move forward together regardless if you voted to remain in the EU.  Asking for a second referendum until you are happy that your result is the winner isn’t how democracy works and why oh why are people asking for London to be independent…I just shake my head.  So if we have a second referendum…and the leavers don’t win…are we going to have a third referendum as they’re not happy with the result then?!?

What I find freaking hilarious is that I was predicting this outcome for MONTHS!  I am pretty sure London and the Home Counties were living under a bloody rock along with all the politicians and yes the older generation were going to vote to leave…they have lived in and out of the EU and you have to wonder why they all wanted to leave…was life actually better out of the EU?!   But what made the big difference is that the older generation actually bothered to register to vote and turned up to vote…I can’t wait to see the full attendance percentage breakdown for each age group as I’m guessing the youngsters that had an option to vote just didn’t hence putting a large bullet through both feet…I’m backing this up by what I heard in the office as I was shocked how many of the under 25’s didn’t bother to vote on Thursday or even flipping register…they had a chance to shape their future but didn’t use it and guess what you don’t get a second try for being lazy…you learn from your mistakes and you don’t do it the next time there is a vote…fingers crossed not for a bloody EU referendum! (This BBC article states that areas with a younger population had a lower voter turn out!  My suspicions almost confirmed.)

For a lot of the people voting Leave…and I know many…they weren’t all from the older age groups either…they were the same age as me, younger and older…immigration wasn’t the main driving factor to their vote.  To see people on social media calling the leave voters racists…A LOT weren’t!  The remain politicians were plugging away saying that immigration was a big driver for the people that wanted to leave…they were bloody wrong!  REALLY WRONG!

The leave voters that I talked too came from a variety of backgrounds – some were extremely well educated, some were multi millionaires, others held down regular jobs and some were unemployed BUT they all had gone out and found the information that they wanted to know before they made their decision for them and their families…they were informed…they weren’t misinformed so stop with the remarks that they’re stupid, they’re not…they made a vote that was best for them just like the voters for remain did!

Many complained that the politicians were doing scare mongering tactics rather than giving the public true facts…and I have to agree with them…they did.

Living in Bedfordshire has taught me a lot…there is a huge divide between London plus the Home Counties and the rest of England…there are almost two different ways of life and how the EU has influenced these areas differently.  While London has really benefitted from the EU, in many other parts of England it hasn’t.  A little example would be seeing fields that used to be full of produce now empty as the farmer is provided with an EU subsidy not to grow produce…something that I noticed greatly on my trip to Norfolk recently and locally in Bedfordshire…I like to buy local produce as I think this is better for the environment as I hate food that has travelled for miles to get onto my plate so seeing this annoys me greatly (we do have a large vegetable garden before anyone tells me to grow my own!).  Trust me there are benefits as well…Bedford is basically plonked in the middle of England hence we have a large number of distribution centres around the outskirts…I almost get taken out by a foreign lorry driver each week as they cause havoc driving around the Junction 13 roundabouts but other than that these distribution centres also bring jobs to the area.

Is there a potential that my job may now go…maybe…maybe not…I work in a difficult industry where there are lots of legal rules to move items around the world…LOTS of red tape…it’s not just an EU thing, it’s a world thing and it may not be easy depending on whatever changes are made going forward…but also, maybe it won’t change, who knows!  Am I fearful…no…what is going to happen will happen; there is no point living in fear.

I know a lot of people were disappointed for not having the opportunity to vote in the referendum as well…I was allowed to as I come from the commonwealth and I’m a resident of the UK (the Brits who are residents in NZ are allowed to vote in NZ elections so it seems reasonably fair that this works both ways)…for the folks that didn’t fall into this category…why haven’t you applied for UK citizenship especially the ones that have lived here for 10+ years…the referendum getting held wasn’t a spur of the moment thing.  I understand why the EU nationals weren’t allowed to vote.  You can renounce your current citizenship and apply for UK citizenship if this is where you want to call home.

Either way…there was a vote…there was a majority…let’s move on TOGETHER!  Stop the fucking pettiness…it’s getting truly pathetic!

I know people are going to have something to say about the above and that’s fine…as I’ve said in the past…opinions are like assholes…we’ve all got one!

