“I’m bored!” Madeline whined as she sat on your bed, her sister Lillian laying on her stomach reading a book while you packed.
“Do you have to go?” Lily asked as you placed some clothes in your suitcase.
“It’s not going to be very long, plus you guys get to spend the weekend with Daddy, that’ll be fun, right?” You beamed, the looks on their littles faces making you want to stay. You and your best friend had been preparing this trip for nearly 6 years, before Lillian was born, you couldn’t ditch her now just because your girls wanted you, something you’d never thought could happen before.
How did Theresa May’s Scottish Conservative party conference speech go down? Ah dear. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
“Government is not a platform from which to pursue constitutional obsessions,” said the Tory leader, even though she is presiding over the economic and social nightmare that is Brexit, brought on by her own party’s constitutional obsession with Europe.
Nicola Sturgeon should “get on with the day job”, said the prime minister currently presiding over an omnishambles in every aspect of domestic life. Of course, Scotland’s first minister has questions to answer about educational attainment and a fumbled farm payments system. But one benefit of watching network news these days is wall-to-wall coverage of the domestic difficulties of life in England under the Tories.
There’s a crisis in every aspect of civic society – prisons, hospitals, schools, you name it – and respected individuals are talking openly about crisis conditions within it. Yet May has the audacity to drift north and lecture Scots about the quality of governance? Conditions in many sectors are measurably worse south of the border, where the market runs key services such as health.
As for May’s claim that the Scottish government isn’t coming up with policies and is focused instead on criticising Brexit – what else would a Scottish government do when handed a mandate by its voters on a crucial subject such as Europe? Ignore the 62% of Scots who want to remain?
What has been roundly ignored to date has been the Scottish government’s options paper – still the greatest amount of ink on paper by any government relating to Brexit. It suggests ways to keep Scotland inside the single market, and was presented to the British government in December. To date there has been no official response: all there has been is backtracking.
After promising that powers returning from Europe would be devolved, it now looks as if control over agricultural and fishing subsidies will stay at Westminster when they return from Europe. Yet when SNP politicians seek clarification – as the SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, did in prime minister’s questions this week – they are dismissed like stupid, unruly children.
“My way or the highway” is the standard British government response to pleas for opt-outs or flexibility. But behind the scenes, opt-outs aplenty are being considered for constituencies that matter to May – naturally Scotland is not among them.
Top of her priority list is the City of London whose powerful remain-voting bosses are thoroughly panicked by the prospect of banks leaving en masse once article 50 is triggered in March. UK government ministers insist the threat of banking departure is exaggerated, but there’s been much speculation in the financial press that Britain will offer to keep paying into EU coffers to retain “passporting” for the UK’s financial sector and persuade those “quivering” bosses to stay.
Likewise, the car manufacturer Nissan has apparently obtained some assurance from May, which means it can keep producing cars in the UK. If there is a Nissan opt-out from expected post-Brexit tariffs of 10% on car exports, will other car manufacturers stand quietly by? And if car manufacturers are given special treatment what about other industries?
The Spanish government says the only way citizens of Gibraltar can retain freedom of movement is joint sovereignty – so May is under pressure to devise an opt-out for the tiny enclave, where 96% voted to remain.
And of course there is the special and delicate problem of Ireland – both sides of the border voted to remain in the EU, mostly because membership removes the vexed problem of an internal border. If there is a bolder geographical fix offered to Northern Ireland, Scotland will be the only important player left out in the cold.
That’s why independence is becoming an option for many people who voted no two short years back – many on the back of a cast-iron assurance that the only way to stay in the EU was to stay in the UK.
Now it’s evident that precisely the opposite is the case.
And while Europe isn’t necessarily the most powerful part of the constitutional debate, jobs, economic stability and trading prospects certainly are. There’s no doubt Brexit has created a massive material change to the case for Scotland staying in the union. It’s true there hasn’t been an equally large movement in the opinion polls yet – partly because folk fear more upheaval during a time of upheaval, and mostly because the Scottish government hasn’t actively begun campaigning for a second referendum yet. Of course, Sturgeon is rattling sabres, but for the last six months, she has been trying to find a solution within the union – to little avail.
The only people constantly talking about Scottish independence are the Tories – yet if interviewers ask if the UK government would grant a section 30 order (the mechanism to let the Scottish parliament run such a poll), Ruth Davidson and May suddenly turn coy and say they can’t discuss a request that hasn’t yet been made.
