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Below are our predictions for 2019. *These might change following political events such as Brexit being cancelled. (One can but hope).
2019 – The Year of Change - Hackwriters UK Predictions for the Year Ahead
Making predictions in this febrile climate of fear is a fool’s errand but for what it’s worth, this fool will follow the logic and try to make sense of the next twelve months.
If anyone has any sense (severely lacking in the UK) we would rescind Article 50 immediately and then have a new referendum sometime in the summer around the questions:
1: Remain forever and suck it up.
2: Leave with No Deal and face the consequences of financial catastrophe and insist that if the EU want a hard border in Northern Ireland they must come over and build it at their own cost. *And all the other border posts that will be needed and keep an army there to protect it. That should tie the 27 Countries up in discussions for a few years.
I can't believe Mrs May is still Prime Minister but as the Tories self-destruct all around her it looks like Corbyn will be the victor and scorched earth wreaker of havoc he has promised to be as the pound plummets and everything is nationalised. Most radical prediction will be the nationalisation of all the council houses bought by private buyers since 1987 at the same price they paid for them in the name of social cohesion. Two million homes and rising. This of course will lead to fantastic social unrest and as no one will have any jobs – there will plenty of time for rioting. A lot of rich Russians and Chinese will leave the UK hours before Corbyn is sworn in taking all their money with them as they don’t actually like Marxist economic theory in practice. *I believe a trillion pounds have left already.
Corbyn abolishes all university fees abolished (but 50% of Higher Education established are closed as many courses are deemed socially irrelevant or unacceptable in a 'Socialist' country). Special
Re-Education camps are to be set up in deprived areas led by Momentum.
Climate Change will continue but we will have a wet spring and summer with many crops ruined and some will claim this proves climate change doesn’t exist as wet summers are the norm.
The weather will rub salt into every Brit’s eyes as there will be nice hot weather in Europe from March 29th onwards but with a hard Brexit we cannot fly there as the EU won’t recognise our pilots licences or certify flightworthiness of the aircraft – in addition they will claim all British manufactured cars, trucks, clothes, food aren't made to EU standards anymore and will block sales of all UK goods.
May: Without British tourists in Spain the entire Spanish economy goes under and taxes rise by 25% to pay for all the Podemos social spending.
French border patrols increase as they are faced with thousands of Brits and Iranians in small rubber dingy's crossing the Channel to France to claim asylum and buy toilet paper now in short supply in the UK.
June: The UK will finally wake up to the fact that almost everything they eat, or drive is made in Europe and there will be half-hearted attempts of consumer boycotts of everything French or Belgian. Australia and South Africa attempt to fill the gaps but are reluctant due to the collapse in the pound – which falls to 80 cents against the US dollar. And one pound will be worth .65 Euros.
June 21st: There will be talk of a public lynching of Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage on Primrose Hill at the summer solstice. Richard Branson will make a second fortune selling tickets and TV rights to the event. Coldplay play live.
Corbyn's Government will no longer publish monthly unemployment figures. Universal Credit waiting time reduced to 15 weeks (critics who point out it used to be 4 weeks are sent to re-education camps). Toilet Paper is banned under environmental grounds.
July: EDF pulls the plug on building the nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point – even though PM Corbyn promises them £150 per megawatt hour. They use force majeure clause citing unsafe political and economic conditions. The UK will literally run out of electricity by 2025 except when the wind blows.
August: The wind stops blowing. People cite Climate Change.
Late August: Royal Family flees to Canada. *Megan Markle guarantees their safety but leaves Kate behind to defend the realm on her own. BBC film crew go with Megan to document her ascendancy to throne as one by one the royals in line seem to die of mystery illnesses.
September: The Referendum is finally ready. There are nine questions on the ballot including a 'no question' box for snowflakes afraid of questions
October: The result of the referendum is a tie for questions 3 & 7.
Question 3: Remain (and stay opted out of European Army, Schengen, Euro) 20%
Question 7: Leave (stay in Customs’ Union and Freedom of Movement) 20%
Question 9: No question wins with 52% of the vote and carries the day.
November: Secondary picketing brings entire public infrastructure to a halt as rail, water, power, police, social services and NHS all go on strike. President Corbyn leads the march from Jarrow to London but has to go to a private hospital due to dehydration from a lack of water. As a thank you to Doctors for saving his life he closes all private hospitals.
A & E waiting times are recalibrated and all those awaiting operations will now be guaranteed a 24 month wait or free state paid funeral. (Critics who remember it used to be 18 weeks under the Tories are sent to the Momentum re-education camps - now the main employer in the UK).
Striking Doctors and nurses are sent to a special re-education Gulag in Scunthorpe (site of former Steel Mill). The Doctors must pay for their own food supplied by the NHS (pending strike outcome).
December: Five of the largest UK banks finally go under.
State Pensions are slashed by 60%. Pension Age raised to 75.
President Maduro of Venezuela is appointed economic adviser to President-for-life Corbyn.
