Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

And so that was Christmas, to mis-quote John Lennon – “And what have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun” as he actually sang on Happy Christmas (War Is Over). Well, we know one thing for sure, war and violence is not over. If anything, terrorism seems more unpredictable and brutalContinue reading “Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015”

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A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events

So, after weeks and months of campaigning – years and decades for some – we are coming towards the end of the Scottish independence referendum campaign. The vote on 18 September is three weeks away and the pace of debate and argument is more frantic. Many of us watched this week a heated, that isContinue reading “A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events”

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Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland

  The devil is in the detail. What a great expression. And like many old sayings it carries great truth. Here in Scotland we are moving towards our vote on whether to become an independent country. The referendum will be held on Thursday 18 September, 2014. I think the vote will be against independence butContinue reading “Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland”

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Dump the EU? Be rid of nuclear weapons? Be the next Greece? Developing thoughts on Scottish independence

Here is a quick re-cap for new readers of this blog. I am an Englishman who moved to Orkney, off the north-east coast of mainland Scotland, in April 2010. At present Scotland has its own parliament with many powers over domestic policy but it is still part of the UK and the Westminster parliament retainsContinue reading “Dump the EU? Be rid of nuclear weapons? Be the next Greece? Developing thoughts on Scottish independence”

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We are living in interesting times. So will the world be turned upside down?

The Chinese philosopher Confucius said “may you live in interesting times”. And we certainly do in Scotland. Suddenly nothing is certain, everything is up for discussion. Actually, let’s start with Confucius. Extensive research suggests – well, I did a Google search – that the phrase is in fact a relatively modern and Western invention. SoContinue reading “We are living in interesting times. So will the world be turned upside down?”

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