Monthly Archives: November 2016

Sniffles and sneezes spread diseases

It seems to be be my fate to average about 2 colds a year. I got through 3 gigs at the weekend with one and I thought it was drying up only for it to reassert itself on Monday. My significant other woke me at about 4.00 am to to tell me I was snoring loudly so I could not get back to sleep afterwards of course,  So today I have given up and stayed in bed till late, and it feels a bit better. Apart from a bit of a headache. The cold seems to set off a lot of aches and pains though. Sometimes exercise helps but sometimes just having a lay down is the only thing that works.

The weekends gigs were a mixed bag mostly well received, but Fridays one was a bit low on attendance and the venue was somewhat mismatched with the music we play now though we have gone down OK there before.   Next years gig list is already looking quite healthy with stuff in the book right up December 2017, so that’s not looking to bad. This year we did loose 5 gigs due to illness, but that’s unusual  With gigs you usually loose a few and gain a few as places change owners or music policy or sometimes people don’t turn out.

We have been at it 13 years now there is not much which really surprises us. Sometimes the longer drives can get a bit tiring.  Sundays trip up to Newark from Battersea is a 300 mile round trip for example so for last weekend’s gigs I have driven about 500 miles in total.  Since changing cars in June this year I have done 10000 miles which is basically just driving to gigs, I spend more time on motorways than I ever did way back in my van driving days.

People often ask why we don’t do overnight stays and the answer is simply that the finances don’t allow for that most of the time. Gigging is 70% of my annual income now. Its fun but a weekend like the last one when your not feeling too well can be a of  a strain. Of course its a lot more enjoyable than many things I have done to earn a living.  Many of the musicians I know or have worked with have been gigging for 40 to 50 years with many being just in to their 70’s, Some have done fairly well, but many despite having very successful careers in the past do not have much materially to show for it.  Some also despite being very talented have not had too much in the way of recognition and are a little bit jaded, but they still keep on. I am not sure how long things will keep going as they as everything is very precarious really and if there is an economic downturn live music in the small scale is something that suffers quite badly.  So I take things as they come with no particular expectation of tomorrow which I find is easier to deal with.  That seems to me to be the best approach.  Personally I feel that keeping ones expectations realistic is a healthier approach so I ere on the slightly pessimistic side, but I suppose that’s just my nature. That way its a pleasant surprise when things do take an unexpected upwards turn which sometimes they do.

Twilight worlds

Its still quite difficult to know who is batting for you or against a lot of the time. Still keep calm and carry on seems to be the theme for the day I guess. We can only hope that time will make a difference but small minds rule still it would seem.

Anyway here’s a picture of me fiddling at the 100 club last week.

Diana Stone at the 100 club
Diana Stone at the 100 club

Picture by Jennifer Noble.


Article 50 could be reversed, government may argue in Brexit case

Interesting. So we can leave then change our minds?
This should be fun then.

Powered by article titled “Article 50 could be reversed, government may argue in Brexit case” was written by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent, for The Guardian on Saturday 12th November 2016 06.40 UTC

Government lawyers are exploring the possibility of arguing in the supreme court that the article 50 process could be reversed by parliament at any time before the UK completes its exit from the European Union.

Prominent academic experts have told the Guardian they know the government’s legal team has sounded out lawyers about the potential change of tack, which some argue would lead to a victory in the case brought by Gina Miller and other campaigners.

Prof Takis Tridimas, an expert in EU law at King’s College London, said: “I know that the issue of revocation is a live issue in terms of the supreme court hearing.” He had heard that the government had commissioned research on the subject, he said.

Earlier this month, the high court ruled that the government could only invoke article 50, which begins the EU exit process, through a parliamentary vote. The case was decided on the basis that, once article 50 was triggered it was irreversible and British citizens would inevitably lose rights granted through the 1972 European Communities Act.

Royal prerogative powers – the government’s executive authority – cannot be used to repeal rights granted by parliament, the three high court judges concluded in their ruling, which was sharply criticised by several tabloid newspapers, including the Daily Mail which described the judges as “Enemies of the People”.

If the government argued that MPs could vote to revoke article 50 during the exit negotiation period, some academics say, the outcome of the government’s appeal to the supreme court would be different, because it would imply that the sovereignty of parliament had not been removed.

