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Music – “The Brexit Song (Brexit Blues)” from The Brexit Song (Brexit Blues) by Isaac Adni. Released: 2016
On June 23rd, 2016, British citizens voted on the question, “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union (EU) or leave the European Union?”. 52% of votes were cast in favour of leaving the EU. The process of this “exit”, some say, may take more than two years to complete. The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union is widely known as “Brexit” (British Exit) The referendum caused a ricochet effect in global markets.
Due to a rather coincidental series of events, at around the same time as “Brexit” became a done deal, I was dealing with a curious problem of my own and wondering how it could be resolved. You see, I had reached the limits of shelf space I had previously assigned to cookbooks from the UK, not imagining that I would eventually have 116 from that part of the world. Pressed into two small shelves in the European section of The Great Hall of Cookbooks, lodged among their cohorts from France, Germany, Spain, etc. they were clearly in need of breathing room.
As a result, the only option was to remove them from The Great Hall and sequester them in the “annex”, a room across from The Great Hall, where they could enjoy two bookcases dedicated to their newly found isolation.
In the process of relocating them, I was suddenly struck by the peculiar timing of the move, coinciding as it was, with “Brexit“. Alas, they were forced to leave the “union“, by popular vote, so to speak, and are now more or less isolated from their previous compatriots. Mrs. Beeton, Jamie, Nigella, the Two Fat Ladies and others have bid “adieu”. There is no looking back.