What a fantastic turn out for an independence march in Stornoway.  Five hundred might not seem a lot by Edinburgh or Glasgow standards, but for Stornoway with a total population of around 8,000, that’s a brilliant turnout.

Meal do naidheachd!


tory satisfaction.

This is the graphic that Dave was talking about the other day, looking at the popularity of various figures in the Tory party…as judged, not by the citizenry in general but by party members.

Frankly, I was horrified that Tory Party members actually favour Andrea Leadsom above all their colleagues. I’ve always thought that she was as dumb as a stump, not to mention an utterly ghastly person. Remember she was the one who said that she would make a better prime minister than Theresa May, because she, Leadsom, had had children and May had not. What kind of person would say something like that? Not someone you’d want to be in the same room as.

But, if the poll is anything to go by her form of right-wing, no-deal, hardline, fox-hunting, tactless, tasteless Conservatism is what we might expect when they finally ditch May (who, you will have noticed is right at the bottom of the popularity table, even under the catastrophe that is Chris “Failing” Grayling.

If that is the British future, Scotland needs to leave sooner rather than later.

Ruth Davidson, despite being on maternity leave for some time now, and out of the public eye (she has faithfully stayed out of everything and off social media), is 4th most popular under the aforementioned Leadsom, with Truss and Hunt (another two pretty incompetent empty heads) just above her.



Conference photos comparing labour conservatives and snp turnout

That’s why the BBC don’t want to cover SNP conferences.




Erm… yeah.

I’d love to know too. Wouldn’t you?



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Morning. Nothing like a big smile to greet you in the morning, eh?

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Proud mum.
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Yosemite Forbidden Pool.
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I don’t seem to have one in my garden this year.
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n mung1
Munguin Towers grounds are coming back to life


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n na rec
Nature reclaims.
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You taking a photograph?
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Where Munguin takes his leisure, while Tris sweats and toils.
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Dad looks a bit cross!!!
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Arc de Triomphe et les Grandes Avenues.
Munguin’s Patio.
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I found a stone to stand on, Mum.
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n besties
A work in progress…
Munguin’s Secret Garden.
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Nature reclaims what is hers (or his).
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Biting my nails? Me? Yeah, well, maybe a bit.



State dinner with President Obama.

I read that the queen (for which Maybot) has invited Donald Trump to make a state visit to the UK in June. That’s pretty short notice for the immense amount of preparation that will be required to keep him entertained and safe.

(Although to be fair, you could keep him entertained by giving him a bucket load of McDonalds and KFC, setting up Fox and Friends on his tv and allowing him free reign on Twitter.)

I’m a little dubious as to why this is happening.

When Trump made a visit back in 2018, there were mass protests and he was obliged to keep himself out of the way of ordinary people. He was helicoptered everywhere so that he could avoid facing the public.

There is no reason to suggest that it would be any different this time. Except that, on a state visit, he will be expected to go places and do things with members of the royal family and government (even if it’s raining).

Talk about a face like a torn scone… Tubby pushes in front of the queen while inspecting the troops

A carriage ride down the Mall with royals is almost inevitable. And a big deal shite tie state dinner is normal. That means being close to the public. Crowds can only be controlled to a certain extent, no matter how many police the government is forced to deploy.

The royals may be less than happy to be involved with him.

The queen, of course, has no choice.

But Phil has retired from public duties. Charles is a conservationist and Trump and he are unlikely to make a happy pair. William and Kate have clear issues with him after he made sexist comments about Kate when she was snapped sunbathing nude a few years ago. Harry may have to be deployed, but his American wife will just have had a child… and Harry is pretty far down the pecking order for the so-called “leader of the free world”!

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I suppose they could drag her out and make her earn her massive income just for once. At least we’d all get a laugh at her hat.

Then there is the issue of whether or not he will be invited to address a joint session of the Lords and Commons as were Obama and DubYa.

Bercow is on record saying that he wouldn’t approve it, although refusing permission is not entirely in his remit. The Lord Speaker may be of a different view.

However, I’ve seen a few MPs making it clear that should he be invited to speak, they will be otherwise engaged.

Rude? Yes, but then rudeness and Trump kinda go together.

Maybe, of course, the Maybot has a solution to all these problems. But based on her current form, I reckon that she’d have problems sorting out what to eat for lunch.

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So happy together…

What I can’t understand is why she would add all that extra stress to her already stressful life and for what?

One last thought… I’ve not seen the proposed schedule, but I’m wondering if he will be moving outside England. Anyone know?


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I apologise for not getting the “jokes” page up tonight. It’s just been that kind of day…

It will go up tomorrow, all being well.

In the meantime, a friend is looking for some advice on accommodation in Edinburgh over the period of the SNP conference. Not a big chain hotel, but nothing seedy.

I don’t know Edinburgh at all so I’m a bit lost.

If anyone has any ideas at all, can you please post them…

Thanks in advance.


Soppy Sunday

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Morning all. I’m keeping an eye on you to make sure you don’t lift anything…especially my teddy.

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All aboard… Any more fares, please.
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Trinidad and Tobago.
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Get knotted?
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Rhododendron walk.
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Last one in the water’s a wallaby.
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n nether
Tulips from…oh where was it again?
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Sleep in mum’s paws.
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Stay close, junior.
n common yellowthroat bath
Bath time for Yellowthroat.
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Northern lights in Greenland.
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We’re twins.
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He doesn’t mind.
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Grey Wolf.
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I’m learning the trumpet.
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Why you can’t just put it in a dish…
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Ready for my close-up. OK, we’re off for another week. See you next Sunday!