Late Night Ramblings of a Girl Who’s Country is Sadly Leaving the EU

In 1973 Britain finally joined the European Economic Community.

Yesterday 52% of the country decided they’d had enough and wanted to leave the EU. These voters all have their own reasons and good on them for being one of the 72% of the population that voted but for those of us who don’t want to leave the EU community we’re shocked at the outcome and worried for our futures.

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Today, the day after what Nigel Farage deemed “Independence Day”, we’re watching from behind our fingers at the fallout from this vote. This morning definitely woke us up and the information being thrown at us throughout the day as ensured we won’t have a good nights sleep for weeks.

Now even though we’ve voted to leave we won’t officially be out on our own for at least 2 years. This is because of Article 50. This official sounding phrase is a rule in the Lisbon Treaty that, if enacted, starts the process of a country leaving the EU. After David Cameron resigned as the Prime Minister today he made it clear he wouldn’t be the one to invoke the article; the next PM would, giving us until at least October for it to get going. We will then see two years of “negotiating” between us and the other 27 EU countries on things like trade deals, imports and exports, immigration and expats and simple things like healthcare for holiday goers. If we get this sorted in two years we’re good to go if not we can possibly get an extension.

This is obviously long winded and leaves us in the dark for a while. We will suffer financial difficulties even though the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, as made £250 billion available to the banks so they’re definitely prepared. The stock exchange is slowly rising after this morning’s shock result and currency is slowly moving in the right direction.

You’ll probably hear a lot about referendums in the coming weeks and months and CaptureJPGlooking at how different areas voted there is good reasons why. All 32 areas in Scotland voted to remain in the EU but would have to leave with us unless they gained independence. This could be in the pipeline but probably won’t happen until Article 50 is wrapped up. There’s also been an indication that London Mayor Sadiq Khan is not happy with London leaving the EU. The majority of London voted to stay and were in the top 10 of highest remain votes (Gibraltar topped with 96%) Imagine if London did get the option to host a referendum, what would happen to Parliament? There could also be the rumblings of referendums in Europe so far France and The Netherlands have voiced a may do of an in-out vote.

We’ve heard from world leaders who are shocked but willing to work to keep a good relationship with us but how long will this last when we put our demands on the table? Our love/hate relationship as been there since we joined and it won’t be going anywhere in the last 2 years. Whoever becomes the next PM will have to have their head screwed on to get the country through the negotiations intact and hopefully all of Great Britain and Northern Ireland still together as a great nation. They’ll also have to try their damnedest to keep Spain from co-owning Gibraltar and Ireland from merging into one. Good luck!

We’re in for a long, tough ride which will see everything we know change and maybe not for the better but until the ball gets rolling and we come out the other end an independent country we have to keep our heads clear and keep an eye on all the situations because it will all affect our lives in some way, and our sanity.

 

 

Moonko Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas seems to have come around pretty darn fast this year. I’m already seeing Christmas trees up and hearing Christmas songs at the shops. There’s a vast array of jumpers available for those in the Christmas spirit and it’s getting ridiculous the amount of people who I’ve heard have finished their Christmas shopping. Yep already in November.

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It’s sometimes hard finding gifts for loved ones and friends especially when you want something a little different or unique. Independent sellers are a great way to tick all these boxes and you can be happy knowing a lot of hard work and care went into your perfect pressies.

Moonko is one of these brilliant independent sellers. Based in a bright and cheerful shop on Division St, Sheffield you can buy a vast array of wears from many established and up and coming designers. There’s also a lovely website for those to far away from the shop.

Here’s a selection from the store that really caught my eye.

Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit
23uhOybfet7P07EUuaS2FoujkYwThis is a brilliant thing to give as a present because it’s so handy. It holds everything that you might need for those last minute repairs on clothing. I have one and it’s saved me plenty of times when the hems have come down on my trousers. The tin is small and portable and will suit complete novices who need to use it in an emergency up to those who frequently sew. Merchant & Mills are a well known brand in the drapery and tailor world so you can rest assured that the quality is top notch and that you’re giving the best.

Available online and in store for £15

Bonbi Forest Locket

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These look stunning! They’re available in silver or gold plated brass and all the artwork is unique. As you can see there’s a nice selection with some more Christmas themed than others. I love how different they are and how quirky the charm on the chain is. All the illustrations are drawn by Lee May Foster-Wilson and have been drawn with love and care. The lockets are a nice enough size to wear everyday or save for best. I’m sure there’ll be a locket with a design to suit everyones style and tastes. Added bonus they come in a little organza bag to make them extra special.

The store has a nice selection in and they’re available in the jewellery section of the website for a great price of £19

Nathalie Bond Handmade Candle and Soap

lqlJxDgUwoRAu2BH988ndBQweuAThis is one of those gifts that your nose will persuade you to buy. The geranium candle smells beautiful and luckily Moonko have it in two sizes. The geranium soap contains rose petals so will leave you feeling pretty and smelling flowery fresh. Both the candle and soap are handmade with natural and organic ingredients so are great for those of us that are sensitive to strong fragrances and nasty ingredients. All Nathalie Bond products are created in Sheffield and I’m sure you’ll be falling in love with the collection soon.

The Handmade Small Candle is £11 and the Handmade soap is £5.

Stoneware Whisky Cup

Everyone needs a wee dram of whisky or a hot toddy during winter so why not have aFRghBNBVy-njFuVLqHPg1yrvNsk proper whisky cup to drink it out of? And if you’re not a whisky fan then use it for the drink of your choice! There is a great range of cups available but these really caught my eye. They’re handmade in Scotland by Tom Butcher so each one is different and has it’s own character. They’ll stand out in any household and be useful to everyone.

Get your own whiskey cup for £10

 

Donna Wilson Squirrel Beaker and Tea Towel

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I love the entire Donna Wilson collection but the squirrels put a big smile on your face. Everyone uses a cup for their morning cuppa so what better gift to send. Tea towels are always useful too especially one that tells you to “Use my tail to dry your dishes.”tvaKLwj3QnUpoCdN2MbqEcjux20 These would be great for students and adults alike. You’ll definitely know who the cup belongs to. The illustrations look great and vibrant and the quality is brilliant with the cup being handmade and printed in Stoke-on-Trent and the tea towel printed there too.

The beaker is available for £15.25 and tea towel for £12.

 

Hopefully this list will have given you some ideas and steered you towards the independent scene for gifts this christmas. Everything should be available in Moonko’s store and online (subject to availability). Locals can also make use of the click and collect service which coincidentally gives you an excuse to go shopping. Don’t get stressed out in big stores this year and remember to treat yourself!