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Being Scottish is shite...but it may get more tolerable

This munki endorses a YES vote to getting rid of every oily skinned politician who sneered at, looked down upon and generally tolerated Scotland. Their tactics of late have been to scaremonger, trying to place the fear of an uncertain economic future into the hearts of the Northern natives. 268 more words

Music, Journalism, Stretch

Scotland's Referendum

I usually now post blog updates to The Doggerelizer every Monday, four times a month. However, I have to break with that today and write an emergency blog entry. 833 more words

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Read Yourself Scottish.................

For pretty obvious reasons Scotland’s very much in the news at the moment. And it looks like the vote on independence is going to go down to the wire. 843 more words

Book Talk - Incoherent Muttering About Books

The Wasp Factory

Normally, I write summaries and reviews about books that I am at least marginally interested in. This is on that list that I’m trying to read off, and it was pretty is pretty high up. 1,033 more words


Book Worm

In the last couple of weeks I’ve noticed posts on Facebook about ten books. Here is mine:

With sufficient respect to Nigel for asking, and in the hope people may find it interesting, here are my ten books.

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Canal Dreams

Running secretly, silently, almost unseen through the suburbs of southern commuterland is the fifty kilometre by five metre strip of tranquility which is the restored Basingtoke Canal. 259 more words


The Wasp Factory

I am reviewing the thriller novel The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks which is a very good novel that I bought from kindle. This was Iain’s first novel published in 1979 and quite controversial especially with the lead character torturing and killing animals. 247 more words