On Wednesday night we had a huge storm over London, well, I say a storm – it just kept on rolling in on waves of ear splitting thunder and torrential rain..locally we lost transport, various shops flooded and the internet…I’ve never known anything like it.


Except maybe this morning and the news of Brexit.  Astounded, ashamed, depressed.  It wasn’t that Europe didn’t have it’s problems, but we’ve now thrown the baby out with the bathwater because we asked people to vote on the EU…and they voted on something else entirely.  As an act of rebellion my country has given a thumbs up to xenophobia, racism and bigotry. I thought the Americans had it bad with Trump..the laugh was on me.


Will the last person to leave the country please turn out the lights.

Laters, Kate x


  1. vintageattitude

    As you know we live in totally different worlds Kate but I so agree with every word you wrote. I have always been so fiercely proud of my country….until now.

  2. KerryCan

    What a crazy time we live in! The outcome of your vote makes me worry more about the possible outcome of our presidential vote this fall . . .

  3. rosemaylily2014

    Agree with every word here a a very sad day for my old homeland. We emigrated to Australia nearly 26 years ago but come back each year to visit family and our younger daughter now lives in London. Many of her friends are from Europe – they are bright and intelligent, youthful and vibrant – they will move on and get other jobs elsewhere maybe Germany. She herself is exploring other options. Very worrying times and shudder to think what will happen in the US presidential election now. The fact that people couldn’t see the lies behind the Brexit campaign and still voted to leave the EU after the appalling murder of the lovely MP by a deranged right wing lunatic defies belief. Very sorry for sensible folk having to put up with this dangerous selfish nonsense – “xenophobia, racism, bigotry” defining the direction the country will now go in. As a history graduate there are worrying parallels with pre war Germany – sad day indeed 😦

    • Maison Bentley Style

      Pre-war Germany or French revolution? You are right – the death of an intelligent, strong, vocal, young MP wasn’t even enough to jolt them into sense. Society is held together by pretty tenuous lines, which just seem to be giving way xxx

      • rosemaylily2014

        My dad who is in his 80s says it is eerily reminiscent of pre war Germany – of course he was only a small child then but even so…Not sure about the French Revolution but there is more than a whiff of populist revolt against the perceived elite either way unhappy times. Where there is a power vacuum the wrong type of people seem to step in. Thinking of everyone living through all this turmoil at present – seems a bitter social divide now exists in the UK, take care xx

  4. michaelblogt

    I live in Belgium but i have a British passport, or must i say a Scottish one. My father lived in Kirkliston before he came to live in Belgium after the war.
    I’ll be 60 years old this year and i never tought i ever would have to consider having a Belgian passport one day.
    Today i must say that i am ashamed of the result of the referendum. European union is not perfect, everyone knows that, but it’s better to try and change the system from within than getting out. The Brits expect to make compromises with the EU but that is not going to happen, it would make other countries try to take the same action, that’s what i read in the newspapers here in Belgium.
    I expect that the Scottish people will try to leave the UK and maybe the part of Ireland will follow.
    They have no idea about what they have done.
    Not talking about money or jobs here, they have devided the people….
    And that’s bad.

    • Maison Bentley Style

      The basic principal of the EU was good..making Europe a united front to tackle the might of America, but then the waters got muddied. But sadly we have gone for the jugular when only antibiotics were needed..we’ve cut off our nose to spite our face. It’s childish behaviour and now we have to accept the consequences. Maybe now we will become the tiny country we really are instead of always hitting above our prices will drop, the next generation can buy in London..if this forces us to stop the pretence maybe it will lead to a simpler life. Who knows, but the economy will have to adjust and so will spending, which will affect everyone.

  5. mrsjamesbarry

    I think that Cameron made a terrible error in ever deciding to appease the Tories who weren’t supporting him enough with the promise of a referendum. An independence referendum in Scotland is inevitable and they will leave the UK this time. History will judge Cameron a fool and the man responsible for breaking up the UK. Shameful day.