Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Brexit meets Bake Off

According to the Express yesterday:

JACOB REES-MOGG has savaged the High Court’s ruling Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50 alone, as the leading Brexit campaigner said Parliament passed the Referendum Bill knowing EU-exit would be exercised immediately.

This rather reminds me of Channel Four’s purchase of the Great British Bake Off. Yes, they bought the rights to the programme,

Read more… Brexit meets Bake Off

Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Working on dual citizenship

Even if I were to hear today that the whole Brexit thing was off (just pretend, of course) I would not be stopping my application for dual citizenship (GB/IT). For those with a choice, who would want to be limited to a country that is sliding into little (white) British insularity? Led as it is by buffoons

Read more… Working on dual citizenship

Friday November 4th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

All change

Bear with me – the original purpose of this blog has faded, so it’s going to go through a few changes. If the appearance is wrong, let me know!

In the meantime, the might be a bit to see at site I have for my acoustic blues, namely alexwildingblooz.com, so you can have a look at what’s going

Read more… All change

Thursday July 14th, 2016. Posted by Alex:

Boris’ shameless fakery

Ask a guitarist if you don’t at first see how well this sums #BorisJohnson up. Pretender,

Read more… Boris’ shameless fakery

Tuesday October 6th, 2015. Posted by Alex:

I forgot – it’s POOR people who have to work like Chinese, isn’t it?

So Jeremy Hunt thinks (Guardian) that a hefty reduction in the incomes of low earners will encourage them to work hard, like the Chinese, and give them self-respect. He says that ““It matters if you are earning that yourself, because if you are earning it yourself you are independent and that is the first step towards

Read more… I forgot – it’s POOR people who have to work like Chinese, isn’t it?

Wednesday August 6th, 2014. Posted by Alex:

Is the SIAE as bad as they say – Part 2?

So far, in spite of a repeated inquiry, the SIAE have failed to reply. Simona, manager of the “venue” has not been given the money back, although there is some vague talk (that I don’t understand) about offsetting the mistaken payment against future events.

I have therefore written yet again, pointing out that

Is the SIAE as bad as they say – Part 2?

Wednesday June 25th, 2014. Posted by Alex:

Is the SIAE as bad as they say?

If you happen to have ploughed through http://alex-wilding.com/2014/03/busking-in-italy/ you will not be surprised about the resentment felt by many musicians regarding the SIAE (the Italian copyright-collecting agency). In the past, this had been a matter of stories that I had heard, but now I am in the middle of direct experience. We

Read more… Is the SIAE as bad as they say?

Sunday March 23rd, 2014. Posted by Alex:

Busking in Italy

This post began as a response, on a closed Facebook group, to a question about busking in Italy. By the time I’d written it I realised that I have collected a fair amount of information and it might be worthwhile “putting it out there”. On the other hand, I am well aware that there are things

Read more… Busking in Italy

Monday June 17th, 2013. Posted by Alex:

What’s holding Britain down isn’t benefits. It’s low pay

This article in the Guardian, in which Zoe Williams gives us some of David Schweickart’s thinking, is one of the most thoughtful contributions to the economy debate I’ve seen for a while.

Repeat after me 7 times in fast succession:

The way to make work pay is to pay for the work at a rate that makes the

Read more… What’s holding Britain down isn’t benefits. It’s low pay

Monday April 15th, 2013. Posted by Alex:

The Thatcher funeral

I am a free citizen of the United Kingdom. The police have no business whatsoever telling me whether and when to stand to attention, sit, wave, smile, salute, two-finger salute, hiss or boo. And they certainly have no business at all telling me which way I should face.

This has nothing to do with “respect for the

Read more… The Thatcher funeral