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Our Australian Scot, ‘Kangaroo’, sent me these pics and this article. He writes to Munguin: “The 2 small photos marked Queen St. were taken in 1947 by my future mum from the flat she and her parents were living in a top floor left side 17 Cunningham St looking towards the station with a bus on the Cathedral St Bridge.

“We are not sure if it was a competition for the Glasgow Herald. She looked them out because I copied an article from the Scotsman which showed the house from the platform.”

The article is here.

Said ‘future mum’ has just turned 95! Congratulations to her, and thanks for the memories.

(Sorry about the spacing. It was difficult to get them into the blog.)

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This was 1947.

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Thanks also to John in Bulgaria and Dave in Scotland.


OK, seriously, this dude has lost the plot! Sometimes he even makes Boris look a little sane.


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OK, Own up. We all thought it was a joke.

However, apparently (and we should hardly be surprised about this) Trump was deadly serious when he said that he wanted to buy Greenland.

He is, after all, a real estate man, and Greenland is a very rich piece of real estate. Not only is it crammed with all manner of minerals that could make him a fortune, with the changes in climate, the country, or at least its southern areas, are becoming more and more hospitable and economically viable.

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In short, Greenland is not just the snowy wasteland you might imagine.

Shrub consisting of Gray-leaf willow (Salix glauca) and fireweed (Chamaenerion latifolium), The Qingua valley.

It seems unlikely to me that Trump had the remotest notion of the relationship between Greenland and Denmark. Let’s be honest, his knowledge of most things is, to put it mildly, superficial. He makes Sarah Palin look mildly bright!

And, as far as I can make out, the whole affair was carried out on Twitter, probably without any reference to anyone who might have had an inkling.

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Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, not a possession that the Danes can put on the market. It has devolution that would make Scots’ eyes water. The absurdity of the proposal that Denmark cold sell it, which I imagine most people thought was a joke, was treated with disdain in Denmark and in Greenland.

“Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and co-operation with other countries, including the USA,” said the country’s premier, Kim Kielsen.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister, tweeted: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.”

Soren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesman for the populist Danish People’s Party, told national broadcaster DR: “If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad.”

(Quotes from the BBC site)


However, it appears that his proposal was serious and, as a result of the Danish and Greenlandic governments’ reactions,  Trump clearly felt that he had been snubbed and cancelled a state visit to Denmark scheduled for early September.

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He had been invited to visit by Queen Margrethe II and was due to spend two days in the country on September 2 and 3.

Can you imagine the amount of time and money spent both by American officials and the Danish government and royal household arranging something as complex as a state visit? And particularly a state visit for the president of the United States.

And he cancelled all that because of a Twitter storm?

It’s high time we had an adult in the White House.



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According to Buckingham Palace, Andy the lad is appalled by what he has learned about his dear friend, Mr Epstein.

A statement said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes. His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

But, two years after Mr Epstein was jailed having been arrested for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007 (he bargained this down to a Florida state felony prostitution charge, and was obliged register as a sex offender and do some jail time), Duke Airmiles was videoed with him at his mansion in New York.

So really he can’t have been THAT appalled.

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Please note, I’m not accusing Airmiles of anything except incredible stupidity, something for which, along with greed, he is renowned.

Many of the rich and famous have been friends with Epstein, spent time in his home and gone to his parties. And not all of them, possibly not any of them, will have shared his sexual proclivities.

But once they were known, and there’s no excuse for not knowing about them after the guy spent time inside for sexual misdemeanours, you’d have thought that someone at Buckingham Palace would have had the good sense to advise “his royal highness” that to be seen in Epstein’s company was probably not in his, his family’s or indeed the state’s best interests.

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Given that Tubby gets a fair old whack of dosh from the taxpayer to keep him in golf clubs, and his two daughters (who appear to do absolutely nothing for the state except mooch) in expensive clothes, I don’t think it is too much to ask that he steer his lazy self clear of people like Epstein.

If he was too stupid to see this for himself, or accept the advice of officials paid for by us to keep royals on the straight and narrow, then he deserves all that’s coming at him.

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As, I suppose, was to be expected, his highness was so upset about all the bad publicity that he and Duchess Sarah have flown off in a private jet to Malaga where they will hide from public scrutiny for a while.

It must be wonderful to be able to drop everything at a few moments’ notices and push off to an exclusive villa in the sun, all at taxpayers’ expense.

Politico, US.

