Friday, June 24, 2016

EU Referendum - Final results are in

Brexit it is. UK votes to leave EU after 43 years in historic referendum.


Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.


UPDATE:

Brexit: David Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU

Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, he said he would attempt to "steady the ship" over the coming weeks and months but that "fresh leadership" was needed.

The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK's "independence day".

The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results.


Also, View yesterday's polling day updates.

EU Referendum - June 23, Remain or Leave

I'm following the polls, the EU Referendum in the UK where results are coming in just as we speak.

The results so far as at 6:40AM London time is as follows:


If you are interested here's where you can follow the latest results as well.

A Summary from the website..

o Polls have closed in a referendum on whether the UK remains a member of the EU or leaves

o Around 46.5m people were registered to vote in what is the third nationwide referendum in UK history

o Votes will be counted at 382 local counting areas in the UK and Gibraltar

o Individual areas' results will be declared throughout the night, along with results from 11 national and regional centres

o Electoral Commission estimates a final result "around breakfast time" on Friday

o See referendum results as they come in


The first result to be declared comes from Gibraltar. And Gibraltar has voted overwhelmingly in favour of Britain remaining in the European Union.


Gibraltar's chief minister votes
Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has voted, accompanied by his wife Justine - and huge interest from the Spanish media.


Gibraltar, is a British overseas territory at the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula and has around 30,000 residents. It's has also been a British territory since 1713, though Spain continues to claim sovereignty over the territory. But, the majority of Gibraltarians are British citizens with British passports. 84% of Gibraltarians turned up to vote in the EU referendum. 19,322 checked the box to stay in the EU and 823 voted to leave. Who are the Gibraltar 823?

Where is Gibraltar?


A few of the results:

- Watford votes to Leave

- Sunderland votes Leave

- And more Leave votes coming in

• Blackpool
• Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire
• Uttlesford, Essex

- More Remain votes coming in

Hammersmith and Fulham, London
• Remain 56,188 (70.02%)
• Leave 24,054 (29.98%)


Moray
• Remain 24,111 (50.12%)
• Leave 23,992 (49.88%)

- Both Lambeth and Wandsworth have voted to remain in the EU.

- Glasgow votes Remain. First result from a big Scottish city comes in for Remain.

- Burnley votes to Leave.

- Swansea backs Brexit
Swansea has backed Leave. Here are the details:
• Remain: 58,307 (48.49%)
• Leave: 61,936 (51.51%)
Turnout: 120,243 (69.52%)

- Belfast West votes to Remain

- City of London votes to Remain - The turnout for the City of London was 73.58%.



- Dundee votes Remain

- Swindon votes Leave

Swindon has voted by a majority in favour of leaving the EU. Here are the figures:
• Remain: 51,220
• Leave: 61,745
• Turnout: 76%

- Isles of Scilly votes Remain


- Newcastle votes Remain
Newcastle declares its result - and narrowly comes out in support of Remain. Here's the breakdown:
• Total ballots counted: 129,072
• Remain: 65,404
• Leave: 63,598
• Turnout: 68%

- Orkney Islands votes Remain




Other snippets..

'Huge swing for the pound'
Traders have been reacting to that violent move for the pound after the results from Newcastle and Sunderland.

"It was a huge swing for the pound - something we virtually never see. The move was bigger than the pound dropped on Black Wednesday," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.

"Nervousness is palpable in the markets as there is the potential that assets have been wildly mispriced. Investors were a little too complacent and if we do see a vote out we will see moves well beyond this," he added.



Pound is being 'killed' on the markets
"These moves are concerning and bring back pretty painful memories of 2008," said Jeremy Cook, chief economist at World First.

Pretty good illustration of the results so far. A tweet in reference to the final result:

'projection for the final result looks something like this.' Clever.


