Category Archives: General

Bloody Cyclists

The end of the combustion engine? I think we are in a second golden age of the automobile. But this time around we might not be dominated by Big Business Petroleum that cramped new forms of propulsion. For decades big oil … Continue reading

Posted in General, Transportation | 32 Comments

2017 Most Popular Essays

Edinburgh’s George Street festive illuminations are attractive from a distance, a bit of a disappointment close up, like the promises made by Scotland’s opponents. A year of marking time To my mind the funniest political episode this year was the stramash over Alex … Continue reading

Posted in General, Scottish Politics | 4 Comments

The Crime of Voting

Cries of shame on EU neutrality are unfounded While I was in Spain last week the Flemish nationalist politician and deputy prime minister of Belgium, Jan Jambon, along with the former Belgian prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, condemned Spain for … Continue reading

Posted in General, Scottish Independence Referendum, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Catalonia Then and Now

  “In Spain, the dead are more alive than the living”, Frederico Garcia Lorca – poet. I’ve lost count of the number of visits made to Spain, to all points of that vast multifarious, humble, exotic land, but not the … Continue reading

Posted in General, Scottish Politics | 12 Comments

A Bridge Too Far

Grouse Beater on the Garden Bridge Scotland’s money too, stupid! How did a bridge nobody asked for or want, festooned with shrubbery, get cancelled after which millions of pounds of public money, including Scotland’s taxes. How easily it was all … Continue reading

Posted in General, Scottish Politics | 6 Comments

A Belly Full

If not mixing metaphors, this has been one of those jam packed, bullshit weeks. Andy Murray limped onto Court 1 at Wimbledon from a hip ailment, the great white hope of Brits United and, beaten by a serial American lobber of … Continue reading

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The Trump Backlash

Remarkable how the worst, most incompetent politicians manage to hog the limelight, promoted by the Right-wing press and media pals. Bumbling Boris Johnson is one example, the odious Farage another. For months to come we are to be assailed by the … Continue reading

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