SOPPY SUNDAY

 

n orang1
It’s my Sunday job to welcome you…
n blaze from skye
Blaze on Skye.
n portree
Portree.
n pufferfish-inflated-closeup.jpg.adapt_.945.1-768x432
Puffer Fish.
n dunquin ireland
Dunquin.
nwild
Wildflowers.
ndonegal rain
Twin rainbows in Donegal.
N rambo
Rambo the donkey.
n bridge
The Bridge.
n foxes
This is so we don’t get lost…
n creag nan clag
Creag nan Clad.
n rainbow octopus
Rainbow Octopus.
n hedge
I’m not as prickly as you might think… 
n gaspart 3
Any danger of dinner for a hungry fox?
n king cobra
His Majesty King Cobra.

 

n li river
Li River mist.
n equator
The Equator in …erm the country named after it.
n shetland pony on n Uist
Shetland Pony in Uist.
n squ
I’ll find a way to this dinner. This will NOT beat me.
n strathisla distilery
Strathisla Distillery.
n orang
OK. Is that you off then? Close the door after ya, See y’all next week.

 

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SO HOW ARE WE DOING?

 

Just to cheer you up…

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Well, unemployment is down. ..
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…and growth is up…
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…and we seem to be doing better with wages…
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And foreign direct investment is ahead of the other two Celtic countries and all the regions of England with the exception of the London powerhouse.

 

It’s not all peaches and cream, and we’re not claiming all the credit for the Scottish parliament and government (before you start, Niko!).

Economic levers are massively (or bigly as Trump would say) in the hands of London so unemployment, for example, may be affected by decisions taken in London as well as Edinburgh. But there has also been good news for NHS Scotland with our waiting times lower than the other three countries and our university students are the most likely to be employed.

The Ernst and Young survey is largely positive but it warns that once the uncertainty surrounding Brexit takes hold, we could be in for a bumpy ride. As I said, decisions taken in London can affect our economic outlook.

BREAKING: performance now moved ahead of Improvement Plan target. PPM 93.7% (4% ahead of Eng/Wales) well done to railway workers!

And yes, even the trains are more likely to be on time here than anywhere else.

HOW’S BREXIT GOING AGAIN?

 

ab
Ironic when we’re the ones that DIDN’T vote for this. Made worse by the fact that we’ll be paying for HS2 which is also going to take business from Scotland.
a sun.
NO, you Neanderthals. In Europe that means Victory.
abre
That’s quite inspired for that lot.
achorine
But all is not lost. A trade deal with Mr Trump awaits within days of us leaving the EU
agreece
So we are striking ahead, taking back control and… erm… Oh, well.
aknife
Oh well, I suppose there are others just as bad out there. Jacob?
bre
Brexit. Good for the taxi business.
amay1
Hmmm, yeah, well, moving on…
atess
Enigmatic? 
may
I can’t wait to make all these decisions… Oh wait, it won’t be us, it will be Westminster, and the decisions will be whether or not we should eat the chlorinated chicken or give it to the dog.
cars
I thought all the money we saved was going to the NHS, not the foreign car makers.
Liam Fox
Don’t ya just love all this freedom we are going to have?

 

A TRIP ON THE TAY

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Friday last we went on a little trip down the Tay hoping to see some dolphins.

We didn’t, although we did manage to see a seal and loads of birds… and of course, we saw Dundee and Broughty Ferry from angles we’d never see them before. The guys who were in charge of the ship were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about what we were seeing and it was a really interesting hour (more or less).

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We learned that the organisation that runs these trips is a charity and the commercial trips (it was a snip at £10 for an hour) help to pay for free trips for sick kids and their friends. They also work with ex-offenders, teaching nautical skills, and with people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Pretty worthwhile, we thought.

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It was a grey day, and so the photographs are even less stunning than my normal poor camera work, but, although I rarely advertise anything here, it was such a fun experience that I thought I’d let you know about it. (For those of you who aren’t from Scotland, we do sometimes have bright sunny, warm days! It’s not always like this.)

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I know that there are quite a few readers in the Angus/Dundee/North Fife area, and if any of you fancy an hour’s excursion and the possibility of some wildlife close up whilst knowing that your fare will be helping folks, it’s well worth getting in touch with these guys and booking a trip. (If you do, remember that once you get out of the harbour and into the river, you lose a few degrees in temperature, so take a coat, and be prepared to get a bit wet. It can be a little rough out there.)

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You can contact the guys through this website, or by phoning 01382 542516. (And yes, you ever get to steer the boat, although Munguin was in the first class cabin and declined to do so!)

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And especially for Danny, I’ve included a picture of Broughty Ferry Castle (coz he likes castles) which is situated right where you embark.

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Apologies again for the quality of the pictures.

SOPPY SUNDAY

 

N O1
Morning all. Happy Sunday.
N Ocean sunfish
Ocean Sunfish.
a botswana lion
Meeow.
n bison
Bison for Danny.
n county mayo
County Mayo, Ireland.
n Edinburgh 20ws
Edinburgh in the 1920s
n flower urchin
Flower Urchin.
n cephalopods2
Cephalopod for Douglas.
n polar
Polar Bear.
n portuguese mow
Portuguese Man of War.
n deer glencoe
Deer in Glencoe.
n finland midnight
Midnight in Finland.
n Gaspard the friendly fox
Gaspard the London fox and…
n gaspart 2
…the Friend of actor and newsreader Zeb Soanes.
n giant pacific octopus
Giant Pacific Octopus.
n glengarrif
Glengarriff, Ireland.
n goatyMcGoatface
Mrs May’s done WHAT?
n happy
Please don’t let the next one be Liam Fox…
N puglia
Puglia.
N O2
I’m not being rude. I thought you were the doctor. I’m saying AHHHHHH.