Tag Archives: Scotland

Tim Nice-But-Dim and Scottish nationalism – a very English phenomenon

You probably have to be at least in your thirties to remember Harry Enfield’s TV character Tim Nice-But-Dim. If you add the description ‘upper class twit’ you probably have all you need to know about Tim, a desperately decent naïf … Continue reading

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Mass conversions to Scottish independence?

One of the enduring myths of Scottish nationalism is the people who voted No in 2014 (i.e. they wished to remain as part of the UK) who undergo a sudden conversion to ‘Yes’ (they now wish to leave). I documented … Continue reading

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Ice cream wars updated, with a side of good Scottish berries

If you’ve not tried Mackies excellent dairy ice cream I’d urge you to. I especially recommend their white chocolate and coconut variety. Mackies are a Scottish family-owned company based in rural Aberdeenshire that must provide or support hundreds of jobs. … Continue reading

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Dear ____,

Dear ____, When we met on our recent trip you said it must be quiet up here because I hadn’t enlightened the world with my pearls of wisdom for two months. In the cause of family harmony, I didn’t respond … Continue reading

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To see ourselves as others see us – the UK and #ScotlandisNow

You’ll surely recognise the quote in the title of this post, deliberately in standard English, unlike Burns’ original words. That’s because this is mainly about international perceptions of the UK, although you’ll also find some discussion of contemporary Scotland. I … Continue reading

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Celebrating the UK: No. 2 in an occasional series – the Mexican cosmologist

Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) Way back in 2015 I wrote a short blog post entitled Celebrating the UK: No. 1 in an occasional series – the El Salvadorean guerilla, the first of what was intended to be a series of … Continue reading

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They must be mad, literally mad

‘They must be mad, literally mad’ is how I feel about the tweet above, the person who posted it, and all those who’ve liked it. Their souls and brains seem to have migrated to a far place where sane human … Continue reading

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