Perfidious Albion and Brexit

I learned something today. I woke up with the phrase, “Perfidious Albion” , ringing around my head.

It’s a very old-fashioned term. It’s a term of disparagement used in the past by those irritating, continental Jonnies and the ungrateful empire. I’ve never really understood what it meant nor bothered to find out…

Until I woke up this morning with the phrase, “Perfidious Albion” , ringing around my head.

WikiPedia has it as:

An anglophobic pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations and diplomacy to refer to alleged acts of diplomatic sleights, duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to perceived promises made to or alliances formed with other nation states) by monarchs or governments of the UK (or England prior to 1707) in their pursuit of self-interest.

Perfidious signifies one who does not keep his faith or word (from the Latin word perfidia), while Albion is an ancient and now poetic name for Great Britain.

It all comes down to our system of government. Each election creates a new government that is not beholden to previous laws or treaties. I can renege on previous agreements at will, without cause for feeling guilt or need for reparation. That is our system of democracy. That is our DNA. We are perfidious!

That’s who we are and how we are seen by the rest of the world and, in Brexit, we are reverting to the old ways, sticking two fingers up to the world and telling them to lump it.

But the world has changed. We are a very clever and resourceful island, but the rest of the world has caught up –  the rest of the world is very clever and resourceful too – and more numerous.

Brexit will leave us with no friends and a confused world wondering if there is any point in making new trade deals with us, if we are only going to tear them up and ignore them in a few year’s time.

In the EC, we were beginning to grow up as a nation, learning to co-operate, not to go barging in with guns blazing and holding interminable royal inquiries afterwards. Yes, Europe has many flaws and is hideously undemocratic, but that was meant to be our role, to bring honesty and democracy to the EC. We blew that, had a referendum and decided to throw the toys out of the pram for any reason other than the ones that actually matter.

We now, as a country, look like that old man in a baseball cap, who was filmed in a pub, during the referendum, with tears in his eyes and very few teeth, whining, “I want my country back!” He looked stupid and irrelevant then as we are being to look stupid and irrelevant now.

And we are being led by a a “Stupid Woman”. One who sets red lines before negotiations, One who continues not to govern the country, allowing it to fall to pieces in favour of a pipe dream of her Brexit.

A leader who continues to make promises and statements only to break them and renege on them months later – it is her way. Perhaps she is the perfect, perfidious leader for Perfidious Albion, as we untie ourselves from reality and go floating of into a dream of Victorian Empire and Devil take care.

I didn’t vote for this – and I don’t think anyone else did either.

Euclid in Amazon top 50 math books

I was aimlessly looking at Amazon ratings this morning when I noticed one stat was looking quite good. My book, Euclid, the Man who Invented Geometry is in the to p 50 children’s math books – number 37 today, in fact.

Being number one would be terrific, is I need some help to get there. If you have this book or have read it, then I’d be most grateful if you would leave a review on Amazon for me.

What would boost the position, of course is if lots of people were to buy the book!

Euclid, The Man Who Invented Geometry came about when I discovered that a school banned the use of compasses because of health and safety implications – they have a sharp point! The education implication was that the children had no idea how to draw a circle or construct shapes from geometric principles. I’m sure that drawing shapes and bisecting angles in geometry played as much a part in my drawing g skills as did any art lesson.

I made a series of videos about Euclid, where he became a slightly eccentric character explaining his theories  to his friends. Because his friends were with not very bright or not very cooperative, Euclid had to work from basic principles and bring them along with his ideas – step by step – the Axiomatic approach.

Having made the videos, I realised that the script worked as the text to a book, so I put it all together and published it as my first independent book – and very proud I was too!

To have got it up to number 37 in the Amazon rankings with very little publicity is amazing and makes me realise I should maybe add a little effort to push it up a bit further.

So please follow the links and leave a review or buy a copy for a struggling mathematician who needs a different approach to the subject or for a genius mathematician who needs a little light relief – we all need that from time to time!

100% 5 star reviews! What do they say so far?

Great book

Can’t be beat to introduce kids to Euclid and Eclidian geometry.

At last, a book that is fun and informative.

This is the perfect introduction to geometry principles for my 5yr old. He absolutely loves the characters and videos; It makes me wish there were more.

Love it! My sons are drawing up a geometric storm!

Over 43 Last Minute Christmas Drawing Ideas

If you are panicking and need to draw something christmassy for a card or decoration, fear not here are forty three last-minute Christmas Drawing Ideas for you. Forty one in the top video and two more below. Here’s the link to the playlist for all the videos.