Disconnected thoughts

For the first time in more than three months I am writing a blog entry. I have not written before now for a few reasons: not knowing what to say at this time of pandemic; expecting anything I do say to be overtaken by events almost at once; and, to be honest, not really feelingContinue reading “Disconnected thoughts”

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Ten years in Orkney – now what?

Ten years ago Kathie and I moved to Orkney. By coincidence we arrived on 16 April which is St Magnus Day – he is the patron saint of Orkney. And so each year we go to St Magnus Kirk in Birsay, not far from where we live, for the annual St Magnus service which alsoContinue reading “Ten years in Orkney – now what?”

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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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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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Who Am I?

Who am I? I don’t mean I’ve lost my memory – well, not exactly, more on that later. But I know who I am in the sense of remembering my name and address. I can remember my age though, these days, in my fifties, I have to stop and work it out. I can alsoContinue reading “Who Am I?”

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