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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Election Results



So the election is over and now the fallout begins! This year we had six plus parties to choose from and I chose UKIP (U.K. Independence Party). They came third in the results and yet only secured one Member of Parliament because we have this silly 'first past the post' system over here. It's never mattered to me much before because there have only been two parties to vote for but this year UKIP had a real chance and still they only get one M.P.

The Conservatives (Republicans in America) got an overall majority so they continue in office for another five years. They secured 331 seats out of 650 and the rest was split with mainly Labour Party (Democrats) getting apx. 232 seats and the SNP (Scottish National Party) taking 56 seats. SO UNFAIR!

What's done is done and now we have to live with it but I intend to sign any petitions going to try and get rid of this silly system as soon as possible.

This year's election was more exciting than usual, following on from the Scottish National Referendum last September when the Scots voted to stay as part of the United Kingdom by a fairly small majority. Since then the SNP have gone from strength to strength and now under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon, they gained all but two seats in Scotland. During our General Election all parts of the United Kingdom vote for MP's to become part of the U.K. parliament. England does not have its own parliament, whereas Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do. Now England has ended up with 56 Scottish MP's in our parliament. Biased or what!

The Scots want to be independent, i.e. nearly half of them do. They are a country of some 5 million people. During their referendum I wanted them to stay in the union, but now I'm beginning to change my mind because they have no allegiance to the union. That has become obvious over the months since September. If they had another referendum, I would want them to leave.

I think that the Scottish MP's will make life difficult at Westminster and we could end up with the system like they have in America where everything Obama tries to do is blocked by the other side. God forbid that that should happen.

Ok, rant over.

Star

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lilley Flower Festival 2015 - best picture


I like this picture the best! Larry took it and it depicts No. 23 exhibit - Hong Kong. Nicky Saddler made it and I think it's just lovely.

Today is voting day here in the British Isles. I feel a bit nervous so I'm trying to keep calm. Looking at this picture helps!

Why am I nervous? Because this time the results will not be clear and we will be faced with a difficult situation tomorrow. It is looking likely that neither of the main parties will make a decisive win and will be forced to do deals with the smaller parties to form a government.

At the moment we have a Conservative government (Republican in America), which includes Members from the Liberal Democrats. However if more people vote Labour (Democrat in America), but not enough votes are cast for them, then they will have to look to other parties to make up the difference. Since the SNP (Scottish National Party) have captured so much publicity in Scotland, the Labour Party may have to look to them to do a deal, in which case the SNP will have too much influence over the Labour Government and all sorts of problems would result.

Me? I'm voting UKIP because I believe they have the best answer for this country; which is to try to take us out of the European Union and to severely restrict the number of immigrants we take in here. I believe the three main issues here are:

The environment (climate change)
The European Union (which is not working for us)
The Immigration problem (we are taking in far more people from around the world than we can possibly hope to cope with).

UKIP (U.K. Independence Party) will not gain the majority of the votes and they may even stop the Conservatives winning an overall majority but I'm going with my heart this time.

We will have the results tomorrow. The polls close at 10 p.m. tonight.

Meanwhile I'm looking at the picture to keep calm.

Star

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lilley Flower Festival 2015 - The British Isles


The Lady Chapel at St. Peter's Church in Lilley was home to the flower exhibits for The British Isles' entries this year. The first picture shows Wales with a spinning wheel, which looked in good order and a doll in Welsh costumer standing beneath. I thought it was very pretty  and well represented the country.


The next picture is taken from the Lady Chapel, upstairs, down onto the altar at the front of the church.


Next we come to Ireland. I think you'll enjoy these exhibits. There's a cheeky little leprechaun in the next one:





Can't forget Scotland. The next pictures show Scotland in it's tartan glory.




Click on the next picture to read about Sir William Wallace...




...and a rose for England; this one a delicate yellowish white.




Monica Thomas is responsible for these delicious entries and I can tell you it all smelled great too.


I hope you are enjoying seeing these pictures of 2015's Lilley Flower Festival.

Star

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Baby Cambridge



Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of their new little baby girl. Isn't she gorgeous! This picture from the BBC website shows what a little peach the new princess is and we are told we shall know the name today (possibly). The popular speculative names over here are Elizabeth, Victoria, Charlotte and Diana will probably be in there somewhere too.

It was so nice yesterday to get some really good news amongst all the sadness of the Nepalese earthquake and our forthcoming election.

Star

Lilley Flower Festival, 2015


It's that time again - that time when I know that summer has begun; although today it is raining quite hard! Over this Bank Holiday weekend, the pretty village of Lilley are having their annual flower festival.  I really admire this pretty little village's congregation for coming together and making these beautiful displays for us to enjoy each year. It is such a lot of work for them, but it no doubt provides a welcome extra bit of money.

The church itself, St. Peter's, goes back to 1210. On the wall at the back of the church is a plaque showing all the incumbents who have presided over the years. It really is remarkable. Just take a look at the names. If you click on the picture, it will enlarge so you can read it better.




This year's theme for the Flower Festival is 'Travellers' Tales' and you can see from the pictures how the exhibits encompass many parts of the globe including our own very special British Isles.

The first picture at the start of today's blog is Tibet, a beautiful arrangement by Kim Major-George, who also did one for Egypt, not shown here today.

See if you can recognise the places from the exhibits (I'll help, numbers at the end)

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2) is at the top.

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1) Egypt
2) Tibet
3) Italy
4) Australia
5) Canada
6) Madeira
7) Benbecula (In the Outer Hebrides)
8) Isles of Scilly
9) Caribbean
10) Safari

I'll show you some more soon.

Star