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I can only claim to be a Mackie because of  my mother. Her surname is one of my middle names, in traditional Scots style. It’s what we do, nomenclature-wise.

In case you have forgotten it. that is why Bob Wilson, stalwart keeper of the Arsenal goal, and one of the better Jock custodians.  in my opinion. rejoices in the middle name of ‘Primrose’.

John is my other middle name. Down to the insistence of both sides of my family that the name be passed on. Not complaining. I inherited a Grandfather clock on one side for it and the unconditional love (and a watch) from my Dad’s older  brother,  Uncle John, on the other.

Being childless, and having downsized, the Grandfather clock has been passed on to the younger son of my youngest cousin,  His  middle names are ‘John Mackie’.

I’m keeping the watch.

Anyhow, just so you all know, my name is actually Rory MacLeod


I am aware hat,  since I already told them. Boadicea, Bearsy, Christopher, Ferret (whom God preserve, wherever he may be)  TB (who I will always miss) and my wife’s godson, who introduced me to MyT, knew that anyway.

Hi again to the rest of you.

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  1. August 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I think only our generous hosts know my real moniker, which carries none of the exotic regional connotations of yours, JM. but no, I won’t come clean, ‘cos it will add nothing to the Janus aura and backside would be more than miffed.

  2. August 9, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Backside needs a big B.

  3. O Zangado
    August 9, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Very few on t’Interweb know my real name – Bearsy and Boadicea, I think, are aware and Ferret and Christopher for certain because they have been guests at The Cave at one time or another. Otherwise, I will maintain the flinty-eyed, ghost of the forest myth. It’s was a bit hard to hide it from the NSW because I have on my shoulder a tattoo of the Zangado wolf’s head (which I had done in Brisbane about ten years before I started blogging) and I do still tend to howl a bit at full moon.


  4. August 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Show us your tats, OZ! 😱

  5. O Zangado
    August 9, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Tattoo, Janus, tattoo. Singular. It will be a bit difficult as the NSW is away visiting family in Blighty and I’ve never taken a ‘self(ish)ie’ in my life, so I can’t promise anything at the moment. Suffice it to say Christopher, Ferret and his Beloved can vouch for its existence.


  6. August 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    OK. I had a masterclass from a g’daughter: turn the phone around facing the offending body part, press it, hey presto! The Tat! 😎

  7. August 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    JM “….I can only claim to be a Mackie because of my mother. Her surname is one of my middle names, in traditional Scots style. It’s what we do, nomenclature-wise….”

    I could claim to be a Moncrieff for the same reason. My actual surname is far more commonplace.

  8. August 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    JM, please don’t tell me that Ally of Ally’s Tartan Army “fame” is one of your own? Even distantly, distantly…

    In other news, plebernian hibs’d it again. There goes the water bottles.

  9. August 10, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Janus: vis-a-vis inked skin, the Wolf speaks the truth.

  10. August 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Call me Red Riding Hood, wolves always speak the truth! 😱

  11. August 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I could, of course, be wrong but my guess is that OZ is the only Charioteer with a skin illustration. Given my preference for “heavy” music and all the elaborate satanic imagery that goes with it, you will be surprised to know I have no inkings. With tattoos being so prevalent an inkless body is more anarchic in rock circles.

    Furthermore, just as my mother threatened to shave me while I was sleeping if I tried to grow a beard I have warned my sons to walk past the enticing parlours. Any markings I see on their arms will be “fixed” by my trusty axe.

  12. August 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Let’s hope we have a couple of closet inkers here. Is it Arrers? Is it Colin the Silent? 😎

  13. August 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I am a dedicated clean skin so I lack both tattoos and piercings.

  14. August 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Me too, with plenty of them natural oils! 😷

  15. August 11, 2016 at 7:23 am

    JM – you seem to have moved from a Hunting Green civilised tartan to a full on red-blooded, full-on, in-your-face spitfire tartan. The man of quiet voice has become very loud ha ha.

  16. O Zangado
    August 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

    “OK. I had a masterclass from a g’daughter: turn the phone around facing the offending body part, press it, hey presto! “

    My phone hasn’t got an “it” button.



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  18. August 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Wots an inker ? Is it the same as a w****r ?

  19. O Zangado
    August 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    That’s a bit harsh, Jazz. Anyway, I don’t think this thread is quite going the way JM envisaged.


  20. August 12, 2016 at 7:27 am

    The Law of Unintended wotsits, eh? Gove had the same problem…..😎

  21. August 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Are you familiar, Rory, with the long running Australian TV series, Mcleod’s Daughters? Quality light viewing, imho.

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