Oxford count stalled after councillor ejected



Oxford City Councillor Mike Rowley was restrained by door staff at Oxford Town Hall when he was refused entry to the EU referendum count

Rain stops voting
BBC South's political correspondent Peter Henley tweets that some commuters say problems on Southern Trains stopped them getting home in time to vote.

Torrential rain caused disruption on the railways in the South East, with travellers from Waterloo and on the London to Brighton line affected.



Anxious wait at campaign HQs...
With a long night ahead, a photographer at Remain HQ rests his feet while he awaits news

Even Lindsay Lohan is watching..

An unlikely referendum-watcher?

The American actress Lindsay Lohan appears to be taking a keen interest in the referendum results from across the pond.

So far she has thanked us for our primers on UK geography and has warned of the effects on small businesses.


Campaign literature: A challenge for librarians
Now that so much campaign literature and political debate is produced and takes place online, libraries face different challenges in capturing and archiving it.

Curator Daniel Payne explains how the LSE Library is collecting ephemera relating to the referendum.


Brexit Tories urge Cameron to remain PM
Eighty four Conservative MPs who campaigned for the UK to leave the EU have written to David Cameron urging him to remain PM, whatever the result.

Referendum result - who's watching?

Google is tracking global interest in the referendum, with a map showing where it is being searched - the darker the colour, the more search interest. Predictably, there's strongest interest in the UK and Europe, but also in other parts of the English speaking world, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


Top Cities searching EU Referendum



David and Samantha Cameron have cast their EU referendum votes in London.


More photos..

Flooding at Uxbridge, West London


Counting begins in Gibraltar

Ballot boxes are on their way for counting at the university in Gibraltar. About 23,000 UK citizens in the British overseas territory were eligible to vote.


Vote counters at the ready
With voting closed, counting can begin. In Swansea, 150 counters are primed and ready for the first ballot boxes to arrive.

Quirky Polling Station
As well as dogs, another traditional feature of polling day are pictures of quirky voting venues. In Croydon, south London, a garage has been turned into a polling station - and, as an added bonus, there are two dogs waiting outside.


Chelsea pensioners out in force


Relaxing in Gibraltar...
There's been fine weather in much of the UK today but some areas, including the south east of England, have been deluged with rain.

So spare a thought for the folk of Gibraltar, where many EU referendum voters have been enjoying a sunny afternoon after a trip to the polling station.


On the buses - Some voters in Kingston-upon-Hull get to cast their vote on a bus.

Another Polling Station

Voting across Scotland
Voting in the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union has begun.

Polling places across the country will be open until 22:00, with the final result said to be expected at "breakfast time" on Friday.

The ballot box for the Hebridean island of Gigha - where there are 122 voters - was transported to the island by the Loch Ranza ferry on Tuesday.



All images here are from BBC.com

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day to You

To All Fathers out there..



Plus, it's Summertime if you are in the northern hemisphere. So..

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Top 10 Budget Travel Tips for an Ultimate Kuala Lumpur Experience

PETRONAS Twin Towers
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Kuala Lumpur is definitely one of the must-visit cities in Southeast Asia. Its unique blend of multiculturism makes it an exciting and vibrant city to explore.

The people you will meet, the places you will see, the food you will taste, the shopping for exciting retail therapy, the nightlife to experience in this bustling city that almost never sleeps can keep any traveller happily occupied and entertained wherever the interests may lie!

Some may find Kuala Lumpur slightly more expensive than most other cities in Southeast Asia, however, there are ways to make your visit more affordable. Here are 10 Budget Travel Tips for an Ultimate KL Experience.

1). Stay at hostels around Bukit Bintang or Chinatown for cheaper accommodation. Dorm rooms can be found from RM20 – RM45 per night, while budget hotels can cost anything between RM90 to over RM100. Check out HostelWorld to see the available hostels around the city.

2). Utilise public transportation in the city. Kuala Lumpur offers easy access to plenty of public transportation including the Light Rail Transit (LRT) or Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems where fares start from RM2, buses from RM1 and the GO-KL free bus service that takes you around the major landmarks in Kuala Lumpur including the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower.

