Some Random Pictures

Because things have been hectic for us today… Sorry!


This is Bertie the Blackbird, who is fond of sultanas but turns up his beak at currents! Go figure how fussy some of my animals are.
He’s not averse to the odd worm though.
Part of a friend’s garden.
Getting overgrown at Munguin Towers. Good for hiding in though…
Munguin likes to oversee the gardening, usually in conversation with Lord Buddha Voldermort whose company he seems to prefer to mine… Odd animal.  BTW someone could do with a bath!
Sometimes he chats with his tortoise instead…
Or even climbs a tree…
But mainly he sits on his fat lazy butt in the sun, while someone fetches and carries for him.
This fella is a random dog we met outside the best chip shop in Dundee, Glenns in King Street, Broughty Ferry. Even if they weren’t staunch independentistas (which they are), the food would still be pretty fantastic.
n jims dog seth
This is  Albus Fumblepaws. As Jim points out, there can be little doubt about which country he comes from.
n albus fumblepaws, albie, Jims
Albie for short..well, come on, who’s gonna shout ALBUS FUMBLEPAWS across the park?

Finally, BJSAlba sent me this link today. It’s absolutely hilarious. Well worth a read, but not while you are drinking tea!


58 thoughts on “Some Random Pictures”

  1. Albus Fumblepaws is nothing. A colleague of mine had a neighbour who had just retired. His wife fed up with him being under her feet all day, bought him two puppies, black Labs from the same litter. Being well ejimacated he called them after the Heavenly Twins, Castor and Pollox.
    A few weeks later, she heard police were called by a disturbed lady complaining about a red faced man running about the park shouting “Bollocks!” at the top of his voice every thirty seconds…

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    1. LOL…almost as if he’s just heard Michael Gove’s latest pronouncements!

      That’s the trouble with fouk that ken stuff. They never stop to think how less weel educated fouk will interpret it.


  2. Which brings to mind the transitive verb “gainsay.” Is there any possible use for this old English word except to try to appear excruciatingly well educated? I just heard Stephen Fry use it in a YouTube clip. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Furthermore, it cannot be gainsaid that the semicolon is a punctuation mark that serves no useful purpose beyond similarly demonstrating one’s university education.

    Quote (see below): “The semicolon is a belly-up guppie in a tank of glorious Siamese fighting fish. It’s girly. It is not just probably the most useless of all forms of punctuation. It is absolutely, positively the most useless of all such marks ever invented.”


    1. LOL…

      Some of the comments on that first one are superb.

      I’m fond of the semi colon in a list, but to be honest I’ve never really been sure where to properly use it.

      I would fight its ban with vigour!

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      1. I thought it appeared at the end of a list introduced by a colon:
        – kind of like this;
        – not forgetting this;
        – and, finally, this.

        I am awful… but I like me.

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    2. The semicolon was on my computer keyboard; I had to look it up.

      The semicolon was on my computer keyboard. I had to look it up.

      The semicolon was on my computer keyboard, so I had to look it up.

      Who would have imagined? A semicolon is nothing but punctuation that combines two independent clauses into a sentence that would be better written as two short sentences or (alternately) a comma used with a conjunction. Semicolons are mostly used by people who can’t stand to conclude short simple sentences and also wish to inform the world that they are possessed of a university education. In that sense, they serve exactly the same purpose as Stephen Fry’s use of the word “gainsay.”

      The overuse of the semicolon by a writer who is terrified of ending a sentence quickly descends into madness:

      “Presently, as I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.”

      Tris: All of that notwithstanding, I agree with you that a judicial ban on the use of the semicolon would be ill advised on libertarian grounds. (I’m not so sure about the use of the word “gainsay” though.)


        1. Andi……..LOL……what would the legal profession do without “gainsay” and “hearsay.” The example in my first citation was from Byrd v. Blue Ridge Rural Electric Cooperative, a 1958 opinion written by Justice Brennan: “It cannot be gainsaid that there is a strong federal policy against allowing state rules to disrupt the judge-jury relationship in the federal courts.” No conceivable purpose is served by the first five words of the sentence except to give Mr. Justice Brennan the opportunity to gussy up his Supreme Court opinion with the word “gainsaid.”

          The article goes on to excoriate the use of terminology like “it is beyond peradventure,” “it is beyond cavil,” and “obloquy.”

          I still need to look up “peradventure” and “obloquy.”

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            1. Very interesting Conan! I’d never seen “outwith.”

              I went to Merriam Webster….the old American standard and found:
              Definition of outwith
              chiefly Scotland
              : outside

              Collins says:
              (aʊtwɪθ )
              In Scottish English, outwith means outside.
              It is, however, necessary on occasion to work outwith these hours.