May and the Scottish Conservatives are currently waging a phony war over Scottish independence because their own party’s record is woeful. The Scottish government will trigger another referendum when May has fully demonstrated how little Scotland means in the dangerous game of Brexit.
Volvo Cars has become the first car maker in the world to export China-made cars to Europe by train via China’s new ‘One Belt, One Road’ trade initiative. The first S90 saloons, built at its Daqing plant in China, will arrive at a distribution centre in Zeebrugge, Belgium this week. The cars have been transported to Belgium via the recently opened China-Europe railway link. The connection brings down the time it takes to transport vehicles to Europe by two thirds compared with the sea route
Nash-Healey Roadster, 1952, by Pininfarina. Nash commissioned Pininfarina to revise Healey’s original body design to make the sports car more similar to other Nash models. From Kenosha, Wisconsin the Nash engines and drivelines were exported to England for installation in the Healey-fabricated frames. Healey then shipped the rolling chassis to Italy, where Pininfarina crafted the bodywork and assembled the finished product. Finally Farina exported the cars back to America. The result was a $5,908 price in 1953, while the new Chevrolet Corvette was $3,513
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta | Vignale | Sports Coupe | Sports Racing Car which is shorter than the 212 Inter | The entire series of 212 Export which included the Giardinettas, Berlinettas, Cabriolets, Spyders and Barchettas were only 27 units | Jacobs
I KNOW YOU GUYS DON’T LIKE THE KDRAMA ONES BUT I DO ^^
Everyone’s fave section on this page (I think ^^). This week, it’s dedicated to @kimseokjinsprincess who wrote to me about this series (if I remember correctly, sorry honey if I’m mistaken!) <333
Find the previous ones here. There are so many of these still to come if you guys want them: “Dad Edition” and “Younger Brother Edition” are a must and already planned, and I thought about other scenarios that we could make in the future as well.
*The kind of love interest whom you call in an emergency situation at night and who rushes over to you, only to find out that his rival has already arrived by coincidence and is already comforting you. Jin silently retreats to an empty Seoul park, breaking down and deciding to give up on you because he didn’t make it in time before. He’s convinced he could never take care of you and protect you properly*
Suga: possessive role
*In a kdrama, I could see Yoongi be someone who goes all “Baby, why did you do this? How could you deceive me so?” when you meet another guy just as friends. As a character, I think Yoongi could be super jealous and very dominant. He could also be a bit shady, like a young rich guy who made a ton of money in a shady car export business and whom you prefer over other guys because deep down, he’s so sweet. You know he’s just jealous because he fears to lose you due to said jealousy and shady background*
Rap Monster: protective role
*Namjoon is so difficult to imagine in any kdrama scenarios. I only succeeded in imagining him in a law drama, being a really smart prosecutor who is in charge of your case. At first, he is just doing his work, but as times goes on, he gets more and more involved emotionally. He’ll always want to know whether you are safe from the thugs that threaten your family, and on some evenings, he’ll even stay outside your house in his car to watch over you. As soon as the lawsuit is settled, he’ll try to become your boyfriend, having realized that he’ll always want to protect you like that because he likes you much more than just as a client*
J-Hope: protective and possessive role
*I don’t know why, but I can see Hosoek in many different roles. I’ll go with over-protective Hoseok in this one though. Imagine Hobi as your over-protective boyfriend, constantly popping up wherever you go, helping you with the smallest tasks and always asking you whether you would rather rest and let him do everything instead. This attitude of his could be related to a tragic event in your past. He sees you as something beautiful and fragile, something that he’ll always be scared of losing. This kind of drama could have a really deep meaning, like a BTS song, something along the lines of that nothing lasts forever and if you never risk anything, the relationship cannot grow and last*
Jimin: protective role
*God forbid that Park Jimin is ever hurt in any way, but in a kdrama scenario, I could totally see Jimin as a character who loves you so much that he’d literally die for you to save your life. He’d take a bullet for you, whether you were ‘just’ his friend, a realtive or his lover, not caring about getting injured. Or the two of you would get into the famous ‘protagonist-is-about-to-get-run-over-by-a-car’ scenario, and Jimin would push you out of the way to save you, not once regretting it afterwards. He’s an angel like that*
V: toned-down protective and possessive role
*I can kind of see Taehyung as a cocky younger rival who snatches you away from your boring average kdrama boyfriend. He’d show you the fun sides of live, practically kidnapping you from the university library where you previously wasted every day just studying. He’d help you find out who you really are behind the neat facade that you build for your parents and fellow students. Whenever your ex-boyfriend would visit your home to try and convince you to return to him, Taehyung would already be waiting for him around the corner, scaring him away with his cocky attitude, baseball bat and torn leather jacket*
Jungkook: possessive and protective role
*Omg, with Jungkook as a kdrama role, I could see a real jealousy drama unfold. He’s young, so he’d become jealous whenever you’d meet older, more accomplished men, even if he knew they were just friends to you. He’d constantly want your confirmation that he wouldn’t lack anything because of his age, and he’d constantly act protective over you: “Don’t wear that dress to the meeting, those 30-year-old bachelors might get the wrong idea”.You’d sometimes get tired of always reassuring him, and the two of you would argue, but in the end, you’d always make up again and feel an even stronger bond than before*
We all know that the entire nation of South Korea ships it. Hard.
