Category Archives: Scotland

Word Cloud: THRALL

by Nona Blyth Cloud Witches. In cultures around the world, stories are told of women who have some extraordinary power: the gift of foretelling the future; of casting spells to alter reality; of mysteriously healing the sick; of cursing their … Continue reading

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The Triumph of the Old New Left: UK Labour moves away from the centre

By ann summers A perhaps stunning victory for a party frustrated with recent defeats, and with perhaps the infusion of underrepresented elements, the leadership of the UK Labour Party has risen/fallen in a 59% vote for a repudiation of the … Continue reading

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Saturday Night Adrenaline Fix

by Chuck Stanley There was some discussion in yesterday’s Word Cloud about solitude and reflection. We are tied to our gadgets almost to the exclusion of the world around us. There are escapes. Since I live in the mountains, and … Continue reading

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It is Winter Solstice today.

By Chuck Stanley In the northern hemisphere, the day with the least amount of sunlight and most hours of darkness. The southern hemisphere recognizes today as Summer Solstice, the day with most hours of sunlight. The precise moment of Solstice … Continue reading

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John Oliver on Scottish Independence

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro Last Sunday on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver did a segment on the subject of Scottish independence. He discussed the arguments both for and against independence. Oliver “noted the differing political philosophies between Scotland (generally liberal) … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday – Hamish Imlach: Folk singer and musician, raconteur, poet, activist, storyteller and much larger than life

By Charlton Stanley In Scotland, they call it Hogmanay. To most of the rest of the world, it is New Years. The gigantic man quietly slipped away during the wee hours of Hogmanay morning 1996, at the age of 55. … Continue reading

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‘Tis Burns Night

By CHARLTON STANLEY Robert Burns was born on this day in 1759.  The bard of Scotland was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things with the language of his time.  He wrote in the Scots dialect, but he also wrote … Continue reading

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