A Message From Uncle Ebeneezer

@WorDazza (10106)
Manchester, England
November 15, 2016 3:00pm CST
In the days since the UK electorate voted to leave the EU pretty much any bad news has been blamed on that decision. I'm prepared to buy some of it such as the weakening of the pound and the uncertain financial markets but it's fast becoming a convenient excuse for anyone who finds things aren't going their way. If the Jackson 5 made a comeback, apart from having to re-brand as The Jackson 4, they would no longer be blaming it on the boogie. Oh no! It would almost certainly be Brexit. Anyway, I digress slightly. I was reading an article on the BBC website about the potential effect Brexit could have on the European Christmas markets that pop up in many UK cities during the festive season. The fear is that the falling value of the pound, potential future difficulties in obtaining work permits and the supposed degeneration of the UK into a permanent country-wide meeting of the KKK since the referendum would put off traders from coming. Oh dear! Will that mean I won't get to experience the joys of being crushed to death while trying to buy cheap rubbish at ridiculously inflated prices from surly Eastern European stallholders and being charged a fortune to drink a beer in the freezing rain of a Manchester evening? Christmas just won't be the same!!
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@xFiacre (4414)
• Ireland
15 Nov 16
@wordazza We would be far better off buying our own cheap tat rather than someone else's.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
Exactly! Although I have a sneaking suspicion we may already be doing that at these so-called European markets.I don't think I've ever seen anything on the stalls that I couldn't get in a shop in the UK.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
They seem to be so eager to apportion blame to Brexit, yet the chance of Brexit actually taking place is becoming less every day. How can they blame something that they are not allowing to happen?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
If we do leave then it will be such a fudged compromise that it won't even resemble leaving and we'll probably end up worse off than we were. At the time of the referendum I saw a youtube video of some guy who was claiming the result was fixed for Brexit so the powers that be could scare the life out of us as to how bad it was all going to be so we'd go scurrying back to the EU, take the Euro and be sucked ever deeper into the murky quagmire of European integration. I put him down as a tin-foil hat wearer but I'm not so sure now!
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
@WorDazza The compromise that you suggest is far too likely. By the time that the government and the House of Lords have set their conditions, it will constitute Brexit on paper only.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
@Asylum We'll probably end up essentially still being members of the EU but with none of the advantages.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
16 Nov 16
I thought that more tourists would come to spend the last day of the year in London if the pound drops. Italy loved to devalue the Italian Lira to attract tourists. Now that they (foolishly) decided to switch to the Euro cannot do that little trick anymore and Italy is in a very bad shape.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 16
Well this is one of the reasons I voted for the UK to leave the EU. I could see us eventually getting sucked into the Euro and losing that ability to take some control over our economy by allowing our currency to fluctuate. Although it could be worse for Italy. They could be Greece!!
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
24 Nov 16
@WorDazza The freedom to devalue the Lira (the Dracma for Greece and Pesetas for Spanish) was a great boost for the tourism in those countries. They also played with their currency to be more competitive when they needed to export more. Italy has gone all the way down since we joined the EU. It was a lot better before, middle class is disappearing and there are more and more poor people in Italy.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 16
@LadyDuck I think this is one of the major downsides to European financial integration which people lose sight of. The economies of individual European countries are so different it's impossible to implement a fiscal policy that benefits everyone. What is right for an industrial powerhouse with a falling population like Germany is not going to be right for a country that relies heavily on tourism like Greece or Spain. Youth unemployment is currently running at around 50% in Spain. But it would seem people would rather have cheaper mobile phone calls and data tariffs in Europe and would rather not have to queue at airport passport control than see young people in Spain have jobs.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov 16
It's an ill wind..... And be careful what you wish for - it still might all happen.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
A December wind in Manchester is most definitely ill.
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@pgntwo (21646)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
15 Nov 16
Oh, you silver-tongued devil, you!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
That has often been said about me!!
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@pgntwo (21646)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
16 Nov 16
@WorDazza T'is true, as I live and breathe!
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@Corbin5 (105919)
• United States
15 Nov 16
Sounds like a comfy and cozy Christmas, with a chance to focus on the real meaning of the holiday, would result if traders do not come. Nice.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
Fortunately Mrs WorDazza doesn't get drawn in by such nonsense so we tend to avoid it all anyway. I'd be perfectly happy spending Christmas in a remote cottage somewhere in the Scottish Highlands miles from any shops.
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@MALUSE (40032)
• Germany
16 Nov 16
Come to Germany. Nearly each town has a Christmas market. The real thing! :-)
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov 16
I suspect they are somewhat more authentic in Germany. The brilliant German comedian Henning Wehn, after visiting a German Christmas market in the UK, said that he was amazed at how many of his countrymen could speak fluent Albanian!!
@MALUSE (40032)
• Germany
17 Nov 16
@WorDazza Do tell me why you find Henning Wehn brilliant. I can't stand the man.
@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov 16
@MALUSE I just find his observations on British life from a German perspective pretty funny.