Sure, everyone giggles and thinks it’s harmless fun at first, but oh fucking no, my friends. This is dangerous territory. Imagine if you would, just for a moment, an AU where Canon Day does not happen. The internet will explode, I know. But that’s child’s play in comparison with the entire nation of South Korea flipping shit. Stock markets would crash, exports of cars and technology and kim chi (perish the thought!) would get embargoed, K-pop would go on strike. K-pop.
Clearly, this is an AU that simply can not come to pass. So, in order to prevent an international diplomatic crisis from occurring, the British Government had no choice but to swing in to action.
As you’ll remember, one of Mycroft’s many responsibilities is to oversee South Korean politics (”Oh no, I can’t possibly be away from the office
for any length of time, not with the Korean elections…”). Once the
matter was drawn to his attention, he summoned one Mr. Moffat and one
Mr. Gatiss to the Diogenes club to discuss the seriousness of the
situation these two had written the UK into.
This is the untold story of how Mycroft found himself playing matchmaker for his baby brother to save a nation.
The Ferrari Classiche department in Maranello has produced another masterpiece. It has sympathetically restored a Ferrari 212 Export Coupé Vignale to its former splendour. The car has an unusual history. It was built in April 1951, then in May, it was sold to Antonio Mambretti Sozogni Juva and a month later it was sold to the company of the Duke Cesare d’Acquarone.
In fact, it was the Duke of Acquarone, who at the end of 1951, opted for a radical change of bodywork. The car, which was originally a hardtop, was transformed into a convertible or “Barchetta” by Vignale. In 1957 it changed hands again, bought by an enthusiast from Padua, whose son recently sold the car to a Brazilian collector. In recent years, the 212 Export has been a regular competitor in the historic Mille Miglia.
The car has undergone a total ground-up rebuild, restored to the way it was come the end of 1951 and it is now ready to be returned to its owner. However, the handover will take place only in April, as the owner has agreed to the 212 being displayed in the Maranello Museum for a couple of months.
Germany produces, among other things, electronics equipment, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, precision engineering products, communications equipment, and chemicals. The country’s best known cultural exports include the music of Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven and the works of Thomas Mann, Schiller, Brecht, Kant, Nietzsche, Goethe, and Luther.
In 2012, Germany exported goods worth about $1.5 trillion. Primary exports include foodstuffs, textiles, transport equipment, machinery, metals, rubber, and plastic products. Its primary export partners include the European Union, the United States, China, Switzerland, and Russia. Germany is the world’s largest producer of lignite, a combustible sedimentary rock also known as brown coal, primarily used for power generation. It’s also a large producer of natural gas, copper, uranium, iron ore, salt, potash, and timber. Germany leads the world in the production of solar power equipment and windmills.
Volkswagen, Daimler-Benz, Siemens, BMW, BASF, Bayer, Mack, Adidas, Puma, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Miele are some well-known German companies gone global. Other renowned brands include SAP, Nivea, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, and Lufthansa. At the heart of Germany’s export engine lies the Mittelstand, the country’s small to medium-sized enterprises. Producing everything from sophisticated software to high-quality engineering equipment, these businesses make up most of Germany’s corporate landscape and provide 60% of the country’s jobs. German law considers any organization with less than 500 employees a small or medium enterprise.
After sixteen months in series production, the 1,000th Mercedes-Benz 300 SL car rolled off the assembly line at Sindelfingen on 8 December 1955. With 930 units the export percentage of cars of this model was unusually high.