A Political Journey (Saying Sorry)

April 20, 2017

This wonderfully honest story by Elizabeth encapsulates the political journey that many are making in Scotland – things have changed so much for so many since September 2014. I feel sorry for voters in England who seek an alternative to the mainstream parties but find they have no real choice. In Scotland, we do.

Fig and Pen

Here’s a confession: I used to really dislike the SNP.  I’d go so far as to say I actively disliked them. Were my reasons valid? I’m not sure. I voted against Scottish independence in 2014 because I didn’t find the SNP’s case to be credible, and I believed Scotland would be out of the EU if we left the UK. 

From my perspective, the 2014 referendum was exhausting. For those of us on the No side, there were no marches, no gatherings, no messages of togetherness or hope. For us there was nothing but negative news (‘project fear’) and a really uneasy feeling in the gut that we were voting against fear instead of voting for hope.

As I’ve said many times, there was no joy in saying no, and I felt low for months afterwards – which is part of what caused me to dislike the SNP. I held them responsible for my…

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Colonialism is a Crime

March 19, 2017

Freedom to choose is a right enshrined in international law with its inclusion in the UN Charter in 1945. Article 1 of the Charter states that one of the purposes of the United Nations is: “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.”

With regard to Scotland, it looks increasingly apparent that the British Government is in violation of that law.

Grouse Beater

703Molto grazie! An Italian newspaper devotes its front page to Scotland as “Europe’s Hope”

  • International law does not recognise the construct “Once in a generation”.
  • The British government, represented by their prime Minister Theresa May, her lickspittle lackey David Mundell, only Tory MP in Scotland, and Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish wing, tried to frustrate the mandate of the people of Scotland.
  • Having rejected proposals from the Scottish Government for Scotland to remain in the single market, refused joint negotiations with Brussels – we are supposedly in a ‘Union’ with England – Scotland is now told to take a hike.
  • There is a name for ruling over people while preventing them from being part of the political process that governs their lives. It’s called colonialism.
  • In international law, it is a crime against humanity.
  • Describing a constitutional debate as “divisive” – the most recent propaganda ploy to silence the debate –…

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Have you ever smashed a model?

January 13, 2017

Thankfully – no, not happened to me yet. However, there comes a time with a project where you have to cut your losses, at least in time and move on. Put it in a box and leave it for another day. I currently have a small layout project that has driven me a little insane last year. Put it aside for a few weeks and now I am back to it with renewed enthusiasm.

As for rushing projects – I sometimes blame exhibitions and train shows – they are a real deadline that focuses the mind but also focuses frustration at how long projects can take to complete.


I mean really trashed it.

And not to recreate a prototype photo or to model an effect. Have you ever been soooo FRUSTRATED that something wasn’t working out the way that you wanted it to, that you just said ‘F*%K-IT‘ and smash…you destroyed it?I admit it,I have.

If by some super-human feat of self-control you have not, I bet you’ve been close and wanted to.

But here’s the thing. I don’t feel that way anymore. And I have the hobby of model railroading, in part, to thank for that.

This is a hobby for patient people.I’ve learned that projectscan’t be rushed, steps need to be followed in logical and methodical, well thought out order, or mistakes happen. First fill, then wait, then sand and wait, then prime and let dry, then paint one thin coat and let dry,then repeat…dear God can’t I get this done TONIGHT?And when I…

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Filthy, Dirty, grubby, meet the model of 2016… The Peckett is finished.

January 5, 2017

My modelling recently has been somewhat lazy, I have expected results from lacklustre effort and been pissed off with the outcomes, much like my recent work life. It has been a rubbish year really …

Source: Filthy, Dirty, grubby, meet the model of 2016… The Peckett is finished.

Julenissens reiserute

December 23, 2016


In the north of Scotland, we rely more on weather information published by the Norwegians on yr.no than we do by the Met Office. The weather map for Julaften (Christmas eve) featuring Julenissens reiserute has been published by yr.no and it seems that Julenissen (Santa) is due to take a swing around Svalbard first before heading down the coast of Norway. Julenissen plans to loop inland before sledging towards the Oslo area, finally leaving Norway somewhere near Kristiansand. It appears that the final leg across the North Sea to Scotland is still provisional…

Have a great Christmas (god jul) everyone!

The real Spanish veto threat

July 22, 2016

Reblogged from ‘Wee Ginger Dug’, someone who REALLY knows about Spanish attitudes towards Scottish independence.

I wasn’t going to blog today because I’ve got a bad case of manflu, which is like a regular cold only with additional histrionics, drama, and attention seeking. So very much like the La…

Source: The real Spanish veto threat

We can do this

July 12, 2016

Wee Ginger Dug

Everyone else seems to be doing it this week, so I thought I’d have my own shot at a blog post saying how – in my opinion – we can win the next independence referendum. It’s now looking highly likely that we’re going to have one, a whole lot sooner that anyone expected. I’m no more privy to the inner thoughts of the Scottish government than anyone else, but if pushed to make a guess about it, I’d say that the indyref2 will be called shortly after our new caring and sharing Tory PM cares to press the Brexit button and shares the UK’s excision from Europe with us. That could mean we’re looking at indyref2 as early as next spring or summer. Eek.

It’s still not outside the bounds of possibility that we won’t have another independence referendum. It may just be possible for some deal to be wangled…

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