One out of two's not bad.... (is that a Meatloaf song?)

SO, what's that saying, ' a week's a long time in politics'. If a week's a long time in politics normally, the last month must have been a lifetime. To say a lot's happened would be the understatement of the century...

Brexit was followed swiftly by Camerexit which was rapidly followed by Boxit. For a while it looked like a game of last man (or woman) standing.... perhaps the major surprise in it all was the fact that it wasn't the rest of the Conservative party which delivered the crushing blow to Boris, but Michael 'beloved by teachers across the UK said without a hint of sarcasm' Gove.

The way the Brexit camp flapped when they stunned the world by winning was laughable - after all, where I come from in Yorkshire there's a saying ' if ye Brexit, ye fix it'. I say stunned the world, some predicted it... *insert the words I told you so here if you wish... and I was one of them. You could just sense the way it was going, despite what the pollsters said. And regular readers will recall it was part of a double prediction... I also boldly stated Belgium would win the Euros. Oh well, as Meatloaf nearly sang, 1/2 is not bad. And to be fair, Belgium should have won the Euros, they just blew it against the Welsh.

Anyway, here we are today, with Boris back.... and now he's foreign secretary. Interesting move. It's not like he's offended most of the world at some point. Prince Philip would have been a safer bet, even Donald Trump's got a better track record in foreign relations... no actually hang on yes, you're right, it could actually have been worse...

So what else has been going on.... Andy Murray won Wimbledon again. At a canter.... sales of strawberries no-doubt went through the roof. There's a rumour he even cracked a smile.

And here at Sirane we finally took posession of our new premises in Mexico. Guadalajara to be precise... which has got people very excited (and busy in some cases) as we look to begin manufacturing there in September. The Sirane Central America team have already got their first trade show pencilled in - Aneberries in Guadalajara - and they have big plans for the region.

The plan is to start making absorbent fruit pads to serve the local market, and build from there, and with Guadalajara positioned on the Pan-American Highway, connecting it with North and South America by road, as well as having a major international airport, there's plenty of potential to build a great business, not just with fruit but across the whole food packaging spectrum.

But anyway, exciting times.... both politically and here at Sirane. Be interesting to see how all these things pan out...

MARK LINGARD, MARKETING 

You've just gotta let me know, should I stay or should I go...

SO, tonight the European Championships start.... and England's first game is tomorrow night, which means I have around 24 hours more optimism time before reality is hammered home by the Russians...

It's always interesting to be in Sirane Towers during a major sporting championships. We're well represented... as well as the English, we've a smattering of Poles, a small collection of French (not sure what the collective noun is for the French or Poles, although I am sure Nigel Farage has a few suggestions up his sleeve) and a token Welshman. Somewhat suprisingly perhaps, no-one Irish, not even anyone that I am aware of who claims to be descended from Irish immigrants. Nearest we've got is James, our medical sales guy, because he drinks Guinness... oh how stereotypical.

Speaking of which, earlier this afternoon I gave him the good news from the office sweepstake. Told him he'd drawn out Argentina. Seemed very pleased, as they're a strong team... well, if Australia are allowed to enter the Eurovision Song Contest, who knows what crazy arrangement might have been come to with regards the Euros...

Anyway, as it's impossible to move without hearing about the referendum - the annoyingly branded Brexit - here's what I think. I think it is impossible to not walk around without The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go in my head. And did they? Stay or go I mean? What was the conclusion of the song? And should that carry any weight in this decision making process?... Hang on, "if go there will be trouble".... okay, so that's a remain then. "But if I stay it will be double".... ooh dear. Don't like the sound of double Brexit trouble. The Clash think we should go... but apparently East 17 think we should stay another day.

I'm being flippant. Obviously. I wouldn't cast my vote on the basis of the lyrics to a 1970s or 1990s song. Or would I? But the point is, no-one on either party seems to be offering any logical, rational argument for voting either way. I just want someone somewhere to sit me down and say right, here's the facts, forget the bulls**t rhetoric and scaremongering, this is what actually matters. I tried to watch the ITV referendum debate last night, but it was no help. It has like children in a playground. Nicola 'Remain' Sturgeon's entire counter-argument to Boris 'Leave' Johnson seemed to basically be "we're better staying, and anyway you just want to be Prime Mininster. You're only in it for David Cameron's job". How insulting is that? I'm no fan of Boris Johnson, other that as a figure of fun on Have I Got News For You, but to suggest he wants the UK to leave the EU in order to become PM? Seriously... But that was just the tip of the iceberg, there were equally ludicrous suggestions flying in both directions, from all six panellists.

But ludicrous seems to sum up the whole Brexit debacle to me. The whole thing is a series of ludicrous lies from both sides, with the truth somewhere in between the two. And how many voters will bother to disseminate the truth from the lies, the facts from the fiction. Which means the country could end up making the wrong decision (whichever that is).

Anyway... here's my predictions (not necessarily what I want to happen, just my predictions. Brexit vote: leave. Euro2016: Belgium.... you heard it here first. As for Argentina...

MARK LINGARD, MARKETING

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