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Ideas Please!

Hi everyone. I wanted to know what you would like me to do on my blog. I know I haven’t posted much lately, and the reason for that is in my other post a few hours ago. You can view it here along with my post on Brexit. I wanted to ask you what you want me to post. I am already working on an article for VR. It’ll be out in a while. I’m also working on an FPS in Unity. Check out my other games hereVote on the poll below, and also write in the comments. Should I write about tech, just whatever catches my fancy (or what you want me to)? Should I do more literature, like my book review on Eragon (here), or another short story (like the ones here)? Should I start making tutorials on how to code (I do know a few languages)? Put your opinions down in the comments, and feel free to tell what exactly in tech you want me to do, but only stuff I can do online because I can’t review stuff I have to buy, or what kind of short story I should write. You can even put in a a line or phrase you think the story should start with, or contain, or revolve around. I’ll try my best. As for now, that’s all. Write in the comments, and please follow my blog by pressing that follow button on the sidebar.

The Brexit Breakdown

I had to do this for my homework, and since I liked it I decided to upload it on this blog. I know I haven’t posted something in quite a whie but I had so much going on, what with school homework, my tution homework, trying to write a post on VR tech (Should be coming soon), and making a game by myself in Unity. If you havent already, check out the games I have already made here. They are all just tutorial games from Unity, and it goes to them, I just made it and uploaded it. I also went to Unity’s Roadshow in New Delhi. LOADS of fun by the way. You know what? I might even write on that. Anyhow, lets get on with the article.

UK’s decision to leave the EU is undoubtedly one of the most controversial so far. Termed Brexit, this is a highly debated topic and one which can have worldwide repercussions. Let’s look at the facts and figures of the vote, as well as a region-wise breakdown of the referendum that took place on 23 June.

Facts and figures

The UK as a whole

The turnout for this referendum was 71.8%, with over 30 million people casting a vote. This is the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election. This goes to show how much this was valued, and how critical a decision it was. Nearly everyone of voting age had a choice. Leave won the vote with 51.9% to 48.1%.

Brexit Regional Breakdown
A breakdown of Brexit votes both for and against, categorised regionally.

Wales

In Wales, Leave won with 52.5% to 47.5%. The irony here comes in when one sees that Wales receives more from Brussels as part of the EU than it puts in, a net benefit estimated at $325 million per year. EU funding has created nearly 37,000 new jobs for Welsh workers, and has helped more than 556000 into work training. With Britain exiting the EU, it will have to deal with many regions that have EU sized expectations, which will be difficult to deal with considering that Brexit may well cause an economic depression.

Northern Ireland

Like Wales, Northern Ireland is also heavily EU dependent for subsidies, and nearly 90% of its farmer’s income is EU money. More intelligently in the opinion of some, Northern Ireland voted to Remain, with 55.8%. Also, as Northern Ireland was formed due to Protestant and Catholic divisions in the 1920s, it remained with the UK. However, there is still a sizeable Catholic population pushing for Irish reunification. Before, with Britain in the EU, there was not much need for real borders between Ireland and its northern counterpart. The Brexit vote puts this in jeopardy.

Scotland

Scotland is a much more immediate risk, and voted for Remain heavily, with 62% of their population thinking that the EU is more of a boon than a bane. Apart from being heavily pro-European, Scotland is also heavily pro-UK; an opinion very well heard when 55% of Scots decided to remain in the UK less than 2 years ago. An independent Scotland would have to rely heavily on oil sales for their economy, which isn’t doing as well as before.

England

In its finality, the Brexit vote was decided by the UK, which makes up 84% of UK’s overall 64.1 million population and therefore had much more of an impact on the vote than the rest of the regions combined. Both migration and finances are valid concerns for UK, and longstanding ones. To address these concerns, PM David Cameron even renegotiated the UKs membership in the EU a few months ago. Still, it was inadequate to placate the English, who voted 53.4% to leave.

London

This may be a surprise, but London is strongly pro-European, and comparable to an island in the ocean of the anti-EU sentiments of England, and 60% of Londoners voted to Remain. London makes up just 12.5 % of the UKs population, but contributes to 22% of UKs overall GDP. Another point to note is that London is home to 37% of those who live in the UK but were born abroad, which can explain quite a bit of the vote.

UK may have voted to leave EU, but the actual exit process will include negotiations about UKs relation with the rest of the EU, and won’t happen until the coming autumn. This has also given some regions reasons to look for life beyond the UK. The think tank Open Europe predicted that in the worst case, UKs GDP will go down by 2.2% by 2030, and a best case scenario says that it will rise by 1.6% in the same period. Some decisions should be taken with a long term perspective in mind, and this has shown that people don’t always bear that in mind.

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My Favourite Poems

I’m a great fan of English literature, as you probably know. I have my own list of poems that I like and I thought that I’d post it on this blog. So now, let’s get cracking!

If – Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Brook – Alfred Lord Tennyson

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip’s farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

Charge of The Light Brigade – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.
Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
   All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
   Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
   Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
   Left of six hundred.
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
   All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
   Noble six hundred!

More About People – Ogden Nash

When people aren’t asking questions
They’re making suggestions
And when they’re not doing one of those
They’re either looking over your shoulder or stepping on your toes
And then as if that weren’t enough to annoy you
They employ you
Anybody at leisure
Incurs everybody’s displeasure
It seems to be very irking
To people at work to see other people not working
So they tell you that work is wonderful medicine
Just look at Firestone and Ford and Edison
And they lecture you till they’re out of breath or something
And then if you don’t succumb they starve you to death or something
All of which results in a nasty quirk
That if you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work