Political, Germany., The Netherlands., Costa Rica.

Tulsa World, U.S.

Thanks to BJSAlba for sending me the above.

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Morning all…

n swan
All aboard… no pushing and fighting inside.

Kelp Forest.

n alpine
Alpine Meadow.

n bambie
Bambi and Bambi and…erm, Bambi!

n bear1
Off fishing.

n bloody buses
Late night buses, huh?

n buds
You looking for trouble?

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Cotton Tail.

n cow 2
Whatcha think of that for a tongue?

n fox
Let’s have a fight.

n galapagos, ecusa
Galapagos, Ecuador.

n Zosha john Naismith vestas moose
Zocha, Moose’s buddy… (Vestas)

n clouded yello
Clouded Yellow.

n puff
Welcome to the cliffs.

n penguins
Who’s been naughty… and who’s been nice.

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n kiama aus
Kiama, Australia.

n bedtime
All that playing fair takes it out of you!

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Wish the rain would come. It’s like Brexit here!

OK… that’s it for today. See you next week.

Except… these are for Panda Paws!

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In August 2009, I had been in hospital, having suffered a collapsed lung  (spontaneous pneumothorax) which just wouldn’t uncollapse, spontaneously or otherwise.

Bloody thing!

So they sent me to Edinburgh Royal, where they operated and stuck me all back together again, actually with talcum powder… no really!

When I was released I was a bit incapacitated with holes here and there and told to rest, temporarily unable to resume my duties. I’m wasn’t good at rest, although I’m a lot better than I was all these years ago.

So I was a bit bored. To be honest, I was a LOT bored.

There was a fair number of pro-indy blogs publishing in these days of yore long before the SNP did the unthinkable and formed a majority government based on a manifesto pledge to hold a referendum, and I was an avid reader of so many of them (along with watching endless re-runs of “Murder She Wrote”. Go, Angela!)

The following isn’t an exclusive list (and you may want to add to it), but I have very fond memories of Scot Goes Pop (James); John Brownlie; Pseudepigrapha (Conan); Niko’s Bar; Dean the Tory; Subrosa. I looked forward to their articles and the discussions that inevitably followed.

Office Party.

I was a reader of, and a regular contributor to, a blog called Advanced Media Watch, which was run by “The Spook of Leith”, a university student whose real name was Omar, and he and I bantered a lot on his blog, then got to emailing each other and bantering some more.

Spooky suggested I write a blog as a way of passing the time while I recovered from my operation, but I was far from confident about it and kept saying no. But bit by bit he wore me down… and then this little fellow turned up in my life and took over.


Between them, Munguin and Omar convinced me that I should get started, and Munguin’s Republic was born, with Munguin at the helm, and Tris there as his dog’s body.

Omar advertised the Republic on his very popular blog, Munguin took the writing in hand (paw? flipper?) and off we went.

And 10 years later, here we still are.

With the passage of time, blogs have come and blogs have gone… and some go on forever, eh James!

It’s a long time, is 10 years, and we’ve all got older but not a lot wiser.

We’ve discussed some stuff over the years… a good deal more than politics. And we’ve developed traditions. I reckon I’d get lynched if “All our Yesterdays” or “Soppy Sunday” (John’s invention) were to fall by the wayside. So they won’t.

I’ve made friends on here. Some of whom I’ve met (sometimes just in passing on a march, sometimes on a more personal basis, in the pub! And of course, maybe most dramatically, my friend Abu, who came all the way from Malaysia because of his love for Scotland). Some more, I hope, I will meet sometime in the future… and some, I guess, I’ll never meet.


Munguin and I would like to thank all of you… those who’ve been around since the beginning and those who have joined in more recently, for your friendship and for sharing your thoughts over the months and years. The Republic would be nothing without the comments.

Some of you, I know, read the blog regularly and rarely if ever comment. That’s fine too. And grateful thanks go to people who send in contributions, whether that’s articles (Panda Paws, Abu, et al), jokes, or photos… well, there are far too many to mention, but we all know who you are and your input is appreciated.

So enough nostalgia, and let’s try to get through the mess that is Brexit, even though we didn’t vote for it and onward to Independence, hopefully in the very near future.

Actually, we’re incredulous that there are still those who think that a Boris Johnson/Dominic Cummings government (as Chris Patten described the current UK administration tonight on Radio Four) is preferable to an Independent Scotland.


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AUOB march tomorrow in Aberdeen.

Details here. and here.