Today’s Trivia

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Paris is often referred to as “The City of Light” (“La Ville-Lumière”), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. (Source)

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It pays to be paranoid

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These are legal in New Zealand (with an E cat FAL)

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New Zealand v Wales Game 3

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Please keep the rugby related chats and scores out of Backchat, even when the game is over.  Some people may still want to watch it delayed so let’s not spoil their day.

As per usual, guess the final score before the game starts, and if you’re closest, you get bragging rights for the week.  Read more »

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Latest news headlines from Reuters

Key tries to calm down the Brex-panic

The Brexit uncertainty has hit the financial markets, but more so because none of them were hedging against this result and so the dumping has been epic.

Prime Minister John Key says markets will come to terms with Britain’s decision to exit the EU, come back to a normalised state and then settle.

The United Kingdom yesterday voted to leave the European Union (EU) after a historic referendum.

Speaking in Auckland this afternoon, Mr Key said New Zealand companies should not worry about anything for now, re-negotiation obviously would take a while.

He said the government has had assurances from both Britain and the European Union that there will be no change in access for New Zealand goods or people until new conditions are negotiated.

The move by Britain to leave the European Union shocked global markets and caused the British pound to plummet to its lowest point against the US since 1985.

Mr Key said New Zealand would not be directly affected by the move, and the uncertainty in the markets that the British withdrawal had caused was likely to be the most immediate impact.

The markets appear to have overreacted but that was because they were surprised by the result. Britain won’t actually start to leave the EU for at least a few months, and then the process is one that takes some years. All of this means that today’s drops are about speculators minimising their losses rather than a loss of faith in the fundamentals of the British economy.

Give it a little while and the markets will be jumping back in on the good bargains sitting around. Read more »

EU reacts with petulance, exactly like Brexit campaigners predicted

The EU technocrats have reacted badly to a sovereign nation exercising its democratic rights.

A senior EU leader has confirmed the bloc wants Britain out as soon as possible, warning that David Cameron’s decision to delay the start of Brexit negotiations until his successor is in place may not be fast enough.

Cameron announced on Friday morning that he would step down as prime minister by the autumn, after the British public caused a political earthquake by voting 52%-48% to leave the European Union.

Martin Schulz, the president of the European parliament, told the Guardian that EU lawyers were studying whether it was possible to speed up the triggering of article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – the untested procedure for leaving the union.

As the EU’s institutions scrambled to respond to the bodyblow of Britain’s exit, Schulz said uncertainty was “the opposite of what we need”, adding that it was difficult to accept that “a whole continent is taken hostage because of an internal fight in the Tory party”.

“I doubt it is only in the hands of the government of the United Kingdom,” he said. “We have to take note of this unilateral declaration that they want to wait until October, but that must not be the last word.”

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Get ready for Nexit, Frexit and ItaLeave

After the result of the EU referendum in the UK there are now calls for the Netherlands, France and Italy to also have referenda on the issue.

The plague is spreading.

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union fired up populist eurosceptic parties across the continent on Friday (Saturday NZ Time), giving fresh voice to their calls to leave the bloc or its euro currency.

Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France demanded referendums on membership of the union, while Italy’s 5-Star movement said it would pursue its own proposal for a vote on the euro.

Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, said he would make a Dutch referendum on EU membership a central theme of his campaign to become prime minister in next year’s parliamentary election.

“I congratulate the British people for beating the political elite in both London and Brussels and I think we can do the same,” Wilders told Reuters. “We should have a referendum about a ‘Nexit’ as soon as possible.”

On Thursday (Friday NZT), Britons voted to leave the 28-nation EU, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.

“There is no future any more (for the EU),” Wilders said.   Read more »