Tag Archives: Scotland

Glasgow Belongs To…..?????

Several years since I spent any meaningful time in Glasgow. It has changed…a lot. My first visit in early 1970s, the Gorbal tenements were still there and the City carried a lot of the nasty sectarianism of Rangers (mostly) and … Continue reading

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The Royal Mile (Edinburgh Re-Visited)

Thirty seven years ago, I spent a lot of time in Scotland. Over the course of eighteen months, I was in Edinburgh on ┬áseven occasions. Sometimes I was there for two weeks. Sometimes I was there for three days. It … Continue reading

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Taking Voters For Granted

Austin Mitchell MP . I nearly typed “Austin Mitchell MP is a strange fish”, which would have been an accidental pun…and a very bad pun….because he is Labour MP for Great Grimsby, a fishing port. now in his late 70s, … Continue reading

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This “Dis-United” Kingdom General Election

Four months to go to the British General Election and the only certainty is the uncertainty. The 2010 Election produced a strange result…a hung parliament. Arguably the worst possible result if you care about cohesion within the “United Kingdom”. If, … Continue reading

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Getting Shirty At The Shopping Centre

Walking around our local shopping centre(mall) on Sunday, I spied a large man wearing a blue Tshirt. Its not unusual to see folks wearing football “tops”. Many shopping centres and restaurants impose a dress code and I have often seen … Continue reading

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Vexing Vexillology

Jamie Bryson is obsessed with Flegs. Willie Fraser is obsessed with Flegs…and so too is Mick Fealty over on Slugger O’Toole. The question has been posed that the National Flag of Ireland seems a bit dated as the “orange” bit … Continue reading

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Culloden 16th April 1746

On 16th April 1746, the Jacobite Rebellion ended in the Battle of Culloden and the subsequent massacre of Highland men women and children by Hanoverian forces under the command of Duke of Cumberland. No British regiment has Culloden on its … Continue reading

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Ranger Danger!

Glasgow Rangers were beaten 1-0 by Kilmarnock on Saturday. This is the least of Rangers’ worries. Nor will it concern Rangers that Glasgow Celtic won 5-0 yesterday. For just last weekend, Rangers were four points behind Celtic in the Scottish … Continue reading

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Robert Burns …..Jacobite to Jacobin

It is somewhat ironic that in their search to find a culture……Unionists discovered the Ulster-Scots Culture and decided to honour Robert “Rabbie” Burns……..Burns Night being 25th January……..it seems almost churlish to point out that Robert Burns was born in 1759……..just … Continue reading

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The Scotland Question

There is a surprising number of threads about Scottish independence on Norn Irons third best political website. In part this is tribal……Norn Irons unionists will, by default back a “United Kingdom” and oppose Scottish independence. Irish nationalists of course oppose … Continue reading

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