You Can’t Get Here From There
Sam North 23.1.19
January ends with political chaos both here and in the USA. All of it is self-inflicted and there are probably easy solutions, but unpalatable ones
I hope this clarifies the year ahead and you will now be well prepared.
Meanwhile here's an update on moving house
Jan 21st : Well Happy New Year and for all those on dry January - good luck. I'm sticking to my glass of red every day on Doctor's orders. Seems that people who've had heart attacks live on average seven years after them, but nine years if you drink a glass of red every day. One might also need another glass of red after realising, like me, that statistically I only have three years to go without the wine and five if I'm lucky with it. But to hell with statistics I say. I'm doing up this money pit I bought and with luck it will be finished before I pop my clogs.
That said: the hall ceiling fell on my head last week and I have the lumps to prove it. The upstairs ceilings are about to go as well. My surveyor didn't seem to notice anything except the clause on his contract that says 'Caveat Emptor'.
I was pretty ambtious with my plans to knock down walls and make the house modern, but after chacking my stars in The Sunday Times I now see the error of my ways and I'll just stick to modernising and paying plasterers. Seems that old fashioned lath plasterwork has a maximum shelf life and this little shack has gone way beyond it.
I had a new bathroom fitted over Christmas. (Yes people up North work right through the holiday without complaint). Now I can actually use the shower, we've noticed the drains have collapsed and the garden is flooded. Weirdly this is the second house I have bought from an 'old lady' and clearly niether one of them ever used the bathroom or had heating on, or did any repairs. In the present house, fifty years of living here and the owner didn't do one thing to it. Right now the house is in shock and showing resistance. For sure I am going to go over budget. *Today when ripping out the fireplace the front room floor collapsed. The entire floor is rotten. Arghhhhh. Seems they built the heath on cinders which is on top of mud. Yes my house is built on mud which draws the damp ever upwards. Arghhhhh.
I am stocking up on appliances and anything that might be imported in case of No Deal Brexit. Need to book my Citroen in for a service too in case there are no spares. Can't stockpile food as we have mice who have probably lived here for fifty years untroubled. So for anyone else contemplating moving house. Make sure you have a good reason, as it can be a pretty darn expensive option. If you can - stay put!
Wynwood Walls - Miami © Sam Hawksmoor 2018
Not everyone gets to take a month off - let alone go by Queen Mary 2 to New York. Add ten days in Miami where it was 30C everyday - you might get a little jealous. But this was my bucket list epic journey and won't ever happen again.
What I did on my hols ...
*As ever Hackwriters is supported by sales of our books - so do buy, print or kindle, we aren't picky.
The Sam North Novels - still available to order on Lulu or Amazon
** The Heaviness, Another Place to Die: Endtime Chronicles are recommended also read
The Repercussions of Tomas D
||Girl with Cat (Blue) - Shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award 2018
'a funny, bloody, colorful narrative that never fails to surprise the reader. Girl with Cat (Blue) provides great entertainment'.
|'This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put the book down.'
26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards.
2018 - Honorable Mention
|J&K 4Ever - Love and Devotion in the Wastelands
Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect. A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder. No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted. But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge. She is pursued by ruthless Enforcers on horseback, whose task it is to bring runaways back, dead or alive. 'A genuine romance in a bleak but plausible and terrifying setting'.
||MARIKKA- exclusively on Amazon Print and kindle 2
Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book
‘Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Marikka, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who reads objects.’ CT
You will smile, you will gasp with shock, and you will struggle to read the words through your tears. Gemma Williams - Amazon.co.uk 2015
The new edition of 'ANOTHER PLACE TO DIE: ENDTIME CHRONICLES
By Sam Hawksmoor & Sam North
Could you live in a world where antibiotics no longer work?
Print & Kindle
Q&A interview with the authors here
A city gripped by fear as a lethal virus approaches from the East. No one knows how many are dying. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands. Do you stay and hide, or do you flee?
Review from the First Edition:
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...' Roxy West - Amazon.co.uk
||Spy/Romance thriller set during the Blitz in WW2 - Kindle download
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The Repercussions of Tomas D
A Hero? Or Englands Greatest Traitor? USA Paperback here
'Disturbing and very poignant YA love story that presents a chilling alternate future for an England that lost the war.' Marcel d'Agneau
'A brilliant imagining of living in the Blitz, well researched.' Amazon UK
'This is Man in the High Castle for teens and scarily plausible with alternative facts '
*download the Kindle version or buy the paperback from Hammer & Tong
|'The Heaviness' for any reader who likes to think about such things as betrayal, revenge, relationships and the laws of gravity. An original Genie Magee story
Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies
'Without a doubt, one of the best YA Sci Fi series out there.' Evie Seo Bookish
Kindle & print
Thanks to readers who have been buying this title. If you enjoyed it, please post a remark on Amazon or Goodreads. It all helps. * Now published as Rüya by Marti Yayincilik - The Turkish publishers of TOZ & Golge
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