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Here’s tae us. Wha likes us? Part 1

March 25, 2014 3 comments

Just to reassure Sheona before she corrects me. I know that is not the toast.

It is, of course, ‘Here’s tae us. Wha’s like us? Damn few and they’re a’ deid.’ A typically modest, unassuming, totally correct and utterly justifiable sentiment used when we foregather to celebrate our good fortune in being Scots. But, it would seem that the title version of this post might be the right one for some of those not so blessed.

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Talking about murder trials …

March 23, 2014 17 comments

Two of my national dailies report that he’s returning!

“HONEYMOON murder suspect Shrien Dewani could be back in South Africa within weeks. Prosecutors are discussing his return with his legal team after he decided not to continue his battle against extradition.” (Weekend Argus, can’t link it, sorry it’s pay per view)


“There is no indication from Mr Dewani of an intention to approach the European Court of Human Rights,” spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Mhaga said the department was liaising with the office of the home secretary in Britain.

“The two offices are facilitating the process of Mr Dewani’s extradition in terms of the last English High Court order.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that his return to our shores brings to finality this protracted legal process,” he said. (The Times / Sunday Times, article here )

About time.

Remember Bannockburn!

March 20, 2014 25 comments

Well obviously I do. It comes with my ethnic origin.

In Easter 1314, Edward Bruce, brother of our King, the boy Robert, laid siege to Stirling Castle. Getting nowhere, he agreed a deal with the Governor, Sir Philip Mowbray, that the castle would be surrendered if the English did not relieve the siege by Midsummer Day.

This seriously hacked off Robert whose fighting style was of the flitting and elusive persuasion. He was a guerilla warrior who never wanted to be committed to a pitched battle. The tactic had served him well. Read more…

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Place your bets!

March 16, 2014 20 comments

They really shouldn’t let me out.  Boring rainy days potting in the greenhouse tend to bring on entertaining thoughts and scenarios.  Only in this case the scenarios do not have a very entertaining conclusion.

I offer you these thought associations.

1. Airplanes do not disappear, they have to be somewhere.

2.The communication systems were turned off before the last vocal communication with Malaysia, which presupposes that the plane was being hijacked/misappropriated for another purpose.

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This says it all

Want to waste some taxpayers money? Here’s how (with due attribution to Thomas the Tank Engine)

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Wild boar nuisance

March 10, 2014 9 comments

Where are you, OZ?  Your country needs you.

Link to article.

As pointed out before, these creatures breed like rabbits and become pests.

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Freedom – to vote

March 9, 2014 15 comments

Having spent quite some time complaining about Alex Salmond’s disenfranchisement of expatriate Scots – me, Sir Sean and Sir Alec among many, many others – I was delighted to see this article in today’s Sunday Times.

I don’t know how the Chariot’s resident jurist, JM, would rate the chances of success, but any pushing and shoving that might be required south of the border I shall happily assist.

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For Araminta — Sydney Harbour Bridge.


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Curious and Curiouser

Isn’t it interesting that the Crimea can organise a referendum in ten days and we can’t get one in decades? Now then, what does that say for the  democratic process?

Even more curious are the howls of condemnation from the so called Western democracies that they shouldn’t be allowed a referendum as it is against International law, (Obama quote), against Ukraine’s constitution , (EUSSR quote) and generally against the interest of the citizenry of the Crimea, (all and sundry!)

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Photograph Winner

Good evening, good morning. It is time to announce the winner of the photography contest. Thank you all who submitted pictures.

Janus: the one who started the ball rolling. A lovely picture of a beautiful Danish country house.

Araminta: a rare sunny day in England with an appealing church scene.

Gazoopi: Southern Charm at its finest.

LW: simple, but pleasant.

Soutie: cutting-edge and modern, but not without merit.

The two finalists are: Araminta and Gazoopi. As there can only be one winner, the prize — be it gold or a white elephant — will go to Araminta. There is something about an English church, be it in the English countryside or near Hong Kong Central, that touches me.

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