Showing posts from July, 2016

Pizza and Coke and Programmers

My post today is about programmers and pizza and Coke. I just realized why programmers are  always eating pizza and drinking copious amounts of Coke-a-Cola. It's not that we like pizza or Coke particularly. Although they are both very pleasant things. Possibly not so good for the middle-aged waistline as for the young lad that I used to be, and living the married life my routine is dictated by children and wife. I noticed that the morning session is by far the best for productivity. Come lunch-time living in Iberia we normally have a siesta. This is in part due to the large amount of carbs in the lunch time meal. Quite often, when deadlines that time I have tried to work through this period.  Quite often with disastrous results - either I write terrible code,  or don't write anything at all. So the family's been away for the last couple of weeks,  and I have to get used to living like a teenager again. Now finally I see the benefit of the pizza and coke diet.

The UK missed a trick with EU institutions way back

So I wanted to write a quick summary of where we are at with the Brexit situation. I’m a committed European: my mother being Finnish and my father with his part-Irish ( and Indian ) heritage, I am an avid war-history reader and keen business person.  To me leaving the European Union is complete madness.   Since attaining adulthood I have always been saddened by the United Kingdom's reticence to join the institutions of Europe with real vigour. For example, I could not understand why London as the centre of global commerce would not to host the European Central Bank?  Similarly the United Kingdom with its long history of developing democracy and legislature not wish to be the home of the European Parliament or European Courts? When these were suggested in the ‘70s and ‘80s, why didn’t we say “Hey great idea this 'Euro' - let’s have the ECB in London”, or “You know what, European Court of Human Rights? - yeah bring it on - we’ve got some lovely old buildings here in