Tag Archives: Scotland

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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‘No Thanks!’ blog Top Ten posts 2017

Well, another year in a Scotland increasingly weary of nationalism draws to a fractious close and I take my annual look at the No Thanks! Top Ten most-read posts. As usual, the list is dominated by articles that touch on … Continue reading

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The SNP lifeboat disaster

Wikimedia Commons We have the opportunity, there’s a lifeboat attached to the good ship UK that’s heading for that Brexit iceberg – it’s called Scottish independence. Let’s get on board that lifeboat, let’s row as fast as possible. – Pete … Continue reading

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