              Outside; beyond.

              ‘he has lived outwith Scotland for only five years’


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                1. Oh my Lord Andi……..another Scottish “frth” word to deal with!? I was greatly confused about “firth of Forth” when I first encountered it. I’d never seen “firth” used in the States, and it apparently is used somewhat selectively in Scotland……to refer to inlets of coastal waters in the east and southwest, but not so much in the Highlands. (At least that’s what Wiki says.)

                  Now yet a third similar Scots word to deal with! There’s two more vowels. So maybe two more “frth” words? 😉

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              1. Indeed, Danny.

                My mother, working in England at the time, once wrote a very important report for her boss, the Director of Personnel.

                He brought it back to her and complimented her on it, but commented on a word he had circled. “Outwith”.

                He said it didn’t mean anything and could she replace it with a real word.

                Well, he was English, and Mum had no idea that it wasn’t a word they use.

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    3. Some weeks ago I was away from home and was trying to get some sleep in an unfamiliar bed. Sleep was not coming easily and I got up to find a book to distract my thoughts and ease me off to the land of nod. I came across a book on punctuation which I thought would be suitably soporific. It was not a well thumbed book and should have done the trick but being a belt and braces sort of chap I doubled down and headed for the chapter on the semicolon. I found it fascinating and informative and I’ve now completed revised my opinion of the thing. I didn’t get to sleep that night until the birds were singing to announce the dawn.

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      1. Jake……Imagine finding such a riveting discourse on the semicolon!

        I had the impression that the semicolon doesn’t have a lot of defenders these days:
        “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.” -Kurt Vonnegut

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        1. Tris…….You are an expert on these things, whereas I long ago gave up on things like “mood.” I can barely keep present and past tense sorted out. It was actually a great relief when I quit trying to figure out who and whom. I decided to just start using the one that sounds right to me. It wouldn’t surprise me if I’m right about 50% of the time.

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    4. “Gainsay” does come across as a bit archaic. As does the Scots equivalent “againcall”. However, I’d argue that there’s actually more honesty and lack of pretension about them than classically derived makey-up* words like “contradict”.

      *I was, just for minute, tempted to write “neologism” there. How ridiculously self-defeating would that have been?

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      1. Jake……I think I read that it has old English roots. I didn’t realize there was a Scots equivalent.
        Yes, the idea of “say against” is actually very honest and straightforward.
        Your second thoughts about “neologism” was spot on. 😉

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  3. Tris, how enlightening and uplifting to see one of the world’s greatest moral and spiritual leaders in conversation with a humble acolyte – the Lord Buddha is indeed privileged. By the way, I notice that the Lord Buddha appears to have lost the fingers of his right hand -I wonder if he was biting his nails too much with excitement at the prospect of the approaching Nirvana that is Brexit. Anent Albus Fumblepaws – during WW2 there was a famous slogan (to encourage food-growing), “Dig For Victory”. With Scottish independence in mind, could we maybe have, “Dugs for Victory”?

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    1. Buddha is indeed privileged, Andi. He probably bit his finger nails in anticipation of talking to the Great Bescarfed One!

      Actually I really like the “Dugs For Victory” theme.


    1. Andi…….Have you considered a career as a lounge comic in Vegas? Nevada is a lovely place.

      I did like the pictures of the blackbird. And the patriotic doggie.

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        1. Tris……Perhaps! If I only knew what sultanas are. I’ll look it up.

          The word caught my eye since up to now, I’ve only known that “Sultana” was the name of a steamboat that blew up in 1865 and sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis. It killed 1192 passengers, many of them young men just returning home from the Civil War, making it the worst maritime disaster in history before the Titanic.

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          1. Well, I can assure you, Danny, that Bertie isn’t fond of eating steamboats…

            But I shouldn’t jest about it. The loss of so many young lads is a dreadful tragedy, especially, perhaps, because they had survived the war just to meet that fate.

            Not really a subject for jokes.

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            1. Tris……It HAS been a long time since the Sultana….LOL. It was of course in fact a heartbreaking disaster involving so many young men who had managed to live through the dreadful carnage of the Civil War and were returning home. Awful as it was, the news of the disaster was almost submerged in the other news of the day. The Sultana explosion happened on April 27, which was only one day after the killing of John Wilkes Booth on April 26……only a few days after he shot and killed Abraham Lincoln on April 14-15.

              I see that the Sultana grape is called the “Thompson Seedless” in the USA. No wonder I didn’t recognize it. I like the Thompson Seedless. Bertie has good taste. 😉

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