Dr Eirik Bjorge, a senior law lecturer at Bristol University and an expert in EU law, said: “If the government decides to – and is allowed to – argue that the article 50 notice can be revoked, then it is all but sure to win in the supreme court. In those circumstances it cannot be said that, once the trigger has been pulled, the bullet will inexorably hit the target and expunge our rights under the European Communities Act 1972.”

   <figure class="element element-video element--supporting" data-canonical-url="" data-short-url="" data-show-ads="true" data-video-id="2578097" data-video-name="What is article 50? – video explainer" data-video-provider=""> <video data-media-id="gu-video-577251eee4b030d83eb4b037" class="gu-video" controls="controls" poster="">  </video> <figcaption><a href="">What is article 50?</a></figcaption> </figure>   <p>Tridimas is one of those who believes the article 50 process could be reversed before the UK’s exit from the EU had been completed. “My view is that it is reversible,” he said. “There’s nothing in the wording of article 50 which says that it cannot be withdrawn. The Vienna convention on the law of treaties says that they can be reversed unless they state otherwise. The point of no return is two years after notification has been given [to the EU].”</p> <p>Prof Paul Craig, an Oxford University expert on both EU and constitutional law, said the triggering of article 50 should be revocable by parliament. “It is a cardinal legal principle that a party is not bound by a contract or treaty until agreement has been reached,” he has argued in a blogpost. “The consequences of not being able to revoke would be particularly severe: withdrawal would have to proceed even if invocation of article 50 triggered an economic meltdown in the country.”</p> <p>However, Craig said, enabling parliament to give its approval at an early stage might have dangerous consequences for democracy later on: “There is a deeper paradox in this litigation.” <br></p> <p>He said the claimants, who he said would like Britain to remain in the EU, were “willing to risk everything for some parliamentary voice at the trigger stage”, but this could result in a decisive parliamentary vote to invoke article 50, which would be difficult to undo subsequently.</p> <p>“The government wishes to exit the EU. It conceded the article 50 point knowing that it might then lose the immediate battle, and would therefore have to seek parliamentary approval, but was confident enough that this would be forthcoming, and that thereafter the war was won, since the triggering, once done, was irrevocable.”</p> <p>The government has already submitted its initial grounds for appeal at the supreme court. The papers do not indicate any shift of emphasis so far in the way the case will be presented, although it is possible that could change before the hearing in December.</p> <p>A government spokesman said: “Our position is clear: the country voted to leave the EU and we will respect the will of the British people. The government told the high court that as a matter of firm policy, once given, the article 50 notice would not be withdrawn. Because legal proceedings are under way it would not be appropriate to comment further.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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anno domini

January 2017 should bring my 60th birthday, and where the time has gone I really have no idea. Things are jogging along in pretty much the same way as this year closes, though with a couple of new experiences.  Winter is lurking, but the trees still have an impressive display of autumn colour which may last a week or so more. Curiously though I live in central London I do see the seasons change markedly as we have many mature trees that I can see from my apartment windows being just above the tree line.

My Life.

Delta ladies at the 100 club 2016

Music is my thing these days and most of my time is taken up with it in some form or other.  Meanwhile the world continues to spin though times are taken a strange turn with the rise of the new right, and with it the associated xenophobia, and victimisation of those who are ill or disabled.  When the UN reports on the shortcomings of the UK government in relation to its treatment of the less able or impoverished in our society it is clear that something is out of balance.  This is a world that is very different to the one that I have lived in most of my adult live, that is changing in ways that I never expected and is going backwards in so many ways. Quite depressing really, particularly as people don’t even seem to see whats happening or how they are being manipulated.


Personally I am hitting a bit of a low, I am not depressed but I am very irritable and feeling volatile. I need to get out of this headspace because this is when things go wrong and I feel very uncomfortable when I do lose my temper and at  present I can’t find the off switch. Not a good place to be in though paradoxically my concentration is really sharp at present. Also a side effect is tiredness but an inability to relax.  I can see the signs so I need to keep things low stress.  Sometimes it’s a losing battle though.

I was hoping to get a supermoon picture but the cloud cover is unlikely to lift so thats a shame. Still there is a little time left so you never know though its not looking good now. Ho hum.