3). Experience the local street food that only costs from RM5 – RM15 per meal. Visit the mamaks for Indian food, warungs for Malay dishes and the street hawkers in Chinatown for Chinese street food. Another recommended street food venue that is popular with tourists and locals alike is Jalan Alor (Alor Street) - located off Jalan Bukit Bintang. Here you will find a variety of Asian food from RM10 – RM45 per meal.

4). Shop at Sungei Wang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square for great prices for clothes, shoes and bags. Clothes from as low as RM10 are also available here! Looking for affordable grooming services including manicure, pedicure and hair salon services? Sungei Wang Plaza is where to look. Wigs too as well, of course.

Chinatown
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5). Chinatown is not to be missed when in Kuala Lumpur. More shopping opportunity here. Central Market is another place not to be missed if you are looking for souvenirs. When shopping in these two places, time to exercise your bargaining skill. A must try in Chinatown is the street food and a chance to sit back and take in the sights and sounds of a bustling Chinatown.

For a bit of local culture, the vicinity of Chinatown has two nice temples to visit. One is a Chinese temple, the other an Indian temple.

6). Look for the free things to do in the city including free movie screenings. This happens every Monday evening at Publika, or head on over to Pisco’s Bar for their free foreign movie screenings on Tuesdays. If it's art you are interested in, head on to the Petronas Art Gallery at Suria KLCC for some Contemporary Art appreciation. Entrance is free.

7). Experience the nightlife in Changkat even when you’re pinching pennies, there are many clubs and bars that do not charge entry fees and offer free drinks for the ladies every day of the week. Visit Sky Bar at Traders Hotel for a fantastic clubbing experience with view of the entire city for free!

8). Visit the Petronas Twin Towers and experience the view from 1,500 meters high on the deck of the skybridge. Entry costs RM85 per person, but the view is well worth the price, especially at night. Kuala Lumpur Tower also offers a fantastic view at 790 feet above the ground, along with other fun activities for both adults and children. Ticket prices start from RM32 (depending on the package).

9). Check out cultural heritage sites such as Batu Caves, Sri Mahamariaman Hindu Temple, National Mosque (Masjid Negara), Little India and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple that won’t cost you a dime.

10). If a park visit is on your itinerary, enjoy a day in the sun at the Lake Gardens (known as Taman Botani Perdana in the local Malay language) that also houses the KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park and KL Deer Park. Admission to the Lake Gardens is free. Entrance fee of RM45 and RM18 respectively for the KL Bird Park and KL Butterfly Park.

KL Bird Park
Source: Wikipedia

There you have it, Top 10 Budget Travel Tips for an Ultimate Kuala Lumpur Experience!

Kuala Lumpur is a relatively safe city. However, best to take necessary safety precautions as you would anywhere else. Commonsense prevails always. Also, as travelers in a foreign land, it is always advisable to have a carbon copy of your passport with you at all times while the original copy is safe somewhere else such as in a hotel safe. It’s also advisable for you to carry less cash and use your use your travel credit card for your expenses. Besides, you get to earn rewards points and cashbacks!

Visit CompareHero.my blog for more financial tips and advice.

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Snow White

If you are in the market for an electric guitar, this james hetfield Snakebyte guitar is probably what you are looking for.

A custom body and headstock designed by James, the modified EX Series axe features an all-mahogany body and 24.75" scale set neck, ebony fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets, and lethal EMG active humbucking pickups - an EMG 60 in the neck position, and an EMG 81 at the bridge.

The Snakebyte comes with a vipers nest of high-end appointments, including Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, and a TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece.

People who have bought this guitar find it fun to play, gives a good feel, good pick up, has a good tone and has solid electronics to name just a few.


Hetfield, the man himself performing with Metallica during Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 9, 2015.
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