@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
16 Nov 16
Does this mean you won't use the Euro as a form of currency any more?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
We never have done in the UK. About the only sensible thing the government did during that period was to refuse to be tied into the Euro.
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@FayeHazel (17912)
• United States
16 Nov 16
@WorDazza Oh wow, I didn't know that. So at least that won't change...
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov 16
@FayeHazel The only real change so far has been the value of the pound has fallen against the Euro and the Dollar but it's slowly clawing its way back up so I doubt there'll be any long term damage. In any case it makes British exports cheaper so it's not all bad.
@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
17 Nov 16
It seems that between Brexit and Donald Trump every bad turn in the world can be blamed on one or the other and sometimes both of them. I wonder what they will blame things on next year?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov 16
Well there are quite a few European elections next year so stand by!!
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 16
I've only been to a couple of these events, I wouldn't really miss them!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
17 Nov 16
I think they've become yet one more box to tick for the social media generation.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Nov 16
People over there blame everything on Brexit. Over here everything is blamed on the President, the current one or the recently elected one...
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Nov 16
... or the last one, or the one before that. There are people here who still blame Margaret Thatcher for anything and everything despite having had a left leaning government in place for 13 years between 1997 and 2010.
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@DaddyEvil (24657)
• Aurora, Missouri
25 Nov 16
I just have a question for you, WorDazza... are you one of the people who throw themselves into the Christmas holiday, or are you one of the more mellow people or possibly one of those who honestly dislikes Christmas?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
25 Nov 16
I can't stand the whole commercialisation thing that goes on and also the forced cheerfulness of many people at this time of year. What I like most about Christmas is that our offices shutdown for about a week and I've usually got so much holiday left that I have to use before the end of the year that I can usually finish work half way through December and not return until the new year. Other than that I can take it or leave it.
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@DaddyEvil (24657)
• Aurora, Missouri
25 Nov 16
@WorDazza Well, that is interesting! I happen to agree with you... Hmmm... I wonder if one of us should be very afraid?! LOL! This is the first time I have ever had excess vacation time. (Walmart recently changed how the associates earn vacation time... Actually, they changed a lot more than that, but the vacation changes were the ones that affected me the most.) I took a week and a half vacation in June? And then another week in August. I checked to see how much I had remaining a few days ago and was shocked! I have almost nine weeks of accrued vacation remaining with the fiscal year coming to an end in February. I have to use the remaining time, roll it into the next year or cash it out. (On top of that, my hire date is February 8, so more vacation piles on... LOL!) I am allowed to roll 80 hours into the next fiscal year. I am not allowed to take vacation from now until after the second week of January. I put in for the rest of January off, but was denied the last week. Two of the managers directly above me had already put in for the later week off, so I can't have it. That means I will roll the max allowed over into next year, and Walmart will simply cash out the rest of my accrued vacation. (I'd rather take it, but am not allowed to do so.) Pretty and I usually do a minimum of celebrations on Thanksgiving and Christmas... Neither one of us particularly care, but our family gripe (polite word there) if we don't do anything, although why it is their business is beyond me! Even when Pretty was young, she didn't particularly care about the holidays.,,, (I suppose I "infected" her with the "I don't give a dump." virus.)
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov 16
@DaddyEvil I suspect that might work for me and the dog but I'm not sure Mrs WorDazza would be prepared to give up her WorDazza time so easily!!
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
23 Nov 16
It's always interesting to me to hear what's going on in other countries, since I tend to hear way too much of President-elect Trump. I just wish your news was much better so I could be jealous!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 16
Well, believe it or not, there are many in the UK who blame Brexit for the USA election result!
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
27 Nov 16
@WorDazza I've heard that theory, among so many others. It feels like something is going on but none of us can really figure out exactly what happened. I guess time will tell the truth!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov 16
@CRK109 I don't think there's much more to it than people are just hacked off with politics and politicians at the moment.
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• New Delhi, India
17 Nov 16
We are also facing change of currency here in India...I think it is a wise step taken by the government. A little problem is worth the change
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• New Delhi, India
17 Nov 16
@WorDazza yes but if it is for some good it is worth all it. Can you tell me what actually happened in your country?
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• New Delhi, India
17 Nov 16
@WorDazza thanks for making me aware of this
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
18 Nov 16
@amitkokiladitya No problem.
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@Marty1 (33493)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Nov 16
@wordazza I hope Britain sorts out their problems with Brexit
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
28 Nov 16
I have a massive fear that what will be negotiated will be something that nobody wants.
@PatZAnthony (12616)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
23 Nov 16
Sounds like something worth avoiding, doesn't it? Notice how each year there is another group to blame for our woes?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
24 Nov 16
Human nature. Blame everyone but ourselves!!
@Inlemay (16512)
• South Africa
21 Nov 16
ha ha ha for the next 3 years the UK can blame everything on the Brexit
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 16
3 years? I don't think we'll be that lucky. The moaning will go on for much longer than that!!
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@stbrians (14854)
• Kakamega, Kenya
23 Nov 16
I Thought We Enter And Get Out Of Organizations Voluntarily