May you live in interesting times

Purporting to be a blessing, which is in fact a curse, it seems that truly we are now living in interesting times.

First, in the UK we have Brexit. We have voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, the vote after 23 June 2016 were for leaving the EU 52% to 48%! The reality is we have left behind what we know and are now moving into a period of uncertainty.

Second, the next president of the United States in Donald Trump. Regardless of what you think of him, its now an unknown time, he is no experienced politician with a considered manner, instead he has a penchant for driving policy announcements via twitter. And in November 2016 more voters voted for Clinton, but Trump won the Electroral College votes, so is now a 70 year old president-in-waiting.

The saying may be apocryphal, in the UK is known as the “Chinese curse”, but has no real grounding in the East, but may have originated from Chamberlin’s 19th century speech:

“I think that you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times. I never remember myself a time in which our history was so full, in which day by day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety”.

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Its common era mate

You can find out what generation you are by the response of a different generation to you. So it was that in a recent conversation I find out i’d been missing a whole junk of cultural changes, that no longer do years go BC and AD, apparently now its Common Era and BCE or “Before Common Era”.

Well why not have a TLA (three-letter acronym) if you’re changing history. But apparently we are not, ‘cos BCE replaces BC and Common Era replaces AD, so actually its just name calling that has changed. Oh well.

Written in 2015 common era.