Oh Brexit, Brexit, Brexit – so good they named it? This sentence makes no sense nor does the current Brexit position. Here in Britain we a currently the laughing stock of most the rest of the world. However, the one good thing that can be taken from the debacle in the House of Commons this week is that our elected representatives probably adequately reflect the mood in the country at the moment. We all know what we don’t like but we just can’t agree on what we do like. In a funny way that is rather reassuring. All over the place Brexit preparations are under way and grand plans are being rolled out. All of them, of course, are hopelessly optimistic in the their goals and painfully lacking in any real chance of delivering as they have all been left far too late. On the 30th of March we’ll all be in the same boat and then perhaps minds may well be concentrated to find some solution to this mess. Perhaps the greatest sign of hubris has been Michel Barnier taking a lap of honour for the great job he has done for the European Union. There is talk of him replacing Jean Claude Juncker which I suspect may well get filed in the same file as the election of President Macron being the saviour of the EU. Life has a funny way of bursting bubbles.
Away from Brexit the winter grinds on in a grey dull way. On the TV there are reports of incredible amounts of snow falling in central Europe but here in the East Midlands all we have got are grey skies and the occasional drizzle. For reason best known to other people we don’t really do excessive weather in this part of the world – when storms ravage the west of Britain we might get a few fence panels blown over. Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining too much but it does mean the opportunities to get and make some photographs that interest me is a bit limited at the moment so I have to make the most of the opportunities when they present themselves. So here are a selection from the last week or so when the cloud has parted and some sun has appeared, even for a short time, to lighten an otherwise dull day.