What I’m Up Too…

Today I headed off to the Blunham Parish Church in Bedfordshire (about a 15 min drive from Bedford) as they’re holding a wedding show; they are showing wedding gowns over the decades including the most beautiful Flapper wedding dress from 1929 which is just truly gorgeous!  It’s on again tomorrow from 1pm through to 4pm and it’s worth a visit…it’s just a donation for entry and there is tea, coffee and cake available for a donation as well which they are using to put towards getting the church roof fixed.

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 25, 2016

Ummm I’m trying to think what I did this week…I really can’t remember…the referendum has left me with such a headache!

Coming up this week, I’m in London seeing a friend who is over from South Africa and I can’t wait for lots of cuddles!  G is apparently in Wales for a few nights so I might see about spending the night if the timings work out.

So what’s all the gossip?

xx

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6 Comments

  1. June 26, 2016 / 3:03 PM

    I’m not living in the UK but I followed the referendum quite closely as I do plan to move there in three years so I know the vote could affect things one way or the other when I do live there. I honestly don’t know how I personally would have voted had I been living there now as I don’t know all the facts, and don’t live there to experience it yet.

    What I do know is exactly what you are saying- the vote has been taken, a majority declared, now it is time to move on together towards the outcome. Having another referendum in the hopes of a ‘remain’ majority defeats the whole purpose of the vote in the first place. It’s not the best out of three, or best out of five, or best out of however many it takes for people to stop asking for another referendum.

    It’s certainly an interesting time to be living in the UK, and the EU. I don’t think fear is the answer either. I think once the emotions settle people will come together and start discussing this and will come up with good solutions and compromises.

    • June 26, 2016 / 3:52 PM

      Exactly Stacey, it’s an interesting and sad time to be living in the uk. Sad not due to the result but how we got to this position overall. Good luck with your big move when the time comes xx

  2. June 27, 2016 / 11:08 AM

    YES. Agree with everything you’ve said about the referendum. I’m so sick of people calling the brexiters racists and claiming they only voted leave because of immigration. I have a lot of (young) friends who voted leave, and all of them bar one voted because of the EU rules and regulations and red tape on farmers, fishermen, and local businesses rather than immigration (the one who voted leave because of immigration is a UKIP supporter anyway…ugh).

    The problem is London is such a bubble, Londoners just don’t realize how the EU effects the rest of the country and how awful it is for the smaller towns and cities. It was great for London but for almost everyone else it sucked. We need to build up the other towns and cities in our country to rebuild the UK, not just focus everything on London, and we can’t do that unless we’re out of the EU.

    And people need to stop flipping out about ‘ZOMG we can’t travel freely in Europe now!!’ – if we get a decent deal we’ll still be part of the EEA meaning we can still skip the passport queue and travel and live in EU countries just as we can today. I’m so sick of seeing uninformed scare-mongering blog posts from people, it’s making me so angry that they haven’t got their facts right and are just making crazy assumptions. And don’t even get me started on the London independence thing haha. Idiots.

    I haven’t told anyone how I voted, but I can see positives and negatives to both sides, and although I’m sad we’ve left the EU, I can also see that this is a once in a generation opportunity to really build out country into something incredible. The fact is the EU was started as a trade partnership, and it developed into something no one originally signed up for.

    C x
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    • June 27, 2016 / 9:07 PM

      I agree with everything you’ve said Catherine! I really don’t think the young ones realised that a lot of them voted to leave as well. The actions of some people that voted leave are making everyone think that all leave voters are racists. The red tape is horrendous and the subsidies that do come don’t always get to the right people in need unfortunately.
      I just shake my head at it all at the moment, I really do.
      A politician now needs to put up his / her hand and actually lead us out of this mess that we are currently in and negotiate a deal!
      Like you I haven’t shared how I voted however like you I can see both sides of the argument especially as I don’t live in the London bubble.
      xx

  3. July 3, 2016 / 2:59 PM

    Ahhhhhh YES. I literally read this thinking yes, yes, yes all the way through! I agree 100% with every one of your points, you hit the nail on the head for me. It is really getting on my nerves that people who voted ‘leave’ are being shamed and called racists.. not cool at all. Democracy is beautiful thing!

    • July 3, 2016 / 3:41 PM

      Exactly Sammy and thanks for the comment; it’s just amazing how much people have turned on each other. Congrats on your wedding and I’ll be checking out your new blog shortly…a fabulous new surname! Xx